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How Viapost Makes Your European Supply Chain Easy, Effective and Affordable

Paris, France, February 13, 2015 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — The complexity of your deliveries to Europe and product distribution once products arrive is a problem that Viapost can advise you about through its Consultancy Service. While your European shipping solutions and delivery strategies may seem overwhelming to a business just beginning exports to Europe, it is likely that what vexes you, Viapost has already dealt with a similar if not identical situation. With more than 200 clients facing similar challenges, Viapost, a company in the La Poste family of businesses, can help:

  • Smooth the way for your upstream supply chain;
  • Assist in implementing your procurement programs and help with suppliers;
  • Find ways to aid you in managing your supply chain costs;
  • Find the ultimate balance of insourcing and outsourcing
  • Manage and improve forecasts
  • Advising on personnel transfers

What Makes Viapost The Right Choice?

Viapost has locations for fulfillment, shipping and contact centers that parallel major many European markets. These sites have warehouses too. Some locations include; London, Paris, Milan, and Stuttgart. Combining the experience of Morin Logistic and Orium, France’s two leading ecommerce fulfillment experts, it brings a new approach to the market under one single brand. The company leverages their experience with several sectors of the European markets, and their relationships with major national and international carriers to consult with you to best plan and manage your European supply chain projects.

Contact Viapost
Viapost brings new solutions to old and new logistics problems. It is a European leader in value-added fulfillment, shipping, contact center and consultancy services for online and offline retailers and those adopting a fully omni-channel strategy. You can reach Viapost at +33 (1) 153 46 16 00

About Viapost
Viapost offers total freight services in Europe with supported fulfillment, shipping and contact centers spread across all major markets in Europe. As the logistics branch of the La Poste Group, the company enjoys combining the experience of Morin Logistic and Orium, France’s two leading e-commerce fulfillment experts, it brings a new approach to the market under one single brand. Viapost provides a comprehensive range of end to end services aimed at online and offline retailers for store, distribution or home delivery. Viapost is compatible with a number of well-known carts, allowing a smooth transition from website to distribution center.

Contact-Details: Company Type : logistic
URL : http://www.viapost.eu/
E-mail : contact.communication@viapost.fr
Contact Person : Judith Arkle
Adress 1 : 65 rue de Bercy
Zip Code : 75012 Paris
Phone number : +33 (0)1 53 46 16 00

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ChannelPorts new freight ferry ticket booking site

Rising fuel costs and the higher costs of running a transport business in the current economic climate present a challenge to even to the largest companies.

Over the last 5 years fuel prices and running costs have spiraled out of control and the economic downturn has meant there are less business opportunities around.

Some firms are starting to explore import and export possibilities from the UK but high ferry costs would seriously eat into the already squeezed profit margins.

ChannelPorts are customs clearance specialists dealing with all types of customs documents for goods going in and out of the UK.

Spotting a need in the market for discounted Freight ferry tickets they were able to negotiate a deal with leading ferry companies from all of the major UK ports.

The website i-ferry has been created to provide a one stop shop for hauliers and carriers looking for the best prices on Freight ferry tickets.

They have received many appreciative comments from their clients as they continue to expand the range of services they offer to hauliers, HGV drivers, commercial fleet managers and the general public.

To contact ChannelPorts, please use chris.childs@channelports.co.uk, or telephone 01304 218328.

Find ChannelPorts at Junction 11 of the M20, within easy reach of Eurotunnel and Dover Port.

 

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Gulftainer Growth To Soar In 2013

Gulftainer, the port management and logistics group headquartered in Sharjah, UAE, is set to witness volumes soar in 2013 as the Group continues to expand its global footprint.

As the operator of the largest number of terminals in the Middle East region, Gulftainer stands to benefit from the considerable growth in export cargos from the Region. The rapidly developing petrochemical industries serve as a major factor in offsetting any reduced import volumes.

This announcement by Gulftainer is especially noteworthy, since recent industry trends appear to be moving in the opposite direction. The Drewry Global Throughput Index, which is published with a two month lag, is highlighting that the market as a whole has continued to stay almost at the 2012 levels, reflecting almost nil growth. Furthermore, recent announcements by other international port management companies showing up to 6% decreases on the same period last year. China has also made statements to the effect that they expect 2013 to be “even worse” than 2008 in terms of global shipping.

Gulftainer acquired the 51% stake in GSCCO in June 2013, allowing it to assume the full management of three Saudi terminals, located in Jeddah and Jubail. The Company recently bought the controlling stake in Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO) in Saudi Arabia and it is this new acquisition means that Gulftainer now has a Middle East network that allows access to the Arabian Peninsular from the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Gulf. The geographical scope of Gulftainer’s terminals and their capabilities not only serves the largest container vessels in the world, but also caters for transhipping to East Mediterranean countries, East Africa, the Indian Sub-continent and Upper Gulf destinations.

