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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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Christmas Comes But Once A Year For Worldwide Parcel Services

Tracking Santa Claus can be quite a problem, many a child has looked hard and the internet has sites for seeing where he is going but the practical difficulties of tracking a sleigh full of presents get in the way. Worldwide Parcel Services has worked hard to do its best to rise to the occasion and put Santa’s problems at the head of the queue so that whilst Santa Claus may not be visible the results of his work can be easily seen. The Christmas parcel trade is immense and gets bigger every year with the rise of Internet shopping and this is an occasion where the problem of deliveries will cause untold heartache to the children who believe that they are going to be sent the latest toy or gadget from that mysterious black hole somewhere in the frozen North. Worldwide Parcel Services has worked extremely hard to remove any such problems and parcels delivered right up to the 25th December will be treated with the respect they deserve and every effort will be made to deliver them on time.

The advantages of using Worldwide Parcel Services is that any parcel can be tracked throughout the UK so that if there are any worries or concerns about the arrival of that special parcel on that special day the progress of the parcel delivery the frozen wastes of the UK can be tracked and reassurance will be at hand. Tracking services have developed so much in the last few years and the technology of the industry is ever changing but these days a parcel is not a nondescript item that is thrown in the back of van but each is labelled and identified by its own particular code. Worldwide Parcel Services –http://www.worldwide-parcelservices.co.uk – uses that code so that its position in the country is always known. This ensures that the parcel takes the shortest route and that any hold ups or questions can be dealt with immediately to ensure that Santa Clauses problems are but temporary and that the parcel reaches its destination on time.

The Christmas period is a busy time but that is what Worldwide Parcel Services considers to be its job in life and has worked hard not only to ensure speedy and safe delivery but by choosing local hauliers with good reputations has been able to get a pricing system that rivals any in the business. It is easy to arrange for Santa Claus to take the parcel by logging onto Worldwide Parcel Services and booking the parcel through the internet and waiting for the collection for delivery to that special little person who is so reliant on getting it on time. In 24 hours it will be possible to track a parcel and with the safe delivery assured the job is complete. Santa Claus my only work one day a year but Worldwide Parcel Services work every day and will deliver that special parcel for any major event.

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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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Worldwide Parcel Services Know International Deliveries

If you’re looking to ship any number of parcels, of any size, to anywhere in the world, then look no further!

Worldwide Parcel Services (WPS – http://www.worldwide-parcelservices.co.uk) are an international company that ship any number of parcels to anywhere in the world for you. They guarantee the cheapest parcel delivery, whilst still maintaining a great quality, reliable and trustworthy service.

Fill out the quick quote form at the top of the page, simply giving the collection country and destination country, number of parcels, size and weight of the parcel. It’s then very simple to get a quote and arrange for a courier to come and pick up your parcel(s) the next day. Worldwide Parcel Services deliver any size parcel, less than 500kg, to almost any country in the world.

When you get your quote, WPS automatically suggest the best parcel service for you, along with the cheapest possible prices. You can pick the best option for you, as they have a range of international parcel delivery options depending on the weight of the parcel, the speed of delivery, the price you are willing to pay and the intended destination.

You can easily and very immediately see the prices for a large variety of countries, as it is displayed on the homepage.

Whether your parcel’s destination is within a local town in the UK, perhaps a relatively short trip into Europe, mid-distance in North or South America, or whether you even need to send something extremely long distance with a parcel to Australia; Worldwide Parcel Services guarantee they know how to get your parcel there quickly, cheaply and efficiently.

Once your parcel has been sent you can enter your personal tracking number to track your parcel’s speedy journey to its destination.

For example, if looking to deliver to a destination in nearby Europe, you can send a parcel to Germany or France for only £15.99, and your peace of mind that your package will arrive safely is assured.

Worldwide Parcel Services are continually working to improve their site, on a weekly basis, to boost sales and improve customer satisfaction. This ensures their webpage is very easy to use, with bright and clear text and images. The layout and instructions are so simple that even the least techno-savvy user would find it easy to ship their parcels.

They are integrated with some of the country’s largest couriers, such as DHL, DPD and TNT, and have been making annual online sales of millions of pounds in recent years.

Exclusive offers are also made to Worldwide Parcel Services’ customers, such as five pounds of free credit when you add one hundred or more pounds to WPS. Ebay sellers also receive an amazing five percent shipping discount on all parcels the ship via Ebay. These offers encourage customers to stick with WPS for all their parcel needs, meaning that the customer always gets a discount and the best care, and doesn’t have to worry about finding a new company or worrying how a new company would work.

