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PlagiarismExamine declares war against plagiarism

PlagiarismExamine launches its plagiarism checking service. The company has combined the best features of all the checkers available online and turned them into a brand-new detecting system.

Company officials expect the product to be of a great help to those in need of plagiarism detection. The checker’s audience includes, but is not limited to: students, teachers, content writers, bloggers, webmasters, journalists, copywriters, internet marketing companies, education establishments and lawyers dealing with copyright protection.

About PlagiarismExamine

The service was created by the team of dedicated young IT professionals with their own vision on how should plagiarism be detected. It took a lot of time to analyze all the algorithms present on the web to develop a fresh one that could beat the quality provided by competitors. At this moment there are only two checkers able to compete with PlagiarismExamine. However, they are not able to offer even a half of features PlagiarismExamine users get:

1) Plagiarism check depth. You can decide how deep should we dig. The only thing to keep in mind is that Premium quality is logically a bit more expensive than Standard.
2) Turbo speed of check. When saying «turbo» we mean turbo. An average plagiarism scan takes 10-15 seconds.
3) Plagiarism reporting system. You get results in a convenient form of a report, with all the matches featured and given as hyperlinks. On the left you are able to see all the links to the sources, or you can click on the featured part right in text and be redirected to the source from there. Not to mention the ability to receive reports right to your email address.
4) Full privacy. We do not store texts being submitted. You are the only person who can review reports. Please beware of the services that save your texts, as they might use it for their own profit by publishing them online.
5) Try before you buy. Do not pay to the services that ask you to pay before actually using the system. We give you an opportunity to try the service first, without any limitations in features.
6) Affordable pricing. Prices start at 10 cents.
7) Loyalty program. Up to 20% bonuses and discounts.

Why is PlagiarismExamine not free?
This is the most common question the company receives. Please read the answer given by one of the company’s officials:
«We would love to make plagiarism checking process free, but that is impossible due to the following reasons: 1) the company has to pay salaries to all the employees who keep the service up and running. This includes support desk, webdevs, IT crowd etc; 2) administrative costs on hosting, servers and office itself; 3) the company cooperates with the most popular search engines — Google, Bing and Yahoo — that charge for every check that is made by the customer. Sorry, but we cannot make it free.»

How it all works? 
The plagiarism checking process at PlagiarismExamine is super simple. Just follow these steps:
Upload your text (from file or by pasting)
Confirm that you would like to start a check (the system calculates the number of words and the price automatically)
Get results (review report and see if you have any troubles with authenticity)

Find more information on the company’s website – plagiarismexamine.com. Happy checking!

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Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo to Be Held In Chicago March 23, 2014 Features Gay Wedding Chicago Site Garden Wedding Giveaway

In celebration of the recent transformation of civil unions in Illinois to full marriage rights for LGBT couples, the founders of RainbowWeddingNetwork proudly announce plans to produce their 6th annual Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo in Chicago early next year. The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza has come forward once again as enthusiastic host sponsor for this unique event, which is set for Sunday March 23rd, 2014. Rainbow WeddingNetwork has produced over 100 LGBT Wedding Expos in twenty-five states since 2003.

A diversity of gay-friendly businesses will participate including ceremony & reception venues, event coordinators, cake decorators, musical entertainment, photographers, florists, travel planners & realtors. Couples & advocates from surrounding areas are invited to attend. Speakers from local equality groups are planned and other highlights will include: Samples, LGBT-specific Planning Tips, Attendee ‘Swag Bags,’ and plans for a fashion segment with apparel of particular interest to LGBT couples are also underway. Attending couples will have the opportunity to participate in free Raffle Giveaways, which will feature a garden wedding package & overnight stay sponsored by the Gay Wedding Chicago Site, Pine Manor & IL Wedding Officiant Rev Pamela Magnuson, Country Inn & Suites, Mount Prospect Central Continental Bakery. http://GayWeddingChicagoSite.com

WHEN & WHERE
Sunday March 23rd, 2014 – 1:00-4:00 pm
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
350 W. Mart Center Drive / Chicago, IL 60654
RSVPs are requested to attend this event – for more information visit
www.SameLoveSameRights.com

WHY: “It is truly a victory for our minority that same-gender commitments are now being recognized in so many states,” states RainbowWeddingNetwork co-founder Cindy Sproul . “It’s a time to celebrate, for all citizens to actively and enthusiastically join together and envision the next steps for the LGBT community in the Chicago area as well as throughout the country.”

