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5 tips for sending your Christmas gifts this year

We know how much time, effort and money you spend on your Christmas shopping every year so the last thing we want is a hiccup when delivering your gifts to family and friends worldwide. 

We have come up with 5 tips to help your delivery go off without a hitch and some key advice in case there are any delays!

Tip 1 - Use special services for your special delivery
Economy services are ideal for low value items but if your gift is a little more special, then there are plenty more to choose between:

  • - Next day delivery with Yodel, City Link or Parcelforce
  • - A secure service with DX using a tamperproof poly bag
  • - Timed services to have it delivered first thing with City Link or Parcelforce
  • - A same day service for the fastest delivery with a dedicated courier

  • These couriers do everything in their power so that your special delivery arrives as quickly as possible. See which couriers offer which services here.


Tip 2 - Allow plenty of time
Over Christmas, couriers are sent into overdrive delivering Christmas shopping and gifts around the country (and worldwide!). The courier companies are already busy hiring more drivers to get your parcel delivered direct to the recipient's door but to be on the safe side we suggest sending your parcels with plenty of time to spare! 

Tip 3 - Protect your parcel
Our staff here at My Parcel delivery have worked with couriers for many years so we tapped into their knowledge to create a list of Packaging Do's and Dont's to help keep your parcels safe and sound. Remember, your parcel will be sorted by machines in sorting offices which makes a fragile label no substitute for good packaging! For extra security why not add a guaranteed signature on arrival? This will make sure your carefully selected gift isn't left unattended if the recipient isn't home.

Tip 4 - Protect yourself 

Whether it's a gift for Aunt Flo in Glasgow or returning your shopping that wasn't quite as perfect as you had hoped, here at My Parcel Delivery we want to make sure that you’re covered for the full cost of whatever you’re sending. As your parcel wings its way across country, or even across the world, it's a good idea to protect yourself should anything go wrong. You can add compensation cover when you book your delivery - protection (and added peace of mind!) can cost as little as 10p.


Tip 5 - Check...and check again

It's best to double check when completing your address details as any re-deliveries due to errors could be charged at the full rate of your delivery – and no one wants to double the cost of your service! If you are sending your parcel internationally then take a moment and double check foreign letters too, and always add a local landline phone number for the recipient. Without this couriers can’t contact them if they get a little lost.


And now you are ready to send - get a quote here.

Posted by Siobhan at 10:48

Compare the cost of sending your gifts this Christmas

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? As the wet and windy weather arrives we don't want to be pounding the pavement of the high street looking for the perfect gift. Online shopping has it delivered direct to your door but how do you send your gifts on to the lucky recipient? Or back to the company if you don't love it quite as much as you thought? 

We're here to help, you can send with us and save up to 74% compared with Royal Mail.

How we compare on UK delivery and international delivery*

Medium Parcel ServiceRoyal Mail PriceMy Parcel Delivery Price% Saving
2-3 Day with Signature / Up to 2kg £9.10 £5.81 36%
Next Day Delivery with Signature / Up to 5kg £17.48 £9.23 47%
Next Day Delivery with Signature / Up to 20kg £33.01 £9.23 72%
International, Tracked and Signed for / Up to 3kg to USA £68.63 £41.99 39%
International, Tracked and Signed for / Up to 5kg to Australia £97.83 £53.76 45%
International, Tracked and Signed for / Up to 10kg to Germany £65.94 £17.46 74%

*Prices correct as of 27/10/2014

We don’t want you to queue up in a Post Office! Here at My Parcel delivery you can choose your courier and they will pick up your parcel from anywhere you want; or, if you prefer, you can drop it off at a convenient location near you using a drop-off service.

Have your gifts delivered the right way (and for the right price!) by booking here. And don't forget, place an order before 14th December 2014 and you'll be automatically entered into a draw to win a case of wine delivered in time for Christmas! Find out more here.


