5 Things To Remember When Shipping Parcels Internationally

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When it comes to shipping parcels internationally, we know a thing or two here at NI Parcels.

There are so many factors to consider when sending a parcel abroad – whether you’re a small business exporting internationally or simply an individual sending a gift to a loved one across the globe – whatever your reason may be, doing your homework is super important.

Sending items overseas can be a little bit daunting, whether it be the cost, the shipping times or mind-boggling country specific regulations – it can be quite a lot to get your head around.

Thankfully, we’re experts at this kind of thing and we’re here to shed some light on sending parcels internationally to ease your worries.

Here are 5 things to remember when shipping parcels internationally.

1. Researching country specific restrictions and regulations is so important.

One of the most important factors of shipping items internationally is doing your homework on country specific restrictions and regulations. For example, you’re not allowed to send a pair of matching shoes to South Africa, Mexico or India. That’s crazy, right? But these are the kinds of things that you should make yourself aware of before sending any parcels.

If you’re sending a parcel outside of the EU, it’s absolutely essential to complete and attach a customs declaration to the package – and it’s just as important to fill in the declaration correctly. Not doing so could cause major problems for your shipment.

2. Understand international shipping costs so you don’t pay more than you have to.

One of the most off-putting factors about sending parcels internationally is the cost – but would you be surprised if we told you that you shouldn’t be so scared?

You absolutely do not have to break the bank when sending items overseas. Courier comparison services (such as NI Parcels!) is a guaranteed way to save money on international deliveries – no matter who you are or what your reason for shipping may be.

We work alongside some of the best couriers in the industry such as DPD and Parcelforce. We have negotiated fantastic low cost deals with these couriers, so that means you get the same high quality service for a fraction of the price! In fact, you can save up to 80% on your international courier costs, by booking with NI Parcels.

You can get a quote for your international parcel delivery any time from NI Parcels!

3. Secure packaging is absolutely essential.

It’s a no brainer that you want your parcel to arrive at its destination safe and sound. If you’re using a reliable courier renowned for their high quality services, the chances of damage to your parcel during transit is incredibly low – and most would offer some sort of compensation cover in the unlikely event that it would happen. At NI Parcels, we provide £50 free compensation cover on every single shipment, which can be increased during book if you feel it necessary.

However, for peace of mind, always remember to select appropriate packaging that best suits the contents of your packet. Hard, double-walled cardboard boxes are usually the best option if you’re shipping items in a box, as they’re sturdy and are less likely to come undone during transit. Consider the items inside too, ensure that they are fastened securely and enclosed from damage.

4. Don’t forget a return address.

In the occurrence that your item can’t be delivered and needs to be returned to you as the sender, it’s vital to include a return address on the parcel. This way, it’ll be returned to you free of charge and you will avoid any kind of hassle.

5. Research restricted/prohibited goods.

Relating back to the first point about country specific restrictions and regulations – when sending a parcel anywhere in the world, ensure that you’re not sending any prohibited goods. Not every item can be carried on every service – and all countries have their own individual rules and restrictions. For example, a general rule is that liquids and perishable items cannot be sent abroad – so be sure to check your chosen courier’s list of prohibited items before booking your shipment.

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Why Start A Blog For Your Small Business?

Why Start A Blog For Your Small Business?

Starting a blog on your small business website is a no brainer, really.

Blogging is an extremely low-cost form of marketing that many are far too quick to dismiss. It’s just one more thing to add to your never ending list of things to do, you don’t have time, along with a whole plethora of excuses that might be stopping you, right? However you would be surprised to learn that simply devoting some time and effort per week into creating fresh and exciting content on a blog on your website can do wonders for your traffic and your brand as a whole.

There are numerous reasons why small businesses should consider starting a blog on their business website, and it all starts with creating consistent, helpful and exciting content. This content brings with it an abundance of brand new traffic, creating new leads for your business which can potentially result in future sales. Regularly publishing new, quality content can keep your customers coming back for more, and you’ll have a world of content to publish to your other social media networks, too. Writing a blog on your business website gives your brand another dimension – it portrays personality and opinion for the brand which is ultimately what people love to see in today’s digital world.

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Not to mention there is an endless list of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) advantages to writing a blog on your business website – you can evolve what may just be a standard article into a goldmine for keywords. Well-placed keywords will make your website Google friendly and you will see long-term results of this effort as your articles begin to rank in search engines and new customers start discovering your business through organic search.

With time and effort, your blog can become an industry resource if you really want it to – the possibilities are endless. Regardless of how far you want to go with it, you can be sure that a blog will bring increased traffic to your website, heightened awareness of your brand and an inevitable increase in sales if it is well executed.