Rainbow Wedding Network’s ‘Same Love, Same Rights’ Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo is a timely resource for same-sex couples planning their weddings, as well as singles, advocates and allies who support the expansion of civil unions into the full equality of marriage.

Be sure to watch Pine Manor Chicago’s walk-thru video 847-873 Pine 7463 CST 8-8pmhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEajHoCFuEQ

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GPS and Associates Launches new International Background Checks

Godrej Profile Screening doing business as GPS and Associates is a pioneer in the background screening industry. GPS has expanded its services to conduct background checks in India. Chief Executive Officer Andrew Gomez said, “A good number of engineers and other professionals come to our country from India and it would be prudent for companies hiring these individuals, to do their due diligence”. Although India does not have a very organized system or a central registry of crimes or arrests, we have made inroads by researching the respective police departments at the city and town level, and we are able to conduct accurate criminal searches. The kind of information our clients obtain from the applicant becomes crucial in obtaining accurate and timely information.”

The company has obtained contracts with several technology and background screening companies to verify applicants that are migrating or coming here on a work visa. Although the GPS is known for it’s fast and accurate turnaround in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam, GPS aims to do the same with searches conducted in India.

GPS was established by Andy Gomez in 1990 and incorporated first in 1992. GPS was one of the first companies to conduct international background checks while doing a lot of Pre-employment background checks right here in the U.S. In a recent speech to Human Resource managers ,CEO Andrew Gomez stressed the importance of knowing who is being hired. He said ” It is vital for all human resource personnel to make certain that due diligence is a integral part of the hiring process, companies need to conduct criminal background checks for loss prevention and other forms of liabilities. International searches are crucial this day and age”.

GPS does private investigative work for law firms, banks, insurance companies and employers

CEO Andrew Gomez stressed the importance of knowing who is being hired. GPS is known for it’s fast and accurate turnaround in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam, GPS aims to do the same with searches conducted in India.

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Black Friday: Is Thanksgiving Thursday 8pm Becoming The New Black Friday Midnight?

Black Friday is that time of the year in the US shopping calendar after Thanksgiving that sees thousands of shoppers flock retail outlets to take advantage of massive discounts that are offered for many items on sale. Its said Black Friday is the weekend that begins the Christmas shopping season in America.

Retails stores traditionally opened their doors on Friday after Thanksgiving but it seems with tough economic times and the pressure to increase sales, there has been a shift and more retail stores are beginning to open up their stores on Thanksgiving Thursday at around 8pm.

On October 14th Macy’s sent out a press release announcing that they will be opening up their nationwide stores at 8 p.m on Thanksgiving evening for the first time. The Cincinnati-based chain said they did this in response to interest from customers who prefer to start their shopping early.

Kohl’s Department Stores that operates 1,158 stores across the country announced on Monday 21st that their stores will be open for 28 hours straight – from 8 p.m Thursday, November 28 through midnight Friday nationwide.

J.C. Penney has also not been left behind among the big retailers opening business on Thanksgiving. They are doing so for the first time this year. Last year, companies that opened up on Thanksgiving night included Sears, Target, Toys R Us, Kmart and Walmart.

What have been the customer reactions to these changes? A visit to some of the retailers Facebook pages revealed interesting insights on what people thought Patti Simoes Burgess said, “I don’t like that they are going to make their employees work on Thanksgiving. Macy’s used to be my favorite store to go to for Black Friday when I lived in NY. Now I wouldn’t even consider shopping at one because of that. I boycott all stores on Thanksgiving that are open. Workers have a right to be with their families.”

Andrea Lindsey supported JCPenney’s move and said, “It is necessary, because at least in my area almost everyone else is doing the same thing, and in the retail world you have to be competitive.”

