Unless you have been asleep for the past week, or on a deserted island without internet, it’s likely that you are aware that the British public voted last week to leave the European Union. The result, announced early Friday, has left many surprised and sent world financial markets into an escalating downward spiral. With no official date for “Brexit” the lingering uncertainty over the European and global market place looks set to continue. The silence on key issues such as the future free movement of people and single market has only contributed to this and made for a very nervy European Union.
“Consumers and small businesses complain that problems with parcel delivery, in particular high delivery charges in cross-border shippings, prevent them from selling or buying more across the EU.”
Last week the European Union set about creating a number of measures to create a single online marketplace for Europe, with fairer and more equal pricing for those buying online from different countries. One such proposal sets about increasing transparency of pricing for cross-border parcel delivery services to encourage the single online market. A study by the European Commission found that “many consumers who had considered buying online but then abandoned the idea, did so because of the high delivery price. Lower prices for cross-border delivery were very likely to make them buy online.”
The world, they say, is getting smaller. But when talking in terms of logistics the opposite may be true, especially when it comes to creating effective cross border solutions. The number of parcels being sent around the globe is at an all-time high and with an increasing demand for speed and lack of available driver’s delivery companies are bursting at the seams. International parcel delivery is growing at twice the rate of domestic markets and with new trade deals opening up all the time the world’s borders are being freed to the incoming and outgoing movement of people and mail. But can we handle it? Are the world’s delivery companies ready to offer worldwide tracking services in line with the demand from businesses and consumers?