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Monday marked the beginning of the end for many of us in England and Wales. Crowds surged to high streets, shopping centres and hospitality venues in a mass spending spree fuelled by £180bn of lockdown savings put aside by British consumers who have gone without their regular splurges for nearly fourteen months. Some shoppers began queueing at 7 am for retail titan Primark, who haven’t welcomed shoppers in four months due to their lack of eCommerce site. However, footfall was still 16.2% lower than the level seen on a comparable day in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, which seems to solidify the changes in consumer habits.  

 DPD and ASOS collab

 DPD and ASOS have announced a new initiative, ReLove, that will see DPD collect pre-loved clothing from ASOS customers’ doorsteps, then deliver them to one of five leading UK charities. The free of charge scheme was launched yesterday, April 15th, to coincide with the reopening of charity shops in England and Wales. ASOS customers already expecting a delivery from the career service will be able to use the YourDPD app to select the option of donating their pre-loved clothing to one of the following: Scope, Marie Curie, British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross or The Children’s Society.

 Sainsbury’s strikes deal with Deliveroo and Uber Eats 

 Supermarket giant Sainsburys has signed a two-year deal with delivery titans Deliveroo and Uber Eats in a bid to deliver much-needed groceries across the population. The chain of grocery stores now serves 30% of the population. Users of the delivery service have the choice of 1000 food items and need only wait a mere 20 minutes before their goods are delivered to their door – ideal for last-minute BBQ goodies!  

Sainsbury’s director of eCommerce Nigel Blunt said “working with Deliveroo has helped us offer home grocery deliveries to even more customers, bringing them a super-fast service. We know how much Sainsbury’s customers value being able to shop for food as quickly and conveniently as possible, and we’re delighted to be able to expand this service further.”

Over this year, Deliveroo aims to expand into around 100 towns and cities to reach approximately 4 million more customers. 

eBay simplifies its postal message 

 eBay have retired their ‘free n fast’ message that shows the above listings, and have replaced it with 1, 2 or 3-day ETAs in what they are calling a Simplified Postage Message. Using this new message buyers will see delivery times, from the next day to 3 business days. Listings showing the Fast & Free logo will be automatically updated to the new postage design, so sellers don’t have to make any changes themselves. Being able to scan a list of search results and pick a product that will arrive the next working day is a step in the right direction for a more accessible delivery process for both buyers and sellers. Of course, the counter side is that users will have to pay additional fees for their goods to arrive swiftly.

If you’re heading out this weekend to enjoy some outdoor hospitality or shopping, have a great time! We’ll see you next week for more.

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No business begins its journey with the goal of ‘just doing ok.’ 99.9% of start-ups will have an initial business plan outlining the company’s objectives and how to fulfil them. Even the very best eCom businesses that expand to dizzy heights, will need a moment to pause and reflect on how they can boost sales and gain further traction. 

  1. Build Brand Awareness 

 What eCommerce businesses lack and physical sites don’t, is the ability to talk directly with your consumers and up-sell your products directly to prospective customers. So, what is, brand awareness and why is it so important? It represents how familiar your target audience is with your brand, how well they recognise it, and how relatable it is. For example, when you need a tissue, do you ask for a tissue, or a Kleenex when you need a new vacuum cleaner, you’re more likely to say you’re getting a new Hoover. These are known as proprietary eponyms that have reached the peak of brand awareness. It’s important to be consistently building that brand and strengthening its associations in the minds of your target audience. The more familiar people are with something, the more they trust it and gravitate to it. To conclude, successfully building brand awareness leads to capturing and securing a loyal audience, the opportunity to promote your business across multiple channels and introducing new products and expand your catalogue. 

  1. Social Content 

The past five years has played witness to a surge in the popularity of social media businesses, influencers and brands creating original omnichannel experiences to drive sales. Sponsored posts on Instagram and YouTube videos litter our phones and screens, giving consumers access to discount codes and a realistic chance to buy the same item as someone they idolise. In the UK well over half of small businesses use social media for marketing purposes, so why does it work so well? Most commonly, brands are taking advantage of Instagram’s image friendly app and creating online sites for their e-business which appeal to the 70% of consumers that look to Instagram for product discovery. Whilst it costs nothing to download the app and make an account, it’s important to optimize your profile to greet consumers with a viable purchasing option. E-businesses should seek to harness data to personalise user’s experience, understanding your customer demographics can lead to smarter decisions when it comes to social media marketing. 