Greta Foose strongly disagreed with Kohl’s opening date saying, “The Stores have already commercialized the holidays enough without being open on Thanksgiving day. I will not be shopping with you.”

According to National Retail Federation, consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, décor, greeting cards and more, two percent less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year.

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Gay Marriage Illinois, Rev. Pamela Proudly Serving the Same Sex Community, a Feature From Friendly Pagans Business Resource Chicago

Gay Marriage Illinois, Rev. Pamela has been proudly catering to the unique needs of same sex couples for years. Performing commitment ceremonies, handfastings and civil unions for couples and up to thirty guests in her private home and garden Pine Manor. Chicago’s premier Same Sex Wedding Venue and Cook County courthouse alternative.

We are all children of the same universe and serving couples according to their unique personality, beliefs and desires was my oath when becoming a wedding officiant. I make people happy one couple at a time. Marriage is an agreement between two people in love and anyone, regardless of their religion, color of their skin, or sex should not be denied these absolute rights.

Economy – We have all heard the economic benefits predicting millions of dollars brought into the state of Illinois from the wedding business, but still our legislature can’t help us balance the budget – And personally in my business hosting the wedding and reception in my home, it would effect everyone in my community – the butcher, the baker and the candle stick maker, down to the grocery store attendant bagging my groceries for the party. I will say this now and I will say this again ‘this is beyond a moral issue’ its just common scenes. Gay marriage is good for everyone in Illinois.

Rev Pamela travels a five state area performing weddings and various other ceremonies, but most of the couples she joins are in her 1920’s Dutch Colonial and backyard garden. Gay Friendly Civil Union Officiant has Intimate wedding packages that include everything from the invitations, flowers, cake, dinner and the band. A perfect venue for a guest list of 30 or a private elopement to the NW Suburbs of Chicago. Gay wedding packages Chicago, Illinois Civil Union Wedding destination.

Rev Pam wants goes on record saying, I support same sex marriage. Illinois Gay Marriage Laws must change to recognize all marriage. Com-on Illinois House of Representatives, change the Illinois Gay Marriage Laws today

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Ace Sheds For The Gardens Of London

Ace Sheds are pleased to have their manufacturing facilities in Ashford in Kent which is on the doorstep of London and which can supply a full range of high quality garden sheds to the Capital City. There is a strong feeling that London is a concrete jungle and that gardens and hence garden sheds are an irrelevance. However the people of London will tell a very different story and whilst this might apply to a limited area of London, the vast area of Metropolitan London has an array of gardens that will surprise many a countryside visitor.

Ace Sheds are very proud to serve London with a range of garden sheds in London that can meet almost any requirement of the user, quickly and at a cost that is very cheap. Ace Sheds are very proud to note that the cost does not stop them producing a very high quality garden shed, which can be self-erected swiftly and easily by the owners of the property. Ace Sheds have recognised some of the individual requirements for the London shed and produce a range to meet that market place and if there any gaps they are only too pleased to discuss personal preferences and changes or even build a self-design shed.

Ace Sheds realise that the cycle is a major way of travelling in London, it is easier and often quicker that the car and of course is not subject to the Congestion charge. Keeping a cycle requires a storage area and Ace Sheds are proud to provide the London Bike Shed which stores the cycle safely and securely outside the house the size is small and will conveniently fit into a small space in the back garden. The London Bike Shed has been built with security in mind.

Storage is always going to be a major problem in London and the garden shed can provide a great storage facility in an area where household space is often at a premium and the cost of a solid building extension is very high and planning approval or practical space to install it is often impossible. Ace Sheds have realised this and provide very cost effective solutions. The Reigate Shed is one of the Ace Shed models, which are ideal for London. The shed provides good storage and is a security shed built to deter unwanted attention from prying eyes. Firstly the standard model has just one small window fitted up high and impossible for any person to access. It could even be removed if required. Ace Sheds are proud to have fitted tongued and grooved wooden sides that cannot be accessed without destroying the shed. The doors and its fittings are secure and Ace Sheds can fit a high quality locking system and can also provide a shed burglar alarm, which can be linked to alarm the owner at home.

