Shiply Supports Government Boosts To UK Logistics Sector

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parcel2Go Backs Ebay’s Call For Government To Bring Forward Fast Internet Roll-Out

A call by auction and retail website eBay for the government to increase mobile internet speeds and support Britain’s online marketplace has been echoed by the UK’s largest online parcel delivery service, Parcel2Go.

The e-commerce giant stepped up pressure on the government this month to act and bring Britain in line with other countries in terms of mobile internet speeds. Through its Mobile Manifesto, which eBay passed to ministers at the start of November, the firm has voiced its concern that the UK could get left behind when it comes to mobile infrastructure.

Speaking to the BBC this week, eBay UK’s retail director Angus McCarey said while Britain is currently leading the way in Europe when it comes to smartphone ownership, it is falling behind in terms of next generation technology.

Parcel2Go has also stressed the importance for individuals and British businesses of installing an effective 4G mobile network as soon as possible. Tests are already underway in Cornwall and London, but it looks like the service won’t be widely available until at least 2013.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, said: “The UK has been a leader so far in the world of online shopping and as a country we cannot risk losing momentum by taking a back seat when it comes to adopting 4G technology. The economy is in a fragile state and investment in faster mobile internet is exactly the type of strategy that will help to give the retail sector a shot in the arm.

“At Parcel2Go we unveiled our mobile website earlier this year to make it easier for customers to access domestic and international shipping services on the move. Businesses have their part to play in making their content and transactional pages accessible through mobile sites and apps, but the government needs to encourage investment by doing everything possible to bring forward 4G.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christmas Shoppers Should Go Online To Find Black Friday Deals, Says Parcel2Go

Britain’s leading online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go has reminded shoppers looking for great deals on their Christmas presents this year to remember to capitalise on Black Friday on November 25.

The annual event, which marks the start of the Christmas shopping rush in America, is designed to inspire US consumers and get the tills ringing at the start of the festive season. But thanks to the internet, next week’s shopping bonanza won’t be restricted to people living in the United States.

Amazon UK is one retailer that is joining in to bring British shoppers deals on a range of goods from books and music to fashion and beauty products, and Parcel2Go has reminded people not to miss out. Amazon will be offering timed deals between Monday, November 21 and Black Friday on the 25th.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, said: “Black Friday might have begun as a US tradition but deal-conscious shoppers from the UK now have the chance to beat the Christmas rush and grab themselves a few bargains.

“Online shopping has completely revolutionised the way people buy presents at Christmas and as long as people make sure that their gifts are being shipped with leading couriers then buying online is a great way to avoid the queues at the tills. There are sure to be plenty of Black Friday deals to be had next week and by choosing to send presents to friends and relatives using Parcel2Go, shoppers will be able to save even more money.”

Anyone thinking of ordering goods from American businesses on Black Friday might find that some retailers will only ship to US addresses. Parcel2Go offers customers the opportunity to rent an American address and have goods forwarded to Europe with professional couriers such as DHL and FedEx, so buying direct from the US is no problem at all.

Richard added: “The US address rental service has become incredibly popular and we’d expect to see an increase in demand from European consumers as Black Friday draws closer.”

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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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Parcel Couriers Make Preparations For Festive Rush

Couriers with services available through online parcel delivery firm Parcel2Go are making their final preparations ahead of the Christmas season.

Thousands of Christmas shoppers came to rely on courier services last year when severe weather conditions around the UK made it look like many people would not be able to get their presents to friends and family members in time. This year, industry-leading firms such as UPS and FedEx are making preparations early in anticipation of a last minute rush.

Last month, courier specialist FedEx said it was expecting a 12 per cent year-on-year increase in the volume of goods handled worldwide between November 24 and Christmas Day, peaking at an estimated 17 million shipments on December 12. The rise in the number of packages being sent is said to be down to an increase in e-commerce, with more people feeling comfortable buying Christmas presents over the internet. To cope with the festive rush the company is employing an extra 20,000 seasonal staff.

