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Chuka Umunna MP highlights the importance of UK businesses working together at IOD Conference

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Speaking at the Annual Convention of the Institute of Directors (IOD) on 19th September 2013 Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Chuka Umunna MP highlighted the importance of UK businesses working together and alternative sources of business finance in light of his visit to Duo UK earlier this year. 

"A couple of weeks ago in Manchester, I visited a great, family run business called Duo UK.

They manufacture polythene packaging.

They're exactly the kind of firm we need more of: ambitious, entrepreneurial and well run.

But when they wanted finance to grow their business they couldn't find it here.

They ended up turning to a scheme run by - wait for it - the Italian Government.

That can't be right and it must change.

We need more competition in banking to make the banking system up its game.

So we are actively supporting the entry of new challenger banks."

Chuka Umunna MP, IOD Conference, 19th September 2013.

We are proud to be a British manufacturer and passionate about raising the profile of this innovative, forward-looking sector, which all too often has been simply ignored or written off. Duo has never waited around for Government support however it is encouraging to hear that our story has helped influence potential future policies that offer helpful and relevant support to assist business growth and employment.

To read Chuka Umunna MP's full speech to the Institute of Directors Annual Convention please click here.

Are you ready for Mad Monday?

In response to the ever growing popularity of Click and Collect services retailers have extended the cut off for online Christmas orders by a week compared to previous years. Many retailers are now accepting online orders to be collected in store up until 18th December. Passing control over to shoppers as to when and where they can collect their purchases will see many picking up their orders on Monday 23rd December - ideal for those last minute Christmas shoppers! 

Verdict has forecast that shoppers will spend £88bn in Q4, an increase of 2.2 per cent over 2012 with Click and Collect purchases contributing to this increase. 

Increase in online sales is great for revenue but when consumables orders for peak season have already been placed, how will this impact on your fulfillment? Here are a few hints and tips to effectively manage and maintain a high level of customer service: 

  • Review usage projections and consumables. Having the right packaging at the right time is critical. Over the Christmas period we advise our customers to review their consumables at least once a week. Keeping a close eye on your stock levels particularly in Q4 enables you to forward plan usage more effectively and minimize the opportunity to run out of packaging to send products out to your customers. Duo offers a free stock management service for all our customers, find out more about this here.
  • Unify your outbound and returns packaging.  Unwanted products are a multi-million pound headache for online retailers. Regular shoppers are savvy and
can recognise a previously returned item from just the clear retail display bag it is presented in. Packing your outbound and returned products in a best-fit
clear display bag will offer easier packing, improve presentation and can reduce the number of returned items. View Duo's range of retail returns bags here.

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