  1. Capture subscribers and Optimise Email Campaigns

According to a study conducted by Forrest Research, roughly 17% of digital marketing spend happens in email, despite it contributing 24%. Whilst capturing an audience is great, they’ve given their details, you have their email address, but now you have to send regular, valuable emails for the channel to be an effective eCommerce marketing activity. Understanding your audience and catering to them is vital in successfully optimising your email campaigns. 

  1. Slash Shipment Costs 

Simply put, free shipping increases sales. Shipping options play a pivotal role in an online shopper’s decision to make a purchase. Free of charge shipping can be the make or break between a customer deciding to order their item from your business, over another, and the former is always preferred. Take ASOS for example, for an annual fee of just £9.95 shoppers can enjoy free next day delivery, with no spending cap. If you need some new socks, a few clicks later and your socks will be with you by the next day, without having to move (in fact, just a finger). A smooth returns process is also vital for boosting eCom sales. 90% of shoppers said that they would continue to purchase from a business if the returns process was a smooth one. And customers who had a bad experience during the returns process was three times less likely to return to that store. 

  1. Customer Service Always Wins 

The support an eCommerce business gives to its online shoppers can make or break a business. As more shoppers move online, the importance of eCommerce customer support grows. If a shopper needs help with an item they bought online or need to ask a question before making a purchase, and there’s no one to turn to and no one to contact, they’ll likely look elsewhere. Most customers anticipate access to speedy, polite and helpful eCommerce customer service through a range of channels, from social media to email.

If you’re searching for a fulfilment service then Huboo is an award-winning outsourced fulfilment provider based in the UK and mainland Europe, you can view their services here.

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If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from the past twelve months, it’s that changes in demand can switch rapidly. These changes in consumer wants aren’t just due to personal shifts in taste, although these organically develop over time, but also as consumers become influenced by cultural changes and unprecedented circumstances that are out of the hands of the consumer and retailer alike.

Harnessing data

In today’s world, information, particularly, data denoting consumer behaviour is perhaps the most vital element in understanding shopper’s desires. For example, what customers are buying, how often they’re making a purchase, what items they’re viewing, how they’re viewing those items, and so on. The development of social commerce, now an $89.4 billion market at present, makes it easier than ever to sell products over social media channels by harnessing user’s data to create a personalised experience. The connection of two-way communication allows customers to connect with an eCommerce business and make a purchase without even leaving the app, a seamless experience for them, and a potential for increased profitability for you. In other words, as consumers increasingly adopt omnichannel shopping, merchants must weave in the context and shopper intent, as well as extend personalization to stores, to put data in the heart of their brand strategy.

Omnichannel integration

As consumers move more seamlessly between online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores, they increasingly expect the brands that serve them to do the same. The need for manufacturers and retailers to deliver omnichannel excellence has become more acute as the pandemic gives rise to a hybrid model of shopping that combines digital commerce with products and services delivered by a local store. There has been increasing noise around the future of retail and the rise of omnichannel, the partnership of both can drive sales, create increased availability and integrate digital touchpoints.

Landing page adaptation

Most recently many of us in the UK and Europe have been forced to adopt the principle of slow living. We’re spending more time alone or with heavily reduced social groups, and in the comfort of our own homes, and so, the trend of adopting a steadier pace of life has been growing online, both in the content we watch and in the purchases we make. Last year 86% of fashion purchases were made online. Unsurprisingly exercise equipment purchases also rose exponentially; online kettlebells sales rose by 419%. Loungewear also saw a surge in demand by 433% as consumers sought to find the most comfortable clothing possible. So how did retailers pivot to meet this demand? Retailers including ASOS and Boohoo were fast to jump on the demand for comfy clothing. Their landing pages played host to specific categories of clothing reflective of consumer’s demand. Even John Lewis remodelled their website after legging and loungewear purchases hit a spike of 1,303% in March and April of 2020.

Inventory Control 

Aligning inventory management with the necessity of your products is vital for a successful retail operation. To cater for changes in demand retailers should hold enough stock and safety stock that is achievable for them to hold, both in economical and physical terms. Choose a fulfilment provider that grants its customer’s access to a personalised dashboard where they can track and monitor their inventory levels, 24/7.

