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Swedish parcels take 5.6 days to reach Finland

Published : 14 Aug 2019, 20:57

Updated : 15 Aug 2019, 09:16

  DF Report


On an average, parcels are transported from Sweden to Finland in 5.6 days.

After crossing the border, the average delivery time is 1.8 days, said a Posti press release.

These average times are indicated by a survey that Posti commissioned from IRO Research. The objective of the survey was to assess the duration of the order and delivery process into Finland for foreign online stores, Swedish online stores in particular.

The actual delivery times were researched with mystery shopping: purchases were made from online stores and their total delivery time from order to delivery was measured. Based on the survey, Posti typically processed start-to-end deliveries faster than the other researched transport companies – in less than three days (excluding express deliveries) on average. Furthermore, the last mile of a delivery, i.e. a parcel’s journey from Posti’s distribution-fulfilment centre to the consumer, was faster when performed by Posti: 1.4 days on average. The overall delivery time of parcels during the last mile is influenced by online store collection and warehouse processes and transport across the border from the country of origin into Finland.

A similar survey was conducted earlier this year in Finland. The results were similar to those of the recent survey. Posti made deliveries faster than the other researched transport companies: the average overall delivery time for online purchases was 3.1 days, of which Posti’s transport services accounted for less than one day on average.

According to an online shopping survey conducted by the International Post Corporation (IPC), 21% of all Finns who made online purchases did their shopping in Swedish online stores. Richard Walburn, director of Posti’s parcel and online sales in the Nordics, believes that Finnish online customers would make a great target market for many Swedish online stores.

A number of the bigger Swedish e-commerce operators have already recognised the sales potential among Finnish customers. If the collection of purchased items is efficient (taking place on the day of purchase at best) and with optimised transport, deliveries to Finland may take as little as a couple of days.