UK-Africa investment boost | Global online retail growth | Get to know logistics

Posted on 23/01/2020 by DHL Express

Huge boost to UK investment in Africa

As part of a Government drive to ensure Africa’s growing demand for investment is met by the UK’s expertise and innovation, the UK Government is working to strengthen its partnership with the continent.

In the lead up to the UK-Africa Investment Summit, held earlier this week in London, £6.5 billion worth of commercial deals had been signed by British businesses. Billions of pounds is expected to be mobilised in private sector investment for Africa, marking a new era of trade between the two nations.

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Online retail grew 8% during festive season

Despite UK high streets taking a hit during the Christmas period, new research has revealed that global online sales grew 8 per cent to $723 billion. The study shows that retailers rolled out discounts and promotions earlier resulting in digital traffic growing 13 per cent over the same period in 2018.

Mobiles were the number one device driving traffic and orders, with consumer purchases on smartphones accounting for more than $50 billion in sales for the first time, in addition to 58 per cent of traffic to retail sites throughout November and December.

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What you need to know about logistics

The success of your business could be down to getting your logistics right, with evidence suggesting that ineffective management from founders is the downfall behind 65 per cent of failed start-ups.

It’s important that business owners feel supported when the going gets tough by having their logistics already in place. From express delivery to a returns policy, we’ve put together everything you need to know about logistics to make sure your start-up is a success.

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