Royal Mail Alternative: 5,500 Couriers Stand By As Royal Mail Strike

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Over 5,500 independent couriers and transport companies step in to help in the face of Royal Mail industrial action.

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eBay, but for moving goods

Over 5,500 couriers and transport companies, many of whom are small family-run businesses, are using the internet and to help public left stranded without a postal service. Royal Mail strikes which started on Thursday have been seen as an opportunity by thousands of small delivery firms who are harnessing the power of the Internet and the UK's online transport marketplace - to help meet demand.

Already, this week, since the threat of strike action became so real, has seen a 20% rise in shipment requests and an additional 150 transport companies signing up on standby.

Since launch in 2008, over 45,000 people have used to move goods (anything from parcels, to car transport, home removals), representing some 75,000 shipment requests. Everyday people list goods and eBay items they need to move on the site for free and then receive competitive bids from over 5,500 feedback-rated transport companies "going there anyway". Shiply has been likened to: "eBay, but for moving goods".

Google, the UK's number one search engine, has also seen a staggering increase of 46% in the number of searches for the phrase courier over the past 4 weeks, so it is clear that consumers are looking for alternatives.

Robert Matthams, founder of said: "It is unsurprising that consumers are looking for alternatives in the face of Royal Mail strike action. We've seen a 20% rise in people listing items to move on the site. has thousands of small, medium and large couriers firms all working tirelessly around the clock to ensure people's goods are delivered on schedule and below-budget."


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