What Shipping Options Are Available with a Multi-carrier eCommerce Partner?

In today’s society, speed and convenience are at the root of almost everything we do, and we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the efficiency of our busy lives. This is no different to when it comes to buying online. If your business isn’t offering a variety of convenient delivery options, customers are highly likely to buy from a competitor. Almost 50% of consumers are abandoning their purchase due to a limited amount of delivery options that were inconvenient for them, proving that choice and convenience is a top priority.

At GFS, we provide single access to the industry’s widest network of carrier services, so you can meet the unique needs of your business and give your customers the power of choice, whether that’s domestic, click and collect or international delivery.

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Domestic Shipping Options

We pride ourselves in offering a wide range of shipping options within the UK for your customers to choose from. With 63% of shoppers saying that delivery speed is an important consideration when making a purchase, our services can cover all customer demands helping you to reduce the rate of abandoned carts.

  • Same Day
    Same day delivery is exactly what it says – customers can receive their packages within the day of they purchased it, usually only when purchased before a certain cut off time. It’s the quickest way to get their delivery, and those who choose it are usually willing to pay for extra for the convenience. Offering Same Day as an option is important to consumers, with 49% saying that same day delivery is an added value when buying.

  • Timed
    Timed delivery enables your customers to choose a time that suits their day and when they will be at home to receive the parcel. Having this option helps customers who aren’t at home all day or may need it for a certain event. At GFS our times service includes before 9am, 10:30am or 12pm the next day
  • Next Day
    Next Day delivery is one of the most popular delivery options, and 45% of consumers say that next day delivery would make them more likely to show with a business. A slightly cheaper option for customers that Same Day or Next Day Timed, this still guarantees a quick delivery for those who want their parcel quickly.
  • Weekend
    For customers who are too busy during the week or unable to be home to accept the delivery, weekend delivery means they don’t have to worry about missed delivery issues.

  • Standard and Economy Delivery
    Standard and Economy are usually the cheapest delivery options for your customers. Standard shipping is usually fast (2 day), but a more cost-effective delivery option that Same or Next Day and a good option for customers who don’t want to pay extra. Even cheaper is Economy (3+ days) which is a low-cost option for those who aren’t in a rush to get their package.

  • 2-Man
    2 Man delivery is simple – it is used for larger items such as furniture, white goods and electronics that are larger, bulkier and heavier items that need 2 people to move them. It gives your customer the assurance that they won’t have to help the delivery person get the item into the house.
  • Swap It
    Swap It Delivery is perfect for anyone who has an old, faulty or unwanted goods that they are replacing. Instead of having to get rid of the item themselves, the delivery driver takes it away to dispose of it.
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Click & Collect

Click & collect has grown in popularity with around 50% of shoppers now reporting to use the service, and 45% of those who pick up from the story also going on to purchase something else whilst there. The efficiency of this service provides quick and free deliveries that are also more environmentally friendly and reduce the risk of missed deliveries.

Our Click & Collect service gives customers the flexibility and convenience to collect their parcels from over 75,000 global locations at a time and location that suits them, with a choice of:

  • Parcel Shops
    A collect location where customers can not only pick up their deliveries, but also drop off returns.
  • Parcel Lockers
    An electronic locker that is able to securely hold packages.
  • Collect Instore
    Packages are stored in the shop that you have purchased from.

International Delivery

International shipping involves delivering goods between different countries, this can be by air, road or by boat. Importing and exporting goods internationally requires many rules and regulations that need to be abided by, through using a Multi Carrier eCommerce Partner this process can be simplified.

At GFS we offer a range of international shipping options to cater to your customers’ needs:

  • Express By Air
    For fastest possible transit worldwide.

  • European Road Standard
    For non-time-sensitive delivery across Europe.

  • Worldwide Economy (3-10 Days)
    Cost-effective international delivery.

  • Timed
    For time-critical delivery by a precise time anywhere in the world.

We like to go above and beyond, to ensure you deliver an optimal shopping experience to your customers. Therefore, we also offer specialist delivery options such as:

  • Tracked or Untracked – customers are given the choice to track their parcels journey using a tracking number.

