2020.04.07 16:00

Quarantine triggers surge in parcel volumes – Lithuanian Post

BNS2020.04.07 16:00

In March, parcel volumes across the country increased by nearly 90 percent year-on-year. the state-owned Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post) said on Tuesday.

“The [quarantine] prompted the residents of small towns to shop online and use modern ways of delivery. This change has been anticipated for a long time,” Norbertas Zioba, Lietuvos Pastas’ marketing and sales director, said in a press release.

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Meanwhile, parcel volumes in certain regions increased by 75 percent on March 23–29, compared
to the pre-quarantine week on March 9–15.

The majority of parcels are sent to big cities. In the capital, the parcel volumes rose by 47 percent in the first two weeks of the nationwide quarantine. Parcel deliveries in Klaipėda increased by 45 percent and by 29 percent in Kaunas.

Despite the rapid growth, the regions account for just 30 percent of the total parcel volume in Lithuania, whereas Vilnius aloine accounts for approximately 40 percent.