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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Hurt locker: Why the US and UK need more parcel lockers urgently

Hurt locker: Why the US and UK need more parcel lockers urgently

International courier ParcelHero says more drop boxes will reduce emissions and improve service Failed home deliveries have an environmental and social impact, says global courier ParcelHero. The e-commerce specialists say that, on average, 12% of parcels are not delivered when expected or are ‘carded’. This usually means a second delivery attempt, or the customer having to visit a parcels depot: both results create unnecessary journeys. ParcelHero’s David Jinks MILT says: ‘Parcel lockers are the obvious…

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Van Operators Forecast Wider EV Adoption Within Two Years

Van Operators Forecast Wider EV Adoption Within Two Years

Greater adoption of electric and other new fuel technologies is being forecast by van fleet operators over the next two years, according to the latest quarterly Company Van Trends research from GE Capital, Fleet Services. When asked about their “Anticipated change in fuel type over the next two years?” 34% of fleets questioned said they plan to operate more fully electric commercial vehicles. Almost as many (29%) said they would be using more electric range…

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Amazon’s Prime Ambition

Amazon’s Prime Ambition

Courier industry expert Roger Sumner-Rivers reveals the scale of Amazon’s plans to become the conduit through which everything you buy flows. Roger Sumner-Rivers, founder of pioneering global couriers ParcelHero, has unveiled a significant new industry report revealing the scale of Amazon’s plans to become the conduit through which all aspects of e-commerce and logistics flows. The report, Amazon’s Prime Ambition, reveals the extent of Amazon’s investment and planning for a revolution in our supply chain,…

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UK Regional Cities Defying Perceptions  Internationally

UK Regional Cities Defying Perceptions  Internationally

Britain’s Lesser Known “Export Epicentres” Revealed in Exclusive Research of 2,500 UK SMEs Highlighting UK Trade in Global Markets Regional cities across the UK are bucking the trend when it comes to international trade as revealed in research released today by FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company. According to the new UK Export Epicentres Report by FedEx Express, the majority of small and medium sized…

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It’s official: Shoppers prefer buying online to the High Street

It’s official: Shoppers prefer buying online to the High Street

Fastlane International reveals the results of its poll of polls During the last year a number of polls have asked which consumers prefer: shopping online or in store. The results for these questionnaires have often been flatly contradictory. Now pioneering e-commerce specialists Fastlane International couriers has reviewed all the data and revealed in its ‘poll of polls’ that consumers really do prefer buying online than on the high street. But it was a tight result!…

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Europe’s Online Shoppers Demand Flexibility

Europe’s Online Shoppers Demand Flexibility

Online consumers are showcasing flexibility in their online purchase journey and as a result, require more alternative delivery options, according to a recent global study. The latest Pulse of the Online Shopper study surveyed 19,000 frequent online shoppers across 14 countries – with figures showing the rise of the ‘flex shopper’: an online buyer who switches between devices and channels when evaluating and purchasing items. Interestingly, European shoppers expect a superior online and in-store shopping…

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Social Media Is An Emerging Influence On Carrier Usage

Social Media Is An Emerging Influence On Carrier Usage

Triangle Management Services, the specialist services provider to the global mail and express industry, has just released the 2014 edition of the ‘UK Domestic B2C Express Parcels Distribution Survey’, and finds that negative social media comments about the parcels carriers they use is emerging as an argument for shippers to change carriers. In 2014 Triangle conducted some 495 in-depth telephone interviews with B2C shippers, and collected a total of 646 benchmark service ratings for the…

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