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Posted on 9/12/2021 by DHL Express

Trade Secretary champions SMEs to reach their export potential

With just 1 in 10 small businesses currently exporting goods and services, the government is continuing its campaign to provide support for sellers. The goal is to enable SMEs to trade more UK products around the world and reach one trillion pounds a year in exports.

Alongside the 12-point Export Strategy published by the Department of International Trade, which championed local export success stories to encourage more businesses to embrace international markets, they also hosted the inaugural International Trade Week. The event ran 20 SME-specific events and showcased the support that is available to businesses to begin exporting overseas.

Despite seeing an increase in the export value from the previous year, this was only coming from just over 228,000 small businesses, indicating that there is still a huge amount of untapped export potential for the UK’s SMEs.

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How to make your logistics sustainable this Christmas

According to a recent survey, 37% of shoppers will now take into consideration a retailer’s ethical and sustainable policies before making a purchase. What’s more, 67% care more about the environmental impact of their purchases than they did five years ago.

With this change in attitude comes the expectation of your business to make considerations and implement a more sustainable logistics strategy – in fact if you’re not fulfilling these expectations, you could be losing business.

Click below to discover how you can make your logistics more sustainable over the festive season and beyond.

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The latest e-commerce news from around the world

In this week’s e-commerce news, British retailer Marks and Spencer are entering the clothing rental market to allow sustainability-conscious customers to rent pieces of its current collection for up to 30 days.

Meanwhile according to a report, 22% of UK consumers are turning to “Buy Now Pay Later” solutions for their Christmas shopping. Also, a B2B marketplace with “unicorn” status is empowering smaller brands, and refill deodorant company Fussy has come up with the idea of upcycling unwanted Christmas trees into pine-scented deodorant.

And finally, are you ready to sell to the world? DHL’s Global Connectedness Index has drawn on over 3.5 million data points to help get you there.

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