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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Send your Valentine’s Day gift with care, says Parcel2Go

Organisation is one of those things that many people struggle with, especially men! But Parcel2Go, the UK’s largest online parcel delivery company has laid down a challenge to both sexes ahead of Valentine’s Day 2012 – get organised and score some serious brownie points.

The online parcel delivery specialist is reminding all couples that with just a matter of days to go until Valentine’s Day on February 14, it’s vital to get prepared now and make sure that if you are planning something special for a loved one, everything goes to plan. Making grand statements and splashing some cash is always going to be appreciated, but lots of people are feeling the pinch at the moment and small gestures that come from the heart can say just as much as lavish ones.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, said: “Surprises are what Valentine’s Day is all about, but let’s face it, no one wants a nasty surprise, which is why it really does pay to get everything planned well ahead of time.

“Having a gift fail to turn up is the worst possible result, which is why it makes absolute sense to ensure that you make sure your present is being shipped with a reliable courier company.”

Many couples won’t be able to spend Valentine’s Day together for various reasons but that doesn’t mean that the man or woman can’t make a romantic gesture and let their other half know how much they care. Finding a special gift and organising for it to be delivered with a professional carrier through Parcel2Go’s website takes just a few minutes and the range of UK courier services available means there is an option to suit every budget.

Richard added: “The reality is that most people won’t change the habit of a lifetime and will end up sending things at the last minute! Thankfully the couriers we work with are highly experienced at delivering packages and meeting deadlines so any last-minute romantics will be able to relax if they send their loved one a gift with the help of Parcel2Go.”

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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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Businesses must act to take advantage of tablet computing in 2012, says Parcel2Go

Tablet computing is growing at a rapid rate and businesses in the UK should make sure they’re in a position to benefit, according to Britain’s largest online parcel delivery service.

Parcel2Go, which helps individuals and businesses send millions of packages to domestic and foreign addresses each year, has urged companies to make the most of the fact that more people are using mobile devices to buy online.

The latest research paper from online analytics consultancy Logan Tod & Co said the sudden emergence of tablets “almost came out of nowhere”. Out of the 1,121 adults the company spoke to at the end of last month, 14 per cent said they had used either an iPad or another make of tablet computer to purchase a gift over the Christmas period. Logan Tod & Co said in 2010, 7 per cent of people used a mobile phone to purchase a Christmas gift – that more than doubled to 15 per cent this Christmas.

With more consumers expected to invest in a tablet computer this year, the opportunity for retailers is evident.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, said: “This research highlights just how important it is for retailers to adopt a multi-channel approach in order to maximise sales opportunities. Having an online presence is now a must for all companies, regardless of which sector they are in, but taking that a step further and optimising websites for mobile and tablet devices now looks like it will pay dividends.

“Parcel2Go works with many thousands of companies, helping them to ship their goods to customers around the world, and it is clear that demand for well laid out, intuitive websites offering reliable international shipping options is not going to diminish anytime soon.”

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Parcel2Go Boss Calls On People To Unleash Their Entrepreneurial Spirit

The founder of the UK’s largest online parcel delivery service, Parcel2Go, has said anyone is capable of making it in business if they have the right attitude.

Fil Adams-Mercer launched the Parcel2Go.com website in 2000 and over the past 11 years has helped build the company into an industry leader, responsible for handling more than two million packages every single year and attracting in excess of 18,000 new customers each month.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he said he was inspired to launch an online presence following a trip to America, “where every single advert was forwww.something.com“. None of the major UK courier companies had ventured online and started offering bookings over the internet at this point, and his vision was rewarded with success. Parcel2Go turned over £17.5m in the 12 months to April 2011, a figure which is expected to rise to £22m this year.

But while Mr Adams-Mercer has now earned a respected place as one of the UK’s top business leaders, he remains proud of his background and his first job learning how to sell on Bolton Market when he was still at school.

He said: “I don’t mind being compared to Del Boy. That’s what I am, a market trader done good.

“I don’t do joined-up writing and I can’t spell for toffee. So doesn’t that give everyone a chance? If I’ve done it, you can do it.”

Parcel2Go itself plays a key part in helping entrepreneurs and small businesses get their goods to customers in the UK and countries across the world quickly, efficiently and cheaply with reliable courier services. In recent years an increasing number of start-ups have established themselves online and now rely on world-renowned couriers booked through Parcel2Go to get their consignments delivered safely and on time.

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Mathematician helps Nightline to gauge demand for parcel deliveries

An academic from the University of Cambridge has been brought in by Ireland’s leading courier company to help make sure deliveries to and from the country are made on time.

Dr Tom Sawyer, who works at the university’s Judge Business School, has been helping Dublin-based courier company Nightline to devise a method of accurately predicting how the firm’s parcel volumes will change over a year. The courier, which offers a range of services through online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go’s Irish website www.parcel2go.com/ie/, hopes Dr Sawyer’s research will help to improve the company’s ability to plan throughout the year and help it to manage its parcel delivery loads.

Parcel2Go’s marketing director, Richard Mercer, said: “We haven’t heard of a courier company bringing in the help of an academic before, but the idea makes complete sense. Everyone in the courier business knows that the run-up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year, but trying to work out how demand will shift each month can be extremely difficult.

“By the sound of things, any Parcel2Go customers in Ireland who book an international parcel delivery or a service to an address in Ireland, can rest assured Nightline will have the necessary resources in place to be able to handle demand, whatever the time of year.”

A report by Post&Parcel said the model used by Dr Sawyer has already been utilised in the healthcare sector to deal with seasonal fluctuations in demand for services, and is capable of helping a business to plan months in advance. Short-term forecasts are however more accurate than long-term predictions.

Mr Mercer added: “Nightline is an important partner for Parcel2Go, helping to provide Irish businesses and private individuals with safe and reliable domestic and international courier services throughout the year. This new tool will no doubt be a great help when it comes to future planning and this can only be good news for Parcel2Go and Nightline customers.”

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