Returned packages on National Returns Day in the U.S. 2016-2021

Number of packages returned on National Returns Day in the United States from 2016 to 2021 (in millions)*

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United States

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2016 to 2021

Supplementary notes

* National Returns Day refers to the day where Americans return the most packages back to retailers. In 2016, this day was on January 6, in 2017 it was on January 5, in 2018 it was on January 3 and in 2020 it was on January 2.
** 2019 National Returns Day actually happened on December 19, 2018.
*** 2021 National Returns Day was reported as National Returns Week, where an average of 1.75 million packages were predicted to be returned for five days in a row in the week of January 4, 2021.

Values prior to 2020 were taken from a previous article which can be accessed here.
2020 data was taken from this article.

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