Parcel2Ship – Week In Review – 08/05/08

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.

PARCEL2SHIP NEWS

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

A Simple Way To Ship To Russia

Over the last year or so, news reports have come through stating that DHL, DPD and FedEx have all cancelled their express parcel delivery services to Russia, after learning that all shipments would have to be formally registered with customs, no matter what their value may be. 

This change in policy has been introduced in Russia to reduce the amount of goods imported, and increase the domestic trade for the country. However, this does not mean you can no longer send to Russia.

Although 3 big couriers have stepped away from shipping express parcels to Russia that are purchased online by Russian citizens, ParcelForce are staying, because their services do not go through the same express channels as mentioned above. And luckily for Parcel2Ship customers, we offer great prices with ParcelForce.

Delivery times vary throughout Russia, but ParcelForce advise the following:

  • 4 working days for 130100 Moscow
  • 5 working days for all regional cities of Moscow, 603000 Nizhnii Novgorod, 170000 Tver and 190000 St Petersburg
  • 10 working days for all other areas

To make the most of these all inclusive prices, just click the correct service above or here, and make sure the size of your parcel is within the guidelines. You can send to residential or business addresses in Russia. Customs fee’s may apply, depending on value (over $1000 US Dollars worth may be chargable) and content (please check ParcelForce’s restricted and prohibited list here). Remember to fill your customs forms out correctly. These can be found here, along with helpful instructions

If you are looking to order goods from a UK company and want to avoid certain import fees put in place by Russia, you can use our Repack2Ship service. For more information on how to use this simple way around an otherwise lengthy process, click here

If you have any more questions about shipping to Russia, please do not hesitate to call our Customer Services team on 0845 5190185.

 

Phone2Ship

Great news for all our customers – we can now take bookings over the phone!

We will book the parcel whilst you are on the phone, making sure we have all the correct information, and once the order is placed you will receive a confirmation email to the address you give us. This method could suit you if you are not confident with using our website, if you are in a hurry, or if you just want to talk to one of our friendly customer service team.

We can take payment via all major credit or debit cards, as well as PayPal. If you would like to book over the phone, just give us a call on 0845 5190185. Please have your parcel and payment details handy. Bookings should take no longer than 15 minutes.

Parcel Resellers: Benefits Of Using Parcel2Ship

Parcel2Ship are a company offering the services of established couriers, at a discounted price. This is the working model for a lot of other business, but sometimes our customers want some more information that others just don’t offer. We here at Parcel2Ship, pride ourselves on being honest with our customers, which is why we have decided to explain why you should always come to www.Parcel2Ship.co.uk  for all your collection and delivery needs.

The main benefit to using Parcel2Ship is the price. Because we have accounts with some of the UK’s leading couriers, we receive some great rates for ‘bulk buying’. We then offer these reductions back to our customer. All prices on our website are very competitive, and are often reduced according to changes and demands in the market (such as the baby milk boom which increased trade to China and lowered prices). And we don’t just offer you one service. Where possible, we will offer you several choices to suit your budget and time frame, offering a useful and comprehensive comparison.

When you book with us, we act as an intermediary. If you have problems with any aspect of your order, you can contact our customer services team very easily and quickly, and we will handle it from there. You do not have to chase the big companies for a response. We offer that personal touch that you don’t often get with other larger companies, and we assign one member of the team to see your case through to the end, so you are not passed around and ‘lost in the system’.

We also have an extensive knowledge and experience of the parcel industry and the services we offer. Think of Parcel2Ship as your own personal ‘Parcel Google’. We have great relationships with the couriers that we use, and we know what to do if something goes wrong. Our knowledge, experience and working relationships are some of the great advantages of booking with Parcel2Ship

And finally, not only do we offer amazing rates to all our customers, but we like to add the odd discounts here and there to say a big thank you for coming to www.Parcel2Ship.co.uk. Currently, we are running 10% discounts to 13 different countries! For more details, read our blog here

We could talk to you all day about the benefits of placing your order with us, but we like to let our customer reviews do the talking. You can view all reviews here, but we have chosen some of our favourites from the past couple of weeks, below:

‘Absolutely delighted with your service. Courier was very pleasant and polite. I will definitely be using your fabulous service again.’