Retailers now and into the future have a great opportunity to harness the valuable assets available to them, such as consumer data, to unlock exponential business value with the final aim to convert this information into omnichannel strategies that could boost benefits brands and suppliers.

If you’re searching for a fulfilment service then Huboo is an award-winning outsourced fulfilment provider based in the UK and mainland Europe, you can view their services here.

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At some point, most businesses will reach a point where boxes start to pile up in the garage and daily trips to the post office are no longer an option, and will instead, turn towards outsourcing to a fulfilment provider to elevate these pressures. But how do you know which partner is best for your businesses?

Many brands and businesses that use fulfilment for their logistics needs, need to streamline the service for their clients. The logistics process is an intricate one that requires much attention to the intricacies involved. Before deciding on a fulfilment service partner, determine how each of the following areas aligns with your company’s fulfilment requirements.

So here are Huboo’s top tips for choosing a fulfilment service!

Flexibility and Pricing

No one likes nasty surprises or hidden costs. Choosing a service that has a transparent pricing structure is important for any business, especially start-ups and smaller companies that don’t have access to extra capital to spend on logistics.

It’s important to consider both short-term and long-term costs, this includes providers that charge low storage fees and offer minimal shipping costs. Whilst it’s important to ensure you’re not spending above what is necessary, it’s also essential to choose a provider who doesn’t compromise on quality when offering cheaper rates. Check out Huboo’s transparent pricing guide here.

Tech-focused integration

The key to getting fast and accurate delivery of your products lies in the fast and accurate processing of your orders. The best way to make that happen is to hire a fulfilment provider with technology that can integrate directly into your sales channels with visibility.

Technology is changing how eCommerce businesses are handling the shipping process. Top-rated fulfilment centres should use software that can support inventory management, enhance data reporting, and manage inbound/outbound freight.

For example, at Huboo our user-friendly, dashboards have been designed in-house to integrate seamlessly with your selling platforms to give you a consistent service. Our customers can keep track of goods in, as well as monitoring order statuses, sales and listing in re-time.

You can also track couriers, manage spending on edit product listings instantly. Providers that match the technology used in E-businesses become an extension of their brand. The result? A seamless service for all involved.

Packaging Options

Along with branding, you want to choose a centre that has a wide variety of packaging options that align with the product you’re shipping. Not all boxes are created equally, so you want to be sure you have your pick of packaging.

Having options for the right type of packaging will also reduce damage to products. Plus, sometimes it’s what’s on the inside that counts! So, you want to be sure you have your pick of insulation materials too, whether that’s, corrugated paper, foam rolls, shredded paper, bubble wrap, or air pillows, make sure it can cover your items.

Warehouse Location

Customers in 2021 indeed expect lightning-fast shipping speeds, the way to achieve this? Choosing a warehouse in a centralised location that has access to transport links can help get your products to their intended customer in less time.

We know that changes in consumer demand open new, and sometimes tricky pathways for merchants to navigate, such as a call for next-day delivery, but opting for a logistics provider that is closer to your customers and, can prove lucrative.

Efficiency

No one likes to receive the wrong item. The consequences of miss-packed goods are damaging to both the brand and service provider and is often a catalyst in driving the consumers to shop elsewhere. A provider that can promise accurate and efficient picking and packing is a key cog in the wheel to delivering a seamless end-to-end service. At Huboo we’re proud of our 99.9% picking and packing accuracy rate…that’s pretty high.

Want to choose a fulfilment provider that delivers? Contact Huboo to begin your fulfilment journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12/04 International Courier and Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Huboo aims to keep you informed regularly regarding all international deliveries out of the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite most domestic services resuming normal time-frames, the majority of international couriers and services are still being affected. Couriers are receiving higher than usual demand – similar to that of the usual peak periods in Q4, however without preparation, a reduction in air travel, changes to transport procedures (eg. various border controls) and/or changes in delivery procedures in the destination country (e.g. quarantine) – they are all seeing delays across most international items and services.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and want to reassure you that we are continuously working with our courier partners to limit the impact on your business during this challenging time. As delays and disruption continue in almost every country in the world, we will do our very best to keep your goods moving as quick as possible.

We will keep this page updated as often as possible with weekly reminders via our newsletter.

