Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Send gifts to India this Christmas

Sending a gift to a friend or family member in India can be conveniently done from your home. All you need is an internet connection, a printer and access to a UK courier website such as

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Quick bookings

Once you have registered an account with your chosen courier company, you will be able to arrange a collection online. All you need to do is to:

  • Provide a collection and delivery address
  • Select a collection time
  • Fill in the packing list
  • Add an insurance premium if required
  • Pay for the outstanding amount
  • And print out your shipping labels.

Speedy deliveries to India

Following the collection of your parcel on your chosen collection date, it will be dropped off at a local or regional depot before being transported to its destination country via road and/or air.

Your gifts should arrive in India just in time for Christmas (subject to transit times and customs). For urgent deliveries, book an express courier service such as UPS or DHL Express who can deliver your parcel within 2 to 3 working days*.

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Save on carriage costs this Christmas

You may find that some carriers offer cheaper parcel services with longer transit times. When quoting you your courier company should ideally list various carriers and their services who you can then compare with each other.

International courier companies such as TNT offer cost-effective alternatives such as the TNT Economy Express which will deliver your gifts within 7 working days*.

Packaging your gifts

India is located 4766.68 miles off the UK mainland. To ensure the safe arrival of your gifts after such a long journey, it is important to pay special attention to your packaging. Remember to watch out for
  • Fragile items – Wrapping them in bubble wrap, extra cardboard  or custom packaging will decrease the risk of damage during transit.
  • Sturdy & stable packaging – If you wish to send your gift wrapped up on paper, place them in an additional cardboard box. Normal wrapping paper does not offer sufficient packaging for your parcel.
  • For detailed packaging advice, visit 
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(*All transit times are subject to routing)

Friday, 23 November 2012

FedEx launches Ship & Give programme to support Sandy victims

Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy caused chaos and destruction in the East Coast corner of the United States, hundreds of FedEx team members have been lending a hand to badly affected communities.

This week, FedExOffice announced the launch of its “Pack, Ship & Give programme”. The carrier is planning on donating $1 to the Food Bank for New York City and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey for each Pack & Ship transaction.

Brian Philips, president and CEO of FedEx Office, said that “FedEx has been working since immediately following the storm to transport desperately needed relief supplies through the disaster response and community nonprofits where we have existing relationships.”

“We have been supporting the Food Bank For New York and Community Food Bank of New Jersey for years, and, with the help of our customers, FedEx is eager to provide these organisations with additional aid when the demand for their services remains so high.”

During the two weeks following Sandy, the courier company transported a staggering three million pounds of disaster relief supplies to citizens in destructed areas such as New Jersey and New York.

Source: FedEx

Monday, 19 November 2012

UPS rates published for 2013

Last Friday, UPS published its new rates for the next year.

The rates for UPS Air and International services increased by 4.5 percent whilst charges for Ground services rose by 4.9 percent.

The change comes after significant increases in UPS' base rates. However, the courier company confirmed that the new rates would not take effect before 31st December 2012. 

Customers can already download the rate guide from the UPS website.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Sending Jewellery for Christmas

Jewellery is one the most popular presents to give for Christmas. Women, in particular, love to be surprised with diamonds - their best friends as Marilyn Monroe once said.

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However, sending jewellery is not as straightforward as it may seem. In fact, most courier services will not carry expensive jewellery for insurance reasons. Therefore it is absolutely crucial to get in touch with your carrier before posting your shipment and view their restricted items list.

As a general rule, you should remember that most courier companies will only accept your jewellery providing its value is under £50.

Depending on the destination country you will like to send you parcel, too, restriction may also apply. So, contact the customs office in order to avoid a bad surprise.

Transglobal Express offers a range of domestic, EU and international courier service which will transport low value jewellery and deliver it as quickly as possible to your recipient. For more information please visit,

If you still intend to send expensive jewellery, you should research an escort or limo jewellery transport service.

