The Rise of the Micro-Multinational

The Rise of the Micro-Multinational

Micro businesses in the UK are reaping the rewards of being “born global”, according to new research* commissioned by FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp (FDX), and the world’s largest express transportation company.  Nearly four in five (78%) of UK micro-multinationals feel international trade is just as accessible for small businesses. Micro-multinationals are small, entrepreneurial businesses that complement domestic operations by opening offices or hiring staff in one or more overseas markets.  In the…

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Reactive Comments to Budget Announcements: What about the tech start-ups?

Reactive Comments to Budget Announcements: What about the tech start-ups?

Comments by Stuart Miller, CEO of ByBox and Chairman of the Small Business Charter It’s great to see that small businesses were firmly on the chancellor’s agenda in today’s Budget, with 600,000 small businesses no longer paying business rates and a further 250,000 paying a reduced rate. Yet, despite the changes made in corporation tax, there is an entire community of start-ups which seems to have been passed over: the tech entrepreneurs. I have the…

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Meeting Millennial Demands In 2016

Meeting Millennial Demands In 2016

I was recently reading an infographic published by global investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, which was all about millennials coming of age and what to look for or to expect in future from the ‘Facebook generation’.  According to the infographic, millennials (anyone born between 1980 and 2000) are one of the largest generations in history and are about to move into their prime spending years. As a result, millennials are poised to reshape the economy;…

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Why 2016 Will Be A Year Of Challenge And Opportunity

Why 2016 Will Be A Year Of Challenge And Opportunity

What will be the key issues in transport management in 2016? Steve Twydell, CEO and founder of 3T Logistics (www.3t-europe.com) gives us his view. Logistics involves so many variables and is influenced by so many factors that predicting what is likely to happen over a 12 month period is a bit like predicting the weather – very tricky. However, there are some issues which are almost certain to have a significant impact on the industry…

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UK Export Mail And Parcels Market Worth £2.8bn

UK Export Mail And Parcels Market Worth £2.8bn

Triangle Management Services has just released its first ‘UK International Mail and Parcels Digest’, which is designed to help UK mailers and shippers understand the wide range of services available to them. In addition to providing a unique reference tool for anyone looking for export communications and delivery partners, Triangle’s 245-page Digest describes a vibrant £2.8bn marketplace. Developed in collaboration with some 30 leading industry players, Triangle’s research confirms many of the key trends. The…

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Many Happy Returns for Millennials as Students Demand Free Returns Policies

Many Happy Returns for Millennials as Students Demand Free Returns Policies

New research conducted by independent research company, Opinion Matters, reveals that students are by the far the biggest returner of goods with 50% of those surveyed returning anywhere between 11 and 25% of purchases.  Moreover, 42% of students stated that they would only purchase from a retailer with a free returns policy and who make it easy to return goods. The research, commissioned by leading SaaS parcel data management platform company NetDespatch, polled over 1200…

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Etsy Users Should Prepare for Amazon’s Crafty Handmade launch

Etsy Users Should Prepare for Amazon’s Crafty Handmade launch

Parcel price comparison site ParcelHero says Etsy traders and buyers must be ready for Amazon Handmade to launch as early as this month. Expert parcel price comparison site ParcelHero says users of the artisan marketplace Etsy should prepare for the imminent launch of Amazon’s rival Handmade service, possibly as early as mid-September. ParcelHero’s Head of Public Relations, David Jinks MILT, says ‘Amazon is a self-confessed industry disruptor, and having conquered the mass e-commerce market it…

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SME Export Growth Helps Tackle Trade Deficit

SME Export Growth Helps Tackle Trade Deficit

Smaller Businesses Are Exporting More Than They Are Importing, According to The Great British Export Report of 1,000 company directors SMEs are making a positive contribution to narrowing the UK trade deficit, according to new research published by FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company. The research, released as part of the second annual FedEx Great British Export Report, shows that while the overall deficit stands…

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Delivery expert questions whether Royal Mail can survive on its own

Delivery expert questions whether Royal Mail can survive on its own

The London-based international courier ParcelHero says the news that the Government is to sell-off its remaining 30% stake in Royal Mail will free the company to make urgent investment in its ageing infrastructure. However it comments that the new company would be a ripe candidate for a take-over. Industry expert Roger Sumner-Rivers, founder of international couriers ParcelHero, says: ‘This announcement looks to be good news for customers, who will benefit from the more commercial and…

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Parcels on a Train!

Parcels on a Train!

As Amazon takes to the subway, ParcelHero says railway stations make great pick-up points Amazon has started using New York’s subway system for its new Prime Now one-hour delivery service to beat the city’s notorious jams. The London-based international courier ParcelHero says the move makes sense as subways are frequently faster than city streets and stations are an ideal place to install parcel lockers. The company also asks if the UK will see a similar Amazon service?…

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