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3 Tips For Small Businesses Collaborating With Bloggers

3 Tips For Small Businesses Collaborating With Bloggers

Bloggers nowadays are hugely influential individuals who have the potential to take a brand’s reputation to soaring new heights.

The opportunities found in the world of blogging are endless. What started as merely a popular hobby has become a lucrative career for many. Bloggers are now viewed as a majorly reliable source of information, vastly out-shining many traditional forms of advertising. And so, many brands have seized this opportunity with both hands and managed to harness the power of bloggers to better their brand.

However, if you are new to the world of blogging, it can be difficult to figure out exactly how to get bloggers on board with your brand. So if you’re feeling like you don’t know where to start, here are our top 3 tips for small businesses collaborating with bloggers.

1. Offer a mutually beneficial, lasting relationship.

Quite possibly the most important point of all. Working with bloggers can be highly cost-effective for your small business – however it can’t be forgotten that blogging is a career for many and therefore a source of income – not to mention something that takes a lot of time and effort. It is a huge turn-off for a blogger if a company expects them to work for free, so be clear on what the gain will be for them. It’s absolutely vital to have a mutually beneficial working relationship with a blogger. Partner with them on multiple campaigns and start to develop a true relationship, which in turn allows that blogger to develop a true passion for the brand and become your strongest brand advocates.

2. Take the time to craft personalised pitches.

If you’re a company that sells insurance, there’s really no point sending a pitch email to a fashion blogger. Your email will likely be ignored, and so you have wasted your own time and the blogger’s time. When reaching out to bloggers, it’s so important to make sure that the idea you’re pitching to them is relevant to the content and tone of their blog. Read through their blog and get a feel for whether it’s right for both your brand and for them. Furthermore, there is nothing more off-putting for a blogger than receiving an email that looks like a template – so take that extra bit of time to craft each email for the specific person and it will be worth it in the long-run. And for goodness sake, don’t forget to address them by their (correct) name!

3. Be specific, yet flexible.

Chances are, the bloggers you are reaching out to receive numerous pitches from different companies on a weekly basis. It’s important to be as specific as possible in your pitch, otherwise you’ll be wasting time on both sides. Be clear on what exactly your brand is, the specific campaign you have in mind and what you would like the blogger to do, and identify their gain in return. At the same time, leave room for the blogger to add their own creative flair.

 

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17 Valentine’s Cards For Northern Irish People

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As well as providing the best courier service on the planet, us NI Parcels lot fancy ourselves as a romantic bunch.

So, we thought we’d put together some special Valentine’s Day cards strictly for Northern Irish folk. Feel free to print out your favourite and send it to your significant other. We’re sure their face will be a picture when they open that envelope…

1. One for the Corrie fans. 

I love you more than Jim loves Our Eluzzabuth

2. For the Trainspotters.

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3. An old favourite.

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4. For the thrill seekers.

Wanna take a ride on the big dipper-

5. For modern lovers.

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6. For the cultured. 

The Causeway isn't the only GIANT attraction around here...

7. This will melt even a frostbit heart. 

Yer the gurl fer me

8. For those with a flare for politics.

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9. For those with an eye for this UTV heartthrob.

Guess where my Weather Watching Camera is going to be tonight-

10. For food lovers.

We go together like...

11. Anyone for dessert?

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12. Now that’s love.

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13. You’ll do WHAT? 

I'd butter your fadge any time

14. Couple goals.

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15. NSFW.

A picture of my favourite balls...

16. Talk about crazy in love.

Our love is more passionate than a Nolan rant.

17. And finally…

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Courier To Northern Ireland

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As well as providing quality courier services within Northern Ireland and from Northern Ireland, NI Parcels also offers low cost parcel delivery to Northern Ireland….

As most of us Northern Irish people know all too well, getting parcels delivered to us can be an unnecessary hassle.

You see, despite technically being part of the UK, NI is not part of the UK Mainland (Geography lesson) and that tiny bit of water in between us, can create shipping issues.

For that reason, shipping to Northern Ireland is often more expensive and delivery times can be considerably longer.

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So that’s where NI Parcels can help.

We offer low cost and fast shipping to Northern Ireland,  from ROI, the Mainland UK and 200+ international destinations.

We offer same day collections on many routes (if booked before 10am) and Express next day delivery.

You’ll also receive full online tracking and door to door collection and delivery, to make your experience as convenient as sending a parcel can possibly be!

Our Couriers To Northern Ireland

NI Parcels uses a trusted network of top couriers to carry out our deliveries. These couriers include Parcelforce, DPD, City Air Express and Captain Courier.

We offer their services at a discounted rate, so you can expect the same great quality associated with these esteemed names – just at a much lower price.

