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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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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 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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Does One Size Fit All When It Comes To Choosing A Parcel Courier?

Well here at Worldwide Parcels we don’t think that statement is true at all. That is because Parcel Couriers fall in to three different market sectors – Local parcel couriers, nationwide parcel couriers and International parcel couriers, and we know from our industry experience that they all have their own strengths and weaknesses.

We know that what might be ideal for one shipment may not be for another. This is because if you are shipping goods abroad then parcel courier rates can vary considerably between delivery firms. This is because one courier may have a strong presence in one country but not in another, and then they may sub-contract the work out, thus adding cost on to your bill and risk on to the delivery.

We aim to avoid this as our unique approach enables us to always offer you the best pricing, as we are able to pick and choose the best parcel courier for the job rather than using a “One size fits all” approach that a lot of companies do.

Here at Worldwide Parcel services we achieve this by regularly monitoring which courier companies are offering the best rates in relation to the end destination, and we update our online pricing accordingly, so that we can assure you that you are always getting the best rate when booking a collection online.

As an example we believe that if you only need to ship a parcel a few miles that a local courier is best suited to the job and not an International one. Likewise we think that if you are shipping a parcel to another continent then it would be unwise to use a local courier who will sub-contract out a large element of the delivery, adding on cost and more importantly, risk of the parcel getting mislaid.

Worldwide Parcel services strive to ensure that we always offer you the most suitableparcel delivery company to get the parcel to its end destination. Simply put we aim to take the pain out of choosing the right courier, and our rates are updated regularly so that the price you get quoted online should be the best available for that destination.

Our quotes even tell you which parcel courier will be shipping your goods, and we can do this as we have confidence that we are always offering the lowest shipping rates, as due to our huge buying power we have set up bulk discounts with a number of very large parcel companies, both nationally and Internationally, which in turn enables us to offer their parcel courier services to you at a discounted rate that is a far lower cost than if you were to go direct to the courier. Hence we do not hide which parcel courier will be handling your shipment like some companies do, as we have confidence in our rates.

This means you can always be assured that we have picked the lowest cost parcel courier for the job, as we monitor shipping rates and amend our online prices daily as required.

We believe Worldwide Parcel services approach is unique in this aspect, and combined with our unique instant online quotation service we believe we offer a World class online solution when it comes to Parcel Couriers. So try us for a truly one-stop shop shipping solution.

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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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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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Parcel2Go Warns Online Christmas Shoppers Not To Cut Corners When It Comes To Deliveries

With a recent survey from HSBC revealing that more than one in ten people plan on making use of online shopping outlets this Christmas, Parcel2Go has urged shoppers to use a trusted courier for deliveries.

The survey also found that despite the state of the economy, people intend on spending just as much on Christmas this year as they have in the past, with an average spend of £560 per person.

Richard Mercer, marketing director of Parcel2Go, said: “In the current financial climate Parcel2Go understands that people want to be able to enjoy Christmas as much as possible, and that means they may end up feeling forced to cut corners elsewhere in order to buy all of the presents, food and other things they need to make the season special.

“As HSBC’s survey shows, many people will be turning towards the internet when buying Christmas presents this year, but when it comes to getting purchases delivered we just want shoppers to be absolutely certain that they are using a reliable delivery method so that their presents arrive on time and in good condition, which all of the couriers that we work with can provide.”

He continued: “We’ve seen it before – shoppers buy Christmas presents from foreign sellers over eBay and other online auction websites and choose a cheaper delivery method, thinking that they’re saving money. They end up having to wait weeks for their items though, whereas if they had chosen a courier, their purchases could have been with them in a matter of days.”

Many different courier services work in conjunction with Bolton-based Parcel2Go, and shoppers buying online can pick between them to get the best value for money on a high-quality delivery service that will save them having to put up with any heartache over the Christmas period.

To find out more about the parcel delivery service offered by Parcel2Go visit the official website now.

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Online Parcel Delivery Firm Says Small Businesses Must Capitalise On Mobile Sales Boom

Britain’s leading online parcel delivery specialist has called on small businesses to take advantage of the boom in sales through smartphones.

Recent research has shown that more and more consumers are prepared to buy products through their mobile phones and are enjoying the freedom that mobile shopping offers. Bolton-based Parcel2Go helps businesses of all sizes organise shipping to countries across the world and suggests that small firms should take a proactive approach when it comes to building an online presence.

People are now using their mobile phones to do so much more, from surfing the internet to using social networking sites. Figures released last week by online research specialist comScore revealed that 13.5 million mobile users across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK accessed mobile retail sites in the three months ending May 2011. In Britain, the number of smartphone users accessing mobile sites has increased by 163 per cent over the past 12 months.

Online retail site eBay expects global mobile sales to hit $4bn by the end of 2011, double the value of goods sold in 2010. The UK market has been one of the fastest adopters of the technology and an increasing number of businesses now find they have to meet eBay parcel delivery requests following purchases made via mobile phones.