So next time you send a parcel, send it via Worldwide Parcel Services.

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Worldwide Parcel Services Put Service First

Worldwide Parcel Services are putting all their efforts into giving the best possible service for parcel delivery without compromising the price. In fact the company prides itself on giving its customers generally the lowest prices in the business. Service has always been important in the delivery business but the speed and information has never been stronger than it is at present.

The modern world is now working at such a pace that the parcel delivery service is coming under more and more pressure to provide an ever shortening delivery time.

In order to do this Worldwide Parcel Services is able to offer a next day or 24 hour delivery service for most of its deliveries. However in the present demands are such that where possible Worldwide Parcel Services is able to offer a same day delivery service.

This is largely in part due to ever increasing online sales, as more customers make the move from high street purchases to instead make those purchases online instead. Auction sites are a huge reason for the high demand for quick parcel delivery, and as a resultWorldwide Parcel Services have created a tailored ebay couriers service specifically to deal with the surge.

To the business world Worldwide Parcel Services has recognised that the delivery of papers and documents in a very short time is paramount to the conclusion of good financial deals and without this service the customer has to rely on taking the parcels by hand in taxis or the equivalent. The fact that they can now ring a local delivery service for urgent deliveries saves an extra worry and reduces labour commitments.

There are of course many similar customers who want quick services but in which the delivery has to be made at the best price. The customer with the urgent spare part to deliver or the bulk delivery of catalogues require different services and demand the cost benefits associated with this choice. To deal with this Worldwide Parcel Services are able to offer a complete range of services from the same day delivery to the next day delivery service and to the general cheap parcel delivery service which is usually around 2 days.

The quicker the service the higher the cost but a quick look at the Internet or a telephone call can get the full range of delivery options that are available and with this available it is easy to get the best system for the deliveries concerned. It should be noted that bulk parcel deliveries can trigger some special price advantages as the cost of pick-up and delivery is markedly reduced in this case.

The company is proud of their service and the speed at which delivery can be triggered. They have spent a great deal on developing a computer system that can be accessed easily by Internet and in which the parcel can be put in the system to give an instant quote and if acceptable the parcel can be booked into the system instantly and will then be automatically collected for delivery in a short time.

Everything in the delivery service is geared to the customer from the booking system to the collection and the delivery service. The skill and experience of Worldwide Parcel Service is such that they pride themselves on a total control of the parcel from start to finish, which ensures the best service possible.

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Worldwide Parcel Services Highlight The Importance Of Correct Customs Paperwork

If you have never shipped a parcel to a customer abroad then you maybe unaware of the problems that it can entail, and even if you have shipped a parcel abroad before then it may have gone trouble free, however this is not the case every time. Indeed shipping parcels abroad can be a nightmare. You could sell something on eBay to someone in another country and be totally unsuspecting of the problems that maybe coming your way.

Indeed one bad experience of shipping a parcel abroad may leave you never wanting to ship another ever again. There are several reasons for this, commonly paperwork and shipping something illegal. The problem is that many of us shipping goods from our home to another country actually have no idea as to whether they are illegal there or not.

On the other hand with numerous years of experience in the courier services business then Worldwide Parcel Services knows exactly what you can and cannot ship to each country. They can provide advice on not just what you can’t ship legally, but also what may cause moral offence in certain Muslim countries. Just remember a ‘Lads’ magazine sent to a friend abroad that you may find inoffensive could cause religious offence in another country.

Also whilst a stun gun might be legal to sell in the USA, it is illegal to import one in to the majority of countries in Europe. Trying to import one could see you facing illegal arms importation charges.

Indeed when the roles are reversed and you want to send a parcel to USA from UK, the same can apply depending on the goods which are being imported. While the item might seem innocent, it could still be against the law. Most countries have their own specific import and export rules and restrictions.

So if you want to avoid any such import/export problems then you would be best to talk to one of Worldwide Parcel Services shipping experts who will be able to tell you virtually instantly as to whether you are going to encounter shipping problems or not.

This is not to say they cannot help you to ship problematic goods, indeed far from it as Worldwide Parcel Services has experts who are used to dealing with shipping parcels that could be deemed as tricky to ship by other companies.