In fact – booking with NI Parcels is up to 80% cheaper than booking directly with the courier.

UK To NI Courier

UK to Northern Ireland is one of our most popular parcel delivery routes, with many small businesses on the Mainland exporting their products to the NI shores. For those businesses, we provide an affordable and stress-free shipping solution. You can read more about our small business courier services here.

Worldwide Courier To Northern Ireland

As mentioned, we also provide courier services to Northern Ireland, from all over the world. We ship from 200+ countries across the globe.

This can be hugely useful for those with family members living across the world, in countries like Australia, Canada or the USA.

Read more about our international courier services here.

Our Features

As well as a great low cost, when booking with NI Parcels, you’ll also benefit from our top features:

  • Quick and easy online booking.
  • Fast shipping. Same day collections and next day deliveries available.
  • Door to door collection and delivery.
  • Pay as you go system – no bills or invoices.
  • Full online tracking.
  • Dedicated customer support via phone, email and live chat.

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Student Shipping Services

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With My Parcels you can send a parcel anywhere in the world quickly, safely and cheaply…

Our services offer the perfect shipping solution for small business users and individuals who have an item to send.

If you are a student, however, who needs to send their belongings to uni or home again every single term, we recommend using a specialist Student Shipping service – like My Baggage.

My Baggage – Smart Student Shipping

My Baggage is the UK’s No.1 Student Shipping Company, specialising in transporting students’ belongings to and from uni.

Their low cost shipping service is perfect for those on a student budget and their huge 30kg weight allowance means you can send a huge amount of belongings.

My Baggage is the perfect alternative to student storage and is also much cheaper and more convenient than sending your luggage as airline baggage.

How Does My Baggage Work?

With My Baggage, you simply book your shipment and pay for it online. Once you’ve booked, you will be sent labels to print off and attach to your item. Then one of My Baggage’s drivers will collect your luggage from you and deliver it to where it needs to go.

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As well as full door to door service, My Baggage also have full online tracking and SMS and email notifications to keep you updated on the whereabouts of your shipment.

They offer fast delivery times and flexible booking. You can book your shipment up to 10pm the night before or as far in advance as you like.

My Baggage delivers to all universities in the UK and 200+ countries worldwide. It’s an extremely popular option for Northern Irish students studying on the Mainland, international students or those going on a year abroad.

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If you’re a student who could use some help with your luggage, visit Mybaggage.com to get a quote now.

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3 Common Shipping Mistakes Small Businesses Should Avoid

3 common shipping mistakes small businesses should avoid

It’s no surprise that the two most important things small businesses consider when shipping their products to their customers are 1) the quality of the product and 2) the customer’s satisfaction.

However, there are an entire array of factors controlling how quickly, carefully or cost-effectively products travel from point A to point B – these factors can ultimately impact the customer’s satisfaction, regardless of the quality of the product.

In small business, logistics and shipping mistakes are inevitable. However, when considering these carefully, they’re often easy to spot and even easier to prevent for the future. Here at NI Parcels, we’ve got your back. Here are 3 of the most common shipping mistakes to help you look out for them and do everything to avoid in the running of your small business.

1. Inaccurate Product Specification.

It’s absolutely essential that dimensions and weights of items being sent are correct. If you input them incorrectly into booking systems, you run the risk of it leading to unwanted surcharges and increased shipping costs. Taking that extra bit of time and care to measure items accurately can save an enormous amount of time and money.

2. Poor Packaging.

This may well be one of the most overlooked steps when it comes to small business shipping. It can’t be emphasized enough how important it is to ensure your goods are packaged properly. If they are not, you run the risk of returns and very disappointed customers when the items arrive damaged on their doorstep. Ultimately, trying to save money by sending items in boxes that are too small, too weak or without good internal packaging could end up costing you much more.

3. Shipping Internationally Without Doing The Research.

Particularly for small businesses, international sales are super exciting. However doing the research is key. If you haven’t prepared and don’t know what to expect from each country’s tax code and regulations, it may result in a very awkward experience on your customer’s doorstep – and ultimately, that isn’t going to have a particularly great reflection on your business. Taking the time to research international shipping carefully and properly informing your customers will be wholly worth it in the long run.

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4 Benefits Of Social Media Marketing For Small Businesses

4 benefits of social media marketing for small businesses

These days it’s very hard to find a holistic marketing strategy that doesn’t involve social media.

However that being said, what actually are the benefits of having social media channels for your small business? Building a social media presence for a brand certainly isn’t a quick and easy job – in fact it demands a lot of time and a whole lot of effort. So in the end, is it really worth it?

The short answer: yes. There are one hundred and one benefits of social media marketing for small businesses. To sum it up, here are 4 main benefits of social media marketing for a small business that are sure to get you thinking.