Commenting on the company’s recent GSCCO acquisition, Badr Jafar, CEO of Gulftainer’s parent Crescent Enterprises and Vice-Chairman of Gulftainer, said; “Today, Gulftainer manages more terminals in the Middle East than any other port operator. Having achieved the reputation amongst shipping lines of being one of the fastest terminal operators in the world, Gulftainer is able to take its UAE-honed expertise to terminals in other high-growth markets across the World”.

Jeddah’s NCT has recently undergone significant expansion which will substantially improve the capability of Jeddah Islamic Port. The facility currently consists of 1,654m of quay, 11 cranes, seven of which are super post panamax cranes, with an annual capacity of three million TEUs. Almost 75% of all container traffic to the Kingdom is currently handled through the Port of Jeddah, and it is a major trade gateway for the Kingdom’s container traffic.

Located on the Arabian Gulf, Jubail is home to the development of the largest industrial zone in the world covering 8,000 hectares, comprising petrochemical plants, fertilizer plants, steel works, and an industrial port as well as the world’s largest desalination plant. Jubail Port is one of the largest industrial ports in the world and currently handles 52 million tonnes of cargo per annum, a figure which is expected to grow substantially in the short to medium-term. JCP is equipped with a 1,282m quay, five cranes and has a container handling capacity of 1 million TEU per annum. It is expected that this figure will continue to increase quickly, particularly with the opening of major petrochemical developments in the Jubail Industrial Zone and the planned rail link to Riyadh. GSCCO currently operates 22 commercial berths at the Port, including the open sea tanker terminal.

Speaking on the expected growth, Peter Richards, Gulftainer’s Managing Director, stated, “The benefit of being privately owned allows the Gulftainer Group to be very nimble and react to changing market conditions. Our throughput in 2013 will see an increase of over 30% as a result of strategic acquisitions and a very hands-on management team that keep close to our customers to understand and prepare for changes.”

Further afield, Gulftainer has invested in Brazil and Russia to ensure they are well placed to capitalize on the roaring pace of development in the “BRIC” economies where annual growth is still reaming strong, compared to the mature economies of Europe and North America.

“We look forward to maintaining the Gulftainer track record established over the past 37 years of delivering growth year on year. Historically, organic growth was the ‘Gulftainer engine’, today we are adding growth through our carefully considered investments both regionally and more globally. This is an exciting time for Gulftainer and we look forward to increasing our footprint across regional and global markets in the near future,” Peter Richards added.

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Worldwide Parcel Services – There When You Need Them

Most of the time sending parcels is an easy business, and Worldwide Parcel Services are there for both when things are going well and when they are not. Firstly they are not just your average parcel courier, because they operate an online parcel courier service. Now many people may wish to speak to a human being to place a parcel collection, but would you really miss the five minutes wasted whilst being on hold to place a booking? And would it not be great if you knew that they had taken the delivery address down correctly every time? To top it all would it not be great to get a confirmation email of the collection and delivery time, as well as an email when the parcel has reached its destination?

Well Worldwide Parcel Services offers this and more with its online parcel courier service. Firstly they never sleep, or least their website does not, so you can book a parcel collection online at any time of day or night, so no more worrying about whether the call centre is still open or not. This means you can place a booking 24/7 – 365 days a year.

The great thing about booking a parcel collection online is that you are the one typing in the addresses, so you know that the addresses you are inputting are the correct ones and have not been misspelled as a result of someone not hearing you correctly, as can happen when booking a parcel collection by telephone.

Also, unlike a normal parcel courier Worldwide Parcel Services operate mainly with an online booking system, this means that immediately after you place your order you then get a confirmation e-mail detailing the booking time, and the collection and delivery addresses. Most parcel couriers operating a telephone booking service do not do this, yet Worldwide Parcel Services believe that this is vital so that you can quickly and easily check your booking, and ensure that it is correct. By sending this email they enable you to spot any mistakes you may have made, and amend them before they ever become a problem.

One of the best bits about Worldwide Parcel Services is the tracking service that they offer. After all whilst it is great to get an e-mail telling you that your parcel has arrived at its final destination, it is even better to be able to find out where it is at any one time, is it not?

Well Worldwide Parcel Services – http://www.worldwide-parcelservices.co.uk – gives you a free tracking service with every parcel that you send with them, you simply go on to their website and input the parcel tracking number from your order and you can find out exactly where your parcel currently is. This is ideal for giving your customers peace of mind updates.

As the bulk of their service is carried out online, queries are very quickly dealt with byadvisors who are on hand to answer any e-mails. Or you can simply pick up the phone and call Worldwide Parcel Services if you miss that element of human interaction, and they will be only too happy to handle your call.

