YOUR WEEK IN REVIEW FROM PARCEL2SHIP
Every Friday, we will be bringing you news about different stories that have occurred through the week, most of which will be relevant to the parcel industry and the services we offer on Parcel2Ship. We will also be sure to mention any news from us directly, whether it’s about our website, our staff, or our achievements. We will be calling this ‘Parcel2Ship’s Week In Review’. Please let us know what you think, and if you want something mentioned in next week’s blog, get in touch and let us know!
COURIER AND DELIVERY NEWS
DPD INVESTMENT PLAN
This week DPD has set out its plans to invest a further £150 million in the UK over next five years. The plans include opening 10 additional depots and creating at least 750 new jobs in the process.This comes after having already created 4000 jobs through opening 15 new depots in the last 5 years, after the company invested £250 million in it’s UK business.
One of the 10 new depots will be located in Raunds, and it will measure approximately 43,000 sq ft. The UK Chancellor George Osbourne was with DPD’s CEO Dwain McDonald at the new facility on the 6th May, and was able to see all the purpose built depot had to offer. Mr McDonald spoke of DPD’s record over the last 5 years, and how proud he was of what the company have been able to do in the UK in terms of wealth creation and increasing job opportunities. Whilst other courier companies have struggled so far this year, DPD have continued to grow, generate profits, and secure investment, and they don’t look like stopping any time soon
DRONE DELIVERY SERVICE
This week the details of Amazon’s package delivery drones have been released. According to the US Patent Office, the drones can locate a customer expecting a parcel by pulling data from their smart phone. As well as this sophisticated technology, the drones can also communicate with one another about traffic or weather conditions. Whilst there are many who believe these ideas to be unreachable, and regulations proving difficult to abide by, the plans have been approved and Amazon is taking the idea seriously. If they are able to overcome the odds and the delivery drones become reality, customers will be able to get their items delivered wherever they are, even if they are in a boat.
Drones are a growing technological advance that Amazon are keen to be at the forefront of. Their plans for drone delivery have been putting pressure on the US Federal Aviation Authority to allow more US-based drone research and development. Because of the FAA’s reluctance to develop such technology on US soil, other countries such as the UK are able to capitalise, with a research center being built in London. However, the go-ahead has been given in the US to use drones for spraying crops and testing drones in urban areas. Using them to inspect railways ahead of travelling trains is also an idea they have promised to explore
CAR BOOT DELIVERY OPTION
Amazon are also testing their car boot delivery system in Germany this month with the help of DHL and Audi. This would work by giving the DHL delivery driver a code for the car by using Audi’s in-car communications system, and once the item is placed in the boot and it’s shut, the code will expire.
UNMANNED VEHICLE DELIVERY
Unmanned vehicles is another of Amazon’s ideas for the not too distant future, tailored to the size and weights of the parcel and including sensors, radar, sonar and cameras to ensure safety and successful navigation
TOPICAL NEWS ITEMS
GENERAL ELECTION MAY 2015
I don’t think we could get away with NOT mentioning the UK’s General Election this week. Only this afternoon has the Conservative party managed to secure a majority government, with the leaders of the other 3 main parties all resigning within hours of one another. Whether you believed the polls before the votes, or the exit polls that came shortly after 10pm last night, if you followed the election coverage from start to finish it was very hard to call. Going into the voting, we were all told about the virtual impossibility of a majority, and how close the race would be between Labour and Conservatives. We were also positive of Lib Dems holding a lot of their seats, and Farage becoming an MP by winning in his area. So many newspaper column inches and TV time was filled with all these predictions, but when 10pm came about and the exit polls were released, the political landscape looked a lot different.
First of all, the close race between the two leading parties was not that close at all. Labour were trailing by a substantial amount, and Conservatives were achingly close to a predicted majority. Lib Dems looked to have hemorrhaged support, and the SNP has turned almost the whole of Scotland yellow. The pollsters looked to have got it wrong, and as the exit polls were slowly backed up by the real results as they trickled in overnight, the country woke up to Conservative win, which turned into a predicted majority around 8pm, and became a confirmed majority around 1pm this afternoon. So in the space of 24 hours, the country had well and truly spoken, and David Cameron was back into Number 10, but this time he was able to lead government without anyone else.
Before we heard from the leaders of the other three parties, many of their colleagues were unceremoniously sacked by their constituents. Some high profile names to face the chop included Ed Balls of the Labour camp, Conservative Esther McVey, and Vince Cable from the Lib Dems. Many others followed, but only to be replaced by the delighted faces of the new MP’s, such as Mhairi Black, the 20 year old student who won an SNP seat, becoming the youngest person to do so since the 17th century, and Boris Johnson who made a return to parliament after 7 years, even though he is still the Mayor of London for at least another year. Through the tears and triumphs though, it became clearer as the morning went on, that the job losses hadn’t finished quite yet.
