The boom in online trading has probably stalled for the time being. For the first time in more than a decade, retail-related spending in domestic e-commerce is expected to decline in 2022. Handelsverband, Kreutzer and Fischer & Partner predict a real decline of 3 percent to 8.5 billion euros. Many online retailers still suffer from delivery delays and supplier failures. Nearly two-thirds expect delivery bottlenecks in the Christmas business.
“It is a completely natural development that after two years of insane growth of Internet commerce, it either stagnates for a year or declines again,” said Harald Götsche, Vice President of Trade Union and General Manager of the Unito / Otto Group. On Thursday at a press conference. For 2023, he expects online growth of 5 to 8 percent and sales “well above the pre-pandemic level.”
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Swiss Post expects parcel volumes to be at year-earlier level this year. “In the last two years of the pandemic, parcel volumes increased by 40 percent to 184 million parcels due to the lockdown. The numbers have now stabilized at a high level,” said Peter Aumondem, Österreichische’s director of parcels and logistics. Post AG.
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