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Weekly Review 12/03

Posted on March 12, 2021
by Emma Burgess

This week saw the celebration of women everywhere as the world came together to honour international women’s day. To mark this day, we shone the spotlight on some of our most inspiring entrepreneurs. 

Now let’s dive into this week’s top fulfilment and eCommerce news stories 

UK to EU exports fall  

UK to EU exports has fallen by 40% in the first two months following the Brexit transition, while total exports of goods fell by £5.3bn, or 19.3% from December 2020 to January 2021. The ONS e attributed this to increasing imports and exports in November and December last year, as businesses stockpiled in preparation for Brexit. Separate data also published today shows that monthly UK production fell 1.5% in January. This was 5% below February 2020 levels – the last month of normal trading before the pandemic. 

 For more Brexitrelated news, check out our very own Mark Elward in action, as he dissects lessons learned during the first two months of post-deal life.   

 Best Countries for Ecommerce  

Business Leader Magazine has ranked the top countries in Europe for eCommerce success. The UK took first place, followed by France, Spain and GermanyThe study considered economic health, business environment, infrastructure setups, government tax incentives and the successful history of eCommerce start-ups in each country. As annual growth rates are expected to reach 5.2%, start-ups and growing brands can take full advantage of the opportunities that many European countries provide. 

  International Women’s Week – Industry Leaders  

Retail Weektook the opportunity to feature women leading companies big and small that the industry should be watching this year. The article features such women as, Dame Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom turn Chair of the John Lewis Partnership, Alexia Inge and Jess DeLuca, founders of Cult Beauty and lastly, Roz Brewer, Chief Executive of Walgreens Boots Alliance. 

 Royal Mail  

Lastly,Royal Mail’s home pick-up service has reached 1 million collections. In a display of continued shifts in consumer behaviour, the service was launched in October 2020, as a means of offering a more convenient alternative to sending parcel. Posties collect a parcel from the customer’s door or nominated safe place for 72p per parcel, in addition to normal postage costs. The home pick-up service is also available for pre-paid return items at a cost of 60p per item. 

Iyou’re looking for help with your eCommerce fulfilment needs, find out more about how Huboo can help you here.   

 Have a great weekend!