The first political leader to fall on his sword was Nigel Farage. He had already announced that if he didn’t win his seat and become an MP, he would be retiring, so it was good to see a politician stick to his promise. Although all may not be as it seems, and judging by his resignation speech, we may not have see the last of this man. Next up was Nick Clegg, who looked about ready to give up when he took his podium. It seemed the country lost trust in the Lib Dems after the broken promise of scrapped tuition fees, and coupled with the reported ‘fear of the SNP merging with Labour‘, we saw a lot of Lib Dem votes actually going towards the Conservatives instead. They were the biggest casualty of this election, and they were even beaten to third place in the numbers of people who voted, with UKIP getting approximately 4 million votes. Mr Clegg stepped down, but assured his party he would always be around, so we shall see in time what he do next. Finally, ‘Red Ed’ resigned. Whilst referencing his audience as ‘friends’, Miliband took full responsibility for the party’s failures, and gave his deputy Harriet Harmen a glowing reference before passing the baton temporarily to her whilst the party rebuilds and elects a new leader. He was sure to reference his ‘Milifandom‘ at the end though.
So the results were clear come this afternoon; Conservatives had a majority. But how were you tracking the results? With the BBC’s ‘Swingometer’, Sky’s coalition app, and Channel 4′s comedy infused coverage, the decision was left up to the viewer as to who they wanted to get the results from. And who can forget the virtual House of Commons and 10 Downing Street that was bought to life by Jeremy Vine. A highlight for viewers was the disbelief of some guests in the studios, with Ed Balls on ITV disregarding the exit polls, and Lord Ashdown and Alistair Campbell both declaring they would eat items of clothing if the figures released at 10pm were anywhere near the final tallies. With the addition of viewer favorites ‘The Last Leg’ and ‘Gogglebox’, Channel Four took a comedic and satirical approach to the coverage, with Paxman calling people who hadn’t voted ‘idiots’, and predicting the evening would end with him in a hot tub drinking a pina colada.
After the results has been confirmed, the Prime Minister visited the Queen who was back in residence at Buckingham Palace after travelling down for the 70th VE Day Commemorations. One can only assume he’s back home now relaxing after what has been a stressful 24 hours for all concerned.
OUT OF CONTROL SPACE CRAFT
Scientists say that a Russian spacecraft that has been out of control since launching last week will fall back to Earth and burn up at the end of this week. Contact was lost soon after it was launched from Kazakhstan on Tuesday of last week, and hasn’t been found again. Luckily any fragments that reach earth should land in the sea and not land.
The craft known as Progress M-27M was designed and sent to space to carry food, water, oxygen, water and clothing to the crew of 6 on the International Space Station. It’s thought that the astronauts have enough supplies to last them until the 19th June, when another delivery will be made
An investigation has been launched to find out why the spacecraft is now spiraling out of control and repeatedly orbiting the earth on it’s way back down. The loss of the craft is estimated at just under £33 million.
It’s been another great week for us here at Parcel2Ship. Progress with the website is still ongoing, and after some feedback from customers we have amended how you view your quotes. We hope the new block system will make it easier to understand the services you have been offered, and make your decision as to which to pick, that much quicker. We have also been listening to your thoughts about the new address book function we are including in your accounts, so we have been hard at work with developing that, and it should be ready to use in about 6 weeks
Our mobile site is also becoming more accessible, and you will soon be able to view all the tabs that you can on desktops. To make sure that you don’t have to scroll down too far to get the information you need, we are working on a little rearrangment of our main banner and logo, and after seeing the first few drafts, we think you will like what we are doing
We have been using DPD for 3 weeks now, and have found that a lot of our customers are enjoying the 1 hour collection window that they provide via text message or email. And regular customers of ours who used our old website, are also telling us that they are happy they no longer have to print off labels for collection with ParcelForce and DHL. This is something we have wanted to make possible for a long time, so we are very glad to hear you are all happy too. DHL services have become more popular too, and we think it’s because of the delivery time deadlines available for many countries. Being able to offer pre 9, pre noon and pre 5 delivery times really helps, and we hope to expand on these windows even more in the future with other couriers.
There is not much to report here in the office. We’ve been following the election carefully, and I think we are generally happy with the result. We’ve been doing a little bit of business behind the scenes too that we think you will be happy with, but thats all hush hush at the moment. All we will say is, watch this space!
Remember, if you want to send a parcel in the UK, send a parcel abroad, or arrange a collection from home or a collection from work, visit www.parcel2ship.co.uk and get a quote. We are your parcel delivery experts, and we are here to help send your parcel, wherever it may be going.
Have a great weekend everyone!
The team at Parcel2Ship