Ace Sheds provide potting sheds for the gardener and a complete range of other applications and a quick look at their excellent website will show just how relevant the garden shed is to a London household.

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Finally! An All-In-One Website For Your Next DIY Dog House Project!

Paul Stevens, or as he is otherwise known to by his friends as “The Canine Craftsman” has released his inaugoral product in the DIY sphere, “The 48hr DIY Dog Kennel System”.

This a step by step system that provides a one-stop-shop for all of those people iching to build their furry friend a dog house. Inluding 7 detailed videos and 40 dog house and dog run plans, Paul is adament even a novice will have their first dog house completed within 48hrs.

Paul, once an accountant, always a dog lover and now an inspired DIY enthusiast spent countless weekends outdoors with his brother, a carpenter by trade, developing what they call their best collection of dog houses and the easiest method to construct them.

The 48hr DIY Dog Kennel System is an online based package that can be accessed 24/7, all around the world so that no matter what country you are in or what time it is, you can access every bit of information that you need to complete your project.

“The great thing about this system is that even a novice can build a 5 star rated structure to provide their pooch with a safe and comfortable enironment”

Paul Stevens, Founder – The Canine Craftsman

As a result of implementing The 48hr DIY Dog Kennel System Paul believes that anybody wanting to create a comfortable and protective environment for their dog will now be able to accomplish this feat for a minimal cost, far less than the potential costs associated with purchasing one brand new.

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Research Show 4.4 Million over 21s Still Rely on the Bank of Mum and Dad, reports Bower Retirement Services

Research from LV = reveals 4.4 million over 21 year olds still borrow money from their parents. The average monthly donation from parents to adult children is £175. This is used to cover rent, bills and help pay off debts. Additionally £9,476 is awarded to fund weddings, holidays, further education and to help young adults get onto the property ladder. Although it helpingyoung adults is hardly surprising, the research revealed parents expect to continue to support their ‘children’ until the age of 38, now the average age of a first-time property buyer.

This obviously puts great financial strain on Britain ‘s parents. It eats into retirement funds and one in ten parents surveyed by LV = admitted they had spent everything they had on their children. The issue isn’t going to go away soon, particularly if predictions that the average age of a first-time buyer will be 41 by 2025 are correct.

Parents need to prepare for the future early to ensure they are well equipped financially to provide for themselves and help out their grown-up children when necessary. There are several options available, but with interest rates currently being so low, saving plans aren’t the most viable option.

Equity release plans are a more effective option for homeowners. Bower Retirement Services, an award-winning equity release advice service, can help homeowners find anequity release plan that’s right for them.

There are four types of plans available: lump sum lifetime mortgages; lifetime mortgage with flexible cash release, also known as a drawdown mortgage; interest only lifetime mortgage and home reversion plans.

The most suitable, and now the most popular comprising 68% of the market, are drawdown plans. Homeowners are lent money based on their property’s value and additionally can withdraw regular cash amounts at a frequency and value chosen by the individual. Interest is charged, but it’s only repaid when the homeowners die or move into permanent care. These mortgages allow parents to look after themselves during retirement but also offer the ability to provide assistance to their offspring.

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Equity Release Becoming Popular Retirement Fund Solution for Baby Boomers, say Bower Retirement Services

The total value of equity release advances from April to June 2012 was £224.8 million, reported the Equity Release Council, an increase of 22% on the same period of 2011. Additionally, this amount represents the highest quarterly figure since 2009 (£231.7 million). Furthermore, the real number of plans grew by 16% between Q2 2011 and Q2 2012 showing interest in the market is up, along with actual value.

According to the Equity Release Council’s figures, people are now choosing to take drawdown plans instead of lump sum mortgages. This shows they prefer to spread risk and use equity release as a retirement income. The news comes as its revealed retired homeowners now have a total unmortgaged property wealth of £756.7 billion.

Bower Retirement Services, which offers award-winning specialist equity release advice, says equity release is a simple and effective option for homeowners looking to provide for their retirement and it exploits the property price rises of the last forty to fifty years. Many in the baby boomer generation lost large amounts in pension blunders in the nineties and again in the last recession. However, thousands continue to be locked up in property, potentially providing a retirement income for homeowners.

