New chapter for UK outside European Union in 2021

UK goods exports increaseA new era has begun for the United Kingdom, after separation from the European Union was formally completed, at 11pm on 31st January 2020.

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps reported that: “border traffic had been low due to the bank holiday, but there had been no disruption in Kent as hundreds of lorries crossed the Channel with a small number turned back.” Read more in the BBC news article >

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IFS are prepared and ready to assist you with your shipping requirements in 2021. Call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000, or simply message us.

Any other business: ‘E’ Commerce Business Solutions

Here is an interesting article from our partner, DHL, which we are delighted to share with you. This Any other business (AOB) article explores the latest global e-commerce trends including Europe’s newfound love for online shopping, Etsy’s bumper sales quarter, and how innovative technology is making e-commerce more accessible to disabled people. Read more >

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Growing demand for E-Commerce in Africa – an opportunity for UK sellers

Growing demand for E-Commerce in Africa - an opportunity for sellers in the UKGreat opportunity is developing for business in Africa as the e-commerce market is growing, driven in part by the continent’s demand for international brands. E-commerce is vital for the US$25 trillion (€19 trillion) global retail industry. This was particularly true in the first quarter of 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns around the world drove a rise in online shopping.

Countries with growing middle-class, urban populations such as China, India, and South Africa are seeing a rise in demand for e-commerce. Zooming in on Africa, research projected that consumer spending would reach US$2.1 trillion by 2025, the region’s “single largest business opportunity”. Millennials in particular are driving this trend and opportunity exists for international sellers to make the most of this demand.

Read more about this article from our partner, DHL >

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When face-to-face business goes digital

When face-to-face business goes digitalFrom virtual cooking classes to digital theatre, the pandemic has prompted a rapid growth of the experiential e-commerce sector. In this article, our partners, DHL, explore some of the exciting and innovative ways businesses have pivoted online to survive, and what their long-term futures may be.

The pandemic has affected businesses of every type, all over the world. In this series on Pandemic Culture, DHL took a detailed look at how many offline retailers have begun selling online in order to survive. But for experience-based businesses, the move into the e-commerce arena has been more of a challenge. In this article, we look at how they’ve adjusted.

The global pandemic arrived like an uninvited whirlwind, causing devastation and mayhem on a scale not even the most pessimistic of people could have predicted. Read more >

Pandemic Culture: what happens next?

Pandemic Culture: what happens next?In this article our partner DHL, looks at what kind of new world we might emerge into, and what that means for the e-commerce sector. Which consumer behaviors will stay? Which were just a ‘lockdown fad’? And what should your business do to adapt?

The pandemic arrived like a whirlwind, turning businesses upside down almost overnight, leaving them scrambling to adjust. As we’ve previously explored, many commerce businesses have had to adapt quickly to survive, whether that has meant selling online for the first time, exploring the direct-to-consumer (D2C) model, or working creatively to take an experience-based business into people’s homes. Read more >

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Surviving or thriving through COVID-19

Pandemic Culture: How are brands surviving?

Surviving or thriving through COVID-19COVID-19 has sent consumers into a frenzy, triggering panic buying and a mass switch to online shopping. So, what does this mean for e-commerce businesses and how are they responding?

In the first of a special three-part series on Pandemic Culture, we look at new consumer buying behaviours, the impact on the e-commerce sector, and what businesses are doing to adapt to the ‘new normal’.

Read the full article from our partner DHL >