Any Free Ports in an EU Storm? Boris’ No 10 Speech Introduced Radical New Tax-free Zone Plans

Any Free Ports in an EU Storm? Boris’ No 10 Speech Introduced Radical New Tax-free Zone Plans

Britain’s new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is likely to create six new free ports with low or zero taxes if Britain leaves the EU without a deal on October 31st, claims the international parcel price comparison site ParcelHero. It says Boris’ seemingly ‘off-the-cuff’ reference in his acceptance speech outside No 10, ‘let us begin work now to create free ports that will drive growth and thousands of high-skilled jobs in left-behind areas’ is part of a…

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UK’s homespun Amazon Tax ‘won’t save the High Street

UK’s homespun Amazon Tax ‘won’t save the High Street

The e-commerce home delivery specialist ParcelHero says Chancellor Hammond’s decision to push for an international tax on web giants at the G7 Finance Ministers’ meeting today (17 July), and his earlier announcement of a new independent British ‘Amazon Tax’  on the very day  President Trump threatened new trade sanctions against France because of its new homespun digital tax,  are ‘dogmatic and potentially dangerous to post-Brexit trade.’ ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Services, David Jinks MILT, warns:…

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The Evolution Of E-Commerce Supply Chains

The Evolution Of E-Commerce Supply Chains

DHL Supply Chain, world leader in contract logistics, today launched its latest research report on the evolution of e-commerce supply chains. The study shows that, despite understanding the vital importance of e-commerce on customer retention and satisfaction, most companies have failed to fully implement an e-commerce strategy. The new insights are from a global survey of nearly 900 decision-makers responsible for logistics or supply chain management and e-commerce. They reveal that 70% of B2C companies…

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Is the UK really ready for any Brexit resolution?

Is the UK really ready for any Brexit resolution?

UK businesses are crying out for a resolution to the Brexit limbo. But ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, warns they should be careful what they wish for… Its latest study reveals most companies go bust immediately after, rather than during, a downturn. Retailers and logistics companies have put investment on hold while they await the final Brexit decision. Whether there’s a hard Brexit, a soft Brexit or no Brexit, most businesses say…

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eBay’s cryptic crypto comments. Is it it finally adopting cryptocurrencies?

eBay’s cryptic crypto comments. Is it it finally adopting cryptocurrencies?

‘Virtual currency. It’s happening on eBay’ That’s the slogan appearing on advertising at the cryptocurrency conference Consensus, being held in New York. Since 2017 many cryptocurrency investors and enthusiasts have been predicting that either Amazon or eBay will adopt Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Now the international e-commerce delivery experts ParcelHero say it’s time eBay finally put its cryptocurrency where its mouth is. Says ParcelHero’s head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, ‘The final adoption of…

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Why Direct Mail is Delivering in a Digital Age

Why Direct Mail is Delivering in a Digital Age

Rewind a few years to the breakthrough of email as a widespread communication tool.  Many industry experts were convinced that the immediacy and targetability of email would cement its position as the direct marketing technique of choice – to the obvious detriment of more traditional methods such as direct mail. Yet whilst the fortunes of direct mail have fluctuated since email’s arrival, the technique has remained an essential component of the marketing mix. In fact,…

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The Green (Last) Mile – Sustainability In Parcel Delivery

The Green (Last) Mile – Sustainability In Parcel Delivery

Casting my eye over the predictions that the turn of the year brings always offers an interesting insight into which issues are gaining traction in the market. This year, alongside bold assertions for the way that technology – AI and automation in particular – will revolutionise delivery, I picked up signs that a somewhat less futuristic – but certainly future-focused – issue is beginning to have an impact: consumer concern for the environment. From packaging…

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Nearly 3 Million UK Motorists Feared To Be Driving Illegally

Nearly 3 Million UK Motorists Feared To Be Driving Illegally

Findings from comprehensive eye tests conducted by a leading optician on over 1,000 UK residents have revealed that one in five – which equates to 7.6 million licence-holders – haven’t had any vision check since reading a number plate at 20m when passing their driving test. In a bid to scrutinize the 20m test as a worthwhile indicator of roadworthy sight, Vision Express carried out the number plate check, and then gave the same individuals…

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German Shoppers Spend On Average £50 Per Month On UK Sites

German Shoppers Spend On Average £50 Per Month On UK Sites

One in five online shoppers in Germany have purchased from a UK site in the last three months, according to a study commissioned by Royal Mail. Of these shoppers, the average spend on UK websites is €54 (£48) per month*. With global reach and the number one facilitator of ecommerce in the UK, Royal Mail is well placed to observe trends across the industry. German shoppers largely buy from the UK because they are able…

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Valuing Home Delivery

Valuing Home Delivery

Can you put a price on failure? That’s what the 2018 Valuing Home Delivery Review attempts to do: put a monetary cost on failing to meet customers’ expectations around parcel delivery. eCommerce and the logistics around delivering purchases is a central part of today’s consumer lifestyle, and that’s reflected in the sheer scale of the study, which was carried out by IMRG. 120 million orders and deliveries, goods worth £7 billion, more than 200 retailers…

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