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Worldwide Parcel Services Show Great Flexibility

Worldwide Parcel Services have developed a parcel delivery system which matches the best available both in terms of delivery speed, quality and price. The company has worked hard over the years to be as flexible as possible in order to offer its customers something special both in terms of quality and reliability. The parcel market has changed massively over the past decade and the business has grown throughout the world. Worldwide Parcel Services have developed with the introduction of the Internet, as this has been the single most important change in trade in a lifetime. Through the Internet rose the Internet trader and this now goes from the massive online unit like E bay and Amazon down to small individual users. There is another side of the business that the Internet has changed, in that communications between countries is now the same as communicating with the company next door. The communications can be face to face or by instant text. The result is that it is possible to see something a thousand miles away and purchase it immediately or to send present desperately required in the other direction.

Worldwide Parcel Services – http://www.worldwide-parcelservices.co.uk – recognise the vast changes that have occurred and will occur in the future and their flexibility of approach is aimed at moving with the times wherever that may take them. Worldwide Parcel Services will supply a delivery service to and from just about everywhere in the world, parcels can be quoted for delivery on line and all arrangements made instantly. The company has an excellent system of working with other companies so that they achieve the best and cheapest delivery system. Worldwide Parcel Services realised a long time ago that in the modern world it is not possible for even the largest company to be number one supplier in every country by delivering everything themselves as the world is just too big and too diverse but that the best results are by joining with the best couriers in a specific area. This applies even down to the small local companies who have the advantage of knowing their patch to the smallest detail.

In this case Worldwide Parcel Services are proud to promote their delivery services as they have forged some of the best delivery routes possible with some of the best and most reliable couriers in their parts of the world. The result has been that it is difficult to beat some of the prices that Worldwide Parcel Services now charges.

Flexibility applies across the board and Worldwide Parcel Services put virtually no barriers into their parcel delivery service and they have developed a great system for the delivery of odd shaped parcels or goods that weigh up to 500 kg. The delivery of awkward shaped and heavy parcels is one that most delivery companies shied away from but Worldwide Parcel Services realised that this is a most important market and that the customer does not want a courier who will pick and choose his parcels and so Worldwide Parcel Services have used their flexibility to develop one of the most complete delivery services going.

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Worldwide Parcel Services Offers 5% Discount For ebay Deliveries

Worldwide Parcel Services is pleased to announce that it has encompassed the advantages of the eBay sales system and is doing what it can to ensure that this system of marketing can flourish by supplying good delivery rates for this particular market place. To this effect it is offering its customers and potential customers a 5% discount on the standard delivery rates for the goods delivered. This may be a small amount to you, but in the eBay auction system every little bit helps. The problem with any online auction is that there is a cost of sales and a cost of delivery and if people are not careful then the money made in the auction can quickly be lost in expenses or the in the case of eBay the added cost of delivery frightens off the buyers because of the cost and the bids become very low in numbers as does the final price of the sale.

eBay and other similar sales organisations like Amazon have changed the market place with sales directly from source rather than in a shop and the cost of delivery have decreased as the parcel volume has increased. Worldwide Parcel Services has embraced the changes and carries a large amount of parcels from these different internet sources and looks forward to an increasing business. To this effect the discount for eBay couriers is a pointer of things to come and whilst it is a confusing market at the moment the Internet business will increase and the parcel delivery companies must adapt in order to prosper. Worldwide Parcel Services are pleased to be linked in this way and look forward to an expanding delivery service.

To gain advantage of the 5% discount could not be simpler, it just requires a log on to the Worldwide Parcel Services web site and in the delivery booking system it requires an eBay code and then the delivery system will take care of the delivery process and at the end will reward the customer with the discount. The system is good for all parties as eBay auctions become a little more attractive and the customer and the seller have a suitable discount to take advantage of.

Worldwide Parcel Services have some of the best delivery parcel rates in the business so it is ideal that with the eBay account system that there is an extra discount, They have worked particularly hard to develop a pricing and also a cheap parcel delivery system that is not only affordable but also very professional and efficient so that the customer and the seller are happy. Good delivery systems are not quite as regular as sometimes expected and Worldwide Parcel Services have worked very hard to get to the position where they compete at the top of the market and can develop new and innovative delivery systems and pricing systems such as the one for the eBay discount. So it is time to get selling on eBay and use a delivery service from Worldwide Parcel Services to get a great result.

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Shipping magnate Abdul Qadir Rahman Buhari, the Managing Director of The WAM International, has sealed yet another tender floated by the Tamil Nadu Electrical Board

Shipping magnate Abdul Qadir Rahman Buhari, the Managing Director of The West Asia Maritime International is beginning to raise a few eyebrows in the shipping corridors. In his dogged pursuit of owning ships and winning contracts, the captain of the Chennai-based Corporation has sealed yet another tender floated by the Tamil Nadu Electrical Board which, sources say is tailor-made for Mr Buhari’s self-unloading bulk carrier – the Gem of Ennore, which is intended to move thermal coal from Paradip in Orissa to Ennore/Tuticorin/Karaikal.

The haulier is currently time-chartered by the Tamil Nadu State-owned Poompuhar Shipping Corporation and its 10-year charter period ends Sept/Oct, 2012.

