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Parcel2Go Helping Small Businesses to Beat Royal Mail Price Increase

Small firms feeling the squeeze following the Royal Mail’s decision to increase the price of first and second class stamps at the end of last month are being offered a helping hand by Bolton-based online parcel delivery firm Parcel2Go.

The company says businesses and individuals can try to beat the Royal Mail price increase by becoming Parcel2Go users and benefitting from the vast range of reliable and cost-effective UK express delivery solutions available through the website.

With just a few clicks of a mouse, customers can order delivery services from some of the world’s major courier companies such as FedEx, Parcelforce and Yodel. Changes to the way Royal Mail prices parcels means people will be better off sending any consignment weighing more than 750g through Parcel2Go.

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer said: “We understand how much pressure consumers and small businesses are under at the moment, which is why we are urging people to see if they are able to get a better deal on their package deliveries through the Parcel2Go website.

“Our quick quote function makes it simple and extremely fast to get a price for a delivery, but that simple move could result in a sizeable saving. What’s more, because we only deal with the world’s top courier firms, individuals and businesses always know their consignments are in safe hands.”

Convenience matters to everyone, which is why the Collect+ services available through Parcel2Go have become so popular. Customers not able to meet a courier to pick up their package can choose instead to drop it off at one of the 3,000 corner shops and convenience stores in the UK that make up the Collect+ network.

“Convenience, speed, reliability and affordability are what we’re about,” said Mr Mercer. “We’re calling on everyone affected by the recent Royal Mail price hike to see if they could save, and get a better service though Parcel2Go.”

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Parcel2Go Wishes Nightline A Happy 20th Birthday

The team at Bolton-based parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go has sent its best wishes to Irish-owned courier firm Nightline, as the company celebrates its 20th year in business.

The Dublin-based firm is Ireland’s largest independent courier company, handling millions of packages every single year. A range of its services are available through Parcel2Go and can be easily booked through the internet. Deliveries can be arranged between addresses in the Republic of Ireland and from there to locations in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and countries around the world.

According to a report by Post & Parcel, Ireland’s deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore, who recently visited Nightline’s headquarters in Dublin, said: “Nightline is an excellent example of an innovative Irish company that is enjoying success despite the current downturn.

“Twenty years in business is a significant milestone and it is clear that the company has been built on a solid foundation of innovation, commitment and hard work.”

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer added his congratulations.

He said: “We are proud to be able to offer our customers a wide range of parcel delivery options with world courier firms, including the reliable collection and delivery services from Nightline, which are used by a huge variety of individuals and businesses.

“We’d like to congratulate everyone at Nightline on their achievements and wish them well as the company continues to grow in Ireland, the UK and across the world.”

Nightline is preparing to launch its latest initiative – parcel motels – next month. The move will see automated parcel collection facilities built across the country, offering even more flexible parcel delivery and collection services to customers.

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Parcel2Go Says Firms Should Make The Most Of Growing Online Spend

With people in the UK spending more money online than ever before, companies need to make sure that they have a suitable digital presence to be able to market their goods and services effectively, according to Britain’s largest online parcel delivery service.

Parcel2Go helps online companies of all shapes and sizes to deliver customers’ orders to addresses across the UK, and around the world, every day. And according to research carried out by payment services firm WorldPay, the average British consumer now spends a quarter of their disposable income with online retailers.

Parcel2Go has seen the effects that increasing consumer confidence and the ease with which people can now buy online have had on parcel delivery volumes. The company’s marketing director Richard Mercer said firms must ensure they have suitable parcel delivery systems set up in order to capitalise on the increase in online spend.

He said: “Having a website that is easy to find and intuitive to use is vital if businesses want to draw in customers in the first place. Having a smooth and simple delivery process for when an order has been placed is then vital if they want to keep those customers.

“It has never been more important to have a fast and efficient domestic and international parcel delivery offer. WorldPay’s research is evidence of how much consumers have come to rely on the internet when it comes to purchasing goods and services, and Parcel2Go’s experience is that customers now expect to receive their goods quickly and in perfect condition.

“Hiring the services of a professional world courier to handle deliveries is now critical.”

Parcel2Go assists businesses in organising deliveries to countries across the world, from Spain to Singapore, with the help of some of the industry’s leading courier companies, including City Link, Parcelforce, FedEx and UPS.

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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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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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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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SMEs should take advantage of new export fund, says Parcel2Go

Small businesses in the UK should be looking to take advantage of a new £4bn fund designed to get more companies exporting.

HSBC is making the cash available to firms which turnover up to £25m, in the hope of helping them to break into new markets such as China, India and South America. The economic crisis in the eurozone is having a negative effect on UK exports, and leading parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go agrees that businesses need to look to new territories in order to grow and ensure that they remain competitive in the future.

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer, said initiatives such as HSBC’s export fund may help certain companies to get a foot in the door and establish themselves in foreign markets.

He said: “The world has become a much smaller place over the last few decades and now even the smallest sole traders think nothing of shipping goods off to countries such as Colombia and Egypt.

“It’s no secret that thanks to the recession, British businesses now need to work harder than ever to protect their bottom line and exporting can play a major role. Some companies might not require new funding, just the advice and support of specialists such as Parcel2Go that are experienced in the field of international shipping, and can make the logistics of exporting for the first time much simpler.”

Parcel2Go helps businesses and individuals to send more than two million parcels to addresses in the UK and foreign countries every year, and keeps shipping costs down thanks to partnerships with some of the world’s leading courier companies such as FedEx and Parcelforce.

“The process of sending goods abroad to customers on the other side of the world really is extremely simple when you have a professional courier in charge of making your delivery,” said Richard. “We’d urge all companies, regardless of their size, to make the most of the exporting opportunities available.”

