- Andrea Byrne
The Post Office is urging the public to plan ahead of the Christmas rush
this year as over 50 percent of Brits said that they plan to buy more
presents online this year.
Despite this, only a quarter of respondents said they would plan
Christmas earlier this year, according to a survey of 2,028 UK adults
conducted by Censuswide for the Post Office.
The impact of Covid-19 is predicted to affect the Christmas plans of
four in ten Brits, with nearly one-third (31 percent) leaving plans to the
last minute. 48 percent of people said they feel nervous about queueing for
physical stores because of the fear of contracting the virus.
30 percent of respondents admitted to returning some gifts they
purchase through online shopping, and 47 percent said they make online
purchases returns via the Post Office.
Mark Siviter, managing director of mails and retail at Post Office, said
in a statement: “We know this Christmas will be unlike any most of us have
ever experienced, but our desire to show loved ones we care about them
through cards and gift-giving hasn’t diminished.
“Our data reveals that two-thirds (66 percent) of people will rely on
posting gifts and cards to the same or more family members and friends they
are unlikely to see in person. We know we’ll be extra busy this year and
there will be extra Christmas helpers in branch to support. We are also
urging everyone to plan ahead by posting early and visiting branches during
off-peak hours where possible.”
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