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Christmas! (Sorry….)

Yes, we know its only October, it may feel a bit early to be talking about Christmas! However, there are only 74 days until the big day arrives its so its time to start organising!

Christmas delivery dates for international economy mail will very soon be upon us, and its easy to forget that it sometimes takes a long time to reach far flung destinations by land and sea.

Do you need extra stock for your business over the festive period?

Need to send presents to friends and family overseas?

Also, remember that Christmas falls on a Sunday this year! It always catches out those who like to leave it more to the last minute!

With that in mind, contact us now for the best dates and rates.

Don’t leave it to the last minute to spread your festive cheer!

social media

Come and join us on social media!

At the moment we are trying to build up our presence on social media to make sure that we are giving you the best service possible, and to keep you up to date on all our products and services.

To that end, we would like you to come over and like our Facebook page here

We also have a Twitter account here if you would like to keep up to date that way.

Our social media accounts share interesting articles, important information and discuss the services that we can offer you.

We look forward to seeing you over there!

golden week

China’s golden week

Commencing on October 1st for a week, golden week, or National day, means that Chinese businesses close down and nothing moves in or out of the country.

It has been celebrated in Mainland China and Hong Kong since 2000. The holiday was implemented by the Government to encourage domestic tourism and allow families to make long distance trips.

Ports operate on skeleton crews and ships don’t sail as they aren’t at full capacity.

Please make sure that any urgent deliveries or collections using our International Express Service are organised this week if time critical. Golden week will only last until October 7th, but its effects are likely to be felt until at least the 10th. There will obviously be a back log to contend with after this date.

Please contact us at your earliest convenience by using the contact form on the website here

Or email us at [email protected] / 02380 697000

We look forward to hearing from you!

brexit ports

Brexit could mean goods face delays at UK ports

According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) goods being imported into the UK could get stuck at ports and other points of entry for up to 3 days if there isn’t a proper customs agreement with the EU.

European supply chains are a key part in delivering the products we buy everyday. The majority of those goods are ones that need to be transported quickly, particularly food. This means we need a system of controls after Brexit that ensures that goods can continue to be imported without delays, disruption or additional costs, which would affect availability on the shelves, increase waste and push prices up.

The role of haulage in transporting goods across customs borders should not be underestimated. To reduce further delays, the UK and EU will need to strike deals on the movement of trucks or lorries, vehicle registration, and the ability of drivers who are EU nationals to drive vehicles into the UK and vice versa if a customs border is created between them at some point a er 2019.

Ensuring UK and EU ports are ready for a new customs system is also key. In the UK, investment is needed in port capacity, roads, warehouses, and IT systems to ensure the new Customs Declaration System (CDS) is ready for the challenge in 2019. A more integrated approach by different agencies to customs and other regulatory controls should be introduced.

To read the full report please go here

To listen to Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC please go here

express delivery

Concern grows over a shortage of skilled HGV drivers

The Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) recently published quarterly Transport Activity Survey (QTAS) stating that the issue of driver shortages remains the primary concern.

According to FTA, there is currently a national driver shortfall of around 35,000, and the average age of workers in the T&L sector is rising steadily as companies struggle to attract younger employees. The final outcome of the Brexit negotiations could further impact these estimates.

If Britain’s businesses are to take full advantage of new international trading opportunities in the coming years, they will depend heavily on the support of the UK’s transport and logistics (T&L) sector.

The survey, which asked the opinions of 6,000 freight and logistics businesses in the FTA’s membership, showed that almost a third of respondents were experiencing long delays in recruiting HGV drivers. Given the sector’s reliance on skilled HGV drivers from abroad and the ongoing uncertainty over workers’ status as the Brexit negotiations unfold, members are keen for clarification on what the situation will be once the UK exits the EU.

At a time when British businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on an efficient supply chain, the lack of qualified drivers available to work could soon become cause for concern, says Christopher Snelling, Head of National and Regional Policy at FTA. And with just over 57% of respondents to QTAS also anticipating a shortage of HGV drivers moving into the second half of 2017, it is clear that the industry needs a recruitment boost to overcome the potential issues which this could cause in the long term to Britain’s ongoing profitability.

FTA represents all modes of the UK’s freight and logistics sector on behalf of its 16,000 members. The UK remains a leader in logistics at a global level, ranked in the top ten countries in terms of logistics performance, and the sector contributes 11% of the UK’s non-financial business economy. In 2016, 2.54 million people were employed in logistics in the UK, approximately 8% of the UK’s workforce. FTA members operate over 220,000 goods vehicles (half the UK fleet), consign over 90 per cent of the freight moved by rail and 70 per cent of sea and air freight.

John Simkins, Head of Transport and Logistics, Santander UK, said, “A shortage of skilled drivers has been a persistent challenge in the sector over recent years, and the results of this survey indicate that this is still an ongoing problem. However, it is encouraging to see that businesses from across the country are expecting strong growth in domestic activity in the coming months. Despite some T&L businesses putting their international expansion plans currently on hold, the T&L sector will continue to play a crucial role in the UK economy.”

