Tips for your Online Store during COVID-19

As Coronavirus spreads around the world, employees in more and more companies are working from home. Areas are quarantined, many shops remain closed. People are currently changing their everyday lives, but not their consumer habits. The difficulties associated with traditional retail together with unprecedented digital and mobile media usage offer enormous opportunities for online shops.

Top tips for an online storeWhether it is a new book, supplies of printer cartridges for home schooling for the kids or a keyboard so that you can work from home … Your customer wants to be sure that the delivery takes place when he or she orders.

The fact that customers are now increasingly wondering whether delivery is taking place at all is not surprising.
Has the order been received? Is the order handed over to a delivery service? Is it delivered within the usual delivery times?
Online buyers who ask these questions and do not get a clear answer will postpone their purchase or place their order with another online shop. Read more from our partner, DHL’s article >

Top Tips: Working From Home During COVID 19

Top Tips for Working From Home During COVID 19A huge majority of our workforce has been forced out of their offices and into their homes as part of our attempts to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

The prospect of working from home can seem enticing. However, if you’re not used to working remotely or you’re an extrovert by heart, then being away from your normal set up at the office can feel disconcerting.

In this brief guide we’ll go over some key ways to stay productive (and sane) while trying to work from the comfort of your own home. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to get your work done without leaving the house with the added benefit of getting back those hours you normally lose in the daily commute. Read more from MoneyExpert’s article >

UK cities to test legal e-scooters, medical drones and more

UK cities to test legal e-scooters, medical drones and moreWhile the country has traditionally lagged behind other European countries when it comes to e-scooters, the UK’s Department for Transport has announced that it is exploring new transportation modes4. E-scooters, e-cargo bikes, and medical drones are the focus of the consultation – as well as bringing the on-demand model to buses and other UK public transport.

The move, which will have huge ramifications for last-mile delivery, “marks the biggest review of transport laws in a generation,” according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, and will “…pave the way for exciting new transport technology to be tested, cementing the UK’s position as a world-leading innovator.” Read more from www.techcrunch.com article >

Looking for a ‘freight-forwarding’ service to bolster your exports?  Simply call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000, send a message or complete our IFS Shipment Note >

French fashion house, LVMH, switches product focus to hand sanitizers

French fashion house, LVMH, switches product focus to hand sanitizersThe French luxury goods group LVMH is to start producing hand sanitiser at three of its perfume and cosmetics factories for distribution to French hospitals fighting the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

Twelve tonnes will be produced as soon as this week, instead of the usual Christian Dior, Guerlain and Givenchy scents and make-up usually made at the three French sites. The company also owns brands including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Moet & Chandon.

The gel will be delivered “at no charge” to French health authorities, in particular the 39 public hospitals in Paris, the group said on Sunday. Read more from The Guardian article >

An update for all our customers

International Freight Keeps Moving…

If you have an Export or Import requirement for Documents, Parcels, Pallets, Containers, we will be here to assist you.

Our team here at IFS are working hard to fulfil your International shipping requirements and will guide you through the best options for your shipments.

We are working closely with all our Carrier partners on a daily basis to ensure minimum disruption to services in order to get your goods delivered on time.

IFS is committed in continuing to daily monitor the advice given from Public Health England, the Worldwide Health Organisation and the Government on the situation.

If you have any questions or just need some advice, we are here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to call us on +44 (0) 1709 610 000 or send a message.

Please take care. Paul, Ingrid, Adam, and John.

IFS Coronavirus UpdatesCOVID-19 (Coronavirus) has unleashed an unprecedented global health emergency and caused significant economic turmoil. From healthcare facilities to government agencies to super markets, public and private-sector organisations alike are focused on doing whatever they can, within their areas of expertise, to keep people safe and continue essential business.

IFS is committed in continuing to daily monitor the advice given from Public Health England, the Worldwide Health Organisation and the Government on the situation.

Air freight sector pushes hard to help – and for help – to fight the virus

Air freight sector pushes hard to helpAs Tiaca and Iata continue to lobby governments to relax restrictions on cargo movements, airlines are looking for ways to keep shipments flying.

IAG Cargo sent a note to customers yesterday, offering its passenger aircraft for charters.

“To support your freight and to help get it where it needs to be, we are now opening up the opportunity for freight forwarders to charter our aircraft where needed,” wrote chief commercial officer John Cheetham. Read more >

UK goods exports increase

UK goods exports increaseNew figures released by HMRC this week reveal that 2019 saw a rise in goods exports in all four of the UK’s nations. Exports from England grew by 2%, from Northern Ireland by 2.2%, from Wales by 3% and from Scotland by 4.4%.

An increase of demand from UK goods has been seen from countries outside of the EU. In 2019, the number of businesses exporting goods from the UK to the rest of world totalled 160,400, an increase of 2.6% on 2018. Read more >

Rethinking packaging: The future of packaging in the logistics industry

Rethinking packaging in the logistics industry IFSYears of innovation and refinement have produced packaging technologies and solutions that deliver high performance at a low cost. However, there is growing evidence that these approaches can’t keep up with the changing needs of companies, consumers and the environment.

Our partners, DHL Express, have been thinking about how new approaches to packaging will shape future logistics operations and processes. In DHL’s latest Trend Report, titled Rethinking Packaging, they look into the future of packaging in the logistics industry. Read more >

International Delivery Insurance

Christmass delivery tips from DHL, an IFS PartnerAre your goods covered sufficiently in the unlikely event of loss or damage?

It doesn’t cost that much to fully insure your goods
premiums start from just £10.00

It is surprisingly common for companies to assume that their carriers limited liability will somehow cover them in the event of damage or loss of goods. This is not always the case.

IFS take care to remind customers that their goods may require insuring to full value to ensure they do not lose out in the event of a claim. It is worth checking whether it is the Exporter, the Consignee or Forwarder who are expected to arrange insurance cover.

Simply call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000 or send us a message. We would be happy to help.

Brexit: Uk leaves the European Union, what next?

On January 31st the United Kingdom entered into a Transition Period, which is scheduled to run until December 31, 2020.

Brexit’s getting closer than everImports and exports will continue as they are for the duration of this period. However, as the terms of any future trade agreement between the UK and EU are still uncertain, customers should be aware of the potential for trading relations to change.

 

What happens next?

The focus now turns towards conducting detailed negotiations for a future trade deal between the UK and the EU.

To help stay informed about what this might mean for your business, see the UK Government’s website: www.gov.uk/transition, or you can follow our partners, TNT / Fedex Brexit hub > and check back for updates as talks between the UK Government and the EU progress.

Whatever future changes there may be to trade between the UK and EU, you can rely on our expertise and experience to ensure that your shipments travel seamlessly and compliantly – with our speed and reliability connecting your business to even greater possibilities.

If you have any questions or concerns you can get in touch with us. We would be happy to help.

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