4 Things You Didn’t Know About Pallets

23 Jul
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“Pallet House” by Andreas Claus Schnetzer & Gregor Pils

We are just crazy about pallets here at We Send Parcels. You know the way most people feel about puppies and cupcakes? That’s how we feel about pallets. Providing an excellent international pallet delivery service is what we’re all about. So we like to consider ourselves experts on the humble pallet. And guess what? There’s more to pallets than just logistics, freight services and international deliveries. Here are four things you probably didn’t know about pallets.

There Are No Universal Standard Pallet Sizes

It’s a free for all out here! Okay, it’s not a free for all, I lied. But hundreds of different pallet sizes are utilised by companies all over the world. A number of different standard-setting organisations across the globe are working towards standardised pallet dimensions, but this can be tough because of variations in pallets stemming from differences in what they’re carrying, what they’re made of and just how tiny a door they have to squeeze through.

Pallets Are Going Eco!

Paper pallets have often been used for carrying lighter loads, but some clever cookies have been working on developing paper pallets built from sheets of corrugated card, which can carry loads similar to that of wooden pallets. These paper pallets weigh just 4.5kg, making them cheaper and safer, as well as eco-friendly.

Pallets Have Been Around For A Long Time

The first reference to a pallet as a delivery tool was in a 1924 sketch by inventor Howard Hallowell, entitled “Lift-Truck Platform”. Hallowell’s Lift-Truck Platform was designed as a durable, inexpensive portable platform, which would prevent damage to warehouse floors and help with proper positioning and use of a Lift-Truck. During the Second World War, pallets were used substantially. The Lift-Truck became the forklift, and the first official patent for a four way pallet was filed in 1945.

Pallets Aren’t Just For Delivery

People tend to get crafty with any old supplies they have lying around, and pallets are exception. A quick glance around Pinterest will tell you that pallet crafts have exploded. People are taking their old pallets and turning them into everything from furniture to guitars. In 2008, two students from Vienna University even built an entire house out of old pallets (see featured image). Andreas Claus Schnetzer and Gregor Pils reused their pallets to build an energy efficient, affordable house. The house cost just $11 per square foot to build, and is being looked at as a possible approach to low cost housing.

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We Send…Pallets?

10 Jun

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Okay, it’s confession time. But don’t worry, I think this is a confession that you’re going to like. You know how we’re all about sending parcels? To the extent that the company name is We Send Parcels? Well. We don’t just send parcels. Parcels are awesome and all, but there’s a limit to how big a parcel can be before it’s officially Taking It Too Far. We understand that sometimes you want to move a whole lot of stuff at once…or just one great big thing.  And we’ve got you covered then too.

Our international pallet delivery service allows you to transport big bulky loads both within and outside of the UK. Pallets are an increasingly popular way to move large, heavy deliveries around, with more than half a billion pallets being made worldwide every year. True story. Pallets allow large volumes of material to be transported safely and easily, and if you’ve got a business to run, they can mean lower handling and storage costs, as well as considerably faster movement of goods. That’s maths that I think we can all get behind.

All the great features of our parcel delivery are also available with our international pallet delivery. We still offer same-day pick-ups if you book before the cut off time for your postcode. You can use our online tracking system to keep an eye on your precious pallet. We offer both Express and Economy services to fit your needs. And of course, getting a quote and booking your delivery takes only a couple of minutes. As always, we’re here to help you every step of the way, so if you have any special requests, or need to discuss any element of your delivery, just get in touch and a member of our team will be delighted to help you. Happy palletting!

We Send Parcels – Guess What We Do?

29 Apr

Hey there! We’re We Send Parcels and we…well, we send parcels. I’m afraid, if you haven’t got a parcel to deliver, this is probably where you stop reading. No seriously, there isn’t some crazy third act revelation where we turn out to be a boutique day spa or anything. If you haven’t got a parcel, this is where we part ways my friend. But if you’ve got something to send, and need to get it from A to B quickly, reliably and with no hassle? Oh man, you have come to the right place. We are all over that.
We are a small, but rather wonderful, international courier service based right here in the UK. We know you’re busy folks, so let’s make this real quick and simple. Here’s why you should book your international parcel delivery with We Send Parcels:

1. Fast Parcel Delivery

Like I said, we know you’re busy folks, so we want to take all of the hassle out of sending a parcel internationally or within the UK. We specially designed our website to allow our customers to proceed from stumbling upon us to completing their booking in a matter of minutes. And once your booking is completed? The world is not even ready for our speediness. We offer same day collection on early bookings, and have an amazing fast track service to our most requested international destinations. So not to worry if you’ve forgotten Aunt Greta’s birthday again.

