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UK Retailers facing New Year cross-border returns headache

Online retailers which have chosen to focus more on building pre-Christmas sales, than developing their returns capabilities, risk a challenging start to the New Year.

The warning follows research by one of Irish-based Coll-8 Logistics which has found brands already struggling to cope with a rise in unwanted items as a result of the increase in online shopping since the start of the Covid pandemic.

The study has concluded that eCommerce sales across the whole of Europe are expected to top £350 billion (€412 billion) this year – up one-third on the figure before the pandemic began.

However, Coll-8 Logistics’ firm’s founder and Chief Operations Officer, Dave Field, claimed that up to 40% of goods in some of the most popular categories of online purchases are ultimately sent back to the retailers from which they have been bought.