Retail Results Highlight Importance Of Parcel Delivery Services, Says Parcel2Go

Despite UK retailers feeling the pressure as consumers’ incomes continue to be squeezed and shoppers keep a tight rein on their spending, online channels are still delivering impressive results. According to online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go, businesses must look to capitalise on the opportunities available and encourage consumers to spend by providing a reliable service and rapid parcel delivery options.

Recent financial results from Marks & Spencer revealed a 22.8 per cent increase in e-commerce sales in the 13 weeks to March 31. That was despite a 0.7 per cent fall in like-for-like sales in the UK. Department store John Lewis also posted impressive online sales results in the week to April 14, with a 57.8 per cent year-on-year increase in sales at johnlewis.com. This followed a 39.1 per cent year-on-year increase the previous week.

According to Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, these latest results highlight just how important online channels have become to retailers, and should serve as a reminder that customers expect goods ordered online to arrive promptly.

He said: “As an increasing number of shoppers become comfortable with shopping over the internet, all businesses must appreciate how vital it is first of all to have an online presence, and then to ensure goods arrive with shoppers quickly and in tip-top condition.

“By calling on the services of reliable and affordable courier firms, all companies can put themselves in the best possible position to win repeat custom.”

Results of a survey released earlier this month showed that out of 2,000 online shoppers, 74 per cent had abandoned purchases because they felt the delivery charge was too high, suggesting that the issue postage rates is something else businesses trading on the internet must remain aware of.

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Parcel2Go Urges Companies To Take Note Of BRC Online Shopping Statistics

An increasing number of consumers from outside the UK are going online to search for products from British firms that must now react, says Parcel2Go.

Britain’s largest online parcel delivery specialist believes businesses have an opportunity to increase the volume of goods they export to customers around the world if only they seize it. Parcel2Go currently helps businesses and individuals in the UK to send more than two million parcels to destinations around the world with courier companies every year.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, said research from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Google had revealed that during the first quarter of 2012, total search volumes from overseas consumers rose by 57 per cent year-on-year.

The BRC/Google search data showed developing countries including Mexico and Pakistan played a significant role in driving traffic to UK sites in the first quarter of the year, with year-on-year growth of 135 per cent and 101 per cent respectively.

Mr Mercer urged companies to take advantage of the fact that more and more foreign shoppers are interested in British brands and products.

He said: “The figures show this is the perfect time for companies here in Britain to capitalise on the interest being shown by foreign consumers in our goods and services. As well as having a strong online presence, businesses must make sure they are clearly offering a range of international parcel delivery options to entice foreign consumers and boost their sales.

“Parcel2Go works with the world’s leading parcel delivery companies and it’s with the help of cheap international courier businesses that firms here in the UK will be able to prosper in new overseas markets.”

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Emirates SkyCargo Transporting Record Levels Of Freight Between South America And Its Global Network

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, one of the fastest growing international airlines, has transported more than 25,000 tonnes over the past year on the burgeoning trade lanes between South America and points across its global network.

Operating to more than 120 destinations, Emirates SkyCargo has been connecting businesses to more and more international trade opportunities after strengthening its commitment to the region with the launch of a new linked passenger flights from Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro to Dubai – the only non-stop service from Rio to the Middle East and fastest route to Asia – and increasing the frequency of its Sao Paulo freighter service.

Companies from Brazil and Argentina – as well as a significant number from Chile and Colombia through connecting interline flights – benefited from the addition in September of a third weekly freighter service from Viracopos-Campinas International Airport, increasing the weekly capacity on the route by 33% to 620 tonnes.

Emirates SkyCargo carried more than 20,000 tonnes over the last 12 months on Boeing 777Fs, the most modern, technologically advanced large freighter in operation, which offer customers enhanced levels of flexibility and reliability.

“Our expanded services in the region have not only boosted trade levels with the UAE, but also with South America’s main Far East business partners, such as China, Hong Kong and Japan, and a multitude of European countries,” said Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo, in Sao Paulo at Intermodal, an event for trade, logistics, transport and international cargo handling businesses.

