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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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Favourable Weather Bodes Well for Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Says Shiply

Snow during the week leading up to Christmas can be troublesome for couriers and customer alike. Now however, the chances of a white Christmas have been slashed as it appears that the UK may be in for one of the warmest Christmas days on record. The last days leading up to the holiday should also stay relatively mild, which will please late Christmas shoppers says online transport marketplace Shiply.

Not content with the explosion of digital commerce conducted over the past weeks some online retailers are accepting Christmas delivery orders as late as the 23rd via express or next-day. Other stores are offering the proviso that timely deliveries are weather-dependant however it seems as though it shouldn’t pose a problem this year.

Last-minute festive shoppers’ concerns of hostile conditions delaying deliveries or high street visits have seemingly been allayed. Forecasters have all but ruled out a white Christmas as tropical air could bring temperatures as high as 14C to the country and even 12C in Scotland which plummeted to a frostbitten -18C last year. The north experienced bleak weather last week, ruling out deliveries and causing traffic chaos, it appears now however that transport firms will be able to continue a normal service owing to less severe weather conditions.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (www.shiply.com), the online marketplace with a network of more than 40,000 transport and removal companies, spoke about the benefits of a mild holiday season.

“While it might not feel quite so much like Christmas, the warmer weather is actually a blessing for the last minute shopper. With so many opting to shop online and relying on a trusty man with a van to do the legwork for them it’s fortunate that the weather this year will allow delivery services to work right up until the last minute.”

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Busiest Christmas for Deliveries Offers Challenge to Couriers Says Shiply

An unprecedented number of online sales this holiday season could provide a considerable logistical challenge according to online transport marketplace Shiply. Making sure that everyone gets their gifts on time will demand a substantial effort on the part of couriers and delivery services.

The week ending December 9 saw a 15% rise on the same period last year with similar increases reported of the first 39 days of the holiday season according to comScore. Sales on “Cyber Monday” and “Black Friday” rose more than 20% compared to 2010.

The coming week tends to be the busiest for online shopping, “Green Monday” coined by eBay often ranks among the top spending days. However new trends such as free shipping days (the last day before Christmas where free delivery can be guaranteed to reach before the 25th) may be challenging for the highest spend.

An unparalleled number of parcels have caused Royal Mail to hire thousands of temporary staff to cope with increased demand over December and potentially January, to deal with the sales. But with the postal service operating at a loss and facing job cuts, online retailers often rely on independent couriers and man and van services to provide affordable delivery, but some delivery companies are already struggling to keep up with demands of four million parcels to be delivered every day.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (www.shiply.com) the online transport marketplace with a network of more than 40,000 transport and removal companies, gives his opinion on the current trends in online shopping and the challenges faced by delivery services.

“Last year’s inclement weather caused a lot of high street closures which led people to turn to online shopping, but because of the snow many deliveries were delayed causing a lot of frustration.

Online shopping is easier and more accessible now and with the growth of mobile transactions and improved security, many people who wouldn’t have shopped online before are now doing so. I doubt we’ll see anything but growth in the future.

November/December is always a busy period for deliveries and I hope that couriers have learned from past experiences that there’s a huge surge in demand at this time of year and made contingencies to cope with it. The government has promised to better cope with any snow this year and have more salt and new gritters to treat roads. So I would say that people can have more confidence in their deliveries or moving goods this year, but I would also advise that customers don’t leave it to the last minute”

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