Many Retailers’ Final Christmas Order Dates are Earlier This Year

Many Retailers’ Final Christmas Order Dates are Earlier This Year

A number of major retailers are clawing back their online Christmas order deadlines this year, the international delivery expert ParcelHero has revealed; as it brings back its popular online stores’ Christmas booking dates tool. ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says: ‘Last year many retailers were absolutely pushing final Christmas delivery dates down to the wire to cater for the thousands of online last-minute Christmas shoppers. The likes of Amazon, Argos and ASOS even…

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On your marks, get set, go – the peak trading race has started!

On your marks, get set, go – the peak trading race has started!

We are now well and truly in the Peak shopping season with just 15 days (and counting) until the big day is upon us.  With this in mind, retailers and carriers will be stretched to the limit anticipating bumper sales in the count down days.  I was therefore interested to read this month, Johnson Controls’ annual ShopperTrak predictions of the top five busiest UK shopper traffic days for peak trading 2019. With more than 1.5…

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Election Day Means Christmas Peak will Become a Trough

Election Day Means Christmas Peak will Become a Trough

The international delivery expert ParcelHero says General Election day, the second Thursday in December, was the busiest gift sending day of the year in 2018. It claims the Election will disrupt orders on this vital day for retailers. The parcel comparison site ParcelHero says the date the Government has chosen for the General Election, the second Thursday in December, was the busiest gift sending day of the year in 2018 – and it predicts Christmas…

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How Retailers Can Ease The Burden On The Delivery Driver

How Retailers Can Ease The Burden On The Delivery Driver

The explosive growth of ecommerce has undoubtedly put more pressure on retailers to deliver on their promises. The pressures of the modern on-demand economy have led to an increasing number of deliveries across the country, resulting in drivers being asked to deliver more and more parcels with each passing year. Nasdaq estimates that 95 per cent of purchases will be made online by 2040. The same research found that ecommerce will account for $4.5 trillion…

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May Fails To Flower For Retailers

May Fails To Flower For Retailers

Hopes for a significant pick up in High Street sales in May have been dashed,  says  the home delivery expert ParcelCompare. It says today’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail figures show sales falling back compared to April’s; and even online spending growth stalling. ParcelCompare’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks says: ‘ March winds and April showers discouraged shoppers, but were supposed to fuel flowering sales in May. However total retail sales actually fell…

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Are Hard-Pressed Department Stores Finally Getting The Hang Of Online?

Are Hard-Pressed Department Stores Finally Getting The Hang Of Online?

Today’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail sales figures reveal a mixed picture for April, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero. Overall sales were up 5.2% YOY, but down 0.3% against March. Online sales continued their remorseless climb, up 10.1% YOY. Says ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT: ’While the value of Britain’s beleaguered department stores’ sales have fallen by 0.7% in the last three months, there is a chink of light for…

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Retail Apocalypse Now!

Retail Apocalypse Now!

Retail has been hit by a perfect storm, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero. New figures from PwC reveal 5,853 shops closed last year, and embattled Debenhams has placed itself in receivership as it fights against the onslaught of e-commerce. But with ASOS’ profits tumbling nearly 90%, online retailers are also struggling. ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says: ‘Wherever you look retailers are suffering, whether it’s on the High Street or online….

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Nisa Retail First In The UK To Benefit From New Pallet Tracking Technology

Nisa Retail First In The UK To Benefit From New Pallet Tracking Technology

Nisa Retail, the national retailer and groceries wholesaler, is looking to significantly reduce costs associated with supply chain challenges, by being the UK’s first company to use a new pallet-tracking technology offered by CHEP, the end to end supply chain specialist in the FMCG and retail marketplace. CHEP’s digital tracking solution has been offered in partnership with BXB Digital, a sister company in the Brambles family. Nisa, which serves around 4,000 independently owned stores across…

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86% Of UK Retailers Haven’t Completed Supply Chain Digitisation

86% Of UK Retailers Haven’t Completed Supply Chain Digitisation

According to new research released from Gravity Supply Chain Solutions, 86 percent of U.K. retailers haven’t completed the digitisation processes (using a cloud based platform with real time visibility, and automation capabilities) required to give them full control of their supply chain. Without this type of control, retailers will struggle with speed to market, hampering their ability to efficiently allocate supply with demand with the knock-on impact of reducing sales opportunities. Based on interviews with…

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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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