Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Increase in UK's International Market Growth & Parcel Volumes thanks to E-Commerce

"Not only has online shopping become increasingly popular for people buying Christmas presents in the UK, our retailers are in demand with people overseas." (Nick Landon, MD of fulfilment and packets, Royal Mail)
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As stated by the Royal Mail's MD, Nick Landon, the UK e-commerce industry has seen record-breaking sales this Christmas. Not only have Brits sent parcels nationwide but international parcel deliveries have increased rapidly, especially during this week. 

The Royal Mail reported figures of over 600,000 parcels and packages being processed at its Worldwide Distribution Centre at London's Heathrow airport. The parcel volumes are currently twice as high as normal. 

Moreover, people have been particularly keen on importing and exporting goods to Australia with a large majority being purchased via e-commerce websites. Down Under's growth market saw an increase of approximately 31% in November this year followed by Greece (21%), Finland (20%) and the Netherlands (20%). 

These figures suggest that the eurozone crisis may not have affected the UK's international markets as much as we thought it would. 

Source: Post & Parcel / Royal Mail

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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The Great Christmas Parcel Rush - Ways to Avoid Long Waiting Hours

According yesterday's reports by the Daily Mail,
Royal Mail customers have increasingly "experienced difficulties" over their parcel collections from local post offices.

Waiting times varied between 20 minutes in North Shields, North Tyneside and up to 90 minutes in Cambridge where approximately 70 people queued to collect their Christmas parcels.

Teacher, Jo Starkey (31) from Chorlton-cum-Hardy near Manchester, complained that she could "never park so [she] had to walk" despite being highly pregnant.

Image c/o North News & Pictures Ltd / Daily Mail
The Royal Mail stated that it would extend its opening hours for 1,400 local post offices whilst also delivering on sundays - but who knows if weather changes or else may affect deliveries...

Door-to-Door Parcel Deliveries - A Time-Saving Alternative

These days rarely anyone can afford to waste time on queuing up at the post office when this time could be spend somewhere else. Online courier services like Transglobal Express have enabled us to fit our parcel collections into the right slot in our dairies. With collection windows of as little as 3 hours, we can have our collected from our doorstep can send our parcels on the same day and have them collected from our doorstep.

On top of that, we can track and trace shipments using the Internet. Like Transglobal Express, many online courier services have discovered new ways of contacting a customer service advisers, i.e. about packaging guidance or insurance. Those of us who prefer instant online contact, can simply log into a live chat, tweet, Google+ or Facebook their questions.

Why not spare ourselves long waiting hours in the cold especially if online courier services offer the same service as booking with the carriers directly?

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Monday, 19 December 2011

UPS Prepared for Christmas Parcel Rush

  • 22nd December 2011 expected to be busiest day with 25 million parcel deliveries

Following last week’s reports, UPS ready to handle “last minute” Christmas parcels. This Thursday, 22nd December 2011 is expected to be the busiest day for the global logistics provider.

The latest projections forecast a volume of 300 parcels being delivered every second. This equals a total amount of 26 million parcels being solely delivered on 22nd December. In fact, UPS expects to transport over 25 million consignments on the remaining week days.

In order to process such large amounts, UPS Airlines will run 400 additional flights each day. Parcel deliveries can be made until 23rd December 2011.

Transglobal Express offers a variety of different parcel delivery solution with UPS including air and road-based services. Clients can book standard as well as express deliveries via

We recommend our customers to book early in order to ensure a safe and punctual delivery of their parcels.

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Source: UPS / Transglobal Express

Monday, 12 December 2011

Online Shopping – How to Save on Delivery Costs

Today, the Daily Mail reported the latest stats with regards to this year’s Christmas online shopping.

“For the week ending December 9, consumers spent $5.9 billion online, up 15 per cent from the same period a year earlier (…) E-commerce spending for the first 39 days of the 2011 holiday season reached $24.6 billion, also up 15 per cent versus the corresponding days last year.” (Source: Daily Mail)

Are you planning on doing your Christmas shopping online this year? Did you know that you can often choose your own delivery method  such as a cheap courier service?