Bower Retirement Services offers advice on all types of equity release, from lump sum lifetime mortgages to home reversion plans, and its equity release calculator is designed to help homeowners accurately gauge how much cash they can expect to release on each type of plan.

There are four types of equity release plan, but drawdown plans now the most popular, accounting for 68% of the value of the entire equity release market. Bower Retirement Services says these types of mortgage are most suitable to homeowners looking to provide themselves with an income during retirement. The lender loans the homeowners a percentage of the property’s value and also agrees to pay a regular cash sum, or ‘drawdown’ on the mortgage value. Interest is accrued, but it is not charged until the homeowners die or move into long term care. Homeowners choose the term and value of the drawdowns, offering more flexibility than a standard remortgage plan.

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Pets In The House Can Send Bills Through The Woof

The days of pets living outside are over with nearly 90 per cent of NSW residents giving their furry friends free rein of the house, according to research by NRMA Insurance*.

Dogs and cats are definitely best friends to many, but according to Tracy Woodley from NRMA Insurance, it seems most people prefer to keep their pets indoors some or most of the time – potentially putting their pets and belongings at risk.

“We’ve seen unfortunate cases where a pet’s foot has broken from a door opening on it or where a dog has tugged on the power cord of an expensive plasma TV and pulled it off its stand,” she said. “You should keep all your special items where they can’t be reached, and properly secure electronic cords so your cat or dog doesn’t inadvertently cause havoc.”

The insurer also warned pet owners to be extra vigilant to help reduce the likelihood of injury to their pets while they’re indoors. “Keeping your pets
indoors is generally very safe but it’s far from foolproof. Simple measures such as keeping household cleaning products out of reach will help keep nosey dogs and cats safe,” Ms Woodley said.

NRMA Insurance home claims involving pets over the past year include:
– An excited dog injured itself and caused damage to the home after running through a glass sliding door
– The family cat sleeping on the stairs injured its leg after a family member coming down the stairs stepped on him
– A dog wound-up by what was on TV required a trip to the vet after jumping onto the TV unit and injuring her leg on the way back down

Should the worst happen and your dog or cat is injured in an accident, or they accidentally damage valuables in your home, the NRMA Insurance Pet Lover’s Pack can provide cover to help with vet bills and replacing your home contents**.

For more information on the NRMA Insurance Pet Lover’s Pack visit:www.nrma.com.au/home-insurance

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HappyFitMe Womens Health and Fitness Launches

HappyFitMe Women’s Health and Fitness, the fast and elegant online custom exercise and workout platform, today announced that it has launched its women’s fitness system to the general public.

With its mission of making women’s health and fitness about a sustainable focus on positive movement and happiness,  HappyFitMe.com goes beyond the traditional, fickle barometers of counting calories and inches. A first in the fitness industry, HappyFitMe offers a robust and simple interface allowing women to improve from wherever they are at in their fitness journey and provides inspiration, structure and fun in exercise.

HappyFitMe’s download-free interface lets users workout online from anywhere, and the platform is entirely free of the advertisements that plague other freemium workout solutions.

“HappyFitMe is the one place where everything you need for exercise to be fun and inspirational is tied together beautifully — fun custom workout routines, both step by step and video workouts, tracking and sharing with friends, computer and smart phone accessible – all in perfect harmony,” said Amber Taves, a subscriber to HappyFitMe. “The fact that I have access to a personal trainer as well is icing on the cake.”

HappyFitMe leverages the cloud to support its workout systems, and it’s this advantage that lets them offer a professional grade solution for nearly free.

HappyFitMe’s Key Benefits

  • Fun custom workout routines –  Matched to your ability, no equipment needed. Fresh Video and step by step workout routines.
  • Fitness for your schedule –  All the benefits of exercise to custom fit the time you have.
  • Share with Friends – Achieve goals –  Friends cheer you on, connect through Facebook & Twitter.
  • Personal Trainer –  Your Fitness Coach for support, advice or inspiration!
  • Online Workouts from anywhere –  No software, use any computer or smartphone.