“Brazil is already recognised as an economic power and we hope to help it become even stronger by contributing to the growth of its import and exports industry. Currently, Emirates SkyCargo can connect South American businesses to 32 points in Europe, 19 in the Far East and Australasia and a further 22 in Africa, where there is also huge potential for economic growth.

“With five years’ experience of operating in South America we also have a strong understanding of the marketplace and the requirements of our customers, who benefit from our ever-expanding network and a reliable fleet, which becomes stronger almost every month as we take delivery of the 230-plus aircraft we have on order,” added Menen.

Since the daily Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires passenger service started on 3rd January, more than 1200 tonnes of cargo have been transported, with pharmaceuticals, machine parts and fresh fruits and fish being carried to Dubai and onward to European destinations such as France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and the UK, while in the Far East Hong Kong and China have been the key trading partners. Commodities going in the other direction include electronics, car parts and furniture.

In addition to the belly-hold capacity of the Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires flights operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, Emirates SkyCargo has been offering freight space since 2007 on a daily passenger service between São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport and Dubai, also operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. During the past 12 months more than 4000 tonnes have been transported.

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Plan Parcel Delivery Needs And Don’t Get Caught Out By London 2012, Says Parcel2Go

The UK’s largest online parcel delivery specialist has warned individuals and businesses not to get caught out by the inevitable disruption set to be caused by the London 2012 Olympics this summer.

The Olympic Games will take place at sports arenas across the United Kingdom between July 27 and August 12 this year, with the majority of events happening in London. Unsurprisingly, the anticipated influx of visitors to London will have a significant impact on the capital’s transport network and may also lead to disruption at Olympic sites across Britain.

Organisers of the Games have already told businesses that road closures and parking restrictions will impact on parcel deliveries and collections. The UK’s leading courier companies such as City Link, FedEx and TNT are all working to find ways to minimise the inevitable disruption to customers and are liaising with organisers as part of their attempts to provide reliable services during the Games.

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer said: “The London 2012 Olympics will be a huge international event and understandably the sheer volume of people set to descend on the capital and other UK cities will cause disruption and delays. Courier companies are working hard to formulate plans to counter the effect of road closures and parking restrictions, and have pledged to keep customers informed via Olympic delivery information pages.

“Parcel2Go is calling on people to plan ahead as much as possible and make parcel recipients aware of the situation. For now, the best thing is to keep regularly checking couriers’ websites for updates on how the Games is likely to affect day-to-day operations.”

The parcel tracking services available online through Parcel2Go play a vital role in helping individuals and businesses to remain aware of where their consignments are, and when they are likely to arrive. During the Olympics, these services are expected to be key in assisting customers to stay informed and up-to-date.

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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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Parcel2Go Backs Government Call For SMEs To Break Into New Overseas Markets

A call by the government’s trade and investment minister Lord Green for more small businesses in Britain to attempt to break into new markets overseas has been backed by the UK’s largest online parcel delivery service.

Parcel2Go, which assists individuals and businesses in shipping more than two million packages across the globe with world courier firms every year, believes there are significant opportunities waiting for forward-thinking companies.

During a recent appearance in Gateshead, the minister said small businesses sending their products overseas were at the heart of the government’s plans to grow the economy. Lord Green said that while the domestic market continued to grow slowly, opportunities were going to come from overseas. He also stressed the importance of looking to new markets outside of the eurozone, such as Asia, the Middle East and the United States.

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer said: “Small businesses are certainly central to the economic recovery, and Lord Green is correct in highlighting the importance of overseas markets to businesses in the UK. There are opportunities out there and at Parcel2Go we want to help as many companies as possible beat the downturn and explore avenues for growth further afield.

“It is understandable that small firms especially might be hesitant about attempting to build new customer bases in countries a considerable distance from Britain. However, with the help of partners such as Parcel2Go, which can help take the hassle out of shipping goods abroad, it is possible for these firms to flourish overseas.”

Parcel2Go works with some of the world’s leading parcel delivery couriers, including Parcelforce, City Link and FedEx, to organise the delivery of parcels to countries across the globe, from Australia to Cyprus. International delivery services to fast-growing economies including Brazil, South Africa and China are also available through the website.

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