1. Social media increases brand awareness and customer loyalty.

Having social media channels for your brand gives you more opportunity to give your brand a voice and personality. When you develop and humanize your brand in this way, it makes you much more accessible to customers and unveils the opportunity for connections and customer loyalty. After all, people like doing business with other people, not necessarily companies. Additionally, having your brand’s presence across multiple social media channels makes you more familiar and recognizable. A customer may be better acquainted with your brand after seeing your social media presence. For example, you might create a high-quality piece of content that will be shared by your followers for others to see, who may not have otherwise known about your brand.

2. Social media can help increase website traffic and enhance SEO rankings.

This point really speaks for itself – without social media, traffic to your site is limited to those already familiar with your brand and individuals searching for the keywords you currently rank for. So without it, it can be difficult for potential customers to find you and become familiar with your brand. Each of your social media channels are a new path leading back to your website – and that is why it is so important to produce quality content on your channels as opposed to just having it for the sake of it. The more social media shares you receive as a result of producing quality content, the higher your search ranking will be.

Social signals now factor as an indicator in search rankings, and so being active on social media, engaging and producing quality content indicates to search engines that your brand is credible.

3. Social media allows you to get to know your customers.

Using social media gives you the opportunity to gain valuable insights about your audience and potential customers. Being able to see this behaviour is extremely valuable information to have as a brand. You will be able to monitor things such as comments to see what people think directly. Also, using tools such as Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics (see here for a few more) for example, gives you the opportunity to see what type of content you are producing generates the most interest. In turn, this gives you the chance to strategically plan your content as per this behaviour.

4. Social media allows you to do all of the above with little to no budget.

Building brand awareness and increasing traffic to your website while producing quality content and engaging with your customers can be achieved at very little to no cost with the help of social media marketing. The key is to start small and not feel overwhelmed with the likes of advertising through Facebook and Twitter (which is relatively cheap). Once you get the hang of it, you can increase your budget how and when you like – so you’ll never have to worry about overspending. And in correspondence, you’ll see an increase on your conversion rates.

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Airline Baggage Comparison

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Everyone loves going on a  holiday but we’ll guarantee that absolutely NO ONE enjoys the hassle of luggage.

Whether it’s packing luggage, booking your luggage, carrying luggage, checking in luggage or waiting anxiously for it to arrive on the baggage carousel – there’s nothing fun about luggage.

The worst part, however, is the confusion that it causes. When it comes to luggage, no two airlines have the same regulations. Allowances vary greatly from airline to airline, as do check-in prices and those dreaded excess baggage fees.

The task of booking a holiday – which should be a fun and exciting one – is easily soured when you’re faced with the prospect of organising your luggage.

Airline Baggage Comparison by My Baggage

So, enter luggage shipping company My Baggage!

My Baggage has come to the rescue of all stressed out travellers and holiday makers by providing a useful and easily digestible airline baggage guide.

My Baggage provides key details from all the major airlines on weight allowances, checked baggage fees and excess baggage charges.

Searching for these details online can be a bit of a minefield, so My Baggage has solved the problem by outlining only the important details – the stuff you NEED to know before booking luggage on a flight.

You can access My Baggage’s Airline Baggage Guide by clicking this link.

Or go directly to each airline page by clicking the links below

 

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NI Parcels Christmas Closing Dates And Contact Information

Opening Hours and Contact Details

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at NI Parcels!

We just wanted to give you some information about our Christmas closing dates, as well as some contact details for the couriers, should you need them.

NI Parcels Christmas Closing Dates

Below you’ll find all the information regarding our opening hours during the holiday period. You can also see on which days collection and delivery will be taking place. 

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PLEASE NOTE: You can still place a booking on our website on ANY of these dates.

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Contact information:

You can contact our office from 9am – 6pm on any of the days we are open, listed above. However, if you need to get in touch when our offices are closed, please find direct contact details for our couriers below:

NI Parcels Express/ Economy: Please call 0844 248 0844 and have your Collection Request number at hand. This number is accessed by logging into My Orders and selecting ‘track’.

Parcelforce: Click this link and use your postcode to find the number for your local depot. Have your tracking number to hand. This can be found in your emails from NI Parcels. It begins with two letters, followed by seven numbers.

DPD: Click here to find the number for your local depot. Have your CR 101 number to hand. This can be found by logging into your account and clicking ‘track’.

Captain Courier: Please call 028 9043 9333 and provide your address details.

City Air Express: Please call 028 9078 1878 and provide your reference number, which begins with NIP and can be found in your emails or by logging into your account.

We hope you’ve had a great year. Thank you so much for using NI Parcels and we hope we can help again in 2016.

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