Published on 17th June 2020, 1:06pm
By Eva Malpass in category Shipping Advice
Online shopping has never been more popular and consumers have never had so much choice at their fingertips. In an age where competition in the e-market is fierce, businesses are under pressure to keep costs low and profit margins high. But many miss out on a major tool - it's so easy to develop an...
Published on 16th June 2020, 10:06am
By Eva Malpass in category Business
Learning how to price a product can be complicated, so if you want to know more about it, just start reading these tips. Clear and easy with Interparcel! Pricing a product to make a profit is sometimes difficult - set prices too low and you won't make a profit, but set them too high and you'll put...
Published on 9th June 2020, 12:06pm
By Eva Malpass in category Lifestyle
The day of the dads is almost upon us! Although a brief history of the origins of Father's Day was intended to kick-off this guide, you'll be surprised to find that it doesn't have quite the backstory that Mother's Day has. Starting roughly in Washington D.C, the men of 1908 'scoffed' at the...
Published on 9th June 2020, 12:06pm
By Eva Malpass in category Business
eBay has been home to small businesses looking to make their mark in the online shopping market. Find out the best eBay selling tools software for you! As a globally recognised eCommerce giant, eBay has been home to many online sellers looking to make their mark in the online shopping market. Known...
Published on 3rd June 2020, 3:06pm
By Eva Malpass in category Business
Social media isn't just for sharing cute puppy videos or swapping recipes with your great aunt. It's also an valuable marketing tool for businesses. You can use it to attract new customers whilst keeping the attention of existing ones. It's helpful for performing on the spot market research or even...
Published on 3rd June 2020, 11:06am
By Eva Malpass in category Business
Many small businesses have been faced with worry during the COVID-19 outbreak. While the lockdown measures appear to be easing, businesses may be unsure of what to say or how to put together a crisis communication plan. Just because you don't have all of the answers doesn't mean you shouldn't be...
Published on 2nd June 2020, 1:06pm
By Eva Malpass in category Business
It wasn't long ago that we first experienced an economic downturn and its effects are still being felt by some industries. This time around the economic consequences of lockdown are most obviously felt by physical shops and businesses on the high street, as The Bank of England warns we will...
Published on 29th May 2020, 11:05am
By Eva Malpass in category Shipping Advice
When you've been eagerly anticipating the delivery of a dress you bought online, receiving it posted in a tatty taped-up Sainsbury's bag is disappointing to say the least. Whether you are a small business just starting up on Etsy, a brick and mortar shop dipping your toe in the eCommerce puddle or...
Published on 26th May 2020, 2:05pm
By Eva Malpass in category Shipping Advice
Have you ever wondered 'Can I ship alcohol?' Does a distant loved one's Friday night depend on it? Up until recently, this was a big no no with our services, but thanks to Parcelforce, you can now send your alcoholic gifts to yourself and others through the full range of Parcelforce services that...
Published on 21st May 2020, 2:05pm
By Eva Malpass in category Business
A well-written description for your items online has the potential to carry your customers right through to checkout. It's not just big businesses that need to think about how they present their products, whether you are writing a description for your top-selling item on a 500 page website, or just...
Published on 20th May 2020, 12:05pm
By Eva Malpass in category Business
When Taylor Swift posted a picture of herself wearing a bracelet sold only by a bespoke jeweler they sold out for the first time! It doesn't always have to be Taylor Swift, it could happen by word of mouth; from one friend to another. Causing a surge in your sales overnight! This may seem like a...
Published on 19th May 2020, 11:05am
By Eva Malpass in category Business
Translating your passion to profit is a dream many people aspire to make a reality. From watercolour paintings of wildlife to knitted newborn clothing, finding a niche within your chosen hobby isn't the only difficult part about breaking into the crafty business world. With the craft...
Published on 19th May 2020, 10:05am
By Sarah Loosemore in category Business
Are you looking to move your home-grown business online? You're not alone! There are so many tools out there today that can help you get into the eCommerce world and help your business thrive in the process. There are lots of website-building helpers to choose from that can help you set up your...
Published on 15th May 2020, 10:05am
By Eva Malpass in category Business
In the UK alone the average person spends one whole day a week online, and it never used to be that way until recent years! This goes to show the exponential growth that is possible when businesses go online. Online stores have never been so popular, with over 48% of UK consumers intent on...
Published on 13th May 2020, 9:05am
By Eva Malpass in category Shipping Advice
Sustainable packaging has become an increasingly high priority for both consumers and brands in recent years. Packaging in all forms is a big contributor to a huge part of the throwaway materials that end up in landfills. Finding and using eco-friendly packaging alternatives is no longer just an...
Published on 12th May 2020, 10:05am
By Eva Malpass in category Business
Why is customer feedback important? Think about it – have you ever been to a new restaurant or ordered from a new takeaway without first checking what their reviews say? Statistics show that 68% of people try new restaurants based solely on positive reviews online, and 45% regularly check these...
Published on 7th May 2020, 4:05pm
By Jo Lomax in category Shipping Advice
Sending a bike via courier is the easiest and cheapest way to ship a bike, so whether you are clearing out the garage, making some money on eBay or just donating a used bicycle to a loved one, let Interparcel handle the shipping for you. If you're looking for the easiest, safest and cheapest way...
Published on 7th May 2020, 10:05am
By Eva Malpass in category News
Earliest Courier Service Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians created a courier service in 2000 BC? The letters would be sent in a box down the river Nile escorted by a guard. It is rumoured that the earliest form of post can even pre date this in as early as 521BC by Cyrus the Great in...