Richard Mercer, Director of Marketing at Parcel2Go, said: “There is little doubt that the retail world is changing rapidly. Smartphones have become commonplace and consumers in the UK have adopted m-commerce technology quicker than many people would have anticipated.

“Parcel2Go launched its own mobile site at http://m.parcel2go.com/ last month. We also partner with a huge variety of UK companies involved in selling their goods online, whether that’s through their own website or through third-party sites such as Amazon and eBay. All firms need to recognise the important role that mobile e-commerce is already playing, and that courier services available through Parcel2Go can play a key part in helping to organise a smooth delivery after a sale has been made.”

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A Streamlined Parcel Delivery System is Key to Growth, says Parcel2Go

Sustained pressure on consumer spending means companies must make customer satisfaction their top priority, according to the UK’s leading online parcel delivery service.

A report released this week by economic think tank Ernst & Young’s Item Club predicts that spending across the UK will only rise by 0.6 per cent this year, and by 1.3 per cent in 2012. The club believes consumer spending will not fully recover to pre-recession levels until 2013, meaning businesses will have to work harder than ever to ensure growth.

Parcel2Go, which helps individuals and companies send packages to destinations across the world, said with everyone feeling the pinch it is more important than ever for businesses to look after their clients. Ensuring the company has a smooth delivery system in place so customers receive their products on time and in the best possible condition is a major part of this.

Richard Mercer, Marketing Director at Parcel2Go, said: “All businesses need to have faith in their delivery system. In tough economic times this is all the more important as it means they can concentrate on their core business while leaving the job of ensuring customers get their packages on time up to the experts.”

For the past 21 years Parcel2Go has been operating a cost effective collection and delivery service in partnership with some of the world’s leading courier firms such as City Link. It’s vital for businesses to know their shipping system offers value for money and most importantly is reliable, especially when sending consignments to new customers in foreign countries.

Richard said: “The economic situation in the UK also means it is now vital for companies to look to increase their exposure to international markets. The decision to start exporting products, which may involve sending a parcel to Australia for example, can have a profound effect on a business’ bottom line and in uncertain times such as these can help ensure continued growth.”

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Shiply Celebrates Milestone of 500,000 Listings

Since June 2008, Shiply, a website matching people moving goods with delivery companies already making similar journeys has reached the massive milestone of 500,000 actual live listings. This means since its launch, users on Shiply.com have listed over 500,000 items, from cars to boats to house moves, looking to save up to 75% off their transport costs.

Today a listing is created every 24 seconds on Shiply! With over 8000 listings per month from its 300,000 + registered users, Shiply.com continues to attract transport companies looking to fill up their vehicles space and make extra profit on existing delivery routes. Because of this, Shiply.com has helped save more than 19 million otherwise wasteful road miles and 9.2 million kgs associated CO2 emissions.

Shiply.com was founded by Robert Matthams, a Manchester Business School graduate who came up with the idea when seeing a driver returning to London empty after delivering a pool table to him in Manchester. Described as “eBay but for moving goods”, users list items to move on Shiply.com and get competitive quotes from transport companies going there anyway.

Mr Matthams, who was named as Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year and BT Entrepreneur of the Year said: “We are delighted to have reached this major milestone, 500,000 delivery listings is a fantastic achievement and shows how popular Shiply has become. Given the price of fuel recently, people have definitely become savvy when it comes to saving on transport and Shiply provides the best environment to do so.”

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Nightline To Enter The Home-Delivery Sector

After reaping rewards from a relationship with Parcels2Go in Ireland, parcel carrier Nightline is launching a home delivery service to cater for the e-commerce sector and boost the firm’s presence in the B2C market.

Nightline chief executive John Tuohy tells MT: “We specialise in B2B bespoke time-critical deliveries. While this business is strong, representing 80% of operations, we don’t see that market share increasing much in this climate. However, B2C is an area continually expanding and we want to capitalise on that.”

The company has seen an influx of C2C volumes since securing a partnership to handle all domestic deliveries with courier website Parcels2Go for its first venture in Ireland.

Parcel2Go marketing director Richard Adams-Mercer says: “There was a gap in the market when DHL Express pulled out from the majority of its Irish parcel delivery operations in 2009. As a fast-moving company with strong presence in the country, Nightline seemed the fitting choice to take advantage of these new-found volumes. “Working with Nightline, we believe we’ve captured 20% of C2C movements in Ireland.”

As a result, Nightline UK MD Geremy Ruffin estimates the venture has been adding £4,000 to weekly turnover. In preparation for more home deliveries, the firm has teamed up with delivery software company Metapack to provide home-delivery customers with emails and text messages for parcel tracking. The technology will run alongside Nightline’s SmartShip system, which offers real-time accuracy and has helped the company win several clients, Tuohy says.

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eBay Customers Build The UK’s Largest Online Parcel Empire

A company in Bolton, that was created to serve eBay traders, has grown into the biggest online parcel delivery service in the UK.

An online parcel delivery was the brain-child of serial wheeler-dealer Fil Adams-Mercer, who set up Parcel2Go in 2002 primarily to serve eBay traders requiring UK and international courier services.