To read the full report please go to http://www.fta.co.uk/membership/member_information_services/transport_activity_survey.html and fill in a short form.

Source: UK Haulier / FTA.co.uk

our services

All about us

We have recently made some changes and upgrades to our website, and with that in mind thought it was a good time remind you of the services we can offer you.

We pride ourselves in dealing with all aspects of the domestic and international shipping market whether the shipments are large or small anywhere around the globe on a next day, sameday or on an import or export basis.

We are 100% committed to customer service with a focused in house team, an online booking system that keeps you in control of your shipments and a dedication to always go the extra mile.

Collections are booked on line and all shipments are fully trackable coupled with a comprehensive feedback programme giving you complete peace of mind that your shipments have been delivered successfully. Proof of deliveries are all accessed on our website and informed to our customers by an automatic email.

The services we can offer are as follows:

International Courier

International Express is a Think Worldwide Service that can deliver documents and parcels door-to-door worldwide, whether you need to export or import we can offer a solution to your requirements at a competitive rate.

We have many of your requirements at a competitive rate. We have many of our agents around the world which gives Think Worldwide the flexibility to adopt to your every need. All major European Cities are delivered next day and we can offer many timed delivery options.

European dedicated express

No Consignment is too small or large for our dedicated delivery service. Within Europe our customer representative will help you through the process and advise you on the most efficient and cost effective delivery service to suit your requirements, whether it is just a small envelope or a 24 tonne trailer load, we will ensure that your goods are taken care of from start to finish. We offer a sameday collection service and have dedicated vehicles throughout Europe. We operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Pallets

We have a UK and European network for all our pallets which has a full track ‘n’ trace and confirmation via e-mail upon delivery.

Uk same day

We have the capacity to offer and sameday solution for your business nationwide. For important and urgent packages you need delivered today, our sameday courier service guarantees same day delivery. Collection made within 30 minutes of booking, available 24/7, signature on delivery, E-mail delivery confirmation.

Economy service

We can offer a secure consolidated economy service. For those shipments that are non-time critical into Europe and worldwide which allows deliveries to be very competitive with a transit time of 2-6 working days.

Pick Pack N Ship

Think Worldwide offer a Pick ‘N’ Ship service, If you sell products either via your website or via your catalogue or sales flyers, then we can really help you with a complete fulfilment service. First of all, we can hold your stock in our fully alarmed and secure warehouse where we also operate our Pick ‘N’ Ship service, so everything is under one roof. Then, we can dispatch your items from as little as one order per week to dozens of orders per hour. You simply provide us with your order details and we will do the rest, making sure that your customer orders are processed, securely packaged and despatched, all within agreed timeframes and to agreed quality standards. So, there’s no need to find a warehouse to store your items and a fulfilment house to despatch them. We can provide you with a complete end-to-end solution. This service is proving really popular with small entrepreneurial businesses that are building an online presence to sell their products and services. Unlike many warehousing and order fulfilment and distribution businesses, we do not impose either a minimum charge or a minimum number of orders.

If you think you can make use of any of these services please contact us today on 02380 697000 or email at [email protected] Also, you can like us on Facebook here to keep up to date with our services and announcements.

Driverless lorries

Driverless lorries to arrive on our motorways

This week the Government have announced that trials of driverless lorries will begin on our motorways at some time next year in a bit to cut congestion and omissions.

These lorries, which accelerate and brake at the same time, will travel in automated convoys of up to 3, being controlled by a driver in the lead vehicle. There will also be a driver in each of the cabs controlling the steering and ready to take control in the event of a problem.

However, according to the AA, these plans could pose a risk to motorists, as the fleet will be the equivalent of half a football pitch long, and are not suitable for the UK’s congested motorways.

Edmund King, President of the AA, said: “We have some of the busiest motorways in Europe with many more exits and entries. Platooning may work on the miles of deserted freeways in Arizona or Nevada but this is not America. A platoon of just three HGVs can obscure road signs from drivers in the outside lanes and potentially make access to entries or exits difficult for other drivers.

On the new motorways, without hard shoulders, lay-bys are every 1.5 miles. A driver in trouble may encounter difficulties trying to get into a lay-by if it is blocked by a platoon of trucks going past.”

Paul Maynard, the transport minister, said: “We are investing in technology that will improve people’s lives. “Advances such as lorry platooning could benefit businesses through cheaper fuel bills and other road users thanks to lower emissions and less congestion. First we must make sure the technology is safe and works well on our roads, and that’s why we are investing in these trials.”

RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said: “Streams of close-running HGVs could provide financial savings on long-distance journeys, but on our heavily congested motorways – with stop-start traffic and vehicles jostling for position – the benefits are less certain.”

 

Walmart

Walmart and the race for drone delivery

Walmart is beginning testing on its new drone delivery service in New York. By renting a 28,000 square foot hanger, it can start research and perform tests on its drone and conduct test flights.

Test flights will go from one designated spot to another, and flight hours would include 12 flight days a month for 6 hours per day.

Walmart is seeking to patent a system that uses blockchain technology to track packages delivered by unmanned drones. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published the application, Unmanned Aerial Delivery to Secure Location on 25th May.