Interestingly, the TNEB’s fresh tender appears to be designed in such a way that no other ship in India has the capacity to bid for it (the tender for the contract has specifically asked for a self unloader feature on the vessel). It’s a home-run for the Gem of Ennore and a smooth transition from one deal to another.

One happens to wonder how a credible agency like PSCL, hired by TNEB for its coal procurement, can be so short-sighted while selecting a vendor. In a country that depends on its coasts for a wide variety of goods, it’s appalling to observe errors in judgement in significant projects with massive financial ramifications.

There is a project that is currently underway to install two gantry cranes at the Ennore port for discharging gearless vessels. The venture is expected to be completed in under 2 years’ time.

The TNEB, amusingly, has brought out a 5-year charter period. The value of a self unloader becomes moot in two years (the gantry cranes are being installed to do exactly what an unloader does). Therefore, the un-loader becomes redundant for the next three years (more of an additional burden to TNEB) and these are the years when the charter hire (around Rs. 20 lakhs plus per day) are 30% to 40% higher than the current rate.

Additionally, infrastructure (gantry cranes) built at huge costs will be under-utilised. These are the years, when having two gearless panamaxes will be financially more viable and sensible than operating the un-loader. In fact, chartering of two gearless vessels to achieve and maintain the same level of transport and supply efficiency at comparable costs would make more economic sense than a self unloader, especially since the gantry cranes are scheduled to come up within two years.

The gantry cranes are being built at the cost of the taxpayers’ money and the government ought to look into it and plug the loophole. Interestingly, the Gem of Ennore was converted more than 10 years ago to suit the requirements of charter.

It was built as a gearless Panamax in 2000 at the Hitachi Zosen Shipyard in Japan. In 2001, she was converted to a self-unloader with cranes and conveyor in China, exclusively for carrying thermal coal from Paradip port in Orissa to Ennore in Tamil Nadu for the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. One wonders if the West Asia Maritime Ltd had an idea of things to come in future.

There are zero opportunities for the other bidders for whom there is no level-playing field. Comparatively, the rate for a charter hire per day is Rs. 14.49 lakh for GoE while a gearless panamax rate is 5.35 lakhs. It is evident that the cost per ton to TNEB on the unloader is much higher than carrying the coal on gearless panamaxes.

Why not float a tender for a period of one year instead of tying it down for five years? Even if TNEB considers chartering a self un-loader, the period should be limited to one year only and reviewed for continuation in 2013, considering the fast-changing ground realities.

The vessel has to be provided within the lay days which are less than two months away. A major conversion such as this takes no less than 5 to 6 months. Therefore, there is a conflict here. The chartering negotiations were going on as of 3rd week of July and the vessel is required no later than 15th October.

One cannot help but wonder about the track record of the shipping giant. WAMSPL (Singapore) entered into two contracts with Euroceanica, UK, in 2008 for the time-charter of 2 19,800 DWT chemical tankers – namely ‘LBU Onyx’ and ‘JBU Opal’ for a period of 5 years. WAMPSL is a subsidiary of West Asia and accordingly West Asia, Chennai, provided performance guarantees for each ship.

‘LBU Onyx’ and ‘JBU Opal’ were delivered to WAMSPL by Euroceanica in September 2008 and April 2009, respectively. The charter parties for the two vessels had a balance of approximately 32 months and 39 months to be performed when things started to go wrong.

WAMPSL failed to pay hire rates on time under both the contracts, as a result of which, Euroceanica arrested MV ‘Gem of Safaga’ in Australia as a security for their claim in November 2009.

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Shiply Welcomes UK Government’s Electric Vans Subsidy For Delivery Companies

The UK government has plans to extend its electric vehicle grant to LCVs this month, giving man and van operators the opportunity to save 25% when upgrading to a new low emissions model. The current electric car incentive provides a £5,000 subsidy to consumers buying a new car, the extension to vans could mean savings of up to £8,000.

Total electric vehicle sales were poor in 2011 with just over 1,000 claims for the plug in car grant, an insignificant step towards the aim of 1.7m electric vehicles on the road in 2020. Including vans in the grant will aim to increase the uptake of low-carbon vehicles to justify the investments made in charging stations.

An upfront subsidy coupled with overall lower fuel costs and tax exemptions will make ultra-low carbon emitting commercial vehicles an attractive long-term investment for couriers and companies transporting goods on a regular basis.

The subsidy only applies to a hybrids that emit less than 75grams of CO2 per km and can travel 60 miles between charge (10 miles for pure electric mode vans).

The grant update comes at a time when HGVs and car transport operators are faced with ever escalating diesel prices, highlighting the need for further development of alternative fuel sources.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply an online transport marketplace (http://www.shiply.com) with more than 40,000 delivery companies as members, welcomes this green transport initiative from the government:

“Extending the electric car grant to vans is a positive move for the delivery industry; it will be a great impetus for courier companies to invest in new low carbon vans where it might have been more difficult to do so previously.

Fuel costs are a large expense for courier companies, and the development of infrastructure and alternative fuels should help future savings. Provided that the government maintains its level of support for electric vehicles, alternative-fuel vans could quickly become a desirable option for drivers.”

