The Potential For AI

The Potential For AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to grow massively in 2017. Analyst firm Forrester predicts investment in AI to treble in 2017 alone. The impact could well be profound, potentially transforming industries and providing huge streamlining and commercially beneficial upsides. The potential benefits will no doubt be of interest to those in the retail and logistics sectors. But is AI still a nascent technology? Could AI transform the retail and logistics industries? We’ll examine these questions…

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British Consumers Want Deliveries Faster Than Ever

British Consumers Want Deliveries Faster Than Ever

British consumers are demanding more flexibility and faster delivery times from online retailers and delivery couriers, new research reveals. With the growth of online retailing there is growing pressure for online retailers to fulfil and deliver orders more quickly with delivery options to suit consumers lifestyles giving them the ability to track their purchases from the warehouse to their doorstep. A study conducted by delivery management company Whistl has delved further into the growing delivery…

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UK parcel market prepares for delivery boom

UK parcel market prepares for delivery boom

Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index 2017 can today reveal the UK parcel market is set for a “huge shake-up” in new trends and emerging technologies in last-mile delivery, following last year’s increase in parcel deliveries by 12% to 2.5 billion and spending increased by 8% to £10 billion. Market growth will give rise to new delivery models like crowd-shipping, on-demand delivery services, evening and weekend delivery and drones, says Pitney Bowes, as companies focus on…

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Brits spending £3.1billion on impulse purchases each month

Brits spending £3.1billion on impulse purchases each month

The British economy is benefiting from Brits’ lack of will power when it comes to piling up their baskets and straying from their shopping list, new research reveals. From adding to their wardrobe to filling up their fridge, the average person spends £47.84 on spontaneous buys every single month meaning as a nation we’re spending up to £37 billion on these types of purchases over the course of a year. A study conducted by delivery…

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Bad Professional Advice Carries A Cost

Bad Professional Advice Carries A Cost

Acting on advice from a professional can sometimes go wrong and though you can seek redress, time is against you. When you pay someone for investment advice, by fee or commission and it proves poor, wrong or fraudulent, you can seek to recover your losses. Do you have a claim? In recent years, has been a substantial increase in claims against financial advisers and professionals, mainly concerning financial investment mis-selling and tax avoidance schemes. Mis-selling…

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A Brexit Survivor’s Guide Webinar for Exporters

A Brexit Survivor’s Guide Webinar for Exporters

“Brexit means Brexit” says the Government. But what exactly does that mean for UK businesses trading with the EU? The export specialist ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, and European Sales expert, Lyndsay Harrison, will help you prepare for the bumpiest of Brexits in a live online event. Businesses are bracing themselves for 2019; but few companies have any clear ideas about what the impact of exiting the EU will really be. What…

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UK Drivers Are 3x More Likely to Pull over for a Woman Than a Man

UK Drivers Are 3x More Likely to Pull over for a Woman Than a Man

The latest research from ClickMechanic, an online marketplace for car repair, has found that drivers in the UK are three times more likely to pull over to help a woman, who has broken down on the roadside, than a man. Indeed, 57% of drivers are more likely to pull over for a stranded woman, compared to only 17% being more likely to do the same for a man. However, being female is apparently not the…

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It’s do or die: Retailers Must Meet Customer Expectations

It’s do or die: Retailers Must Meet Customer Expectations

In the age of instant gratification and personalised experiences, consumers are increasingly expecting more and more from retailers, particularly from the delivery stage in the buying cycle. This is what makes partnerships so critical in today’s competitive commercial environment. Today, delivery is a key differentiator in winning customer spend and a crucial part of a brand’s proposition and marketing strategy. Our own research showed that 42% of the survey’s respondents – around 50 out of…

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Delivering Commerce Without Compromise

Delivering Commerce Without Compromise

We are living in an era of e-commerce instant gratification. Not meaning to again pillage that most frequently referenced and at times derided generation, but millennials and their demand for ‘right here, right now’ are very much driving and shaping the future of retail.  As a point of reference, our 2016 research – The Tipping Point: Parcel Delivery – clearly demonstrates this generations’ expectation for commerce without compromise and their inherent need to be able…

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Business Rates Changes Are Final Nail In The Coffin For The High Street

Business Rates Changes Are Final Nail In The Coffin For The High Street

The leading parcel broker Parcelhero, welcomes Philip Hammond’s first budget’s help in reducing urban congestion; but warns that it has not done enough to remove the threat to High Street retailers already battling the rise of e-commerce. Says David Jinks MILT, Head of Consumer Research at ParcelHero: ‘Our latest industry report:  2030: Death of the High Street’, warns that the impact of e-commerce could mean our High Streets reach a dead end  by 2030, with…

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