Friday, 9 November 2012

UPS donates $1.5 million in relief support for victims of Sandy

UPS, like its competitor FedEx, is going to make a donation to support recovery efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The company has pledged $1.5 million in cash. Beyond that, UPS confirmed that all courier and freight operations are running usual.
“The determination and caring spirit of UPSers has never been more evident. The UPS team has answered the call and everyone involved is going above and beyond to bring relief and hope to those impacted by the storm”, said Scott Davis, UPS chairman and CEO.

In order to provide assistance and urgent shelter support to thousands of people affected by the superstorm, the Red Cross as been endorsed with $250,000 by UPS.
“The victims of Sandy are facing many challenges and UPS is committed to helping them get back on their feet by donating financial and logistical support to the American Red Cross and other organisations that will be providing assistance in the days, weeks and months ahead”, explained Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation.
Next week, 14 truckloads of relief supply will be delivered to parts of New York and New Jersey.

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Source: UPS

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Primark-DHL logistics centre opens in Germany

Primark, one of the UK’s most successful high street retailers, has opened its first DHL logistics centre in Germany. 150 employees are going to work at the Mönchengladbach-based facility. DHL Supply Chain hopes to eventually increase this figure to 250.

“Operations at the new Primark-DHL logistics centre have taken off smoothly, and the facility’s strategically selected location has proven itself the perfect choice. (…) Our plans to increase the facility’s processing capabilities over time are goods news for the region in terms of new jobs and opportunities”, said Martin Seidenberg, CEO of DHL Supply Chain Germany & the Alps.

Located near the A61 in the Regiopark, the new Primark-DHL logistics centre is going to supply eight stores in Germany, two in Austria, two in the Netherlands and one in Belgium with clothes, accessories, homeware and other retail products.

According to Wolfgang Krogmann, Director General Primark Northern Europe: “Primark has been successful in its expansion strategy, with nearly 250 retail stores throughout Western Europe, from which 14 are directly supplied by Mönchengladbach. (…) We chose DHL as our logistics partner because it meets all of our needs. We are looking forward to watching our business grow in this location as well.”

The new 40,000 sq m facility is going to feature a hanging garment racking, a rail transport system as well as a warehouse from which garments can be custom-packed and dispatched. DHL Supply Chain to transport up to 16 million shipments a year through its European network.

Source: DHL

Monday, 5 November 2012

FedEx delivers relief supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy

Since Hurricane Sandy caused chaos and destruction in huge parts of the east coast of the United States, several international enterprises including FedEx have tried to support the victims and deliver relief supplies.

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On 31st October 2012, FedEx donated $1.2 million in cash. A gesture which was followed by a $250,000 United Way donation last Friday. The Memphis-based courier company also promised to help with the delivery of voting machines for the presidential elections which will be brought to severally affected areas such as Staten Island in New York City.

Beyond that, the Salvation Army Disaster Response Unit (DRU), which is also sponsored by FedEx, will drive their mobile canteen trucks to Staten Island to cater for 2,500 local citizens a day.

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Hygiene kits, bottled water, protein shakes, infant nutritional drinks, batteries and blankets are amongst the relief supplies which will be received by thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy over the next couple of days.

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If you wish to help a friend of family member who has been affected by Sandy, then you can book your parcel delivery to the USA via Our express services will deliver your parcel within 1-3 working days**.

Sources: FedEx / Transglobal Express

**Transit times subject to routing.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

UPS and TNT Express receive extension for offer period

The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) has granted two of the world’s largest carrier, UPS and TNT, with an exemption to their offer period.

After the EU Commission raised doubts about fair competition amongst carriers in the European logistics market, the AFM now decided to give UPS a second chance to prove itself.

The offer period has been extended to one week after clearances from the Chinese Ministry of Competition and the EU Commission. UPS and TNT will have until 23rd February 2013 to fulfil the offer condition regarding the competition clearance. Should this date be missed, then UPS will have to pay a high termination fee in the region of EUR 200 million.

Source: UPS