Below is a list of links to each couriers’ COVID-19 International delivery service report:

 

DPD International Delivery Service Report

DPD International Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Here’s the link to DPD’s latest service updates.

 

Deutsche Post International Delivery Service Report

Deutsche Post International Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Here’s the link to Deutsche Post’s latest service updates.

 

Royal Mail International Delivery Service Report

Royal Mail International Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Here’s the link to Royal Mail’s latest service updates.

 

P2P International Delivery Service Report

P2P International Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Here’s the link to a recent excel doc from P2P with their latest service updates per country:

FIC_COVID – 19 Daily Update 12.04.2021 External

 

DHL International Delivery Service Report

DHL International Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Here’s the link to DHL Express’s latest service updates.

 

We appreciate your patience during this testing time and will continue to keep you updated with any further news we receive.

If you have any further concerns feel free to get in touch.

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This week came with the confirmation we’ve all been waiting for. The second round of lockdown measures will be lifted as of Monday 12th April, granting access to gyms, retail shops, pubs, restaurants, and cafes. Yay! Now let’s take a look at the top industry related news stories that we’ve been reading this week.

Whatsapp Business launches improvements 

Launched three years ago, Whatsapp Business has acquired significant space in the eCommerce industry in China, and although the app has been slow to filter into the UK’s industry, it’s well on its way to disrupt eCommerce industry. The messenger app has adapted its classic layout to make it easy to connect with customers. Merchants can highlight their products and services, and answer questions. The ability to create a catalogue use tools to automate, sort and quickly respond to messages

Now two new features have been rolled out, set to improve the experience for both seller and shopper. Sellers can now make a catalogue from Whatsapp desktop/web to seamless showcase what products you have to offer. There are currently more than 8 million business categories on the app. Sellers can also hide products that are no longer available to prevent orders of unavailable items.

Amazon opens local sites in Germany and Austria 

To create a more regional shopping experience, Amazon has opened a separate website for SME’s in Germany and Austria. Customers can specifically discover items from smaller, more independent eCommerce stores that have faced difficulties throughout the pandemic. According to the US eCommerce giant, Austrian vendors on Amazon have generated over 85% of their sales through sales abroad last year. Currently, more than half of the products sold on Amazon come from small and medium-sized businesses.

EU online deliveries to the UK have halved 

Online deliveries to the UK from Europe have fallen by 50.7% in the first quart of trading. New data revealed by Sendcloud found that that 51% of UK consumers resisted buying internationally because of the inflated delivery costs. A further 38% cited potential customs charges for their reason to not buy from the EU, while 32% sought to avoid the lengthy delivery times.

The company’s CEO and founder, Rob van den Heuvel said, “To continue smooth international trade to our European neighbours, UK retailers need to streamline their international shipping. A futureproof strategy requires a thorough understanding of international trade rules and the impact they will have on day-to-day operations.”

Forbes 30 under 30 for retail & eCommerce 

If you’re after a bit of inspiration to lift the post bank holiday blues, then check out this list of founders from the UK and Europe who have found an opportunity in a year of crisis.  

As always, we’ll see you next week!

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If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from the past twelve months, it’s that changes in demand can happen rapidly. These changes in consumer wants aren’t just due to personal shifts in taste, although these organically develop over time, but also as consumers become influenced by cultural changes and unprecedented circumstances that are out of the hands of the consumer and retailer alike.

Harnessing data

In today’s world, information, particularly, data denoting consumer behaviour is perhaps the most vital element in understanding shopper’s desires. For example, what customers are buying, how often they’re making a purchase, what items they’re viewing, how they’re viewing those items, and so on. The development of social commerce, now an $89.4 billion market at present, makes it easier than ever to sell products over social media channels by harnessing user’s data to create a personalised experience.

The connection of two-way communication allows customers to connect with an eCommerce business and make a purchase without even leaving the app, a seamless experience for them, and a potential for increased profitability for you. In other words, as consumers increasingly adopt omnichannel shopping, merchants must weave in the context and shopper intent, as well as extend personalization to stores, to put data in the heart of their brand strategy.

Omnichannel integrations

As consumers move more seamlessly between online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores, they increasingly expect the brands that serve them to do the same. The need for manufacturers and retailers to deliver omnichannel excellence has become more acute as the pandemic gives rise to a hybrid model of shopping that combines digital commerce with products and services delivered by a local store.

