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When it comes to shipping your products quickly and efficiently, business owners have a variety of shipping services to choose from. Small parcel shipping and freight shipping options offer different advantages and disadvantages, depending on the size, weight, and shipping distance of the package. Understanding the various aspects of each shipping method will help determine the best choice for a particular shipment.

Did you know that your parcel is handled as many as 10 and sometimes more times during its transit from the point of pick up to its ultimate destination. The parcel is subject to a number of stressors as well, these include shock; vibration; compression; extreme climate conditions; and altitude. Some impacts to packages include drops on edges, larger items can receive impacts from for lift damage. At other times packages can be penetrated by insecure packages within the transiting vehicle. The article provides you with a unique insight into the small parcel movement process. Out four (4) tips to will help you prepare for shipping. You can see the full article

Importing goods into Australia can be a great way to expand what you offer to your customers, especially if you can’t find a local manufacturer. It’s important to be aware of the challenges, regulations, costs and more that come with importing from overseas.

Before you order your first container, read through our handy guide and get the knowledge you need to understand what importing involves.

The boom of fast courier delivery and next day delivery services is in demand now more than ever. For major carriers such as UPS, FedEx, DHL and TNT, parcel hubs are critical to the operation of their businesses. The hubs are the heart of the operation, this is where the majority of sorting and forwarding of mail to destinations takes place. We take a look at what happens in distribution hubs and how they work.

Most ground and international parcel hubs send and receive millions of packages every day. For instance, the UPS hub in Tamworth, Staffordshire is the largest UPS ground hub outside of the US. The facility which opened in 2007, handles both domestic and international packages, making sure every parcel or shipment gets measures, weighed and direct to the correct destination.

Parcel hubs are huge buildings, with most are the size of dozens of football pitches.

We’ve received some enquiries from World Options customers wondering whether they’re still able to book courier shipments on the World Options online shipping portal and if their goods will get delivered. The answer is, it’s shipping as usual at World Options.

We continue accepting courier bookings on the World Options online shipping portal as usual and our partner carriers UPS, DHL, FedEx, TNT, DPD continue to pick up deliveries and transport goods to UK destinations and to countries that are accepting imports and exports. There are however, some shipping service restrictions and suspensions to some countries, please read the information below and view the carriers links for more information.

Due to the changing environment which we find ourselves in, I wanted to bring to you the latest update regarding our operations. We continue to be "business as usual" however with some slight modifications. Remember whilst our industry is considered an "essential service" we will continue to provide our services.

I just wanted to let you know that World Options Australia has put in place processes, procedures and systems to ensure that all of our technology, support and carrier interfaces remain fully operational during the impacts and effects of the Corona Virus. Given so, our operations will continue as normal throughout these impacts, including any lock downs. As long as the government allows our carriers to continue operating as is, all will remain in normal operating mode.

Exporting can be a complicated business. At World Options we strive to make the process as simple as possible for all SME's whether you are new to the process or entering a new market.

Once you’ve answered all of the questions in part 1, you will have a clear list of your business’s shipping needs. Armed with this, you can then explore your options to create and implement an effective and efficient shipping plan that is tailor-made for your courier company

 In Part 1. we looked at the Questions you need to ask when you're planning on creating an effective shipping plan. Part - 2 showed how you can create a shipping plan.

Exporting abroad can be a challenging endeavour. There are legal forms to fill out and every border seems to have different customs - and that’s after you have to consider the practical logistics in packing up and and transporting your products overseas in the first place.

If your business uses shipping to deliver goods worldwide or across town on a regular, or semi regular basis, it is important to create a courier services shipping plan to ensure a smooth and efficient experience throughout the process.