In the majority of cases you can import or export just about anything as long as you have the right paperwork to do so, and when this involves getting the right export or import licences from the government in question then it is far easier if a shipping expert helps to do this for you. You also need to be aware that if shipping a parcel a very long distance then you will need to provide all of the relevant paperwork for each country it passes through, get this wrong and your parcel could be held up in transit or even confiscated. If you are handling the shipping yourself then you could find that you have the headache of providing all of the paperwork or sorting out any problems on your own.

Whilst it is apparent that it is good to have someone to take care of all of this paperwork, it is good to know that if you ship your parcels using Worldwide Parcel Services they will assist you in ensuring that all of the correct paperwork is shipped with your parcel and deal with any problems the parcel may encounter enroute to its destination, on your behalf, all as part of their standard parcel courier service.

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Lost In Translation Or Just Lost In The Post?

If you are in charge of shipping your companies parcels out to customers on a regular basis then you will know how important it is to be able to give your customer an update as to where there parcel is and when it is likely to be with them. Whereas once it was just business customers that wanted to know where their parcel was and when they could expect delivery, the Internet has resulted in massive surge of ecommerce orders in the past year with many people now ordering goods for home delivery, and guess what? Most of these customers also want to be able to find out when their goods will be arriving, and in general a customer ordering on the Internet will be even more demanding when it comes to parcel tracking.

If you are not yet using parcel tracking or your current parcel courier does not offer the service then maybe you should be talking to Worldwide Parcel Services instead. Worldwide Parcel Services are a truly online based parcel courier, this means they understand the way people ordering things on the Internet think, and they use this knowledge to offer a parcel courier service that offers people peace of mind when it comes to parcel tracking.

You may not think that parcel tracking is important, indeed you may never have had a parcel go missing in transit, but the minute one does then you can guarantee that it will be one going to your most important customer, and almost certainly you will also have the bad luck of not having another item in stock to re-send out to them. This could mean that one missing parcel destroys year’s worth of trusted business relationship building – all because you had no parcel tracking in place!

Worldwide Parcel Services recognise that good parcel tracking is becoming increasingly important when you are selling goods online, as if you are running an ecommerce store selling purely online, then what is the one thing you do not want? Phone calls from customers asking where their parcels are. By using Worldwide Parcel Services as a courier you are buying a service, which allows you to offer your customer online parcel tracking, whereby they can simply go to Worldwide Parcel Services website, type in their tracking number and see exactly where there parcel is. By using this type of service you will minimise the number of calls you receive asking, “Where’s my goods?”

Yet their tracking service does not just benefit retail customers. If you are shipping purely to business customers then what could be better than being able to find out online exactly where your customers parcel is whilst they are on the phone to you. By using Worldwide Parcel Services online tracking service you eliminate the need to call your customer back as you can give them an answer right away.

Whilst many companies would pay their parcel courier for the service benefits alone that this enables them to offer their customers, Worldwide Parcel Services offer this tracking service free to every customer as standard.

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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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Tracking A Worldwide Parcel Delivery In The UK

Worldwide Parcel Services is proud to have developed a system with its main delivery route suppliers within the United Kingdom whereby a parcel can be tracked throughout its journey so that at the click of a button the position of the parcel can be established and the user can estimate the arrival time of the goods concerned. Tracking a parcel can be of no use at all to many customers but to some customers it is vitally important to its continued operation.

Worldwide Parcel Services has embraced the delivery system whereby the “Just in Time” work procedures of modern industry require goods delivered just before they are required to be used in the production cycle. “Just in time” systems have been adopted in industry so that the storage requirements of goods delivered into the production line are kept small and close to the works operation. This also means that the customer requires far less in the way of cash flow to manage his business. The only way a business like this survives is if the international parcel delivery systems the company uses can meet the requirements necessary for a good production operation and they can absolutely rely on his courier to deliver on time.

Another important delivery system requires spare parts for emergency breakdowns to be tracked so that everything is ready for their immediate usage on arrival at their end point. The third tracking requirement is the important document or file transfer business which requires legal or financial documents to be transferred in bulk exactly when required and at great speed.

In these cases Worldwide Parcel Service tracking systems come into their own, as a parcel is tracked throughout its journey. On entry into the Worldwide Parcel Service system the parcel is labelled with a bar code system that is unique to the parcel itself. Its position is logged onto the computer system and at this stage the parcel becomes live as far as Worldwide Parcel Service and its couriers are concerned although the results are not usually posted on line within the first 24 hours. Every time the parcel is shipped the delivery movement is registered into the computer by scanning the bar code. This scanning can be instantly sent to the computer library and the customer can access it position and find out just where it is and estimate when it will arrive.