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Consider Different Couriers When Buying Furniture Online Says Shiply

Shiply urges buyers to use local couriers making trips along their delivery route when shopping online to save money and emissions. The growth of online shopping has been phenomenal over the past year, the Christmas period saw sales exceeding any previous levels. Online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon continue to see the growing popularity of both buying and selling things online.

In the post-Christmas season when many people will be selling off older products to replace them with their new gifts (or selling unwanted gifts) there is set to be a large number of goods moving through online marketplaces. This provides buyers with a great opportunity to get a deal on second hand furniture.

eBay currently has around 10,000 used furniture listings in the UK alone and more than 200,000 home and garden items. Ikea is also the 7th most searched term revealing the level interest in purchasing furnishings through the site.

Delivery costs for larger items can sometimes be excessive when shopping online; second hand can incur a large transport cost due to its size and weight. Local pickup can be even more costly and wastes the customer’s valuable time whereas hiring a driver for one or two items is wasteful and expensive for all parties.

Robert Matthams Managing Director at Shiply, an online delivery marketplace which has helped its users find delivery services for over 900,000 different consignments, had this to say.

“When using online marketplaces to buy goods the delivery cost can be restrictive, especially when trying to keep a tight budget. By finding drivers that have spare capacity travelling near them customers can reduce the delivery costs. If a seller is offering local pickup as an option it’s usually worth calling or contacting them through the site to ask to arrange a man and van service to pick it up instead of driving to collect it.

The advantage of a local courier is they can save buyers money on delivery costs because they are making trips near there anyway and a lot of the time need to fill spare capacity, this is especially worthwhile for bigger items as hiring a courier specifically can be very costly. Most reputable drivers will have visible feedback so it’s easy to ensure a reputable service.

Many of our users are avid “eBayers” and regularly use Shiply to move second hand goods, it’s a partnership that works out for all parties, buyers and sellers can save on transport costs and the couriers themselves can pick up extra work.”

Shiply.com matches people needing to move goods with transport companies going there anyway. Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo and over 50% run only part-full. By enabling consumers and businesses to make use of this spare capacity, Shiply.com dramatically cuts down on CO2 emissions, increases the profitability of transport companies and saves the consumer up to 75%.

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Favourable Weather Bodes Well for Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Says Shiply

Snow during the week leading up to Christmas can be troublesome for couriers and customer alike. Now however, the chances of a white Christmas have been slashed as it appears that the UK may be in for one of the warmest Christmas days on record. The last days leading up to the holiday should also stay relatively mild, which will please late Christmas shoppers says online transport marketplace Shiply.

Not content with the explosion of digital commerce conducted over the past weeks some online retailers are accepting Christmas delivery orders as late as the 23rd via express or next-day. Other stores are offering the proviso that timely deliveries are weather-dependant however it seems as though it shouldn’t pose a problem this year.

Last-minute festive shoppers’ concerns of hostile conditions delaying deliveries or high street visits have seemingly been allayed. Forecasters have all but ruled out a white Christmas as tropical air could bring temperatures as high as 14C to the country and even 12C in Scotland which plummeted to a frostbitten -18C last year. The north experienced bleak weather last week, ruling out deliveries and causing traffic chaos, it appears now however that transport firms will be able to continue a normal service owing to less severe weather conditions.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (www.shiply.com), the online marketplace with a network of more than 40,000 transport and removal companies, spoke about the benefits of a mild holiday season.

“While it might not feel quite so much like Christmas, the warmer weather is actually a blessing for the last minute shopper. With so many opting to shop online and relying on a trusty man with a van to do the legwork for them it’s fortunate that the weather this year will allow delivery services to work right up until the last minute.”

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Busiest Christmas for Deliveries Offers Challenge to Couriers Says Shiply

An unprecedented number of online sales this holiday season could provide a considerable logistical challenge according to online transport marketplace Shiply. Making sure that everyone gets their gifts on time will demand a substantial effort on the part of couriers and delivery services.

The week ending December 9 saw a 15% rise on the same period last year with similar increases reported of the first 39 days of the holiday season according to comScore. Sales on “Cyber Monday” and “Black Friday” rose more than 20% compared to 2010.

The coming week tends to be the busiest for online shopping, “Green Monday” coined by eBay often ranks among the top spending days. However new trends such as free shipping days (the last day before Christmas where free delivery can be guaranteed to reach before the 25th) may be challenging for the highest spend.

An unparalleled number of parcels have caused Royal Mail to hire thousands of temporary staff to cope with increased demand over December and potentially January, to deal with the sales. But with the postal service operating at a loss and facing job cuts, online retailers often rely on independent couriers and man and van services to provide affordable delivery, but some delivery companies are already struggling to keep up with demands of four million parcels to be delivered every day.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (www.shiply.com) the online transport marketplace with a network of more than 40,000 transport and removal companies, gives his opinion on the current trends in online shopping and the challenges faced by delivery services.