International delivery firm UPS will employ an extra 55,000 seasonal staff across America. The company has predicted a late surge in demand as consumers leave it until the last minute to buy their presents over the internet. UPS believes its busiest day will be December 22, when it will handle about 26 million items worldwide.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, said: “It’s great news that our shipping partners are looking ahead and planning how to provide the best possible level of service to UK consumers over the Christmas period. It’s always a challenge at this time of year when shipping volumes peak, but Parcel2Go customers can rest assured that their items are in safe hands with our couriers.

“As the hard winter conditions that have hit the UK in recent years have shown us, planning ahead is always sensible. We’re calling on individuals and businesses to make sure they organise parcel deliveries as early as possible to ensure their packages arrive on time.”

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Don’t Play Russian Roulette With Your Christmas Presents, Warns Parcel2Go

UK parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go has urged shoppers not to put their Christmas packages at risk by either sending them off with unreliable delivery firms or failing to wrap them properly.

Major online retailers eBay and Amazon have both announced their predictions for the busiest Christmas shopping day of the year (Sunday December 4 and Monday December 5 respectively), when hordes of people across the UK will go online to kick-start the festive buying spree. With many millions of Christmas parcels due to be shipped to addresses within the UK and overseas in the coming weeks, Parcel2Go has reminded British consumers to do everything possible to make sure their presents stay safe in transit.

It’s often the case that people who don’t normally have a need to send parcels during the year suddenly find themselves at Christmas with a stack of presents that need to be shipped off to relatives in time for December 25. Unfortunately it is these consumers that can find themselves in a mess if they choose to send gifts off with unreliable parcel couriers or perhaps fail to wrap their goods well enough.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, has urged all shoppers to take the correct steps to ensure their packages arrive on time and in the best condition this Christmas.

He said: “It’s easy to see how people who are unused to organising parcel delivery services with parcel couriers can get caught out at this time of year. There is always a lot going on and sending off parcels might seem a chore if it’s something you only do once a year.

“We’re calling on people to just take a minute to think about how awful it would be if the presents they’ve spent money on and time choosing didn’t arrive. Every Christmas, Parcel2Go helps many thousands of people to get their presents couriered to addresses in the UK and abroad safely. Our message is that it is certainly worth spending a few minutes finding a reliable courier and wrapping a parcel securely in order to avoid a nightmare before Christmas.”

Parcel2Go’s customers can have complete peace of mind by using the firm’s online parcel tracking feature to keep an eye on their domestic and international parcels and Christmas presents as they make their way to their destination.

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A Guide to the Royal Mail Shake-Up

Following the recent news of a proposed shake-up at the Royal Mail, ParcelsPlease explain just what this means for customers.

Earlier this month, it was announced that the UK’s postal regulator, OfCom was considering giving the Royal Mail the power to choose and set its own rates on its postal services, including setting the price of sending First Class letters and the cost of sending basic parcels. The proposed changes, which were set out in a seven-year regulatory framework document, which is currently out for public consultation, also includes plans for the Royal Mail to set prices of First Class letters, large letters and even parcels.

A spokesperson for ParcelsPlease comments: “The proposed changes at the Royal Mail, have been suggested by the new postal regulator, OfCom, which took over responsibility of the UK postal service from its predecessor, PostComm earlier this month. While some of the changes will apply to both First and Second class mail, Royal Mail business mail, such as metered, franked , bulk mail or pre-printed envelopes will also be subject to a possible price change as well.”

OfCom’s proposals for the Royal Mail are currently undergoing public consultation, which will close on the 5th of January 2012, and if approved, this new framework will come into play sometime in the spring of the same year. While the final decision on this change has yet to be made, Royal Mail customers will no doubt be concerned about how a price rise on stamps and other postage costs will affect them.

The spokesperson for ParcelsPlease continues: “If approved, these proposed changes to the way that Royal Mail sets the prices for their products and services, will come into force early next year, and while the prices aren’t guaranteed to rise, many insiders in the UK postal industry agree that the cost of posting mail, including First Class letters and parcels is due to increase in the next year. However, it’s important for consumers to realise the sending large letters and parcels doesn’t have to cost the earth, and at ParcelsPlease we specialise in parcel delivery to the UK, and also to countries all over the world.”

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