  • Signed For – to ensure that a safe delivery has been successful customers can sign for their parcel.

  • Age Restricted Delivery – can only be delivered to a person over the age of 18

  • In Flight Delivery Options – features that are available to the customer once their parcel is in transit, e.g. reschedule delivery address

  • In Flight Delivery Options – features that are available to the customer once their

  • Refrigerated Delivery – for cold or frozen items that need to be kept at that temperature throughout the delivery process

With customers wanting more delivery choice, it’s clear that one carrier can’t do it all. Working with a multi-carrier partner like GFS gives you access to all these delivery options, with single access through our delivery services. One pickup, one technology integration, and one relationship to maintain and all this could be yours.

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We like to go above and beyond, to ensure you deliver an optimal shopping experience to your customers. Therefore, we also offer specialist delivery options such as:

  • Tracked or Untracked – customers are given the choice to track their parcels journey using a tracking number.

  • Signed For – to ensure that a safe delivery has been successful customers can sign for their parcel.

  • Age Restricted Delivery – can only be delivered to a person over the age of 18

  • In Flight Delivery Options – features that are available to the customer once their parcel is in transit, e.g. reschedule delivery address

  • Refrigerated Delivery – for cold or frozen items that need to be kept at that temperature throughout the delivery process

With customers wanting more delivery choice, it’s clear that one carrier can’t do it all. Working with a multi-carrier partner like GFS gives you access to all these delivery options, with single access through our delivery services. One pickup, one technology integration, and one relationship to maintain and all this could be yours.

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2022-01-06T11:45:57+00:00October 4th, 2021|

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Selling to the EU just got easier and cheaper!

Selling to the EU just got easier and cheaper…

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On 1st July 2021, the €22 VAT threshold (De Minimis) exemption on goods imported to the EU was removed.

This means that ALL commercial goods imported to the EU are now subject to VAT – regardless of value.

Find out the EU Import Customs Requirements

So, what does this mean?

• VAT has to be charged based on the customer’s location
• VAT has to be declared for customs clearance
• VAT returns have to be submitted

You might be thinking that this has made shipping to the EU even more complex, BUT there are ways you can make it easier, here’s how…

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Selling to the EU is about to get easier (and cheaper!)

In this webinar, we were joined by SimplyVAT to discuss the new EU VAT requirements and look at how you can make it easier – and cheaper – to ship parcels to and from the EU including:

  • An overview of the new EU rules around VAT
  • What it means to eCommerce sellers
  • Clarity on the Import One Stop Shop (IOSS) and its benefits
  • How to apply for a Duty Deferment Account
  • The advantages of one-stop-shop delivery and returns

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Global Projects Manager, SimplyVAT.com

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1. Import One Stop Shop (IOSS)

The EU has introduced an electronic portal where you can register to get a single VAT IOSS ID number that applies to distance sales in all 27 EU countries. This will enable you to collect, declare and account for VAT and pay your bill directly to the EU Tax Authorities via a periodic tax return – for goods up to the value of €150*.

This will simplify the collection, declaration, and payment of VAT for distance sales to EU customers and potentially avoid additional carrier fees for VAT clearance.

What are the key benefits of the new IOSS?

• Ease and simplicity: You’ll get a single EU IOSS VAT ID number that will cover VAT registration in all of the 27 EU member states
• A positive experience for customers: Customers will have complete VAT cost transparency at the moment of purchase
• Improved cash flow: VAT payments can be made monthly directly to EU tax authorities

Whether you intend to use IOSS or not, we can help with your EU delivery and returns.

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2. Duty Deferment Account

A Duty Deferment Account allows you to postpone payment of customs duty, excise duty and VAT by up to 46 days so you can pay fees for all shipments once a month by Direct Debit rather than per consignment at the point of import.

This helps shipments clear customs quickly, so parcels can be delivered faster, and it also saves you time and money, and helps you better manage cash flow.

You can apply for a Duty Deferment Account here

3. One Stop Shop Delivery and Returns

As well as the Import One Stop Shop for VAT, GFS can provide everything you need for delivery and returns!