“Last year’s inclement weather caused a lot of high street closures which led people to turn to online shopping, but because of the snow many deliveries were delayed causing a lot of frustration.

Online shopping is easier and more accessible now and with the growth of mobile transactions and improved security, many people who wouldn’t have shopped online before are now doing so. I doubt we’ll see anything but growth in the future.

November/December is always a busy period for deliveries and I hope that couriers have learned from past experiences that there’s a huge surge in demand at this time of year and made contingencies to cope with it. The government has promised to better cope with any snow this year and have more salt and new gritters to treat roads. So I would say that people can have more confidence in their deliveries or moving goods this year, but I would also advise that customers don’t leave it to the last minute”

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Going Green Can Save Courier Companies Money In The Long Run, Says Shiply

A day doesn’t pass without emission reductions reaching the international agenda. The recent environment talks in Durban have underlined the increasing importance placed on reducing climate change. Emissions reduction policies inevitably filter down to industry and the public in the form of regulation and taxes sparking a heightened need for innovations to curb greenhouse gas output. Couriers and haulage companies are among those consistently urged to increase their environmentally friendly commitments.

Transport and logistics services are undoubtedly a major contributor to CO2 emissions, despite providing a vital service to private and public interests there are still more steps to be taken to up the carbon efficiency of the sector. A recent survey conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed 31% of the UK’s 3.5 million vans failed to meet Euro-3 emission standards. Road freight especially is under pressure, in the UK new emission regulations and taxations could see an average man and van firm’s operating costs increase dramatically.

Emissions of CO2 rose by 5.9% in 2010, attributed to an economic turnaround. Increases continue to escalate despite strong pushes for more efficient transport. Saving money and saving the environment aren’t often seen as going hand in hand, however the inflated price of petrol and diesel coupled with increasingly harsh regulations on the highest emitting vehicles means that going green could be better for the bottom line as well as environmental welfare.

Many automobile marques are stepping up to the emissions challenge, developing better and more affordable eco-friendly LCVs. Brands such as Citroen are even offering subsidies to London-based hauliers on new vans. Additionally schemes are being implemented to make owning electric and hybrid vehicles more viable and attractive.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (http://www.shiply.com/) the online transport marketplace with more than 40,000 transport companies as members, speaks about how couriers need to adapt and the benefits of running a greener service.

“Emissions are on everyone’s mind, they’re one of the key indicators of a business’ efficiency nowadays. Reductions need to come to the delivery sector in order for it to remain competitive, most vans run on diesel now, but that alone is not going to cut it. Grants and subsidies are available to help when buying greener vehicles, and even small changes like retrofitting vehicles for emission reduction or making sure a courier doesn’t travel with an empty van can help save money and carbon.

Changing vehicle is expensive but running an inefficient one could be more so. An electric van driver in London for example wouldn’t pay road tax or congestion charges and would avoid the future £100+/day LEZ charges. Given the new commitments being made to supporting electric, I expect some substantial changes ahead for the logistics sector. If fuel costs continue to rise the way they are I expect to see a lot more electric vehicles on the road.”

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Shiply Supports Government Boosts To UK Logistics Sector

The past few months have brought unsettling news for the delivery and logistics sectors as well as other road users; proposed increases in taxes and fuel duty were met with swift objections from MP’s and Motoring Associations.

In a move that will benefit large haulage firms and man and van companies alike, George Osborne has scrapped the 3 pence fuel duty rise that was due to hit road users in January, as outlined is his Autumn Statement; as well as reducing future increases planned for August from 5 pence to 3. The turnaround, a result of increasing pressure from those opposed is no doubt a boost for transportation and delivery companies as the now abandoned fuel duty hike would have seen a haulier operating 10 lorries fuel costs soar by £65,000.

Further, the Department for Transport released its November review “The Logistics Growth Review – Connecting People with Goods” detailing proposed plans and investments for the sector for the future. The review outlined a number of favourable changes for the delivery and logistics sectors including:

– £1bn investment in “growth critical roads”
– Securing commercial funding for logistics developments projects
– £4m investment in skills for logistics schemes and improving the image of the sector
– £8m commitment to lower emissions technologies
The investments are expected to “Improve longer term capacity, performance and resilience of congested road and rail networks”

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (http://www.shiply.com/) the online transport marketplace with more than 40,000 transport and removal companies as members, commended the government’s turnaround on fuel duty as well as its increased support of the sector.

“These plans are great news. The logistics business makes up 7% of employment in the UK and with small profit margins (1-3%) it is important that the sector receives support, it’s a huge driver of the economy and I believe it’s significant that the government is trying to create greater confidence for investment. I also think the plans to better the image of the industry is vital, delivery services are enormously important to businesses and customers, so ensuring we invest in apprenticeships, qualifications and encouraging the next generation is key to its continued success.”