“The big online women’s fitness systems known to most of us are old and tired, crowded by ads and pretend to be experts in everything from recipes to nutrition to exercise, while those offered by new startups don’t have the polish, reliability or features busy women need,” said Tammy Andreotti, president and co-founder, HappyFitMe. “We wanted to offer the most robust yet easy-to-use web fitness solution in the market without the headaches or the unwanted advertisements. Women just love it!”

How to Register for HappyFitMe
HappyFitMe is a fast and simple health and fitness platform made for women at any fitness level, free of charge for 30 days. It takes less than 60 seconds to sign up for an account and you can be starting your workout routines and sharing your fitness journey with friends and family in minutes. Register for a free HappyFitMe trial account at http://www.happyfitme.com/free-fitness-trial/

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Parcel2Go Helping Small Businesses to Beat Royal Mail Price Increase

Small firms feeling the squeeze following the Royal Mail’s decision to increase the price of first and second class stamps at the end of last month are being offered a helping hand by Bolton-based online parcel delivery firm Parcel2Go.

The company says businesses and individuals can try to beat the Royal Mail price increase by becoming Parcel2Go users and benefitting from the vast range of reliable and cost-effective UK express delivery solutions available through the website.

With just a few clicks of a mouse, customers can order delivery services from some of the world’s major courier companies such as FedEx, Parcelforce and Yodel. Changes to the way Royal Mail prices parcels means people will be better off sending any consignment weighing more than 750g through Parcel2Go.

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer said: “We understand how much pressure consumers and small businesses are under at the moment, which is why we are urging people to see if they are able to get a better deal on their package deliveries through the Parcel2Go website.

“Our quick quote function makes it simple and extremely fast to get a price for a delivery, but that simple move could result in a sizeable saving. What’s more, because we only deal with the world’s top courier firms, individuals and businesses always know their consignments are in safe hands.”

Convenience matters to everyone, which is why the Collect+ services available through Parcel2Go have become so popular. Customers not able to meet a courier to pick up their package can choose instead to drop it off at one of the 3,000 corner shops and convenience stores in the UK that make up the Collect+ network.

“Convenience, speed, reliability and affordability are what we’re about,” said Mr Mercer. “We’re calling on everyone affected by the recent Royal Mail price hike to see if they could save, and get a better service though Parcel2Go.”

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Provide rapid parcel delivery options and reap the benefits, says Parcel2Go

Businesses should look to offer customers a wide range of rapid delivery options if they want to maximise sales opportunities, according to online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go.

The Bolton-based company has advised online retailers of all sizes to ensure that they have a variety of solutions available, including next-day, 48-hour, Saturday morning and overseas delivery options. Customers who receive their goods quickly are more likely to leave a positive review of their experience, and new research has shown just how important positive feedback is to UK businesses.

Parcel2Go marketing director Richard Mercer said research carried out by social commerce firm Reevoo had highlighted how much online shoppers value reviews from other customers, and therefore the importance businesses should place on boosting service levels.

He said: “Managing customer orders quickly and efficiently once they have been submitted is critical to the smooth running of any retail company, and research has shown the value that shoppers place on having access to cheap and fast delivery services. It’s common sense that they want to receive their items as soon as possible.

“Companies should capitalise on this and make sure that delivery options from the leading firms that people will recognise and trust, such as Parcelforce and FedEx, are easily accessible through the site at the point of sale. If customers receive their products quickly and in top condition, then of course they’re more likely to leave a positive review of their experience.”

Reevoo’s survey found that 88 per cent of the 1,000 customers it questioned said they either “sometimes” or “always” consulted reviews before heading to the checkout.

As well as offering domestic and international freight delivery options from the UK’s top couriers, Parcel2Go also provides customers with a parcel tracking facility, so consignments can be monitored no matter where they are in the world.

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Don’t Get Caught Out When Sending Parcels To The Relies Down Under, Says Parcel2Go

Online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go has reminded anyone planning on sending parcels to relatives or friends living in Australia that shipping goods with a reliable courier company is essential if they want to ensure their package will arrive in one piece.

