24. July 2012 07:08
||Remember earlier this year when everyone was expecting gasoline to be $5 a gallon or more? That hasn’t happened, and gasoline actually hit a low price point of $3.33 on July 2, according to a CNN report. That same report shows that the average price of gasoline has gone up 10 cents in the last two weeks. People are starting to wonder if the worldwide issues that are affecting the oil supply are going to make that $5 number a reality.
Courier services are more sensitive than most to the change in prices. Businesses and, more importantly, families depend on the profits that won’t be there if spending on fuel increases dramatically. It can make or break a business, and hearing about big increases in price is never good.
All things considered, however, it’s unlikely that the super expensive gasoline prices will come to pass. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s short-term outlook predicts that gas will be at an average of $3.39 for the 3rd quarter of 2012. That’s hardly the $5 we feared at the beginning of the year. The overall outlook for the entire year is good as well. The EIA thinks the average price for all of 2012 will be around $3.49, which is much better than 2011 when it was $3.53 on average. The outlook is even better for 2013, with the prediction coming in at $3.28 per gallon.
So the outlook is much better than it seemed at the beginning of the year. The outlook is just a prediction, however, so there could be circumstances that change things slightly. There could be big changes as well, but the kinds of catastrophic events that cause big swings usually take precedent over any concerns about gasoline prices.
The numbers are looking good, but that doesn’t mean delivery services like AQuickDelivery will not be working hard to minimize fuel costs. The green movement is slipping into every area in life, and the courier business is no different. Gas mileage is going up, innovations are happening on a daily basis, and the future is looking promising regardless of the price on a barrel of crude.
Author’s bio: Ryan is a guest author and shipping expert. He helps people find yacht shipping and courier services.
4. January 2012 07:17
The ride is finally over and shoppers have marched into 2012 with their holiday packages. Online sales had it's greatest year ever, reaching upwards of a 15% increase. However, reports are showing many of those packages those same shoppers ordered online, they are not going to keep.
Report from Yahoo News on Tuesday, returns are expected to hit all-time highs beginning January 3. UPS stated in the report they will handle over 550,000 package returns that day. They will also be handling returns of the same volume on others days of the first week of the new year as well. "This will definitely be the busiest year for returns," said UPS marketing director Ken Burkeen. Retailers will handle millions of returns this first week of the new year.
The return rate, although great, is an indicator of the growth of e-commerce. Customers have begun to gain more confidence in online shopping and using tech tools such as ipads and smartphones to do it. Mr. Burkeen also stated overall returns relative to percentage of sales is lower, which is due to companies making their websites more shopper friendly. Therefore, companies are putting a greater emphasis on selling online.
In spite of the the high returns expected this week, the positive news is that online business is taking a greater role in selling and can be taken as a serious component to grow your business. With nationwide couriers likeAQuickDelivery, the logistics component of delivering the very products purchased online can be made quickly and cost-effectively. A company, whether a product delivery or return, know they can compete, even with the largest of companies online.
1/3/12, Yahoo News/Reuters, Phil Wahba and Alistair Barr, Returns of online holiday gifts to hit record
20. March 2011 07:44
"Are you sure it was delivered? Who signed for it?" The first concern a customer has when using a same-day courier service is whether their package was delivered on time. A customer's next concern is the signature capture via Proof Of Delivery or "POD". Depending upon if there is a discrepancy on the delivery time or if the package was delivered at the correct destination at all, that signature could very well become the major concern and determining factor for the customer. It is the documented proof a package has been delivered. It can communicate whether the package was delivered to the appropriate personnel. It is pointless if the package was delivered to the wrong person in the right building. Documenting proof of delivery, relative to courier services, is mostly shown via the recipient's signature for a package to document. The signature capture is an assurance that customers seek that their package has truly been delivered.
A courier with a signature capturing system can provide optimal service and solutions. A signature capturing system makes it easier and faster to provide a POD. Instead of waiting for a driver to turn in paperwork to create the POD, customers can receive the signature captured via e-mail. You can also know in real-time who signed for your package. It is also a green product. By law, couriers have to keep records of signature confirmations. Automated signature capturing eliminates using paper for signature confirmation, resulting in less paper usage which helps the environment.
AQuickDelivery Service, Inc has implemented a New Signature Capturing System. This system is functional and integrated with the droid device. It now enables our customers to view the signature captured, yet also receive it via e-mail and view it online. We pride ourselves on utilizing technology on the highest level to produce the highest service results. We are customer-focused, and our new signature capture system is another tool to even better provide quality service to our customers. AQuickDelivery is the recognized leading provider of same-day transportation and distribution services in Georgia. In addition to the highest level of professional customer support, we have the best communications and information management technology available, including on-line ordering, tracking and reporting tools as well. You will enjoy peace of mind in knowing that you are doing business with an established company with over 7 successful years to it's credit. With AQuickDelivery, you will know who signed for it. Call AQuickDelivery at 404-888-999 today!