So, could Walmart overtake Amazon in the battle of the drones? The answer in the long term is yes! Although nowhere as big a global giant as Amazon, Walmart can utilise its large network of stores for drone delivery. Amazon will have to rely on customers living near their drone fulfilment centres, which are quite spread out. A drones range is quite small, and a bigger share of customers live close to the stores.

About 49% of Weather Company app users who visited a US Walmart location during Q1 2017 live within six miles of a Walmart store, a deliverable range for a drone. And 15.1% of purchases at Walmart are under $10, according to Perfect Price. Most of these purchases are likely light enough to deliver by drone. *

Amazon reports that 44% of Americans live within 20 miles of one of its fulfilment centres — but that’s too far for today’s drones. In fact, the drones Amazon is testing in the UK only have a range of 15 miles round-trip. So Amazon will need to either build more fulfilment centres, or come up with another strategy, in order to fully embrace drone delivery. *

As we have discussed before, the long term use of drones is something that is not going to be happening in the near future, and there are a lot of processes and regulations to wade though before the dream becomes a reality for these delivery giants. First past the post in terms of patents and testing would put out a strong message to competitors in the race to become the biggest global delivery service.

•Source : Business Insider UK

express delivery

Courier and express delivery market to top £10 billion

According to research published by Mintel, in their courier and express delivery report UK 2017, the value of courier and express delivery managed an impressive £1 billion increase in sales in 2016, upping the overall spend to an estimated £10 billion this year.

Overall, 2.8 billion packages and parcels were delivered in 2016, with the number growing by 65% in four years, up from 1.7 billion in 2012. In 2017 sales are expected to reach £10.8 billion rising to £13.2 billion by 2021, the equivalent of 4 billion packages. Alongside this, UK online retail sales are expected to grow by 55.3% over this same five year period to reach £81.94 billion.

Incredibly, almost nine in 10 (87%) Brits have sent or received a parcel in the last 6 months.

Marco Amasanti, Business-to-Business Analyst at Mintel said “The crux of the recent surge in courier and express delivery services surrounds the ongoing digitalisation of all consumer behaviour, in which e-commerce is the apex. As online channels continue to increase their grip across retailing, the industry is only expected to grow further as supply strives to match surging demand. Money previously spent in retail stores is now increasingly spent online, boosting business-to-consumer delivery demand not only through the initial purchase, but also through the return of goods bought online. The business-to-consumer sector, underlined by the rise in e-commerce will be key to future growth.”

“Convenience, in particular the importance of saving time, has become key to consumer demand. It is clear that demand for convenient time windows is significantly more prevalent among younger Brits. Convenience has gradually pervaded these generations, and established itself as a norm and benchmark in the market. Operators that target a younger market must acknowledge these growing expectations, and shift focus onto customer service accordingly.” Marco continues.

The culture of wanting your package the same day or even within hours of being ordered means that the value of next day deliveries reached £5.5 billion in 2016, up from £3.1 billion in 2012. Same day deliveries have risen from £488 million in 2012 to £1 billion in 2016.

The research also flags reasons why consumers may be dissatisfied with the courier service they received. Top of the list is a long wait time, followed by a parcel being left in an unsafe place (13%) and the parcel not being delivered within the agreed delivery slot (11%). One in 10 (10%) users has experienced a parcel being lost in the post, (8%) have suffered damage to the contents of the parcel.

Home delivery and the convenience of ordering from your home to be delivered anywhere in the world as quickly as possible is evidently becoming the consumers way of buying and distributing their goods, and this is only going to become even bigger. High street stores have a mammoth task to try and entice customers back to their shops, and expectations as to the capabilities of parcel delivery in terms of timescale have become almost expected.

diesel petrol cars

UK to a ban sale of all petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040

As part of the governments clean air plan, all diesel and petrol cars and vans, including hybrid vehicles will be banned due to the impact that the poor air quality is having on peoples health.

A particular concern is the reduction of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2). Although emissions have fallen, there are still 81 major roads which are due to breach the legal pollution limits. Air pollution is linked to around 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK, and transport also makes up a significant share of greenhouse gas emissions

However, a complete ban may be seen as a last resort, with local councils first being given the change to lower emissions with ideas such as a new targeted scrappage scheme, and reprogramming of traffic lights, as well as the possible introduction of a toxic T Charge which will be levied on up to 10,000 of the oldest most polluting vehicles every week day. The Government are also relying on councils to come up with their own initiatives to improve air quality.

A change of infrastructure will also be needed, with more funding for plug in card and a plug in grant scheme. Retrofitting buses and other public transport to bring them in line with EU thresholds – something which councils have urgently been doing – breaches EU rules. There could also be the option of retrofitting cars with devices to limit their emissions.

The ban, if it does come into effect, will only be on new vehicles, so cars and vans purchased before this point will still be able to be used. The UK can expect the introduction of more and more hybrids to cope with the change in demand. There will almost certainly be a surge in electric and hydrogen powered cars.

This isn’t something to be concerned about in the short to medium term. Despite the headlines, there hasn’t actually been that much detail in the report, and many of the changes won’t be announced until later in the year.