Here is an example.

Imagine, you finally found the right present for a friend. You clicked “buy” and were forwarded to the delivery overview page. Your online retailer gives you the choice of the following options: standard, free saver or overnight delivery.

You are being faced with some rather limiting choices. Either your parcel might be delayed if you decide on one of the first two “cheaper” delivery options, or you have to pay horrendous delivery charges to get your parcels delivered on the next day.

However, there is a third, much cheaper choice!

Most online retailers like Ebay or ASOS Marketplace give you the option to organise your own delivery. You can either collect the consignment yourself, or arrange for a courier service to come and pick it up.

Sending or importing parcels using a cheap courier service can save you a good deal of money. Imagine saving £10, £15 or more on delivery charges using a cost-efficient courier service like DHL, UPS, TNT or DPD. The courier driver would come to the seller’s door, pick up your parcel and deliver it directly to your home address.

Moreover, you can ensure a quick delivery by using express airway or road-based parcel services. Not to mention the peace of mind that it gives one when being able to track a shipment online. You might even decide to order to an enhanced transit liability for only £5 which would insure your goods for a value of up to £250.

Any further questions?

Why not get in touch with the applicable seller and ask him/her if they would be up for a door-to-door courier service. You can also contact a Transglobal Express customer service advisor who can help you with any queries regarding your parcel delivery.

Online shopping has always been easy, but now you can also save yourself a couple of quid!

Monday, 5 December 2011

FedEx flies Chinese pandas to Edinburgh

  • 4th Dec 2011: The FedEx Panda Express arrived safely at Edinburgh Airport
  • Sweetie and Sunshine to stay at Edinburgh Zoo for next 10 years

Giant Panda Yang Guang (Sunshine) enjoys his meal of bamboo shoots before his journey to Edinburgh Zoo Photo: AFP/GETTY, Source: The Telegraph
Thanks to FedEx Express, a subsidiary of the world’s largest express transportation company, Tian Tian (“Sweetie”) and Yang Guang (“Sunshine”) safely touched down at Edinburgh Airport in Scotland yesterday afternoon. The eight-year-old Chinese panda couple left the Boeing 777F, also known as “FedEx Panda Express”, at approximately 1pm before heading to their new home at Edinburgh Zoo.

According to FedEx Express, the on-board dinner consisted of a mix bamboo, apples, carrots and a special panda cake. The panda couple was under constant surveillance of two animal handlers and an Edinburgh Zoo veterinarian. A custom-built enclosure by FedEx ensure the safety of the two throughout the 12-hour flight.

Captain Paul Cassell said that he was “delighted to confirm that the FedEx Panda Express has safely touched down at Edinburgh International Airport. (…) It was an absolute privilege and honor to fly Tian Tian and Yang Guang, and to be part of this significant moment to bring the pandas to their new home in the UK. Although every flight is unique, this flight has been particularly special—carrying such rare animals made the journey very exciting for all of us.” 

Tian Tian and Yang Guang were relocated to Edinburgh Zoo where they will spend the next 10 years of their lives. According to the Telegraph, “Edinburgh Zoo will pay £1 million a year for the privilege of housing the pair, money which it hopes to recoup by attracting visitors from across the UK.

**Transglobal Express offers a range of FedEx worldwide express parcel delivery services which are particularly recommended for shipments going to the Far East, South America and USA. 

Source: FedEx Express / The Telegraph

Friday, 2 December 2011

Thursday, 1 December 2011

DHL increases US prices by 5.9%

The staggering global economic crisis also seems to have taken a hit on the international logistics and express parcel delivery giant, DHL Express.

Yesterday, the carrier announced an increase of their US prices by 5.9%. The rate change is set to take place on 1st January 2012.

DHL Express, which is owned by the Deutsche Post DHL, justified the price increase due to account inflation and dramatically rising network costs.

By doing so, DHL joins other courier companies and parcel services including UPS or FedEx which were also forced to increase their - primarily air and freight - rates by 5,9 to 6.9%.

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Source: / DHL Express