Employers are outsourcing their mailroom functions to cope with a record £1.1 billion Black Friday spending spree, data from the purple parcel people Doddle shows.


Corporate membership has grown by 326% between October and November. This accounts for 15% of all new members. The growth comes from employees opting to use Doddle’s services to avoid missed deliveries and employers seeking a way of easing overcrowded mailrooms and their associated cost.


With a number of large employers no longer permitting personal deliveries to the workplace, Doddle stores in the City and Canary Wharf have provided a quick and timely solution ahead of Christmas.


Since opening in Canary Wharf in August, Doddle has established a loyal customer base, with parcel volumes growing on average by more than 33% week on week. In the last fortnight these volumes have been boosted by employees taking advantage of online sales offered in the lead up to and following Black Friday.


Figures provided by Canary Wharf Group indicate One Canada Square receives on average 450 deliveries every 24 hours, 11,000 parcels per month for 10,000 people.


Matt Maer, Director Group Security, Canary Wharf Group said; “Doddle really helps to relieve the pressure on busy corporate post rooms here at Canary Wharf, especially at high seasons, by offering a service processing high volumes of parcels. We’re pleased that they are on board.”


Tim Robinson, Doddle CEO said: “The dramatic increase in parcel volumes at this time of year presents a major challenge for employers. On one hand they are doing their best to offer a valuable employee benefit but at the same time balance the added resource costs that come with accepting personal deliveries.


“It doesn’t have to be costly to maintain employee parcel benefits. We’re now working with more than 100 firms to reduce the pressure on mailrooms over Christmas and throughout the year, while they provide their employees with a solution to missed deliveries.”


Doddle have 45 stores nationwide, for your nearest store please log onto https://www.doddle.com/locations for more details.


To make use of the new Doddle service, shoppers can sign up for free in store, at www.doddle.com or download the free Doddle app for iOS and Android.