Singles Day Sales Will Soar by 50% Says Fastlane International

Singles Day Sales Will Soar by 50% Says Fastlane International

Singles Day sales will rise to $21.45bn; totally eclipsing Black Friday and Cyber Monday says global delivery specialist The e-commerce delivery specialist Fastlane International is predicting that Singles Days sales will grow by $7.15bn. While many analysts are predicting a 40% growth in sales this year, Fastlane’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says total sales could be nearer 50% higher than last year’s; such is the growth in China’s home shopping market. Says…

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Understanding the Parcel Delivery Tipping Point for Consumers

Understanding the Parcel Delivery Tipping Point for Consumers

With annual shopping spike dates of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas fast approaching, new research shows that consumers are looking for convenience as well as visibility and control over their parcel delivery New research commissioned by leading parcel data management platform NetDespatch, reveals that 78% of consumers are now choosing alternative delivery options for their goods such as lockers, convenience stores, the Post Office and Click&Collect with only 22% saying that delivery to home…

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Don’t Dash to emulate Amazon

Don’t Dash to emulate Amazon

Dash is the latest service offering from Amazon to arrive in the UK.  Originally launched in the US in March 2015, the physical instant purchase button brings one-push buying for everyday essential items including nappies, toilet roll, dishwasher tablets and washing powder.  The branded wireless buttons are connected to an Amazon account and instantly enable the user to replenish household items.    This latest innovation can be considered a real game changer for the retail…

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Switching On Electric Transport for Scottish Businesses

Switching On Electric Transport for Scottish Businesses

­­­ There are many facets to a green economy and more focus is needed on roads, writes Jerry Stewart, Co-Director of Eagle Couriers, Scotland’s largest independent courier firm A well publicised key objective of the Scottish Government in recent years is to become a low-carbon economy. Alternative energy sources are already seeing investment and while a clean power supply is important, it is but one part of the mission to go green. So what about green…

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The Future Of Transport Management         

The Future Of Transport Management         

Steve Twydell of 3T (www.3t-europe.com) explains how technology is revolutionising transport management. It’s the million dollar question in logistics – how can we maximise vehicle utilisation? Achieve this, and the rewards will be bountiful: from reduced costs, to improved service levels, to reducing the number of freight vehicles on the road. But, like most really important things in life, the ‘what’ is easy – it’s the ‘how’ that causes the real headaches. Some suggest that…

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‘Move Upmarket to Beat Brexit Backlash’ Says International Delivery Expert

‘Move Upmarket to Beat Brexit Backlash’ Says International Delivery Expert

Businesses can’t afford to bury their head in the sand following the Brexit vote, warns Fastlane International. It says exporters must move away from high-volume, low margin products to avoid the impact of potential trade restrictions with the EU. The leading global delivery company Fastlane International says that, even though the UK Government appears to be in no hurry to trigger Article 50, British businesses can’t continue as if the vote had never happened. Britain…

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Why are major discount days proving so popular and will this continue?

Why are major discount days proving so popular and will this continue?

Why are major discount days proving so popular and will this continue? “The key driver is the engagement of your customers. From a retail perspective if their customers choose to engage with a particular peak shopping day, they will want to ensure they are serving their customers’ needs and engaging themselves. When you look at the sheer number of major discount days on the calendar now, from more well-known ones like Black Friday and Cyber…

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Royal Mail remain unpunished, unrepentant and unrestrained

Royal Mail remain unpunished, unrepentant and unrestrained

With the conclusion of the submission period for the Ofcom Discussion Document on the regulation of Royal Mail, Whistl has submitted a number of recommendations to the discussion process. The Ofcom review included its assessment of Royal Mail’s efficiency, analysis of its position within the letter and parcel sectors, and consideration of the company’s potential ability to set wholesale prices in a way that might harm competition. Whistl has made the following submissions for Ofcom…

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Delivering Rio 2016: A Hurdle Too Far? 

Delivering Rio 2016: A Hurdle Too Far? 

As Brazil’s infrastructure strains to breaking point, the Road to Rio could be a rocky one, warns international delivery expert Brazil’s overstretched logistics network is already facing months-long delays. The 2016 Games could be the ‘final hurdle’ – and even some Olympic events could be delayed – warns global parcel broker Fastlane International. As the world heads to Rio, the international delivery expert Fastlane International is warning Brazil’s overstretched logistics network may be unable to…

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ParcelHero calls on the Government to secure access to the Single Market and avoid imposing new tariffs, following vote for Brexit

ParcelHero calls on the Government to secure access to the Single Market and avoid imposing new tariffs, following vote for Brexit

The international courier ParcelHero has responded to the vote to leave the EU by calling for the Government to negotiate strongly for access to the single market once Article 50 is triggered, and not seek to impose tariffs on EU imports into the UK. Says ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research David Jinks MILT: ‘Many of ParcelHero’s SME business customers voted for Brexit and we understand entirely why they have done so. However, we are concerned…

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