Glaswegians left it late to pick up Christmas presents

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Glasgow can claim to be the city with the most Collect+ parcel pickups on Christmas day, with 73 people popping into their local c-store to get hold of what were surely the very latest in last-minute Christmas presents.

PayPoint data has revealed that nationwide 1,514 people collected parcels from Collect+ stores on December 25, including 207 eBay collections. In all 2,243 people used the Collect+ service on Christmas Day, up almost 72% on the previous year’s 1,306 transactions.

Hundreds of people also used Collect+ service to return parcels on Christmas Day. Amazingly, the first parcel was returned at 3:55am in Peterborough. It was another two hours before the next parcel was returned, this time in Ripley, in the East Midlands at 5:56am (see top ten table below).

The most returns took place in London where more than 44 people chose Christmas Day to send back their parcels. In total, 729 people used Collect+ to return parcels on Christmas Day.

PayPoint processed more than 175,000 transactions on Christmas Day including topping up electricity, buying gaming credit for new consoles and paying rent. PayPoint’s CashOut service allowed 200 people to get instant access to their benefits and emergency payments.

Lewis Alcraft, Commercial Director at PayPoint said: “Whilst most of us tucked into our turkey dinners, thousands of workers in 14,000 local stores across the country were serving their local communities.

“Our Collect+ service meant many people were not forced to go without their presents on Christmas Day, we were even able to help those people who couldn’t wait until the day was over to return their gifts.”

Swiftest Christmas Day returns top 10

  1. 3:55am Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
  2. 5:56am Ripley, East Midlands
  3. 7:22am Paignton, Devon
  4. 7:58am Dagenham, East London
  5. 8:10am Uxbridge, West London
  6. 9:06am Blackburn, Lancashire
  7. 9:12am Hinckley, Leicestershire
  8. 9:18am London
  9. 9:53am Thatcham, Berkshire