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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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Going Green Can Save Courier Companies Money In The Long Run, Says Shiply

A day doesn’t pass without emission reductions reaching the international agenda. The recent environment talks in Durban have underlined the increasing importance placed on reducing climate change. Emissions reduction policies inevitably filter down to industry and the public in the form of regulation and taxes sparking a heightened need for innovations to curb greenhouse gas output. Couriers and haulage companies are among those consistently urged to increase their environmentally friendly commitments.

Transport and logistics services are undoubtedly a major contributor to CO2 emissions, despite providing a vital service to private and public interests there are still more steps to be taken to up the carbon efficiency of the sector. A recent survey conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed 31% of the UK’s 3.5 million vans failed to meet Euro-3 emission standards. Road freight especially is under pressure, in the UK new emission regulations and taxations could see an average man and van firm’s operating costs increase dramatically.

Emissions of CO2 rose by 5.9% in 2010, attributed to an economic turnaround. Increases continue to escalate despite strong pushes for more efficient transport. Saving money and saving the environment aren’t often seen as going hand in hand, however the inflated price of petrol and diesel coupled with increasingly harsh regulations on the highest emitting vehicles means that going green could be better for the bottom line as well as environmental welfare.

Many automobile marques are stepping up to the emissions challenge, developing better and more affordable eco-friendly LCVs. Brands such as Citroen are even offering subsidies to London-based hauliers on new vans. Additionally schemes are being implemented to make owning electric and hybrid vehicles more viable and attractive.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (http://www.shiply.com/) the online transport marketplace with more than 40,000 transport companies as members, speaks about how couriers need to adapt and the benefits of running a greener service.

“Emissions are on everyone’s mind, they’re one of the key indicators of a business’ efficiency nowadays. Reductions need to come to the delivery sector in order for it to remain competitive, most vans run on diesel now, but that alone is not going to cut it. Grants and subsidies are available to help when buying greener vehicles, and even small changes like retrofitting vehicles for emission reduction or making sure a courier doesn’t travel with an empty van can help save money and carbon.

Changing vehicle is expensive but running an inefficient one could be more so. An electric van driver in London for example wouldn’t pay road tax or congestion charges and would avoid the future £100+/day LEZ charges. Given the new commitments being made to supporting electric, I expect some substantial changes ahead for the logistics sector. If fuel costs continue to rise the way they are I expect to see a lot more electric vehicles on the road.”

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