Online Shopping Has Saved Britons £27,024 EACH Over The Last Ten Years
Released on: August 13, 2010, 5:43 am
A survey published yesterday revealed the astonishing figure
that on average every online shopper is saving £2,702 every year by
bagging top deals on the internet.
"Online companies have lower overheads than high-street operations and can pass on
those savings to their customers," said Fil Adams-Mercer, who is the founder of the
UK's largest internet parcel delivery company Parcel2Go.
The survey, of 3,000 shoppers conducted by an online internet insurance firm,
discovered that the savings were made in deals for holidays, insurance, clothes,
music, books, toys and electrical goods. Nearly three-quarters of those polled made
said that they made most of their purchases on line.
The biggest saving was to be found in weekly supermarket shopping. 10 years ago the
average in-store-spend was £71.22. Online shopping has seen that figure fall to£48.98. Over ten years, that would be a saving of £11,564.
Internet millionaire Mr Adams Mercer put his support squarely behind the Coalition
Government's plans to get 10 million more Britons to use the internet last month.
"Obviously, Government can made huge administrative savings by ensuring that more
people have access to the internet but this survey demonstrates that increased
online use has benefits for everyone," said Mr Adams Mercer, whose company
Parcel2Go has grown to a £16 million business.
Martha Lane Fox, the Government's 'digital champion' and founder of
Lastminute.com, intends to have 100% of the British public online by the Olympic
year 2012 with her 'Network Nation'.
According to the survey, we now spend an average of 22 hours per week on the
internet: compared to just six hours 10 years ago.
Just over half of respondents said they no longer had time to go to the high street.
Parcel2Go has struck partnerships with the world's leading worldwide courier companies, including FedEx, DHL, UPS and City
Link in order to offer customers a cheaper and more flexible parcel delivery
The company was founded in 2000 by Fil Adams-Mercer following the successful sale of
a video rental business to Blockbuster. The business was borne out of a magazine
distribution interest which operated out of a stairwell of one of the video stores
in Bolton. The company developed an online presence during the first dot.com boom
and has since steadily grown to be one of the UK's leading parcel delivery
Contact Details: Coe House, Coe Street, Off Bridgeman Street, Bolton. BL3 6BU
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