Mr Adams-Mercer, whose business career began selling bruised fruit, has developed Parcel2Go.com into a £16m a year business with over 600,000 customers.

The key to Parcel2Go’s success has been the heavy investment in a sophisticated customer relationship management (CRM) system. This has cost £2.5m to create, and a further £30,000 a month “and blood, sweat and tears” to run.

Mr Adams-Mercer has designed the company to take and co-ordinates orders that are then fulfilled by Federal Express, UPS and City Link.

“Other companies chase parcels,” he said. “We chase people who may be delivering parcels in the future.”

He is also growing a niche market in the USA. Most American websites will not deliver goods outside the US because of customs bureaucracy. Mr Adams-Mercer has bought a Miami warehouse which British traders can use as their “address” when buying from American sites. Parcel2Go will then arrange parcel delivery from the US.

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National Carrier Gulf Air And TNT Express, One Of The World’s Leading Providers Of Express Delivery Services, Have Signed A Global Incentive Agreement Programme (GIAP)

The GIAP, introduced by Gulf Air in 2007, is designed to provide its key global partners with incentives to boost their cargo traffic volumes and reciprocally ensure that Gulf Air is endorsed as a ‘Core Carrier’ of its partners.

“Global incentive arrangements are a key strategy in building effective partnerships, especially when it comes to the air cargo industry,” said Gulf Air Director Cargo, Mr. Serge Tripet, “This agreement is a win-win proposition, as it helps both Gulf Air and TNT Express to complement each other’s business in a mutually rewarding way. Besides, the partnership will further strengthen the regional and global network capabilities of both organizations.”

The agreement provides access, for both Gulf Air and TNT Express, to permanent direct bookings, specific service-level commitments, service recovery plans and claims processing as well as regular interface with key account managers at headquarters.

“TNT and Gulf Air have had a long-standing business relationship and the GIAP will reinforce it,” said Ian Butler, TNT Express Director Global Networks, Americas, Middle East and Africa, “The Global Incentive Agreement Programme will ultimately allow us to serve our customers better, which is a crucial benefit in addition to the incentive aspect of the program.”

TNT Express provides a unique combination of on-demand, time-sensitive, door-to-door services with flights within the GCC, flights to Bahrain and around the world.

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About Gulf Air  Gulf Air was founded in 1950. Today, it is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is the only truly pan Gulf carrier in the region. The airline’s flight network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 42 cities in 27 countries. The current fleet of Gulf Air consists of 29 aircraft.

The new network, based on a “wave” model, offers as many as 588 flights every week in the Middle East with more non-stop flights than any other airline.

The airline is also planning to re-fleet itself over the next five years to further strengthen its presence. It recently signed a deal worth nearly US $ 6 billion with Boeing to purchase up to 24 Boeing 787 aircraft and another deal with Airbus for 35 aircraft, including A320s and A330s.

The airline aims to become the carrier of choice. Gulf Air’s onboard service caters high quality products and services to its passengers, including the innovative, unique and award winning Sky Chefs and Sky Nannies.

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Parcel2go, the UK and USA delivery and collection postal service are now offering a 10 percent discount for eBay users

Parcel2go, the UK and USA delivery and collection postal service, are now offering a 10 percent discount for eBay users.

Gaining more and more users each day, the customers of the largest online auction site eBay, can now take advantage of a 10 percent shipping discount being offered by the delivery service Parcel2Go. With more people using eBay to buy and sell than ever before, there is high demand for reliable and cheap shipping to customers.

By placing the Parcel2go.com logo into the body of the description of an item on eBay up for auction, sellers will receive a 10 percent discount on shipping fees. Simple instructions on how to integrate the Parcel2go.com logo into eBay ads can be found on Parcel2go.com’s website. All it takes is a quick cut and paste and Parcel2go.com will send sellers a promotional code to receive the discount.

Parcel2go.com also offers free delivery on all packaging and shipping supplies. Essential resources for anyone selling items on eBay, Parcel2go.com offers a wide range of packing and wrapping products to ensure items are received in pristine condition. From the smallest in padded envelopes, to boxes and even large pallet wrap rolls, anything needed to pack a parcel can be found on their website complete with pictures of all their products.

Parcel2go.com also boasts a range of services that can be used online to track packages and find postcodes. The postcode finder is designed to be used to find postcodes of addresses where the postcode has been forgotten or can be used to find potential addresses of particular postcodes. Users can also track the movements of their packages online to destinations worldwide. The ability to track packages enables users to give customers the latest information regarding the time shipments can be expected. The comprehensive services provided by Parcel2go.com make it a one-stop-shop for shipping and packaging needs.

About Parcel2Go:
Parcel2go.com is the trading name of Parcel2go Ltd., registered in England and Wales and was founded in 1990. The company operates a cost effective collection and delivery service available throughout the UK and USA mainland. Through various delivery partners they are able to offer high levels of service backed up by a dedicated customer service team.

Parcel2go.com offers a comprehensive range of services to residents living within the UK or USA. Home and business users can benefit from services available domestically and internationally.

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