Rise in Costs for Returned Packages up to €18.1 Billion are expected this Christmas in Europe

Business | December 21, 2022, Wednesday // 12:49
Bulgaria: Rise in Costs for Returned Packages up to €18.1 Billion are expected this Christmas in Europe @Pixabay

  • Christmas presents undergo G-forces greater than Lewis Hamilton this Christmas
  • Online packages recorded at speeds faster than a rocket launch 
  • Acceleration of an average parcel is found to be 50Gs
  • Impact of g-forces could create a €18.1 billion returns bill across Europe

Christmas presents are likely to be accelerating at rates greater than a Formula 1 driver as they make their way to our front doors this season. Packages ordered online have been recorded at G-forces akin to motor races and rocket launches by sustainable packaging provider DS Smith, who have uncovered that extreme G-forces could result in a staggering €18.1 billion returns bill this Christmas.

To help understand the tough environment that packages must withstand to reach consumers in perfect condition, DS Smith is experimenting with ‘accelerometers’, which track the speed of a package through its journey and provide data that can then explain the damage it sustains.

The DS Smith research has shown that a typical online parcel undergoes G-forces measuring up to an astronomical 50Gs. This is more than five times the level of G-forces that would cause an experienced astronaut to lose consciousness (at 9Gs) and 10 times more G-forces than are typically experienced on a rollercoaster (at 5Gs).

The details of the experiment come as almost half (45%) of European online shoppers reported receiving a damaged delivery in the last year, resulting in 377 million broken deliveries.

Those who had received a damaged item said that on average the item cost €47.94 – adding up to a potential €18.1 billion worth of damaged goods sent each year.

Consumers have less tolerance for broken parcels and the increase in the cost-of-living is prompting more people to return lower-value items. Europeans reported that the average value that a damaged item would need to be for them to return it has decreased from €26 last year to €21.50 this year, suggesting that there will be an increase in the number of returns.

Compounding the problem for businesses, and as an increasing number of brands consider charging for returns, 43% of European shoppers say they expect free delivery and returns.

Gavin Mounce, E-commerce Design Manager, DS Smith comments: While clearly part of everyday life, ecommerce is still a relatively new form of shopping and we have found through our research that the conditions that packages are exposed to are volatile. Packages need to be ready to travel at astonishing speeds, and that means businesses need to be ready to protect products en route.

Our Innovation and Design teams are testing how fast packages are traveling and how they are impacted, and we then use that information to work on different designs. We use circular design principles to not only reduce damage but reduce the amount of material used so that packages protect their contents and are as sustainable as possible. We want new ideas, so we will be looking for partners to work with us on this.

More information about the circular economy and DS Smith’s Circular Design Metrics can be found here.

The amount of g-forces experienced by F1 drivers during race weekends (hitc.com)

What g-force do astronauts experience during a rocket launch? | (spaceanswers.com)

What g-force do astronauts experience during a rocket launch? | (spaceanswers.com)

What is the G-force on a roller coaster? – Short-Facts


Market research conducted by OnePoll:

Consumer research: 8,000 EU adults (Nationally Representative). Conducted between 7th November and 21st November 2022 

About DS Smith:

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable fibre-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and papermaking operations. It plays a central role in the value chain across sectors including e-commerce, fast moving consumer goods and industrials.

Through its purpose of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’ and its Now and Next sustainability strategy, DS Smith is committed to leading the transition to the circular economy, while delivering more circular solutions for its customers and wider society – replacing problem plastics, taking carbon out of supply chains and providing innovative recycling solutions. Its bespoke box-to-box in 14 days model, design capabilities and innovation strategy sit at the heart of this response.

Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith operates in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people and is a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.

Follow Novinite.com on Twitter and Facebook

Write to us at editors@novinite.com

Информирайте се на Български - Novinite.bg

/DS Smith

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Business » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Christmas, presents, europe, Ecommerce

Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria