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LOCHHEAD ATTENDS LAUNCH OF 'HIGHLAND PARCELS' DELIVERY SERVICE

18/11/2018  

NEW INITIATIVE CUTS DELIVERY COSTS FOR MORAY SHOPPERS

Richard Lochhead MSP attended the launch of the new Highland Parcels delivery service run by Menzies Distribution, which will help tackle excessive parcel delivery surcharges to households in Moray and across the north of Scotland.

The new services allows online shoppers to order their parcel using the Highland Parcels central belt address for delivery, and will then be delivered to their local depot for £4.99 regardless of postcode. 

Menzies have launched the new service following discussions with Moray’s MSP about his campaign to tackle unfair parcel delivery charges, which costs consumers in Moray over £2m each year.

Mr Lochhead has secured cross party support for the campaign he launched two years ago to tackle online retailers that apply excessive delivery surcharges, and over 200 companies have received enforcement notices from the Advertising Standards Authority as a result of dossiers compiled by the MSP.

The launch of this new service comes as Moray’s SNP MSP prepares to meet with the UK Government Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Kelly Tolhurst.

Mr Lochhead said:

“It is hugely encouraging that a major courier is responding to the public concern in Moray and across the north of Scotland over the absurd delivery surcharges being imposed on households and businesses locally. 

“This new service is a creative solution that has the potential to cut costs for many people, overcoming the postcode penalty by allowing shoppers to enter a central belt postcode and then have their order delivered to their local depot for a flat rate of £4.99 regardless of whether you’re in Lossiemouth or Lerwick.

“I wish Highland Parcels well and urge other couriers to follow their example and look for ways to eradicate or at least minimise delivery surcharges.”

Online shoppers can sign up to Highland Parcels here: https://www.highlandparcels.com/

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