Royal Mail Alternative: uShip Helps Keep Important Parcels, eBay and Amazon Purchases from Delay

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Free online transport marketplace connects UK residents and small businesses with feedback-rated drivers and couriers that can help them avoid delivery delays caused by a Royal Mail strike

With the Royal Mail strike officially starting Thursday, many alternative courier services are expecting to be overwhelmed and over-capacity, meaning time-sensitive parcels, packages, eBay and Amazon purchases, cheques and more will still likely be delayed.

One proven, cost-effective alternative available to both UK householders and small businesses is uShip, a free online transport marketplace that connects people who need delivery service with feedback-rated drivers, couriers and removal companies who have spare room in their lorries and are already making similar trips. Last week, uShip enhanced support for customers throughout the UK with custom regional settings for currency, time zone and product dimensions.

Once a customer posts a free transport listing on uShip, moving firms bid to win the business, which keeps delivery costs down. People using uShip save an average of 50 per cent compared to commercial rates, whilst also reducing emissions and traffic congestion.

In 2004, uShip was the first to introduce an online transport marketplace, and over the last five years, over £77 million in business has transacted on its site. Each year, transporters on uShip drive the equivalent of 12 round trips to the moon.

Drivers and removal companies on the uShip marketplace also move larger hard-to-shift items such as furniture, cars, motorbikes, boats, and flats, as well as shipments traveling in and out of the UK.

About uShip:
uShip is the first and largest online transport marketplace that connects people and businesses with feedback-rated transporters to make moving and removal more affordable and efficient. uShip's patent-pending search technology helps 150,000 drivers and couriers find and bid on hard-to-ship items, such as cars, boats, freight and households, as well as parcels, to fill empty cargo space and dramatically reduce transport costs. Since launching the site in 2004, over £77 million in business has transacting through uShip, which is backed by Benchmark Capital and based in Austin, Texas.


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