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Increased Chance Of A White Christmas Could Cause Havoc With Deliveries Says Shiply

Many people covet a white Christmas, the snow provides an authentic holiday feeling for families, which may be very well for spending time indoors on Christmas Day but when it comes to Christmas deliveries the powder can cause a multitude of delays for courier services, potentially depriving customers of their eagerly expected gifts.

This year has seen some of the most volatile weather in recent memory; extreme weather struck many parts of the world, whilst more positively the UK saw temperatures soar to a record high of 29.9C in October. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) published a report on 17 November detailing the increasing impact climate change is inflicting on weather systems; the panel called for prompt action by government and industry to allay the increasing impact on the environment.

It might be thought that the increasing temperatures would decrease the likelihood of Christmas snowfall, however according to Ladbrokes the odds have changed, with a white Christmas more likely than previously predicted. The warm autumn may well be replaced with a polar air moving in to replace the mild conditions from the start of December the broker’s in-house weather experts told ClickGreen, a prediction echoed by Positive Weather Solutions.

Christmas snow betting is somewhat of a popular novelty, but harsh weather around the holidays could be disastrous for delivery companies and man and van operators. Severe weather has seen the disruption of delivery services in the past especially in the North, even going so far as to force companies including Tesco and Boots to halt online orders.

This year as with years previous, online shopping is set to grow,reaching around£21.3bn by the end of 2011. The increased demand, coupled with wintry weather systems could cause serious issues for Christmas deliveries.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply, the online transport marketplace with more than 40,000 transport and removal companies as members, had this to say on the potential impact of changeable weather on deliveries, and precautions both transport providers and customers should take.

“It’s clear that we’ve had a lot of fair weather this year, which might lead people to dismiss the chance of snow over Christmas, but some factors are pointing to the fact that it may be more likely than it seems; and we’ve all seen the impact unpreparedness can have on transport in the past.

Customers can be very demanding of couriers over the holiday period, I would advise them to make sure that they have all their online shopping done, or at least planned well in advance to avoid any disappointment, and be sure to arrange things such as an eBay delivery service in good time should they need to, especially for large item delivery.

I would urge transport providers to start taking precautions for harsher weather, such as switching over to winter tyres and making sure they have de-icer and even appropriate attire for icy conditions prepared.”

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Small Couriers Amongst The Hardest Hit By Fuel Duty Increase, Warns Shiply

With fuel prices still within 3pence of the record high set in May this year and duty increases planned for 2012, the cost of transporting goods is set to skyrocket. The public are outraged at the increase in their cost of travelling, but to delivery and courier service companies, the hikes may hit even harder.

Despite scrapping the fuel duty escalator proposed last year, the government are still planning a fuel duty increase of 3 pence per litre (which was postponed in April) in January, expanding on the charge that already accounts for 43% of the cost of fuel. These increases will push the overall price of petrol up by nearly 3%; the average cost of refuelling a car will increase by £1.50 whilst filling up an average van will increase from £80.46 to £82.26. MP’s debated the issue described by some as a “tax on hard working Britons” on 15th November after the Fair Fuel UK e-petition reached 100,000 signatures; though Vince Cable has warned drivers that, given state of the treasury they shouldn’t expect “freebies”.

These increases impact heavily on consumers no doubt, but an even larger blow will be felt by small, independent couriers and man and van operators who spend their whole day on the road, covering thousands of miles per week transporting important personal and commercial packages.

The future also holds some steep charges to be levelled at van drivers in the capital. The London Emission Zone has proposed new fines from 3rd January the typical man with a van can expect to pay charges of £250-500 per day in a wide area around the capital, not to mention parking rates and congestion charges; these charges will drastically impact the cost of deliveries in London.

Daryll Middleton, Business Development Manager of Shiply.com, an online transport marketplace with more than 40,000 delivery and removal companies as members said: “This may be the final blow that will put many businesses across the logistics industry into closure, especially among the small/medium firms that have already struggled their way through what has been an extremely tough year.”

Founded in 2008, Shiply.com matches people needing to move goods with transport companies going there anyway. Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo and over 50% run only part-full. By enabling consumers and businesses to make use of this spare capacity, Shiply.com dramatically cuts down on CO2 emissions, increases the profitability of transport companies and saves the consumer up to 75%.

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Excess Baggage Company Launches New Airport Services

Excess Baggage, one of the world’s leading baggage shipping companies, has announced the launch of a number of new services at airports across the country.

The specialist shipping firm currently provides services at many of the UK’s major airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick, along with large shopping centres such as Westfield Shopping Centre and major train stations owned by Network Rail and Southern Rail.

In a bid to make better use of the company’s highly trained staff, Excess Baggage has begun offering a range of concierge services at airport arrival and departure locations. In arrivals, customers can now come to Excess Baggage to organise hotel reservations, flower deliveries and tour and taxi bookings. Mobile telephones and SIM cards are now available for purchase from Excess Baggage shops, and staff also offer a duty free shop and ship service

A range of new services have also been made available in departures, including lounge access and information desk services. A range of duty-free options have also been designed, such as online purchasing and duty free fulfilment.