There has been increasing noise around the future of retail and the rise of omnichannel, the partnership of both can drive sales, create increased availability and integrate digital touchpoints.

Landing page adaptation

Most recently many of us in the UK and Europe have been forced to adopt the principle of slow living. We’re spending more time alone or with heavily reduced social groups, and in the comfort of our own homes, and so, the trend of adopting a steadier pace of life has been growing online, both in the content we watch and in the purchases we make.

Last year 86% of fashion purchases were made online. Unsurprisingly exercise equipment purchases also rose exponentially; online kettlebells sales rose by 419%. Loungewear also saw a surge in demand by 433% as consumers sought to find the most comfortable clothing possible. So how did retailers pivot to meet this demand? Retailers including ASOS and Boohoo were fast to jump on the demand for comfy clothing. Their landing pages played host to specific categories of clothing reflective of consumer’s demand. Even John Lewis remodelled their website after legging and loungewear purchases hit a spike of 1,303% in March and April of 2020.

Inventory Control 

Aligning inventory management with the necessity of your products is vital for a successful retail operation. To cater for changes in demand retailers should hold enough stock and safety stock that is achievable for them to hold, both in economical and physical terms. Choose a fulfilment provider that grants its customer’s access to a personalised dashboard where they can track and monitor their inventory levels, 24/7.

Retailers now and into the future have a great opportunity to harness the valuable assets available to them, such as consumer data, to unlock exponential business value with the final aim to convert this information into omnichannel strategies that could boost benefits brands and suppliers.

If you’re searching for a fulfilment service then Huboo is an award-winning outsourced fulfilment provider based in the UK and mainland Europe, you can view their services here.

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For many start-up and small businesses, the calculations can be daunting. Constant budgeting and number crunching to calculate shipping costs are an unavoidable task for most eCommerce businesses large or small. With almost annual courier service cost increases, not to mention the recent addition of extra Brexit tariffs on cross border trade and the effect marketplace giants such as Amazon have over consumer expectations, small businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to compete. Without the capital to fulfil these delivery hopes SME’s have to find fresh ways to reduce their shipping costs and stay competitive in the ever-growing eCommerce sphere.

Shipping costs are usually calculated on the following: service and speed, shipping volume, dimension and weight, and destination. Understanding your product’s shipping requirements gives you a clearer idea of assessing the costs involved.

Here are some ways we can reduce these costs and increase profit margins!

1. Negotiate rates with carriers 

You don’t have to be a giant retailer with millions of orders to get discounted shipping rates. Higher shipping volume indeed leads to more volume discounts – but even small businesses can benefit from comparing prices and negotiating lower rates. There’s no harm in negotiating volume discounts in exchange for loyalty to a single shipping provider, just ensure that your shipping solutions and promised delivery times aren’t affected.

2. Reduce your packaging 

Decreasing the weight and dimension of your items has a knock-on effect on the cost of how courier services price their items. An easy way to reduce the size of your packages is to ensure oversized boxes aren’t used for goods where it’s not appropriate. Choosing bespoke packaging for your brand’s products plays hosts to a variety of benefits, one of which is cheaper shipment. Some couriers provide their own packing, choosing these usually means you don’t have to pay the dimensional fees which result in a cheaper option.

3. Build shipping into the price of your product 

Even if shipping for customers is free, the price it takes to transport and deliver your goods must always be paid for by someone. While 88%of consumers prefer sites that have free shipping, this is once again a symptom that titans such as Amazon have created, and isn’t available for all eCommerce merchants. Encompassing the price of shipping into the overall cost of the product doesn’t give customers a nasty surprise when they hit the checkout, shoppers are still attracted to the lower costs of the items and are more likely to return to your store feeling like they’ve had an honest experience.

4. Alleviate risk by choosing a multi-carrier provider

Relying on a single courier service can be risky. If your sole provider were to fail, or unprecedented fallouts were to occur, such as the post-Brexit courier delays, your business would feel the knock-on effect, as would your customers. Here’s a list of the UK’s biggest courier services that you can choose today. Royal MailDPDHermesDHLUPSYODEL and Parcel Force.

If you’re looking for a trusted and competitive fulfilment provider then Huboo are an award-winning outsourced fulfilment provider based in the UK and mainland Europe. You can view their services here to find out more!