Worldwide Parcels Services is working hard to get this system to a fool proof stage so that the customer is getting more and more information. The whole tracking system is important to the carrier and to the user alike, the carrier needs to know where parcel is at any time so that he can check if the deliveries are on time and that there have been no unexpected delays. This way Worldwide Parcel Service will be able to take action if the problem affects the user. Worldwide Parcel Service can also check on the delivery team at any time and see if there are any weak links.

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Is Your Parcel Service Truly Online?

Do you use an online parcel courier? Are they truly online? Many companies simply have a website with a phone number to call to book a collection – So are they really an online parcel courier?

Here at Worldwide Parcels we believe that an online parcel courier is only truly online if they allow you to book online, pay online and track your parcel online.

We can tell you that there are massive advantages to booking a parcel collection and delivery online, versus ordering a collection over the phone.

Firstly if you have to phone the parcel services company and speak to someone to make a booking, then you are probably having to use a rate card to manually work out a volumetric price for your parcel, which let’s face it is not easy. Then you have to phone your pickup through, and probably be on hold for 5 minutes before having to painstakingly read all the details out over the phone. We like you, know that if you do this daily it can waste a lot of your time. So why not opt to do things smarter and simpler?

Using Worldwide Parcels latest online booking system you can get an instant quote on sending a parcel to Australia or Vietnam and every country in the alphabet in between. Also unlike other parcel services our quotation system is fully automated, so you get your quote instantly – no filling in a form and then waiting around for someone to email you a quote back hours later, and no more looking at a rate card to work out the price.

We save you time by simplifying the quotation process, all we need to give you a quote is the destination, and the parcels weight and size – with Worldwide Parcels we make it that simple.

Within seconds we will display your parcel quote online, and you can even see which parcel courier we have chosen to send it with, along with an estimate of how long it will take to get to its destination. We believe we are unique in offering this level of detail on our quotations.

We offer the advantage that as you never have to phone us, you are never wasting time being on hold, or giving out delivery details over the phone.

By using our online parcel booking system you also have the advantage in that you can book a collection at any time of day or night, even at 4 am in the morning! Many traditional parcel couriers only take bookings from 9 to 5, but we are open 24/7. So if you place an order whilst we are asleep, we’ll be straight on to it the next morning.

Worldwide Parcels also offers hassle free parcel tracking, you don’t need to phone us, you can just put your booking number in on our website and see where your parcel is in the delivery chain, meaning you can update your customer instantly.

So the next time you need to book a parcel collection and delivery then try out Worldwide Parcels new online booking system, we guarantee it will save you time and offer you the best rates available with the chosen parcel courier.

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Is Your Parcel Courier Online?

All parcel couriers are the same are they not? We all come along and collect your parcels once you’ve booked your collection with us do we not?

Well here at Worldwide Parcel Services we like to think that we are a little different to your normal parcel courier. Firstly recognising that most of our customers are now online and regularly use the Internet during the day, then we’ve put our parcel collection ordering system online as well.

This means you can still phone us up like a normal parcel courier to book a collection if you want to, and we will be happy to take your call, but we also do not want you get frustrated if you are on hold waiting to speak to one of our operators. So our new online system is designed to let you book your parcel collection as fast as possible, with no annoying wait, and no annoying music whilst on hold!

At Worldwide Parcel Services we designed our online ordering system with the customer in mind, we feel when ordering online that you need to know the price instantly for shipping your goods, so if you know the size of your parcel and its weight then that’s just what we give you – a quote, instantly. No more hunting round for a volumetric conversion chart to work out what you think we are going to charge you, it’s all worked out for you with you barely lifting a finger.

Also we recognised that many of our customers were phoning up from busy, noisy environments and that under such circumstances it’s easy for one of us to get the address details wrong, so by being able to type in the addressee’s delivery details you know that we’ve been given exactly the right address to ship your parcel to.

Ordering online also means that we can send you a confirmation of your delivery time and collection, as well as confirming the pickup point and destination, this is not a service you get with many couriers if you only order by telephone.