Australia and New Zealand have become massively popular as destinations to relocate to with Brits of all ages. A survey conducted by research firm YouGov last month found that Australia was the number one destination for Brits considering a move abroad, with the United States and Canada taking second and third place respectively. More than two-fifths (42 per cent) of the 1,650 UK adults polled said they would “seriously consider” leaving Britain, while 6 per cent of respondents said they were actively making plans to leave the country.

With an increasing number of people looking to stay in contact with friends and relatives outside the UK, Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer has highlighted the importance of using a reliable courier when shipping abroad, and also checking that parcels are safely and securely wrapped before they’re sent off.

He said: “With the UK officially back in recession and what seems like more tough times ahead for people in the UK, it is no surprise that the prospect of a move Down Under seems particularly appealing. We just want to remind people that know someone who has taken the plunge and relocated, to take every care to ensure their overseas packages get to Australia safe and sound.

“Using one of the cheap international delivery services available through Parcel2Go makes sense for anyone looking for speed, reliability and value for money. People must also do everything they can to wrap their packages properly and prepare them for a journey of 10,000 miles or so.”

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Parcel2Go Says Firms Should Make The Most Of Growing Online Spend

With people in the UK spending more money online than ever before, companies need to make sure that they have a suitable digital presence to be able to market their goods and services effectively, according to Britain’s largest online parcel delivery service.

Parcel2Go helps online companies of all shapes and sizes to deliver customers’ orders to addresses across the UK, and around the world, every day. And according to research carried out by payment services firm WorldPay, the average British consumer now spends a quarter of their disposable income with online retailers.

Parcel2Go has seen the effects that increasing consumer confidence and the ease with which people can now buy online have had on parcel delivery volumes. The company’s marketing director Richard Mercer said firms must ensure they have suitable parcel delivery systems set up in order to capitalise on the increase in online spend.

He said: “Having a website that is easy to find and intuitive to use is vital if businesses want to draw in customers in the first place. Having a smooth and simple delivery process for when an order has been placed is then vital if they want to keep those customers.

“It has never been more important to have a fast and efficient domestic and international parcel delivery offer. WorldPay’s research is evidence of how much consumers have come to rely on the internet when it comes to purchasing goods and services, and Parcel2Go’s experience is that customers now expect to receive their goods quickly and in perfect condition.

“Hiring the services of a professional world courier to handle deliveries is now critical.”

Parcel2Go assists businesses in organising deliveries to countries across the world, from Spain to Singapore, with the help of some of the industry’s leading courier companies, including City Link, Parcelforce, FedEx and UPS.

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Parcel2Go calls on consumers to support British businesses

One of the leading online parcel delivery firms, Parcel2Go, has called on consumers to help get the country’s economy back on track by supporting British businesses.

The Office for National Statistics announced last week that the UK economy had gone back into recession, leading to calls for people to be more patriotic when they are making purchases. Parcel2Go has added its voice to the campaign and encouraged shoppers to do what they can to help support British firms.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Bolton-based Parcel2Go, said: “It’s more important than ever that we buy products made in Britain and support British businesses. The internet has made it simple to purchase products from all over the UK, and if companies use the services of reliable courier firms then items can be with consumers extremely quickly.

“As has been said by other retail industry commentators, UK firms also need to make sure that they are promoting themselves and their products properly and ensuring potential customers know if their goods are made in Britain.”

With the London 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations both falling within a short space of time, businesses have been advised to do everything possible to make the most of the patriotic mood sweeping across the UK.

Parcel2Go works with a huge variety of British businesses to organise delivery of their products to addresses all over the UK on a daily basis. The company helps individuals and British businesses to deliver more than two million domestic and international parcel consignments every year with the assistance of industry-leading couriers including Parcelforce and City Link.

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Retail Results Highlight Importance Of Parcel Delivery Services, Says Parcel2Go

Despite UK retailers feeling the pressure as consumers’ incomes continue to be squeezed and shoppers keep a tight rein on their spending, online channels are still delivering impressive results. According to online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go, businesses must look to capitalise on the opportunities available and encourage consumers to spend by providing a reliable service and rapid parcel delivery options.