From finding the best and most cost-effective international shipping services, to technology that calculates Duties & Taxes, generates electronic Customs documents and manages paperless global returns – you can get everything you need in one place!

GFS International eCommerce Service

Access the widest network of global carriers through just one dynamic delivery service.

Using super-smart routing technology, we route each parcel to the best performing, cost-effective carrier service. So, all you need to do is choose from 1 of 3 service level options – Express, Plus and Economy – and we do the rest! GFS International eCommerce Services supports all delivery options to the EU and ROW, including Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Delivered At Place (DAP) and Import One Stop Shop (IOSS)..

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GFS Technology

A complete toolkit of technology solutions that simplifies the complexity of new EU customs processes to take away the pain of cross-border delivery.

GFS Checkout

  • Offers customers a wide range of flexible delivery options at the checkout
  • Automatically calculate Duties & Taxes and supports DDU (Deliver Duty Unpaid) and DDP (Deliver Duty Paid) delivery options

GFS Selector

  • Multi-carrier parcel labelling with automatically generated tracking
  • With Paperless Trade for electronic customs documentation

GFS Global Returns

  • Paperless returns portal with 200+ returns services, 320,000 drop points and 35 languages
  • Electronic customs declarations for inbound duty relief

Want to see our Technology in action? Watch our live demo!

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2021-10-19T09:38:03+00:00July 7th, 2021|

Selling to the EU is about to get easier and cheaper – Webinar

Selling to the EU is about to get easier and cheaper – Webinar

Find out everything you need to know about EU VAT changes from 1st July – and how you can save time and money!
Watch our Webinar with Internet Retailing and Simply VAT to get:

  • An understanding of the changes announced by the EU commission
  • What this means for online sellers
  • Clarity on the Import One Stop Shop scheme and how it will work
  • How to take advantage of these changes to save time and money, and improve customer delivery experience

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2021-09-27T11:29:11+00:00June 25th, 2021|

eBook: Overcoming International eCommerce delivery challenges

Cut out the complexity of international ecommerce shipping

The world has become one big shopping mall, where customers can buy anything, from anywhere, at any time – and they expect this same level of convenience when it comes to delivery. With millions of prospective shoppers, shipping internationally is a no-brainer, however it can also be quite complicated and costly without the right strategy.

So, to help you understand and overcome some of the major crossborder delivery obstacles, we’ve put together this simple guide.

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2021-12-09T16:21:24+00:00May 25th, 2021|

Selling to the EU just got easier and cheaper

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Just one last step and you can access:

• Your Post-Brexit Survival Guide

• EU Customs Cheat Sheet

• EU VAT and Import One Stop Shop FAQs

• Webinar: How to make cross-border shipping friction-free

– with LIVE DEMO of technology to simplify EU delivery & returns

2021-05-13T13:12:10+00:00May 12th, 2021|

How to make cross-border delivery friction-free

How to make cross-border delivery friction-free

Join us for a webinar with Tamebay, we show you how you can simplify shipping and returns to the EU – and beyond – including live demo of GFS Checkout, GFS Selector and GFS Global Returns Pro!

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2021-09-27T11:30:11+00:00May 11th, 2021|

Closing the Gap on Customer Delivery & Returns Experiences

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2021-09-27T11:42:55+00:00June 23rd, 2020|

Webinar with Avalara: Cracking into the USA eCommerce market

Webinar with Avalara: Cracking into the USA eCommerce market

58% of online retailers see Delivery & Taxes as the #1 barrier to US growth

In a recent survey across 1,000+ UK online sellers*, 64% see the USA as the biggest opportunity for eCommerce sales. As we head for Brexit, now more than ever UK sellers are looking beyond the EU to markets like the US for cross-border growth, but are being hampered by the complexities of delivery and taxes.

Watch our webinar “Cracking into the USA eCommerce market” with global tax experts Avalara to get the practical facts and valuable insights so you can succeed in these areas and remove the barriers to growth.

What will I learn?

  • How to avoid delays with US Customs
  • Getting the final mile delivery right for the US consumer
  • Managing returns and how to make it easy
  • Staying compliant in the US with overseas sales transactions

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