Parcel2Go Urges More Retailers To Consider Selling Online

Following a report showing that only 14 per cent of EU companies sell goods and services using the internet, despite an increase in buyers, online parcel delivery company Parcel2Go has urged businesses to reconsider their trading strategies.

A study by international administrative department Eurostat has revealed that the number of online consumers in the European Union doubled between 2005 and 2010 – from 20 per cent to 40 per cent – but this growth has not been matched by a growth in the number of businesses using the internet to sell their wares.

With so many sales methods accessible online and a range of cheap courier services on offer to transport goods directly to customers, representatives of courier comparison website Parcel2Go have expressed surprise that more companies are not taking advantage of the opportunities available to them.

Parcel2Go Marketing Director, Richard Mercer said: “Online shopping gets bigger all the time, especially with the accelerated evolution of smartphones and tablets in recent years. Businesses which don’t use this avenue to sell their products are losing the chance to appeal to huge swathes of consumers.

“In today’s world, selling items online is a straightforward and accessible process with plenty of resources available to support it. Whether you are a sole trader or the proprietor of a large operation, online sales could do wonders for your bottom line.”

The Eurostat report showed that household internet access in the EU had reached 70 per cent by 2010, with clothes, travel, computing and electronic goods among the most commonly-bought items.

The data also demonstrated that most internet users prefer to focus on their home markets when shopping online; though this did vary from country to country, with more than 90 per cent of Maltese shoppers buying from another member state and thus requiring international shipping services, while only 10 per cent of Polish consumers did the same.

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Parcel2Go Launches New eBay Shipping Tool

Great value deals, speed and convenience are some of the main reasons why more people are now heading online to buy goods. Parcel2Go has kept all of these things in mind and come up with a new tool for sellers who use one of the world’s largest international marketplaces – eBay.

Bolton-based online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go already helps eBay sellers ship auction items and Buy-it-Now instant purchases out to buyers, and the firm’s new eBay Quick Quote tool will help speed the process up even more. When it comes to international auctions, sellers can often find themselves having to answer a mountain of questions on their international shipping policy and how much postage will cost. Thanks to Parcel2Go’s new eBay Quick Quote tool, buyers will know instantly how much the item will cost to ship, saving everyone time and hassle.

The tool, which is available from the Parcel2Go website, allows sellers to place an eBay widget on their product listings pages as a way of attracting more interest and providing clear information on relevant shipping charges. People are more likely to purchase an item or place a bid if they are clear about all the costs involved, so it makes sense for eBay’s individual and business users to offer clear and accurate details about eBay shipping costs.

Richard Mercer, Business Development Manager at Parcel2Go, said: “With the eBay Quick Quote tool, we wanted to create a feature that would be of benefit to buyers and sellers. The eBay community is growing worldwide, and more individuals and businesses in the UK are looking at making items available to international buyers.

“With our new tool, sellers can display relevant worldwide shipping information with a few clicks of a mouse, allowing buyers to see the total cost of delivery to their country. We want to help ensure people are able to make a simple choice about eBay parcel delivery by offering a simple way to access low-cost, domestic and international shipping information and services.”

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Get The VAT Rise Licked By Using A Parcel Price Comparison Service

Already hard-pressed business and residential customers now have an extra rise in costs to contend with, following the introduction of VAT on the price of sending many items by post from January 31.

Imposed as a result of a European Union ruling, the changes mean that the 20 per cent standard rate of VAT is payable on sending packages via Royal Mail.

With the changes likely to hit already hard-pressed businesses heavily, parcel and mail services broker Parcel2Go is taking the opportunity to remind companies that they can shop around to find a better deal on their parcel delivery costs.

“We have had deregulation of the parcel delivery market in the UK for a few years now, but many people are unaware of the potential it can bring for cash savings,” said Richard Mercer, Parcel2Go.

“The addition of VAT to the cost of sending a parcel is an ideal time for them to discover just how much they could save by shopping around.

“At Parcel2Go, we help thousands of people every day save precious money on these costs. And when large numbers of parcels, or large consignments are being sent, those savings can soon add up.”

It’s simple to track down a better deal, whether it’s just one parcel or 1,000 which need to be sent. Visit www.parcel2go.com and enter the details of the package being sent, to get a quick quote.

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