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06/04 International Courier and Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Huboo aims to keep you informed regularly regarding all international deliveries out of the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite most domestic services resuming normal time-frames, the majority of international couriers and services are still being affected. Couriers are receiving higher than usual demand – similar to that of the usual peak periods in Q4, however without preparation, a reduction in air travel, changes to transport procedures (eg. various border controls) and/or changes in delivery procedures in the destination country (e.g. quarantine) – they are all seeing delays across most international items and services.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and want to reassure you that we are continuously working with our courier partners to limit the impact on your business during this challenging time. As delays and disruption continue in almost every country in the world, we will do our very best to keep your goods moving as quick as possible.

We will keep this page updated as often as possible with weekly reminders via our newsletter.

Below is a list of links to each couriers’ COVID-19 International delivery service report:

 

DPD International Delivery Service Report

DPD International Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Here’s the link to DPD’s latest service updates.

 

Deutsche Post International Delivery Service Report

Deutsche Post International Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Here’s the link to Deutsche Post’s latest service updates.

 

Royal Mail International Delivery Service Report

Royal Mail International Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Here’s the link to Royal Mail’s latest service updates.

 

P2P International Delivery Service Report

P2P International Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Here’s the link to a recent excel doc from P2P with their latest service updates per country:

FIC_COVID – 19 Daily Update 06.04.2021 External

 

DHL International Delivery Service Report

DHL International Delivery Service Update COVID-19

Here’s the link to DHL Express’s latest service updates.

 

We appreciate your patience during this testing time and will continue to keep you updated with any further news we receive.

If you have any further concerns feel free to get in touch.

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For those that may have noticed, we’re coming to you a little early this week as tomorrow is the start of what we hope will be a relaxing bank holiday for everyone! But fear not, our wonderful warehouse heroes will still be picking, packing and sending orders as usual. 

The Evergreen container ship was freed earlier this week after nearly a week of being stuck in Egypt’s Suez Chanel. The stranded ship was the butt of many jokes across news outlets and social media as it caused a blockage of $9 billion worth of goods.

Shop Out to Help Out 

Retailers call for a ‘shop out to help out’ scheme ahead of stores opening on the 12th of April. The scheme is off the back of Rishi’s controversial ‘eat out to help out’, in September which encourages individuals to support local restaurants for a discounted rate. The “Save The Street” campaign would cover 50% of a shopper’s costs of up to £10, on Monday to Wednesdays lasting a month and would only apply at physical stores with fewer than 10 staff. Small and independent businesses were hit particularly had in the past year, with many being closed for the full 12 months and others only opening their doors for a fraction of that time. 

Clare Okey, co-founder of an independent lifestyle boutique said, “We badly need the support – any form of help to let us catch up and break even, in terms of a scheme that incentivises the customers. We’re nothing without customers.”

Deliveroo shares tumble 

 Deliveroo shares have plummeted on its stock market debut after several major UK investors expressed concerns about its gig economy worker model. The Deliveroo share sale is London’s biggest stock market launch in ten years and the steep plummet on its first day of trading is a cause for concern to the UK’s ambitions to persuade more big tech companies to list in the UK. Shares in the food delivery business had been offered to investors at 390p each, but closed 14% lower at 284p per share, having fallen 30%, the company had initially hoped for a share price of up to 460p. 

Deliveroo’s self-employed drivers have seen a surge in demand during the pandemic but the delivery company who has not yet made a profit said on Monday that it had chosen to ‘price responsibly’ and sell their share at the bottom of their price point.

Micro-Fulfilment and the environment 

 While there are many advantages to using micro-fulfilment to achieve your logistic goals, you probably wouldn’t have thought a reduction in air pollution would be one. A report by Accenture shows that micro-fulfilment centres, or MFCs, across London could reduce traffic volume by 13% and reduce harmful vehicle-related air emissions by 17% across the city. Storing inventory in centralised locations enable faster last-mile deliveries and pick-up in person, which could equate to about 320 million fewer miles travelled by delivery vehicles. 

Here at Huboo our micro-warehouses, run by hub managers, are a condensed version of what you might see in a traditional warehouse, only our format allows for a host of increased efficiencies. If you want to find out more about our micro approach to fulfilment, you can have a look here!

That’s all from us, have an eggcellent (sorry) Easter and we’ll see you next week! 

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