Business Delivery Solutions to Germany
Germany is the largest national economy in Europe, has the fifth highest GDP in the world, and is an incredibly important international trade location for many businesses. One of the world’s biggest importers and exporters, shipping to and from the country is constantly increasing in what has become an incredibly competitive market.
As well as business postage, there is now more personal delivery demand with approximately 140k Germans living in the UK and circa 100k Brits in Germany. Close ties between the UK and Germany make it an easy and appealing market to access for many UK online retailers, e-commerce, and other businesses looking to expand overseas. At Whistl we offer leading business solutions for mail and parcel delivery to Germany for countries here in the UK or from other destinations with our worldwide delivery services.
German Postal Statistics
The German mail communication market in 2019 had an estimated market value of €4.2 billion, with Deutsche Post holding 62.2 % of this value against their competitors 37.8 %
In 2018 the Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index revealed shipping volume from Germany had increased 5.1% year on year to 3.5 billion items. This volume growth was aided by a strong e-commerce trend, with the carrier DHL declaring its revenue growth had improved by 7.1% to €5,556 million in 2018 and they had seen a volume improvement of 7.5% taking their parcel volumes to 1,479 million. The total e-commerce German market was estimated to be worth €53.3 billion in 2018 and had been expected to reach €57.8 billion by the end of 2019.
Compared to market mail items per household, Germany is slightly lower down the scale than some of its European neighbours with around 340 items per inhabitant.
For businesses looking to enter the German market, the e-commerce focus is here to stay, Statista has projected that the revenue of retail sale via mail order houses or via internet in Germany will amount to approximately €94 billion by 2023.
Arrange Parcel Delivery to or from Germany with Whistl's International Shipping Services
Whatever industry your company works in, if you’re looking to start to send parcels to Germany or increase your international imports to the UK from Germany then our services can ensure your deliveries arrive on time with a smooth process.
With Whistl we work with you in partnership to understand your shipping needs, to find the right service and carriers to get your customers' items delivered.
Whistl's International Parcel Delivery Services
Tracked Parcel Delivery
Fully tracked next day, 2-day or 3-day UK domestic or international parcel delivery services. Ideal for businesses looking for extra peace of mind.
Part Tracked Parcel Delivery
We give your business the tools to manage your consumers delivery expectations, with detailed tracking whether they live in the UK or internationally.
Standard Parcel Delivery
Looking for a cost-effective parcel delivery solution, our UK and international process is simple and offers a convenient collection and consolidation.
The German Market and their Shipping Potential
Whistl has conducted a research study into the German market, to understand changing customer international buying habits.
Our research study was conducted online from 25th – 29th March 2020 and all participants were sourced from a large international online panel provider.
The top trends in the purchasing habits of consumers in Germany have been highlighted below.
26% made a purchase in the last four weeks!
German consumers want better prices, the latest products, and unique items and they are no longer limited to local markets. For businesses wanting to expand their customer base, seeking opportunities in foreign markets is an ideal market place to explore.
It’s vital they understand the German market further to attract and retain shoppers. Whistl has outlined some key facts from our recent cross-border consumer research findings, to provide businesses with further insight into these customer habits, expectations, and concerns.
What items are the German's buying from international sellers?
49% of French consumers purchased fashion items (clothing, shoes & accessories)
Which countries are coming out top when it comes to purchasing goods internationally?
The majority of German shoppers have purchased an item from:
Germany's Expectations and Concerns
a complex returns process was a concern
acceptable delivery window
customs (costs & processes) a disadvantage
What do the Germans see as the main advantages and disadvantages of cross-border purchasing?
|62% gain a product not available locally||70% were concerned about longer delivery times|
|56% take advantage of better prices||61% about receiving low quality or fraudulent goods|
|55% access a unique product||53% about complex return procedures|
The most popular retailer websites for our German panel
- Amazon (77%)
- eBay (41%)
The most popular payment options for our German panel
- PayPal (68%)
- Credit card (28%)
- Invoice (17%)
- Debit card (16%)