Posted by Siobhan at 10:21

Trash to treasure - selling on eBay

The supermarkets aisles are filling with decorations and parties are being arranged....it's official, Christmas is fast approaching! With presents to find and turkey to stuff we all feel those purse strings tighten as we move closer to the big day. 

Before your house fills with even more nicknack's from Aunty Flo and Grandma Dora, why not make someone else's Christmas by selling your bits and bobs which have been gathering dust? Instead of throwing out the picture that no longer matches your newly decorated kitchen, pop it on eBay. The extra money will help make your Christmas extra special and give the chance of a pre-loved treasure to your bidders. 

What's more you can save on your postage too! By booking through My Parcel Delivery you can send parcels up to 249cm in length and 30kg in weight while saving up to 73% compared with Royal Mail. If you haven't already you can even link your eBay account to save time as the description, delivery address and dimensions are automatically uploaded for each of your eBay items. 

Remember, eBay items tend to sell for a higher price when you offer them for delivery rather than collection only so make yourself some extra Christmas money and help make someone else's even better by having a sort through your stuff and selling on eBay. It really is true that one person's trash is another person's treasure.

Posted by Siobhan at 08:49

Win a case of wine delivered in time for Christmas

It's competition time!

Send your Christmas gifts with My Parcel Delivery to be in with a chance to win a case of wine delivered in time for Christmas.

As life becomes busier each year, it is getting harder to see all our friends and family in the run up to Christmas. Sometimes the photo album for Uncle Ned down in Dorset or the memory box for your childhood friend on the other side of the world can stay on top of your wardrobe right into the new year. Why not take some of the panic out of Christmas this year and send your gift by courier? They can get your ever so carefully selected gifts from A to B giving you the time to enjoy the Yuletide season.


And just to make your decision even easier, send a parcel with us before midnight on 14th December 2014 and you’ll be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a case of wine delivered in time for the big day. For an extra chance to win simply share this email with your friends on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ or LinkedIn.


The case of wine is delicious with dinner, perfect for a party or can even be a gorgeous gift for friends - you can enjoy it in any way you want! 

You can find out more details about our competition right here.

Posted by Siobhan at 11:15

Social media marketing for your ecommerce business

Social media marketing is now essential for all businesses, no matter how big or small. We are able to increase communication, improve customer service, find areas for improvement and build a relationship with our customers in a way that no traditional marketing method has previously allowed.

 

The marketing executive here at My Parcel Delivery has been working hard to turn our social media profile into a resource of information, packed full of content for everyone, from one off users looking for hints and tips, to our more frequent senders who are looking to grow their business. Below she shares some of the areas she thought about when setting up the My Parcel Delivery social strategy.  

 

Social media strategy

Social media can provide increased communication, improved customer service and relationship building. But first, understand the “personas” of your customers and prospects: what kind of content will they enjoy? What tone of voice should you use? What type of information should you share?

The answer to the last question is potentially limitless: it could include service information, company updates, industry news, relevant conversations, questions, etc. And this can be conveyed through a variety of media, such as blog posts, guides, product features and case studies. Rich media – such as graphics, photos and videos – get even more attention, help messages stand out in news feeds and also achieve higher engagement levels than copy-only posts.

But how often should you publish via social media? This varies by industry but set a weekly target per social platform to reach each week. For example, post on Twitter several times a day, Facebook daily and LinkedIn once per week.

 

Where is social?

Social is where your customers and prospects engage with an online community: that could be Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, blogs and customer review sites. Services like Trust Pilot provide a fantastic opportunity to achieve star ratings on PPC ads and gain feedback from customers.

Digital marketing and social media have levelled the playing field for start-up businesses. You don’t need a multi-million pound marketing budget to make an impression and by cultivating your reputation online through great content and social media marketing, you can begin to attract customers, engage with them and develop long-lasting relationships.

 

This brief overview could help you grow your business and take your first steps into social media marketing.

 

 

Posted by Shaun at 09:15

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