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Parcel2Go Highlights The Importance Of Offering A Variety Of Shipping Options On eBay

One of the UK’s leading online parcel delivery services has stressed how important it is for UK businesses to make sure they are appealing to as wide a group of online consumers on eBay as possible.

Bolton-based Parcel2Go made the call following an interview given to the Daily Telegraph by the online auction and retail giant’s president of global marketplaces this week. Devin Wenig told the newspaper the UK had now become eBay’s fastest-growing marketplace, highlighting the fact that the British site receives visits from 17 million unique users every month, with sellers listing 40 million products.

Parcel2Go marketing director Richard Mercer said the news highlights just how important it is for businesses using eBay to ensure that they are doing everything possible to attract customers.

He said: “The popularity of eBay is something that all businesses should be looking to take advantage of. E-commerce is continuing to grow at a staggering pace and companies should be trying to maximise their exposure to potential customers.

“On eBay, one way of doing this is by offering a wide range of shipping options to customers as this will ensure that listings appeal to as wide a range of people as possible. For example, by offering international shipping options through international courier firms you are going to suddenly make your products available to a whole swathe of new customers.”

In his interview, Mr Wenig also highlighted the increasing role that mobile is playing, describing its growth as “exponential”. He said one item per second is now purchased through a mobile device.

“Smartphone usage is spreading rapidly and as more consumers get access to sites such as eBay while they’re on the move, sales will naturally increase. We want as many businesses as possible to benefit from this opportunity,” added Richard.

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Parcel2Go Calls On Firms To Get Over Weak Sales By Shipping Down Under

Businesses in the UK have been urged to make the most of the available opportunities abroad by exporting their goods to new territories. Parcel2Go, Britain’s largest online parcel delivery specialist, says companies should look to countries such as Australia and New Zealand for growth.

A tough trading environment combined with the current strength of sterling is causing problems for firms used to doing business with customers in the eurozone. However, innovative businesses have realised that consumers in some Pacific countries, who have high levels of disposable income and can benefit from favourable exchange rates, are more than happy to do business with British traders.

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer said businesses are increasingly finding that thanks to the internet, doing business with customers who are on the other side of the globe is no longer out of reach for even the smallest firms.

Richard said: “One of the main perceived obstacles to trading with Australia and other major countries in the Pacific region is the distances involved. Companies, especially small business, that are not used to exporting their goods are understandably put off by the idea of dealing with customers many thousands of miles away.

“This is where the services of an international courier company come into play, linking businesses in the UK with customers on the other side of the world. World-renowned courier companies with low postal rates make the process of shipping abroad simple, and we’d urge firms of all sizes to seize the opportunities available overseas and start doing business with the world.”

Parcel2Go has been involved with helping businesses and individuals send consignments to UK and international destinations for more than two decades. The company regularly deals with customers who need to packages shipped to Australia and New Zealand within a matter of days, and has the experience to be able to deliver time and time again.

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Parcel2Go backs findings of global parcel delivery survey

The UK’s largest online parcel delivery specialist has said it is unsurprised by the results of a recent study highlighting the growing importance of online delivery services.

A worldwide survey of 93 members of the Universal Postal Union showed that 70 per cent believe postal e-services are strategically important for the future. The research identified 55 different types of digital services which are now available, including track and trace and online bill payments.

According to Bolton-based Parcel2Go, which has been involved in helping businesses and individuals to organise international parcel services for over 20 years and is involved with the delivery of more than two millions parcels a year, demand for online services will continue to grow at a rapid rate.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, said the simplicity of arranging shipping services through the internet is one of the main appeals.

He said: “The results of the Universal Postal Union survey make interesting reading, but we’re not surprised to find that an increasing number of organisations are recognising the potential of online services.

“At Parcel2Go we have been focussed on bringing the latest online services to our customers for many years. Feedback tells us that online tools such as parcel tracking are highly valued by individuals, while for many business customers they have become invaluable.”

Richard added that as mobile devices such as tablet computers come to play an increasing part in people’s daily lives, demand for online courier services is only going to increase.

The survey put Switzerland at the top of the list in terms of overall e-services development, while the US, Canada and Germany all featured in the top ten. The Universal Postal Union said it was the first time it had surveyed its members on e-services, but added that this type of study will now be conducted on a regular basis.

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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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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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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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FedEx helps Parcel2Go customers reduce their carbon footprint

FedEx parcel deliveries booked through the Parcel2Go website are about to get a whole lot greener thanks to a new initiative launched this week by the world courier firm.

Parcel2Go has been helping businesses and individuals in the UK to make international parcel deliveries abroad using FedEx’s World Economy and FexEx’s World Express services for years. And the good news is that shipping important consignments to the States and elsewhere just became an awful lot better for the environment.

The Memphis-based company has announced plans to add thousands of fuel-efficient vehicles to its fleet, while at the same time investing in more electric-powered vans. Over the next two months FedEx Express will more than double its fleet of electric vehicles, with 43 vans delivering parcels to major cities including Chicago, New York, London and Paris.

In addition, FedEx will complete upgrades to thousands of its conventional vehicles to make them more fuel efficient so they produce less emissions and are cheaper to run.

Richard Mercer, Marketing Director at Parcel2Go said: Parcel shipping companies across the world are looking at ways to improve their carbon footprint and place more reliance on renewable fuels and we applaud FedEx for announcing this initiative.

“When it comes to delivering packages to another country there are always going to be environmental issues to consider. We understand that Parcel2Go’s customers are looking for services that will have the smallest impact on the planet as possible, which is why we are proud to offer services from FedEx.”

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