Royal Mail delivers flowers seven days a week for Bloom & Wild

Royal Mail delivers flowers seven days a week for Bloom & Wild

Bloom & Wild is one of the first retailers to sign up to Royal Mail’s Sunday delivery service, announced earlier in the year. The introduction of a commercial, seven-day parcel delivery capability for major retail customers is one of the ways that Royal Mail is responding to the growth in parcel volumes. Royal Mail has been a delivery partner for Bloom & Wild since the business was founded in 2013. Bloom & Wild, the flower…

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Getting Fresh – Should Amazon Bid for Morrisons?

Getting Fresh – Should Amazon Bid for Morrisons?

There’s still time for Amazon to launch its own takeover bid for Morrisons, says ParcelHero. Amazon’s UK supply chain is tightly linked with Morrisons and a merger makes strong financial sense. New Amazon CEO Andy Jassy may want to put a takeover bid for the UK supermarket chain Morrisons at the top of his ‘to do’ list, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero. It says Morrisons and Amazon have forged close links during the pandemic,…

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As Poundland kicks off home delivery trials, how long can Primark hold out?

As Poundland kicks off home delivery trials, how long can Primark hold out?

The discount retailer Poundland is trialling online sales. That leaves only a few High Street chains, such as Primark, holding out against the move online. It won’t be long before every UK store joins the e-commerce revolution, says ParcelHero.  The High Street discount store chain Poundland has launched a trial home delivery service to 18,000 staff and selected guests, it announced this week. The home delivery expert ParcelHero says Poundland has been planning the service…

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The future of retail

The future of retail

Kate Lester, founder and CEO of Diamond Logistics, offers a fearless opinion on the future of retail. We can see light at the end of the tunnel. Shops are opening, but the reality is retail habits have changed forever. As a class A shopaholic, I will be first out of the blocks. But shopping habits have undoubtedly changed. Some people will never go back to shopping the way they used to. The elderly, infirm or…

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On Thursdays We Shop! New Data Reveals The World’s Online Shopping Habits

On Thursdays We Shop! New Data Reveals The World’s Online Shopping Habits

New data reveals Thursday is the day, globally, that people are most likely to shop online. Go on treat yourself! The pandemic has made ‘self-gifters’ of all of us, with double the number of people buying presents for themselves in 2020 than they did in 2019. Because we can get away with it… Working from home as made 10am – 11am peak shopping time for those buying online. A new report has revealed that Thursday…

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‘Glorious Twelfth’ will see queues at our favourite stores, but it won’t slow online’s momentum

‘Glorious Twelfth’ will see queues at our favourite stores, but it won’t slow online’s momentum

Yesterday’s confirmation that the High Street will reopen next week will boost the spirits of shoppers and retailers alike. The home delivery expert ParcelHero is dubbing Monday the ‘Glorious Twelfth’ but warns that the shopping frenzy at the end of the first lockdown fizzled out very quickly. It says half of all shoppers will never return to their pre-Covid High Street spending levels. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed yesterday that non-essential retail stores will finally…

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Leading Electrical Retailer Chooses ArrowXL

Leading Electrical Retailer Chooses ArrowXL

Leading electrical retailer, Hughes, has extended its remit with the UK’s leading two- person delivery ArrowXL, to provide a 24-hour delivery service. It builds on a nine year partnership which has seen ArrowXL provide a range of home delivery and connection services for customers using a nominated day delivery.  Under the terms of the new deal a 24-hour delivery option will be added for key lines, with stock kept at ArrowXL’s warehouse facility in Worcester….

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Retail’s 2.2% sales rise is ‘dead cat bounce’, says ParcelHero

Retail’s 2.2% sales rise is ‘dead cat bounce’, says ParcelHero

The latest ONS retail figures reveal Lockdown 3 continued to have a devastating impact on the High Street in February. A rise of 2.2% in sales won’t save the High Street while online sales are snatching 36.1% of the entire retail spend, warns ParcelHero. Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a slight rise of 2.2% in the value of retail sales in February against the previous month.  This is just…

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Staycation boom accelerates growth for watersports retailer

Staycation boom accelerates growth for watersports retailer

FatStick Boards saw sales increase by 40% in 2020 due to a rise in UK holidays. In this article, we discuss how the retailer was able to up-scale quickly with partner Diamond Logistics, and ride the boom. Sports retailer FatStick Boards is a UK brand based in Bournemouth which sells paddle boards – also known as Stand-Up-Paddling (SUP) boards – to sea lovers in the UK. Launched in 2012, it sells 1,000 boards per year…

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Consumer spending fell 13.8 per cent in February as lockdown continued, yet some sectors saw record growth

Consumer spending fell 13.8 per cent in February as lockdown continued, yet some sectors saw record growth

Spending on essential items grew 5.3 per cent year-on-year as online grocery shopping surged Food and drink specialist stores, which includes butchers, greengrocers and fresh food box services reached a record high of 63.3 per cent growth Spending on non-essentials dropped 22.1 per cent, as much of the high-street remained closed Confidence in the wider UK economy rose to its highest point in the past 12 months The Barclaycard report combines hundreds of millions of…

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