‘Excellent service in every way would highly recommend this company.’

‘I had such brilliant service with the first delivery….I ordered another the next week. Both orders arrived. Both in perfect condition. I am thrilled and will use again. I have already recommended this company to several friends.’

If you would like to take advantage of all the benefits we offer to customers choosing to book with us, visit www.Parcel2Ship.co.uk today. And if you simply want to talk to a member of the team, you can call us on 0845 5190185 (during office hours), email info@parcel2hip.co.uk, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or LiveChat us from the website between 8-5 on any working day.

 

 

 

Shipping To Russia: Recent Changes

In the past few weeks, news reports have come through stating that DHL, DPD and FedEx have all cancelled their express parcel delivery services to Russia, after learning that all shipments would have to be formally registered with customs, no matter what their value may be. 

This change in policy has been introduced in Russia to reduce the amount of goods imported, and increase the domestic trade for the country. However, this does not mean you can no longer send to Russia.

Although 3 big couriers have stepped away from shipping express parcels to Russia that are purchased online by Russian citizens, ParcelForce are staying, because their services do not go through the same express channels as mentioned above. And luckily for Parcel2Ship customers, we offer great prices with ParcelForce.

Delivery times vary throughout Russia, but ParcelForce advise the following:

  • 4 working days for 130100 Moscow
  • 5 working days for all regional cities of Moscow, 603000 Nizhnii Novgorod, 170000 Tver and 190000 St Petersburg
  • 10 working days for all other areas

To make the most of these all inclusive prices, just click the correct service above or here, and make sure the size of your parcel is within the guidelines. You can send to residential or business addresses in Russia. Customs fee’s may apply, depending on value (over $1000 US Dollars worth may be chargable) and content (please check ParcelForce’s restricted and prohibited list here). Remember to fill your customs forms out correctly. These can be found here, along with helpful instructions

If you have any more questions about shipping to Russia, please do not hesitate to call our Customer Services team on 0845 5190185.

 

 

City-Link Discount Code

City Link Promotion

10% OFF FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST WITH CODE ‘CitySaver’

 

Parcel2Ship have a new discount code to offer all our customers looking to send parcels with City-Link, UK to UK

Simply type in CitySaver at the checkout to receive 10% off all orders under 25KG. Simply click here to go straight to our City-Link booking pages

This offer will run out at the end of this month, so make sure you order soon to enjoy your discount!

Milk Powder To China

                       

As some of our customers may be aware, China suffered a infant milk formula scandal in 2008, resulting in 6 infants dying from kidney damage and over 54,000 babies being hospitalised. In total, 300,000 babies and infants were said to have been affected.

The reason for such problem was that the milk powder had been adulterate with melamine. The chemical appeared to have been added to milk to cause it to appear to have a higher protein content. In a separate incident four years before, watered-down milk had resulted in 13 infant deaths from malnutrition.

The issue raised concerns about food safety and political corruption in China, and damaged the reputation of China’s food exports, with at least 11 countries stopping all imports of Chinese dairy products.

But whilst exports may have suffered, the import market saw a considerable growth, with people from other countries seeing an opportunity to send milk powder from their countries over to worried parents in China. This saw many question the ethics of this, and in May 2013, a baby milk trafficking investigation was launched into networks which were bulk-buying formula and shipping it to China where it was being sold at premium prices, sometimes at a mark up over 100%. Some countries were also seeing a persistent shortage of certain brands of baby formula which were being linked to so-called “baby milk runners”.

