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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Green parcel delivery


GLS Germany has launched a new “green” parcel delivery service with accordance to the campaign. The service seeks to lessen the carbon footprint of its logistics infrastructure at par with responding to a growing number of customers who demand a climate-neutral shipping service.
The innovative service is provided for a 5-cent premium for domestic parcel delivery and 10-cent charge for destinations in Europe. The proceeds from this service will be directed towards certified rainforest restoration projects. GLS stated that planting a hectare of trees would absorb 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. By this initiative customers can make an active contribution towards safeguarding the environment while shipping explained Klaus Conrad, managing director at GLS Germany.
The truth is when goods are transported, irrespective of which route they travel, emissions are a certainty and can’t be avoided at the moment.
In the commercial aspect of this service, businesses that make use of it will be entitled to make use of a special logo on their websites linking to information about the initiative. Those who ship more than 1000 packages a year will receive a special certificate.
On the consumer’s realm, customers will be able to use special shipping labels to flag up packages as green shipments. This is done so that the sender can show their customers that they are committed to sustainable shipping.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cheap courier services, Parcel Delivery, Couriers UK



Cheap courier services, Parcel Delivery, Couriers UK
A new survey has brought light upon the situation where companies have been charging more to have goods which are purchased online to be delivered to the Highlands than other parts of the UK. The trading standards team on the Highland Council plans to gather examples from residents. Upon investigation by officers it was found out that people in remote areas faced expensive parcel delivery costs. Senior councillor John Laing stated that Internet companies must maintain honesty and openness if they are to do business with customers in the north. Internet parcel delivery costs have been a long running matter of concern. According to Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael some firms have refused to deliver to island residents. He urged the government to deal with the problems and the challenges it poses.
Two years later Mr. Carmichael and other Liberal Democrats accused mail order companies of "excessive and discriminatory" parcel delivery charges. This led to the passing of a parliamentary motion, which contained their criticism in the House of Commons.
Danny Alexander stated that people were being told that it would cost double the regular rate in case delivery was to be made in other areas.
After the launch of the new survey Highland Council trading standards stated that presently, it was impossible to control what businesses were charging for delivery. But the team said accuracy of any statements made about the charges, the clarity of those charges and at what point during the online purchase process the charges were made clear were subject to legal controls. Mr. Laing, chairman of the Highland's Tec services committee felt that it was the Council’s duty to regulate and ensure that laws protecting online buyers are adhered to and not flouted. He further stated that if companies were to sell products to Highland residents they should do so in an open and honest manner
He added: "This project is the latest stage in our ongoing efforts to protect internet buyers in Highland and I would urge people to take part in the survey."
It is against the law to hide or postpone in an internet transaction the fact that additional charges apply. Furthermore retailers need to make it clear about what charges apply before a consumer proceeds to checkout.

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