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eBay UK delivery dates

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Late last week eBay announced some changes to their estimated delivery dates in the UK. It’s clear that the exact location of the buyer and seller will have an impact on the time something takes to be delivered. Imagine you’re sending to a customer in Inverness (the Scottish Highlands), it’s totally understandable that delivering to them will take longer than to a customer the next town over Read more...

Mobilegeddon - what it means

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One of the most important factors in determining whether your business is successful is whether your customer can find it. If you operate online, Google has the greatest control over this with their ever changing algorithm. We’ve lived through the days of penguin, panda and caffeine, and this week saw a game changing move by Google. Read more...

What to do With Your Brilliant Business Idea

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Do you have a brilliant business idea that you’re sure will blow the competition out of the water? Fantastic. Are you ready to throw caution to the wind and embark on a new business adventure? Wonderful. Do you have any idea what the next step is to make your dream a reality? This is where the tricky part comes in! Read more...

Has the budget measured up?

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A few days ago our MD David Grimes shared what he wanted to see from Chancellor George Osbourne’s annual budget. His hour long presentation was packed with information and we know there is still more to come with the full business rate review. Read more...

What we hope from this budget

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I always await the chancellor’s budget with excitement and nervousness in equal measures. As a business owner, the decisions made by George Osbourne impact my business here at My Parcel Delivery in hundreds of different ways. By making changes to tax, in addition to the introduction and withdrawal of community and business projects, what is decided on the 18th March 2015 can help make (or break!) your business. Read more...

Why it’s all about the customer service

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It’s that time again – time for another guest blog by our MD David Grimes for start-ups Smarta.com. This time it’s focused all around customer service and the vital role it plays in business. David says “Our belief in offering excellent customer service is ingrained within the business so deeply that it forms part of our business values, branding and, essentially, part of who we are. We worked really hard to achieve our 9.1 rating on Trustpilot and proudly shout about this on our website.” Read more...

Record growth for My Parcel Delivery

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This past year has been a fantastic period of growth for us all here at My Parcel Delivery. Not only do we help you send more parcels than ever before, but the team here has grown enormously too. So now, after 3 office moves, 4 Christmas parties, countless meetings and even more office laughs, we are an award winning website that offers more to our customers than just a cheaper option. Read more...

Entrepreneur DNA – What's the secret ingredient?

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Fresh from his win at the Made in Manchester Awards for Entrepreneur of the year, our MD David Grimes attended the latest Insider business breakfast last Friday. The business breakfasts (aside from being a very early start!) are there to help people in the business community share knowledge and this edition was focused on the very thing that David had just won an award for – being an Entrepreneur. Read more...

Five top tips for Ecommerce business

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Well-known website for start-ups Smarta.com asked our MD David Grimes for a monthly guest blog post to help new companies by drawing on his own eccommerce experience. Over the coming months, David's blog will look at all aspects of entrepreneurship and launching a start-up. Read more...

The City Link effect

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Since City Link went into Administration over Christmas this year, speculation has been been rife about why it happened and how we can help make sure that it doesn't happen to others in the industry. I've been contacted many times for my views which I wanted to share with you. Read more...

Trash to treasure - selling on eBay

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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? Read more...

11th time unlucky – the latest eBay power outage

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Whether you are using it as a side-line or as a fulltime business, eBay has opened up the ecommerce world for hundreds of thousands of people across the world. But what happens when our reliable friend eBay becomes a little less reliable? Unfortunately last week eBay suffered its 11th outage of the year which was (rather more unfortunately) also on their 19th Birthday. Read more...

Search marketing for your e-commerce business

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How can you launch and grow your start-up business with a maximum return on your budget? Search marketing can be both cost-effective and impactful – if you know what you’re doing. The marketing manager here at My Parcel Delivery is happy to share some of her secrets to campaign success so that you too can help your business reach new customers. Read more...

Marking 20 years of online shopping

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It is hard to believe that only 20 years ago secure online shopping didn’t exist! It was on this day in 1994 that a man called Phil Bradberger went shopping online with a company called "Net Market" and, by buying a CD of Sting’s “Ten Summoner’s Tales”, made history. The following day The New York Times announced that the “Internet is Open” and a new era in shopping had begun. Read more...

Making web design work for e-commerce businesses

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Vincent Holt, commercial director at Salford-based 11 Out Of 10 web development agency, got into working with the web after years of project managing IT systems in what became engineering giant, GEC-Alstom. After seeing a gap in the market for providing a blend of technical web design and sound business advice, he launched 11 Out Of 10 more than a decade ago. Now with 10 staff, the company provides highly specialised design for bespoke websites and e-commerce systems, aimed at companies “wanting an edge over the competition and prepared to pay a bit more to get it”. Clients have included Walls Refrigeration and PureGym – the latter taken from an initial concept to a multi-million pound business in 3 years. My Parcel Delivery grabbed a few minutes with Vince to sample the secrets of web design for successful e-commerce businesses: Read more...

Ebay sellers – safety first! Beware the unscrupulous buyers

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Have you ever asked yourself - who is the most at risk? An eBay seller or an eBay buyer? With over 17 million people logging onto eBay in the UK every month, the site is now responsible for over 15% of the UK’s online shopping (Experian Hitwise, 2011). What once started as a place for people to flog an unwanted gift or a rarely used impulse buy is now a global site for everything from fashion to furniture, and from collectibles to cars! What’s more, thanks to security measures and PayPal guarantees, it is safer than ever to be an eBay buyer but what about being an ebay seller? Read more...

International parcel delivery

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...what you need to know when sending a parcel abroad. Over 95% of the parcels deliveries booked through myParcelDelivery.com are sent within the UK. While this is the case, international parcel delivery is booming as the cost of sending parcels outside the UK is being driven down every day. Now, whether you are sending important documents to a company in Australia, or finger puppets to your niece in France, you can find an affordable service to get your parcels there on time. Read more...