Parcel2Go Pleased As Collect+ Opens 4000th Store

Collect+, a partner service of courier specialist Parcel2Go, has announced the opening of its 4000th outlet – meaning that there is now a huge number of locations from which people can send parcels with ease.

Parcel delivery expert Collect+, whose latest opening is in Alloa in Clackmannanshire, offers a service which allows people to send parcels and return unwanted goods to retailers outside normal posting hours.

It bases its services within community resources such as corner shops, which are often open at times when more traditional facilities such as post offices are not.

Those who need to send parcels can use cheap courier booking website Parcel2Go to find a great deal to send a parcel using Collect+, then all they need to do is drop off their package at their nearest Collect+ facility.

Parcel2Go Marketing Director, Richard Mercer, said: “We are really pleased to hear that Collect+ has opened its 4000th store, as it means that even more people will have the choice to use its services.

“Here at Parcel2Go, quality, consistency and accessibility are paramount – and our partnership with Collect+ represents just that. People can pay for this service online via our website and then take their parcel to their local Collect+ shop.

“Courier service Yodel, another of our partner courier companies, picks up the parcels and delivers them to recipients in the usual way.”

Earlier this month, Collect+ was named Third Party Logistics Provider Of The Year at the Retail Week Supply Awards 2011. Customers can either send parcels to friends, family and acquaintances, or use the service to return purchases to retailers.

Chief executive Mark Lewis said: “[Collect+] has been growing at a monumental pace since we started the business.

“Our watchwords are convenience and choice, and, as a result, we have created a service that enables retailers to protect their hard fought for brand image by offering their customers a returns service that is both convenient and reliable.”

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Emirates SkyCargo Celebrates Start Of New Freighter Service

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline, yesterday celebrated the inaugural service on its new Far East and Australasia freighter route.

The weekly air cargo service, operated by its new Boeing 777 freighter, will fly Dubai-Singapore-Sydney-Hong Kong-Dubai, providing the key trading points with additional connectivity to Emirates’ Dubai hub, which can link businesses to the 114 destinations on the carrier’s network.

The Boeing 777F – which touched down for the first time in Sydney on 12th September – has the capability to carry up to 103 tonnes of freight.

“This new route not only bolsters capacity, it provides our customers with more options and increased trade opportunities,” said Hiran Perera, Emirates’ SVP Cargo Planning & Freighters.

“We currently transport cargo in the belly-hold of 126 passenger flights a week between Dubai and Australia, as well 28 Hong Kong flights and 42 Singapore flights, and the freighter – with a wide main deck door – will increase our ability to carry oversized shipments,” added Perera.

“This takes our import capacity to Australia to 1370 tonnes per week and, in these uncertain economic conditions, is further testament of our commitment to facilitating international trade for businesses in the region.”

The inaugural fligh – which carried 100 tonnes of cargo, including medical equipment, diagnostics, spare parts, textiles and clothing – was met by Greg Johnson, Emirates’ Cargo Manager Australia, and Alex Barkway, Emirates’ Cargo Manager New South Wales.

“The addition of a dedicated freighter service is a major milestone in Emirates SkyCargo’s growth in Australia, and offers new possibilities for expansion into other areas of air cargo transport,” said Johnson. “With the high Australian dollar driving up imports, this new flight will also provide us with much needed additional capacity into the market.”

EK9920 will depart Dubai every Sunday at 20:35 and touch down in Singapore at 07:55 the following day. The B777F will then depart at 09:00 and complete its outbound journey at 18:30 when it touches down at Sydney International Airport.

The return service, EK 9921, will depart Sydney every Monday at 21:30 and land in Hong Kong at 04:35 on Tuesday. Departing Hong Kong at 07:35 as EK 9865, the service will then terminate in Dubai at 10:35.

With a long-range flying capacity and technologically advanced General Electric (GE) engines, the Boeing 777F provides greater flexibility than any other freighter aircraft currently in operation. It maintains the lowest fuel burn of any comparable sized aircraft, consuming nearly 18 per cent less fuel than today’s freighters.

Emirates SkyCargo introduced its first Boeing 777F in March 2009. In December 2010, it operated its longest ever non-stop flight on the Boeing 777F; 17.5 hours from Sydney to New York. Emirates is the largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft in the world, with 91 in its fleet currently.

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Parcel2Go Steams Into Sunday Times List Of Top UK Tech Firms

Bolton-based online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go has been recognised as one of the fastest-growing privately-owned technology companies in the UK.

The company, which helps firms and private individuals to ship packages to addresses in the UK and across the world, entered the 11th annual Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 league table for the first time in position 89.

With annual sales growth of 39.5 per cent over the past three years and sales of£16.9m in the year to March 2011, the company has continued to go from strength to strength, thanks in no small part to the growth of e-commerce.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and a real boost for all the staff here at Parcel2Go. Everyone has worked extremely hard over recent years to provide businesses and individuals with a straightforward, first class service that allows them to organise a parcel delivery with the least amount of fuss.

The company was established by Fil Adams-Mercer in 1990 and now employs 46 people at its headquarters in Bolton. Through its website and a dedicated mobile site, Parcel2Go helps over two million people a year organise reliable courier services through the internet.

Richard Mercer added: “The increasing popularity of online shopping and sites such as eBay and Amazon have played a significant part in this success, as sellers look for reliable ways to ship their goods within the UK and abroad. We’ll continue to strive to improve the service we offer and find new and innovative ways to make domestic and international shipping cheaper and easier.”

The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 is compiled in conjunction with Microsoft, Barclays Corporate and accountancy firm BDO.

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Online Couriers Rising To The Challenge As Style-Savvy Shoppers Turn Increasingly To The Internet

With figures released this week showing that online clothes sales had leapt by 27 per cent in the last year, it’s a busier time than ever for the couriers who bring all the latest fashions to people’s front doors.

Online parcel delivery agent Parcel2Go has welcomed the news, which shows that courier companies are stepping up to meet the challenge of all this extra work.

“People are clearly much more comfortable shopping online than ever, because they know delivery companies are geared up to helping make it easy for them,” says Parcel2Go’s Marketing Director, Richard Mercer.

Parcel2Go lets individuals and business customers choose a parcel collection and delivery service which best suits their needs, whether their prime concern is speed of delivery, cost or reliability.

“We work closely with many online retailers, providing the link between them, the home delivery service providers which are so vital to their operations, and their customers,” Richard Mercer says.

The year-on-year explosion in online clothing sales was a headline feature of the August IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, which showed that Britons spent £5.2billion online in the month, a rise of 14 per cent on the same month in 2010.

Online clothing sales have risen at almost double this rate, outpacing the overall growth seen in e-commerce sales which, between January and August this year, was 17 per cent.

And with online sales peaking in 2010 as the festive season approached, Mr Mercer is looking forward to Parcel2Go helping Christmas shoppers ease the strain of this annual buying surge.

“As the countdown to Christmas begins, we expect to get even busier, as people look for the most cost-effective way of sending their gifts to far-flung family and friends, and avoid the stress of high street shopping by buying their presents online instead,” Richard Mercer adds.

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