2. Reliable Couriers

We know how important your parcel is to you, and that makes it important to us. Really, we are all about making you guys happy. And that’s why we only work with globally recognised couriers. We have partnerships with the lovely people at UPS and DHL, who will make sure your parcel reaches you safe and sound. We also offer an online tracking service, so you can sit and obsessively refresh to your heart’s content!

3. Cheap Parcel Delivery

Alright, I know what you’re thinking. Why book with We Send Parcels, when my parcel is going to UPS and DHL anyway? And I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Come closer. Because as part of our partnership with them, we get access to some pretty amazing discounts from the couriers. I know, I know, money is no object when it comes to the safety of your parcels, but with great service, fast delivery and ease of mind guaranteed, it doesn’t hurt to go a little easy on your pockets.

We’re Lovely People

Here at We Send Parcels, our service is all about you – our customer. We value every single one of you, and that’s why we promise to put you first. If you’ve got any questions or concerns about your parcel (or just want to say hi!) you can get in touch with us on 0141 810 8035, or on Facebook and Twitter. One of our team will get back to you with an answer as soon as we can – that’s a promise.

Convinced? Great! Welcome aboard. Click here to get started with your awesome parcel sending journey.

Two Things Parcel Delivery Services Could not do Ten Years Ago

25 Mar

If a person from 1st century is transported into our own times, he or she may not be very impressed with all the gadgetry we have today. He may dismiss the internet, touch screen smartphones, and e-book readers as uninteresting magic. In comparison, someone from 100 or 50 years ago is can much better appreciate today’s technology.

Being a courier blog, we will try to access technology’s impact on the courier industry. This is one industry that has changed greatly in the past few years, so much so that things that were unimaginable in 2004 are now taken for granted.

(a) Real-Time Tracking

Back in 2004 it was it was hard to get real-time data on the location of your parcel. It is as easy as running your fingers on your keyboard. Technology has made it possible to track parcels on the internet. You fill in a number in the tracking field at the top of the page and instantly obtain the location of your package.

(b) Instant Online Quotes

This feature has benefited businesses more than domestic consumers. Nonetheless this is a wonderful ability that was not available ten years ago. Companies and consumers can compare prices and services online to get the best value for money.

Technology has branched off and affected every aspect of our lives. Businesses dealing in parcel delivery in the UK and around the world are no exception. Today we can compare quotes online and track our packages in real time, giving visibility to the customer when they need it most.

2 Reasons to Hire a Freight Forwarder

18 Mar Freight Forwarder Services

The international trade is worth billions (if not trillions) of pounds. There is not a single country (perhaps with the exception of North Korea), company, and individual who has not been touched by this rise in world commerce. The sheer number of international freight services is a testimony to the power of economic globalization of our era.

The number of companies transferring goods between nations is huge and their workings complex. Businesses may not always be equipped with the right tools to deal with them. This brings a new class of service providers into picture – international freight forwarders.

Freight forwarders can help companies in many ways. Here are the top three reasons a company may consider hiring one:

(A) Strong contacts save you money

Freight providers usually have strong contacts with freight services – internationally and domestically. They can find the best deals which may not be available to the general public; and thus save you money.

(B) No hassle of negotiations

A freight forwarder can save you plenty of time that would have otherwise spent in negotiations. A British company shipping a car engine to the Central African Republic may not be prepared to negotiate with a range of companies on two continents. But a freight forwarder is equipped for the job.

To hire a freight forwarder is a smart decision if you are a company (or individual) planning to ship a product through a complex route to some far-off location. A freight intermediary also makes things easier and less costly for companies that deal internationally.