Also with many courier services that only take bookings by phone you can only book a parcel when they are open. With our online system you book a collection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even when we’re fast asleep. This means if you’re running late and our switchboards closed for the today, you can still safely book a collection for the next day, and we’ll be on the case first thing the next morning.

Worldwide Parcel Services offer a truly online service with great free added benefits such as online parcel tracking, allowing you to see where your parcel is at any time of day or night. The beauty of our system is that as long as you have your tracking number with you, you can check where it is from anywhere in the World that you can get Internet access, including your Smartphone.

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Parcel2Go Helping Small Businesses to Beat Royal Mail Price Increase

Small firms feeling the squeeze following the Royal Mail’s decision to increase the price of first and second class stamps at the end of last month are being offered a helping hand by Bolton-based online parcel delivery firm Parcel2Go.

The company says businesses and individuals can try to beat the Royal Mail price increase by becoming Parcel2Go users and benefitting from the vast range of reliable and cost-effective UK express delivery solutions available through the website.

With just a few clicks of a mouse, customers can order delivery services from some of the world’s major courier companies such as FedEx, Parcelforce and Yodel. Changes to the way Royal Mail prices parcels means people will be better off sending any consignment weighing more than 750g through Parcel2Go.

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer said: “We understand how much pressure consumers and small businesses are under at the moment, which is why we are urging people to see if they are able to get a better deal on their package deliveries through the Parcel2Go website.

“Our quick quote function makes it simple and extremely fast to get a price for a delivery, but that simple move could result in a sizeable saving. What’s more, because we only deal with the world’s top courier firms, individuals and businesses always know their consignments are in safe hands.”

Convenience matters to everyone, which is why the Collect+ services available through Parcel2Go have become so popular. Customers not able to meet a courier to pick up their package can choose instead to drop it off at one of the 3,000 corner shops and convenience stores in the UK that make up the Collect+ network.

“Convenience, speed, reliability and affordability are what we’re about,” said Mr Mercer. “We’re calling on everyone affected by the recent Royal Mail price hike to see if they could save, and get a better service though Parcel2Go.”

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Provide rapid parcel delivery options and reap the benefits, says Parcel2Go

Businesses should look to offer customers a wide range of rapid delivery options if they want to maximise sales opportunities, according to online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go.

The Bolton-based company has advised online retailers of all sizes to ensure that they have a variety of solutions available, including next-day, 48-hour, Saturday morning and overseas delivery options. Customers who receive their goods quickly are more likely to leave a positive review of their experience, and new research has shown just how important positive feedback is to UK businesses.

Parcel2Go marketing director Richard Mercer said research carried out by social commerce firm Reevoo had highlighted how much online shoppers value reviews from other customers, and therefore the importance businesses should place on boosting service levels.

He said: “Managing customer orders quickly and efficiently once they have been submitted is critical to the smooth running of any retail company, and research has shown the value that shoppers place on having access to cheap and fast delivery services. It’s common sense that they want to receive their items as soon as possible.

“Companies should capitalise on this and make sure that delivery options from the leading firms that people will recognise and trust, such as Parcelforce and FedEx, are easily accessible through the site at the point of sale. If customers receive their products quickly and in top condition, then of course they’re more likely to leave a positive review of their experience.”

Reevoo’s survey found that 88 per cent of the 1,000 customers it questioned said they either “sometimes” or “always” consulted reviews before heading to the checkout.

As well as offering domestic and international freight delivery options from the UK’s top couriers, Parcel2Go also provides customers with a parcel tracking facility, so consignments can be monitored no matter where they are in the world.

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Parcel2Go Wishes Nightline A Happy 20th Birthday

The team at Bolton-based parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go has sent its best wishes to Irish-owned courier firm Nightline, as the company celebrates its 20th year in business.

The Dublin-based firm is Ireland’s largest independent courier company, handling millions of packages every single year. A range of its services are available through Parcel2Go and can be easily booked through the internet. Deliveries can be arranged between addresses in the Republic of Ireland and from there to locations in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and countries around the world.

According to a report by Post & Parcel, Ireland’s deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore, who recently visited Nightline’s headquarters in Dublin, said: “Nightline is an excellent example of an innovative Irish company that is enjoying success despite the current downturn.

“Twenty years in business is a significant milestone and it is clear that the company has been built on a solid foundation of innovation, commitment and hard work.”

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer added his congratulations.

He said: “We are proud to be able to offer our customers a wide range of parcel delivery options with world courier firms, including the reliable collection and delivery services from Nightline, which are used by a huge variety of individuals and businesses.