Recent financial results from Marks & Spencer revealed a 22.8 per cent increase in e-commerce sales in the 13 weeks to March 31. That was despite a 0.7 per cent fall in like-for-like sales in the UK. Department store John Lewis also posted impressive online sales results in the week to April 14, with a 57.8 per cent year-on-year increase in sales at johnlewis.com. This followed a 39.1 per cent year-on-year increase the previous week.

According to Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, these latest results highlight just how important online channels have become to retailers, and should serve as a reminder that customers expect goods ordered online to arrive promptly.

He said: “As an increasing number of shoppers become comfortable with shopping over the internet, all businesses must appreciate how vital it is first of all to have an online presence, and then to ensure goods arrive with shoppers quickly and in tip-top condition.

“By calling on the services of reliable and affordable courier firms, all companies can put themselves in the best possible position to win repeat custom.”

Results of a survey released earlier this month showed that out of 2,000 online shoppers, 74 per cent had abandoned purchases because they felt the delivery charge was too high, suggesting that the issue postage rates is something else businesses trading on the internet must remain aware of.

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Parcel2Go Urges Companies To Take Note Of BRC Online Shopping Statistics

An increasing number of consumers from outside the UK are going online to search for products from British firms that must now react, says Parcel2Go.

Britain’s largest online parcel delivery specialist believes businesses have an opportunity to increase the volume of goods they export to customers around the world if only they seize it. Parcel2Go currently helps businesses and individuals in the UK to send more than two million parcels to destinations around the world with courier companiesevery year.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, said research from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Google had revealed that during the first quarter of 2012, total search volumes from overseas consumers rose by 57 per cent year-on-year.

The BRC/Google search data showed developing countries including Mexico and Pakistan played a significant role in driving traffic to UK sites in the first quarter of the year, with year-on-year growth of 135 per cent and 101 per cent respectively.

Mr Mercer urged companies to take advantage of the fact that more and more foreign shoppers are interested in British brands and products.

He said: “The figures show this is the perfect time for companies here in Britain to capitalise on the interest being shown by foreign consumers in our goods and services. As well as having a strong online presence, businesses must make sure they are clearly offering a range of international parcel delivery options to entice foreign consumers and boost their sales.

“Parcel2Go works with the world’s leading parcel delivery companies and it’s with the help of cheap international courier businesses that firms here in the UK will be able to prosper in new overseas markets.”

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But when will I see Granny?

Imagine a situation where both parents work and care is divided between both maternal and paternal grandparents. In an ideal world this arrangement would continue after a divorce or separation, but frequently all goodwill breaks down leaving children having to cope with new arrangements and often the loss or deterioration of a relationship with one or both sets of grandparents.

I often get asked ‘but what about my rights?’ by caring grandparents who are desperate to continue a relationship with their grandchildren. The sad, depressing, answer is that grandparents have no automatic right to make an application to the Court for contact or residence, unless the children have been living with them for at least 3 years.

Grandparents have an additional hurdle, of having to first apply to Court for‘leave’ to make an application. This application is sent to both parents, who have the opportunity to oppose, or agree to leave being granted. Only if the Judge is satisfied that it is in the child’s best interest for the application to be granted will the matter move to the next stage when a Judge will consider what, if any contact, there should be between grandparent and grandchild. That contact has to be viewed in context as often the children will be spending time with the ‘other’ parent. Frequently, the Court has to juggle complex arrangements to try to accommodate all members of the family (and the child’s school or social commitments).

The Government applauds grandparents for the vital role they play in shaping a child’s future, providing unpaid childcare so parents can return to work. However, since 1989 successive governments have so far refused to amend the law to provide grandparents the automatic right to make an application to the Court to preserve their unique relationship with grandchildren. Following the Family Justice Review, there has been a recommendation that Grandparents should be included in ‘parenting agreements’ setting out the time that children of separated parents should spend not only with Mum and Dad, but Granny and Grandpa too.

Whilst the judicial system may not be quick to help grandparents, I have used other dispute resolution such as mediation, collaborative law and family conferencing to assist in breaking the deadlock between family members and re-establishing contact.

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