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BREAKING NEWS:   
DMC @ eCommerce Expo 2014

Do you have your own business and need access to a warehouse? Want to know more about fulfilment services? 

Why not visit us at  eCommerce Expo, 1-2 October 2014 in London. You’ll find us on stand 162 at Olympia’s West Hall.
  
Come and meet Howard Cooper, Managing Director and Roy Whittle, Business Development Manager. You can talk through your requirements face-to-face, or just get some advice from experienced professionals to discuss any aspect of fulfilment including,  order integration,  incoming stock management, inventory control,  SKU identification, bin allocation, picking, packing specifications and shipping channels.

Don’t miss a real treat too, as you could enter our exciting and aptly named “Guess how many toffee’s are in the jar” competition to win 3 months’ worth of FREE storage when you sign up with us!

Come and talk to us on 1-2 October @ eCommerce Expo. If you don’t ask, you won’t find out.  

If you have any questions in the meantime,  you can email roy.whittle@dmcdist.co.uk or howard.cooper@dmcdist.co.uk 

www.dmcdist.co.uk
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Downtown Downturn, Online Upturn

Robert Peston reported on the BBC news recently that the latest unemployment figures had gone down again, that the Bank of England had left interest rates unchanged at 0.5%, that inflation was around 2% and the economy was in recovery generally.

Peston was interviewing people on the street in a town in South Wales and asking them if they had personally seen any obvious improvement in their finances/job security and whether they were feeling more positive for the future.  Several respondents pointed to all the empty shops on the high street and said it was as a result of the recession. But are our economy indicators outdated? 

Internet shopping has risen exponentially by roughly 12% per year for the last 5 years, and in 2013, 72% of all adults bought goods or services online, up from 53% in 2008*. While younger age groups have traditionally embraced Internet shopping (92% of 25 to 34 year olds), there has been significant growth in the rate of online purchasing by those aged over 65. Over a third of those aged 65 and over bought online (36%) in 2013, more than double the 2008 estimate of 16%.

Should we assume that this has nothing to do with the demise of 60% of the small high street shops?  A shop on the high street has a finite area from which to attract customers and also has to pay exorbitant business rates and staff wages, repairs, renewals etc. If you move a business online, you instantly have the whole of the UK and potentially the whole world as potential customers. Furthermore, if you outsource your fulfilment, you can even manage all your orders from the comfort of your spare room!   

Using a fulfilment house means you pay only for what you use, in terms of storage space, pick-pack staff, order and inventory management and fork lift trucks. These methods can be very effective for the right product. Clothes were the most popular online purchase in 2013, bought by 47% of all adults. If you see our blog (link to petrol station blog) you’ll also see how easy it could be for your customers to return items using warehouse fulfilment.

Considering the facts, it’s much more likely that the success of online business rather than the recession that has led to retailers leaving the high street. It’s comparable with the closure of Butchers, Bakers and Grocers shops when the Supermarkets rolled into town in the 50’s and 60’s.

We constantly reinvent ourselves and the way we do things with the rise of technology. It could soon be that a UK customer can order an item from a business in Australia and specify a 24 hour delivery  -  and get it. Better get in there first and keep the UK economy going if you ask me.

If you want to know more about how you can use warehousing and fulfilment for your UK business in the UK and abroad contact DMC.

* Source: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/rdit2/internet-access---households-and-individuals/2013/stb-ia-2013.html
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Rapid Expansions

One of DMC’s clients, JT Macs has expanded their business so rapidly that we have decided to commission a new Mezzanine area which will be dedicated to his additional stock lines. This new area is being completed by Greenoaks Building Services , will be complete by March 2014 and  provide another 1830sq ft of picking space for goods. Keep up-to-date with the blog for more developments as they happen.
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New Balancing Act

We have 2 new clients joining us - a Canadian based  chemicals company who supply specialist products mainly to the electronics industry, MG Chemicals. And, ever had trouble balancing on two wheels? Another Canadian company, EZtrainer,  sell Bicycle training wheels for adults. EZtrainer design training wheels for anyone who needs a bit of extra help with balance or who haven’t cycled before.  We’re looking forward to them settling in and taking sales forward.
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The DMC team are getting ready to begin another large product mailer for Colgate. DMC specialise in working closely with customers to make sure we are prepared for big deliveries. We deliver Colgate products to dentists and hygienists all over the country, using the latest distribution technology to deliver the latest in dental technology.  This will involve breaking down 257 pallets of incoming items, and repacking the high value products into dedicated shippers ready for parcel courier despatch to 25,000 U.K. addresses.
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