A recent survey administered by Logit Group on behalf of FedEx Express Canada, shows that 35 per cent of Canadians who report never having shopped online for holiday gifts intend to skip physical line-ups this year and instead try shopping online.
In total, 81 per cent of Canadians say they plan to do their holiday shopping using the internet.
Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada, said that November and December are being called "The Shipathon" due to the number of people relying on delivery.
"FedEx has always played an important role in connecting retailers to their customers, but this year, we will see an unprecedented reliance on our entire network over the next two months which is why we're calling this season 'The Shipathon'," said Lisson. "With our survey showing the increase in ecommerce first-timers and those who would normally deliver a present in person now intending to rely on shipping companies like ours to deliver presents on their behalf, we want to ensure gift-givers are aware of how to take an active role in managing their deliveries to help ensure they arrive how – and when – they want them."
The survey also found that:
45 per cent of Canadians agreed that the uncertainty of holiday travelling this year has led them to plan on shipping their holiday gifts to friends and family.
57 per cent of online shoppers do not finish their holiday shopping until December, yet 50 per cent of Canadians are worried their holiday gifts will not arrive on time if they shop online.
66 per cent say they shop online because it is easier than going to the store, this year.
Atlantic Canadians and Ontarians have seen among the greatest increases in those who report having experienced package theft across all provinces (an increase of 14 per cent in Atlantic Canada and 7 per cent in Ontario year-over-year).