myHermes has unveiled an international shipping service aimed at SME customers and those who trade via marketplaces.
According to research conducted for myHermes, 78% of shoppers across the UK, France and Germany have made an online purchase from a foreign retailer. Similarly, in last week’s piece Nine things you should know about Sweden, eDelivery reported that Swedes spend €1bn buying online from foreign-based retailers.
The country Swedes buy from the most is Denmark, but the non-Nordic country they buy from most is the UK. The UK also topped the poll of countries that French and German shoppers have bought from.
myHermes International clearly hopes to tap into this trend and claims it is 31% (£12.51) cheaper than Royal Mail when sending an individual parcel to Australia and 12% or £1.55 lower for parcels heading to Germany. That’s based on sending a 1kg package via a standard service.
Carole Woodhead, CEO of myHermes, said: “The world is becoming an increasingly smaller place and therefore delivery standards and price play a key part in enabling overseas customers to purchase from domestic retailers. The demand for UK products, especially fashion items, is high and continues to grow so we wanted to develop a service that provides smaller businesses with seamless access to as many countries as possible.”
The solution forms part of myHermes’ ongoing commitment to developing an innovative portfolio of products to its SME clients. Additional features will be added to the service later in the year designed to streamline how clients process large volumes of parcels. This includes the functionality to automatically upload the details of multiple outgoing parcels onto the service’s website via a CSV file.
Woodhead added: “myHermes continues to enhance its portfolio of products with new and innovative solutions that provide unrivalled levels of service to its clients. myHermes International offers a unique combination of scale and local presence and by offering attractive rates for international delivery smaller retailers will be able to actively pursue a strategy of growth into Europe and beyond.”