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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Brick-and-mortar: don’t write it off just yet!

Brick-and-mortar: don’t write it off just yet!

An accumulation of hurdles has squeezed profit margins for retail businesses, from online competition to rising business rates, and now inflation driven by Brexit. As a result store closures of household brands used to be surprising news but have become commonplace in today’s retail climate. 2018 has seen Carphone Giant, Mothercare, House of Fraser and New Look closing stores, while figures published by the Office of National Statistics this October show that the number of…

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You can’t support the digital age economy by taxing digital services

You can’t support the digital age economy by taxing digital services

Responding to Chancellor Hammond’s conference speech the e-commerce delivery expert ParcelHero agrees today’s technical transformation of the economy is more important than Brexit; but says a new Digital Services Tax that hits UK e-commerce sites will slam the brakes on retail growth. The parcel comparison company ParcelHero applauds Chancellor Hammond’s call in his Conservative Conference speech to embrace the technological transformation that is underway; but is dismayed if the Chancellor proposes to tax the power…

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UK Subscription Box Market To Be Worth £1 Billion By 2022

UK Subscription Box Market To Be Worth £1 Billion By 2022

The UK subscription box market* is forecast to grow by 72 per cent by 2022, according to a report commissioned by Royal Mail. The market is forecast to be valued at £1 billion by 2022, compared to £583 million estimated spend in 2017. This will see the number of deliveries each year grow from 40.1 million to an estimated 65.3 million. Spurred on by the growth of mobile devices, subscription commerce has moved on from…

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