Many of Parcel2Ship’s customers send milk powder over to China, but most question how much they are allowed to send. Whilst there is no limit on the amount you send, each parcel cannot exceed 30KG (as per ParcelForce’s standard regulations), and to avoid paying duty on milk powder you can only send a maximum of 5KG. This works out as an average of 6 cans at 800g each

If you are in doubt, please call Parcel2Ship’s Customer Service Team on 0845 5190185

 

Developing Our Website

Parcel2Ship is currently undergoing a makeover! Whilst we have many ideas about how to improve our website to make it easier and faster for our customers to book a competitively priced courier service, we would also like your input.

So, to all our customers; What would you like to see changed? This can be anything, from the wording of a paragraph, to the layout of the entire website. All suggestions will be looked at and considered,  if we agree with your reasons for the change(s).

If you would like to make a suggestion, please email us at info@parcelsrus.co.uk, with the subject line reading ‘New Website Suggestion’

Customs Forms: All You Need To Know

Parcel2Ship offer worldwide deliveries to all of our customers, from just across the water to France, to all the way to the other side of the world to Australia. If you are sending within the EU, you do not need to worry about customs, but if your destination country is outside the EU, you will need the following:

If you click on both documents above, the forms will appear. Whilst these can be very simple to fill in for customers who regularly send parcels outside of the EU, Parcel2Ship understand the confusion that new customers experience when filling these out.

By clicking here, you can find a helpful step by step approach to these forms. When you fill in these forms you have to make sure you declare everything in your parcel. However, if you have 3 pairs of trousers for example, you do not need to declare each individually. Just putting ’3 pairs of trousers’ is sufficient.

When you have completed these forms, you will need to securely attach the CN23 form onto the parcel, visible for customs officers to read. The three invoices must be in an envelope, securely attached to the parcel, but unsealed so that they can be given to the correct parties.

Please be aware that even if you declare everything in your parcel, if something in it is restricted, this could cause a considerable problem when sending your parcel, and could even result in your entire parcel being destroyed. You can find a list of restricted here. This is a very simple list of items that you cannot send. Parcel2Ship advice you also look at your couriers restricted items also; Click here for City-Link, here for ParcelForce and here for DHL.

However, Parcel2Ship advise that you have a look at the individual country’s customs regulations. These can be found online very easily. Places like Australia for instance, will not allow you to ship stationary items that resemble or smell like fruit, so it is always advised that you check your items before sending them, as what you think might be safe could be restricted.

If you cannot access these, or if you have any questions regarding customs, you can call our Customer Services team on 0845 5190185 and we can look for you.

 

Bank Holiday Information from ParcelForce

As we are sure many of our customers are aware of, 26th August is a Bank Holiday. As with all public holidays, courier services advise delivery times can be affected. Parcel2Ship has just received the following information from ParcelForce about the upcoming Bank Holiday:

  • Depots will be closed for collection and deliveries on Monday 26th August.
  • Depots will open as normal on Saturday 24th August to deliver all items bearing a Saturday delivery identifier
  • Depots will re-open on Tuesday 27th August for collections and deliveries.
  • Re deliveries of items attempted on Friday 23rd August should be made on Tuesday 27th August. Customer Contact Cards should be amended accordingly.

Delivery Specification

Collection Date

Delivery Date

Day

Date

Nextday

Express48

Wednesday

21 Aug

22 Aug

24 Aug

Thursday

22 Aug

23 Aug

27 Aug*

Friday

23 Aug

27 Aug*

28 Aug

Saturday

24 Aug

None

None

Sunday

25 Aug

N/A

N/A

Monday

26 Aug

N/A

N/A

Tuesday

27 Aug

28 Aug

29 Aug

Wednesday

28 Aug

29 Aug

30 Aug

* Unless Saturday deliveries then 25th May

Parcel2Ship hopes that this information helps you with your delivery expectations. If you would like some more clarification on the above, please call the Customer Services team on 0845 5190185