Published on 6th May 2020, 1:05pm
By Eva Malpass in category Business
The internet is an amazing platform. It's enabled businesses to grow exponentially, reaching customers across the globe and building a globally used and loved brand. With the help of eCommerce plugins like Shopify and Squarespace you can now build an online website in an hour! Setting up an online...
Published on 6th May 2020, 1:05pm
By Eva Malpass in category Business
In recent years, Squarespace has quickly become a huge name in website design. Cited as a design lover's dream, it can be endlessly useful if you're looking to create and build a website. Specialising in creative website design, Squarespace's website builder is especially useful for people that have...
Published on 30th April 2020, 11:04am
By Eva Malpass in category Shipping Advice
Sometimes there's just not enough time in a day to make the trip out to post a parcel. Or sometimes it's just not worth the neighbours seeing your dodgy home-hair-dye results. Either way, for you to ship a parcel from home you barely have to lift a finger. All you'll need to do is gather a few bits...
Published on 29th April 2020, 1:04pm
By Eva Malpass in category Shipping Advice
Importing is big business and it's getting bigger – in the UK in 2018 the value of imports of goods and services reached a huge £56 billion in one month! Lots of these imports are of course cars from Germany and manufactured products of China and the Netherlands but importing for small businesses...
Published on 28th April 2020, 10:04am
By Eva Malpass in category Lifestyle
As schools and nurseries nationwide close their doors, for the time being, millions of parents are left scrambling for ways to entertain the kids lest they begin a game of red-marker-on-newly-painted-wall. The stressful situation many parents face to find a doable means of home-schooling while still...
Published on 22nd April 2020, 3:04pm
By Jo Lomax in category Shipping Advice
With the carriers all offering contact-free deliveries many of us have been choosing to order goods online rather than risk the high street – this has meant that companies can continue to trade while at the same time customers can feel safe shopping from home. However, with all the extra parcel...
Published on 22nd April 2020, 12:04pm
By Eva Malpass in category Shipping Advice
For big business shipments, regular small business orders, and occasional senders alike, Interparcel's main aim is to get your parcels delivered safe and sound. Our services can benefit all shipping requirements be it a care package to a loved one the next town over or a bike shipped to another...
Published on 22nd April 2020, 12:04pm
By Eva Malpass in category Shipping Advice
We're always told not to judge a book by its cover, but that's exactly what customers will do! Be sure to spend time on your brand packaging, it's an easy way to create a consumer experience that won't cost a bomb but will keep your brand exciting and in your customers' minds. The eCommerce...
Published on 17th April 2020, 3:04pm
By Eva Malpass in category Shipping Advice
The impact of COVID-19 has been undeniably felt throughout the economy and communities, but for small businesses even more so. From retailers temporarily closing their doors to people staying indoors to self-isolate, the rate of online purchases has increased astronomically. With an increase in...
Published on 16th April 2020, 11:04am
By Eva Malpass in category News
On leaving 2019, high street sales fell and the outlook was bleak. The Office for National Statistics noted retail sales dropped as household spending in high street shops plunged by 0.6%, compared to the previous month. Alarm over decreasing high street spending at the end of last year came from...
Published on 16th April 2020, 11:04am
By Eva Malpass in category Shipping Advice
As millions of parcels are delivered worldwide every year, it would seem packing up and sending anything under the sun is easy. Yet when sending items of middling value or irregular shape we can often be left with a major conundrum. Parcel delivery needn't be tricky, at Interparcel we want to make...
Published on 9th April 2020, 10:04am
By Eva Malpass in category Lifestyle
Predicted to be one of the less adventurous bank holidays we've all had, the long weekend ahead still offers hope, especially with the promise of the fantastic weather. So, you can't take your mini break to the south of France or drive down to Cornwall for a few days by the sea, but there's still...
Published on 8th April 2020, 11:04am
By Eva Malpass in category Lifestyle
As we reach our third week of self-isolation, some may be feeling disheartened and lonely. Creating a care package can give that person a well needed lift and remind them you're never too far. The key to creating a great care package is in striking the right balance between reminders of home...
Published on 3rd April 2020, 1:04pm
By Eva Malpass in category News
During this unusual period of upheaval, we all recognise the struggle adapting to the changes in our social and professional lives. Fostering a positive disposition whilst self-isolating can be difficult alongside the saddening news across the globe, so here are some exceptional acts of human...
Published on 3rd April 2020, 11:04am
By Eva Malpass in category Business
Often WordPress is used for blogging, portfolios or content websites but increasingly people are using WordPress eCommerce plugins such as WooCommerce to power their online stores. With over 93.7% of all WordPress users utilising the WooCommerce plugin, it's no wonder it has a 4.5-star rating from...
Published on 31st March 2020, 10:03am
By Eva Malpass in category News
As supermarket shelves across the country were emptied and tighter restrictions applied to social interaction, many more people have turned to online shopping to minimise face-to-face contact. After many weeks in lockdown and restrictions beginning to change, staying home and staying safe is still...
Published on 26th March 2020, 12:03pm
By Eva Malpass in category Business
With just under nine billion online transactions and tens of thousands of stores, BigCommerce is one of the most popular eCommerce marketplaces today. We understand that navigating a platform like this for the first time can be tricky, so if you're just getting started, we've got a useful guide to...