Sherpa braces for a huge 2021 Christmas delivery demand spike

Duncan Brett, Chief Executive Officer of Sherpa

Even though last year’s festive season saw an extraordinary spike in delivery demand, Christmas in 2021 is expected to surpass even that record-breaking boom.

Retailers are urged to plan for their last-mile logistics as early as possible this year, with the Australia Post cut-off date for delivery by Christmas is sure to be earlier in 2021 than ever.

Sherpa offers same day delivery in Australia

Australia’s Number One same-day delivery partner by volume of deliveries, Sherpa, has no cut-off date and guarantees same-day delivery right up until 6 pm on Christmas Eve.

With a fleet of 10,000 drivers operating across all Australian cities and other regional areas, Sherpa forecasts 650,000 same-day deliveries during November and December 2021.

The forecast depicts a 90% increment on last year’s Christmas period peak and a whopping 390% increase compared with the Christmas season of 2019. “We’ve been preparing for this holiday season. We know it will be by far our biggest yet, so we’ve ramped up all areas of our operations accordingly,” said Duncan Brett, CEO of Sherpa.

“In particular, we’re predicting a huge spike in demand in the 2021 festive season in the key categories of groceries, gifting, hampers, alcohol, and general retail.”

“Sherpa has completed more than 4.5 million deliveries since our inception in 2014, and we fully expect to complete our five-millionth delivery before this year’s end.”

“We have no set-up fees, no technology fees, and no subscription fees. Our customers can pay per delivery, and we offer 1-hour, 2-hour, 4-hour, and same-day delivery.”

“That is all we do. It’s our sole focus, and so we are fully equipped to serve hundreds, if not thousands of retailers this Christmas peak trading season.”

Sherpa is adept to scalability to handle the Aussie market

“As same-day delivery specialists, we’re especially adept when it comes to scalability.”

“So we can respond rapidly to our customers’ delivery needs without incurring exponential growth in costs to our customers, which currently include the likes of Woolworths, Roses Only, Dan Murphy’s and thousands more businesses, large and small.”

“Thanks to our flexibility, we can deal with single delivery one day and 100 deliveries the next day for the same customer. We are committed to making the last-mile delivery process smooth for our customers and have the apt infrastructure to meet our client’s demands.”

“We offer our retail partners a range of service options including full API integration for enterprise-level large volume bookings, bulk CSV upload services for large volume bookings without tech integration, or a single booking process via our website or the Sherpa app.”

According to Australia Post data released in August of this year, online purchases were up 27% year-on-year in the 12 months to July 2021. Driving this strong growth were 5.6 million Australian households that purchased online in July 2021 – up 4.9% from June 2021.

The Australia Post Inside Australian Online Shopping eCommerce Update also reports that the online share of retail spend was 16.3% during the 2021 Financial Year, up from 11.3% in 2019. Online retail spend is now $52 billion in Australia, up 31% year-on-year.