“We’d like to congratulate everyone at Nightline on their achievements and wish them well as the company continues to grow in Ireland, the UK and across the world.”

Nightline is preparing to launch its latest initiative – parcel motels – next month. The move will see automated parcel collection facilities built across the country, offering even more flexible parcel delivery and collection services to customers.

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Don’t Get Caught Out When Sending Parcels To The Relies Down Under, Says Parcel2Go

Online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go has reminded anyone planning on sending parcels to relatives or friends living in Australia that shipping goods with a reliable courier company is essential if they want to ensure their package will arrive in one piece.

Australia and New Zealand have become massively popular as destinations to relocate to with Brits of all ages. A survey conducted by research firm YouGov last month found that Australia was the number one destination for Brits considering a move abroad, with the United States and Canada taking second and third place respectively. More than two-fifths (42 per cent) of the 1,650 UK adults polled said they would “seriously consider” leaving Britain, while 6 per cent of respondents said they were actively making plans to leave the country.

With an increasing number of people looking to stay in contact with friends and relatives outside the UK, Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer has highlighted the importance of using a reliable courier when shipping abroad, and also checking that parcels are safely and securely wrapped before they’re sent off.

He said: “With the UK officially back in recession and what seems like more tough times ahead for people in the UK, it is no surprise that the prospect of a move Down Under seems particularly appealing. We just want to remind people that know someone who has taken the plunge and relocated, to take every care to ensure their overseas packages get to Australia safe and sound.

“Using one of the cheap international delivery services available through Parcel2Go makes sense for anyone looking for speed, reliability and value for money. People must also do everything they can to wrap their packages properly and prepare them for a journey of 10,000 miles or so.”

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Parcel2Go Says Firms Should Make The Most Of Growing Online Spend

With people in the UK spending more money online than ever before, companies need to make sure that they have a suitable digital presence to be able to market their goods and services effectively, according to Britain’s largest online parcel delivery service.

Parcel2Go helps online companies of all shapes and sizes to deliver customers’ orders to addresses across the UK, and around the world, every day. And according to research carried out by payment services firm WorldPay, the average British consumer now spends a quarter of their disposable income with online retailers.

Parcel2Go has seen the effects that increasing consumer confidence and the ease with which people can now buy online have had on parcel delivery volumes. The company’s marketing director Richard Mercer said firms must ensure they have suitable parcel delivery systems set up in order to capitalise on the increase in online spend.

He said: “Having a website that is easy to find and intuitive to use is vital if businesses want to draw in customers in the first place. Having a smooth and simple delivery process for when an order has been placed is then vital if they want to keep those customers.

“It has never been more important to have a fast and efficient domestic and international parcel delivery offer. WorldPay’s research is evidence of how much consumers have come to rely on the internet when it comes to purchasing goods and services, and Parcel2Go’s experience is that customers now expect to receive their goods quickly and in perfect condition.

“Hiring the services of a professional world courier to handle deliveries is now critical.”

Parcel2Go assists businesses in organising deliveries to countries across the world, from Spain to Singapore, with the help of some of the industry’s leading courier companies, including City Link, Parcelforce, FedEx and UPS.

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Parcel2Go calls on consumers to support British businesses

One of the leading online parcel delivery firms, Parcel2Go, has called on consumers to help get the country’s economy back on track by supporting British businesses.

The Office for National Statistics announced last week that the UK economy had gone back into recession, leading to calls for people to be more patriotic when they are making purchases. Parcel2Go has added its voice to the campaign and encouraged shoppers to do what they can to help support British firms.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Bolton-based Parcel2Go, said: “It’s more important than ever that we buy products made in Britain and support British businesses. The internet has made it simple to purchase products from all over the UK, and if companies use the services of reliable courier firms then items can be with consumers extremely quickly.

“As has been said by other retail industry commentators, UK firms also need to make sure that they are promoting themselves and their products properly and ensuring potential customers know if their goods are made in Britain.”

With the London 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations both falling within a short space of time, businesses have been advised to do everything possible to make the most of the patriotic mood sweeping across the UK.

Parcel2Go works with a huge variety of British businesses to organise delivery of their products to addresses all over the UK on a daily basis. The company helps individuals and British businesses to deliver more than two million domestic and international parcel consignments every year with the assistance of industry-leading couriers including Parcelforce and City Link.

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