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Win a case of wine delivered in time for Christmas

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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. 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...

Sending a parcel to France

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Send a parcel to France – all you need to know. Sending a parcel to the UK is a doddle – we know the address format and can estimate how long it will take the parcel to arrive. But what about when we send parcels internationally? Each country has individual quirks to their address format but do not fear – we have the answers here. One of the most popular countries to send to is just over the water in France and this quick blog will help put your mind at ease by telling you exactly what you need to know. 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...

Your guide to same day delivery

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Need a same day delivery? Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions. As time is becoming even more precious our same day delivery service is becoming increasingly popular. There are times when you need your items delivered as quickly as possible, and the standard economy and even next day delivery services just will not do. For any important documents or packages you need to send, you can now book a courier who will work around the clock to pick up your items and deliver them securely on the same day. Booking a same day delivery is easy to do, and these frequently asked questions will tell you everything you need to know! Read more...

10 top tips for packing your parcel

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We understand how important every parcel you send is to you and as such are committed to ensuring you parcel reaches its destination intact. We have created 10 top tips for packaging your parcel which will help ensure it arrives in the best possible condition. Read more...

PayPal – Working Capital Scheme to extend to the UK

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New funding option for UK businesses from PayPal As a small business, whether selling via your own ecommerce website or using existing sites such as eBay and Amazon, there are challenges around every corner. Since the start of the crunch in 2007 it has become increasingly difficult for small business to get funding to enable not only the business launch but also growth which is vital for both the business and the British Economy as a whole. Read more...

Delivery Services - Who delivers what, where and when

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Here at My Parcel Delivery we make it quick easy for you to find the right delivery service whether you are sending presents to family in Finland, or a vital letter to Larry in Luton. Take a look below to see our delivery services at a glance so that you know which courier will get your parcel to the right place, at the right time, and at the best cost. 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...

Picking the best parcel courier

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There are so many questions that you need to ask yourself when trying to pick the best courier for your parcel. Selecting the cheapest, or the fastest, courier may be the simplest option but we suggest that you answer the below 10 questions before making your decision. This will ensure that you select the best courier for your parcel. Read more...

Delivery by drone

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Amazon’s Drone delivery service plans have been grounded by the US federal Aviation Administration. Imagine arriving home after a long day at work, realising you have forgotten to buy that all important DVD for your night in and wanting nothing more than to sit down and have dinner rather than going back out. Earlier this year Amazon announced that they were in the process of developing a solution for this very issue. Never mind next day or even same day delivery of your parcels, Amazon planned to deliver your parcel within 30 minutes by drone via their Amazon PrimeAir service. Read more...

How to...protect yourself and your parcel

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Choosing compensation cover to protect against lost or damaged parcels Waving goodbye to your parcels as they start their journey with a courier is, nine times out of ten, a stress-free process. Parcel courier services are now a thoroughly affordable and efficient way of sending parcels both in the UK and abroad – whether you are a consumer or running a growing e-commerce business. But, in shopping as in life, things don’t always go to plan. The volume of parcels in circulation has mushroomed with the boom in e-commerce, eBay and Amazon online selling, and that means millions of extra packages in transit. And along with a greater number of parcels, the delivery process is now more automated. Overall, this means accidents can occur. But how well protected are the contents of your parcels if the worst happens? Read more...

Personal parcel delivery unit

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There are few things more frustrating than browsing online, finding the shoes/bag/game that you must have right away, and then playing a game of hide and seek with the courier trying to deliver it. Most economy services are unable to offer you a guaranteed day for delivery, and are certainly unable to offer a specific time slot so while we are busy with work and day to day life, couriers are knocking on doors to empty houses trying to catch you. Read more...

Update: New local telephone number

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Saving you money is our number one priority and today we are going one step further. A key comment that we have heard from our customers is regarding costs, not only of the parcel services we provide but also of our contact number. We are pleased to announce that we have listened to your comments and acted. Read more...

How to…stay safe online

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Last month eBay announced a major cyber-attack on their system and have since forced users to update their passwords. Following on, alarming news from the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) told us that a major cyber-threat was discovered by the FBI, in which it estimated that approximately 15,000 computers may have been hacked in the UK alone, and this number reaches millions when they look worldwide. While the immediate threat has been prevented no one has been arrested and so it is likely that the threat has not passed permanently. Read more...

Getting your exporting business right

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Could selecting the right international parcel delivery service mean your business makes the most of the export push in 2014? According to Chancellor George Osborne in his March Budget, Britain needs to be exporting more – and is doubling the funding available to help meet the UK’s trade targets. But what does it mean in terms of "moving the goods" when you upscale your business to meet the demands of customers in other countries? My Parcel Delivery has some useful tips to start you on the way to exporting success! Read more...