The company currently offers a wide variety of concierge services including luggage storage, domestic and international luggage delivery, lost and found stations and more. Excess Baggage also has its own line of retail outlets selling travel accessories and goods in airport arrival and departure lounges all over the country.

David Elliott, chairman of Excess Baggage, said: “We are very excited about the additional services that we have recently rolled out and are certain that current and prospective clients will find them incredibly useful.

“We are also confident that all of these services will help airports to boost revenue from duty free sales.”

All of the services that Excess Baggage has developed will be available to customers either online or direct from the airport. Any products that are bought through Excess Baggage’s shop and collect service can either be picked up from a convenient location within the airport, or delivered to the airport lounge or any other location in the EU. By offering these services they plan to make shipping to Australia or luggage shipping to any worldwide destination becomes a more convenient task.

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National Transport, LLC Offers Car Shipping Rates for Your Cross Country Move

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New Internationalremovals.co.uk Set to Help International Movers Make Their Journey Much Easier and Care-Free

With the launch of the InternationalRemovals.co.uk, the Excess International Movers Ltd. Website looks set to make international moves and emigrations to popular locations such as Australia, New Zealand and the USA a much less daunting prospect.

Many UK residents have upped sticks and moved overseas either for work, to live near family or for other reasons and the process has often been described as laborious, time consuming and difficult. With the launch of this site though, wherever in the world that customers are looking to move to, they can easily cover every aspect of their move by contacting International Removals in advance to arrange procedures.

As a division of the respected Excess International Movers Ltd, Visitors to the internationalremovals.co.uk website are faced with not only a secure and affordable luggage and possessions shipping service but many other complimentary services that some people may not have considered such as money transfers and even car shipping.

David Elliott, Chairman of Excess International Movers praised the new site launch saying, “With Internationalremovals.co.uk we have aimed to cover absolutely every element of a big move overseas.

“The issue many of the people we’ve spoken to about moving abroad is the amount of additional work and number of companies they need to contact as a part of their move. This is why we have sought to bring it all under one service on the new website”

International removals no longer purely involves shipping suitcases, more people are looking for additional shipping services that can handle furniture, vehicles and even family pets. International Removals has each of these as well as other points to consider such as claiming any tax back from the UK government if you are owed any when you leave.

With over 30 years of experience the Excess International Movers Company is a leading brand when it comes to helping people move abroad, and with the new overseas removals service customers can make their move much more convenient and affordable. Free quotes can be gained by visiting www.internationalremovals.co.uk with attractive rates on many popular services including shipping to USA, overseas removals to Australia and many other destinations.

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Popular Shopping Service Cloakroom Co. Enters Online Arena

London ‘shop and drop’ sensation Cloakroom Co. has launched a new website to help its growing customer base learn more about its baggage storage and cloakroom services.

The ingenious company, based at Westfield shopping centre in White City, has experienced incredible demand for its secure shopping storage options since launching in January.

New website Cloakroom.co has already proved to be a hit, with shoppers flocking to find out how to enjoy a lighter, hassle-free trip to their favourite stores.

Instead of carting around your previous purchases all day – resulting in sore arms and short tempers – for a small fee you can leave your excess baggage with the experienced professionals at Cloakroom Co. while you enjoy your day.

It also avoids the risk of unaccompanied baggage, as it is easy to put down bags and forget about them while you examine electronic products or try on new outfits.

As part of leading luggage shipping business Excess Baggage Company, which was established in 1983 and delivers a wide range of services at major airports such as London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester, the team behind Cloakroom Co. has reassuringly strong experience in handling and storing people’s treasured possessions.

David Elliot Chairman of Excess Baggage, said: “In tune with our stress-relieving practical services, our online presence is very accessible and gives you all the information you need quickly and clearly.

“It features full details of our luggage storage options and also further explains our delivery service, which arranges for shopping or general luggage to be shipped directly to a shopper’s home or hotel, to avoid an inconvenient struggle on the Tube or bus.”

Excess Baggage Company’s lost property and lost and found services are provided to a number of operators including Gatwick Airport Ltd, Manchester Airport Group, Network Rail and Southern Rail. Additional options include luggage shipping, left baggage and retail travel baggage.

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Shipping to/from Israel — Unmatched Price and Service Since 1979

Kef International Freight forwarding and relocation services with toll-free information and sales in the U.S.A.,Canada, England, France, and Israel—and agents the world over.

Kef International covers every stage of the relocation process including professional packing, secure storage, international freight forwarding, customs clearance, and delivery to destination. Kef offers unmatched door-to-door service providing thorough information, expert advice, and the highest level of control from start to finish. Join the community of satisfied Kef customers who enjoy unmatched service in all aspects of their international relocation.

We place your needs at the top of our priorities, and it shows. Kef offers the highest level of service throughout the relocation process. Our global network of relocation experts is there to serve you from start to finish, and it is our goal to make your move as easy as possible.

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