15 April 2014
As Business Boomers: Real Storage Wars made abundantly clear on BBC2 last night, the ability to throw things away is becoming a rare talent in the UK. In the last thirty years, self-styled, self-storage entrepreneurs have emerged in the business world to make a fortune out of empty space.
The economic crisis had virtually no influence over the financial trajectory of self-storage with the annual turnover for the self-storage business now at around the £500m mark.
Gargantuan self-storage facilities are appearing all over Britain's industrial landscape like monolithic Lego blocks and customers are climbing over each other to fill them to the rafters with a balanced mix of treasured possessions, mementos and stuff that's just too darn big to keep at home.
Real Storage Wars interviewed the movers (no pun intended) and shakers in self-storage to discover how the boom came about and revealed how they took advantage of the nation's changing attitude towards personal belongings. But what we at Seven Seas Worldwide found interesting was that these assured self-made millionaire founders were all missing something that could be doing wonders for their business: the chance to do a little bit extra for the customer that would put them head and shoulders above the competition.
The one factor that the big storage firms all have in common is that they don't collect your items from your address. Imagine not having to worry about transporting your stuff to the storage facility. Imagine instead the storage firm picking up your personal belongings via a trailer and transferring it direct to the facility. Well, that's all you can do; imagine.
Luckily, Seven Seas Worldwide has adapted its successful MoveCube service to suit the needs of the storage customer. Introducing the StoreCube!
The StoreCube provides so much more than a regular self-storage firm. First of all, we send you boxes and packing materials ourselves. And guess what? They're free! Once all your items are packed into boxes, we will send a StoreCube to collect them from your home address and deliver them to the nearest Seven Seas Worldwide storage facility. We will take a single payment of £84 for this collection and charge nothing on top of that until you arrange the date of your return. We also have a text message service which will alert you to our arrival for collection. Now how does that sound? A little bit better than our competitors, we're sure you agree.
If you're looking for storage, avoid the companies too big to be personal. Get in touch now and find out more about what a StoreCube can do for you. They're brilliant for student storage as well, by the way, and you can save a bundle if you store a bunch of stuff with your mates.
26 February 2014
We won't lie to you - this is probably only going to interest you if you're sending stuff to South Africa. However, from the kind of figures we've been receiving here at SSW HQ, that appears to be quite a lot of you. With that in mind, we're doing our best to make getting your personal belongings (and all other types of shipping to South Africa) easier than it used to be.
Whether you want to send a bag of clothes for charity or send the entire contents of your household back home, Seven Seas Worldwide can do the lot.
In the past, all customers were required to be in South Africa to receive their items otherwise SA Customs would treat the whole lot as a commercial import and tax accordingly. Not anymore. We have streamlined the process to reduce the documentation and minimise payments to SA Customs. With our own network in place in South Africa to import, customs clear and deliver your items to your chosen South African address without you needing to set foot there.
We will send you emails confirming each step of the process and letting you know the progress of your shipment. This can only be done because we control the whole process in the UK to SA, so we know what's happening.
But it doesn't stop there. Shipping documentation also made it a prerequisite that customers send their passports to us once they arrived in South Africa. We know it made people feel a little queasy to send off something as important as a passport so if you're returning from South Africa, we'll no longer ask this of you. It can remain in your 'safe place' (under the sofa where you kicked it by accident the other day).
So there you go. Not bad huh? If you're sending items to South Africa, Seven Seas Worldwide should be your first choice. We've reorganised the shipping process to make it as customer-friendly and cost-effective as possible. Get a shipping quote today and see how we can help you.
18 February 2014
A lot of people ask "What the heck is it that you do?" and we'd be the first to admit that our business doesn't leap off the internet page and smack you around the face. That'd be weird if it did. So in this post, we're going to boil it down to one aspect of our service: Door-to-door.
We're very proud of the fact that we operate a service which is door-to-door for baggage shipping (and parcel shipping....and just about everything else shipping for that matter) throughout the world. Our competitors aren't as committed to door-to-door as we are. They'll lay it on thick about their professional service and shiny vans but they won't be as vocal about the fact that they'll drop your belongings off at the airport or a depot for you to pick up.
Imagine you're moving house. Yes, we know, even thinking about it is enough to send you hiding in the cupboard under the stairs. Now imagine you're moving to another country. The sheer volume of work involved is enough to make you rethink. But that's where Seven Seas Worldwide comes in. We're here to pick up all your packed boxes from the front door of your old address and ship them (or send by air freight) to the front door of your destination country. Our service is secure, reliable and affordable, so all you need to do is put your affairs in order and hug as many friends and family as you can before you leave for good, safe in the knowledge your stuff will be waiting for you at your new address.
Of course, you don't need to be moving house at all. Let's just say you're going on holiday from the UK to Australia and find you've packed too much for the journey. Providing you book ahead in time, Seven Seas Worldwide can ship your excess baggage abroad to your holiday destination, door-to-door. In fact, if you just want to board your plane with hand luggage and a magazine, we can take care of sending every item of your luggage abroad. No hidden baggage fees, no waiting by the carousel, no heavy luggage to drag around and a lot less time spent queuing. Think about that for a moment.
Now we can't offer a door-to-door service everywhere - despite the saying, the world is actually quite big, you know - but we operate a comprehensive door-to-door service in our key countries so get an instant quote now and see if we cover your area.
If we do, you won't find a better deal anywhere else.
29 January 2014
That's it. We've had enough of the grim weather: Flooding, high winds, torrential rain - it's just too much. So to cheer ourselves up and hopefully you too, we've compiled a list of the best holiday deals around if you're thinking about getting away soon. And if you need a hand with excess baggage, don't forget, Seven Seas Worldwide are experts in international shipping.
First off, have you ever thought about Dubrovnik? Okay, you won't be escaping to a tropical climate but as Dubrovnik is located on the Adriatic coast, it enjoys milder winters and February is noticeably warmer than the UK. Plus, you can get some great deals right now flying out from London, with prices starting at £65.
Freedom Asia are offering a 9 night trip to Bangkok and Koh Samui for only £349. After sampling the unique Bangkok night life for 2 nights, you will then be transported to the idyllic island of Koh Samui, Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket, to spend the rest of your vacation. Seven Seas Worldwide offers a comprehensive door-to-door service to Thailand, so if you end up facing a trip back home with one or two gifts from the Bangkok street markets that you can't pack in your luggage, talk to us about shipping your belongings back home.
Fancy a break to Fuerteventura for only £299? Tour Center can fly you to the Globales Costa Tropical Apartments for 8 days of sun, sea and savings. Or if you're looking for an all inclusive break with 5 star treatment, take a look at the offer from Broadway Travel which will send you and your family to the Diamond Hill Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. For 7 nights at £299, you will be enjoying ultra all inclusive treatment at the Diamond Hill, a waterfront high-rise establishment offering breathtaking views and sumptuous architecture (check out their glass elevator).
And finally, for just £399, you and your partner could be flying off to the five star Radisson Blu Resort in Sharm el Sheikh, a stunning location situated on the shore of the Red Sea courtesy of a1 Travel. You've not got long - the deal lasts until the end of the month.
If you're planning on a trip abroad for half-term or beyond, remember to talk to Seven Seas Worldwide about shipping your belongings door-to-door. With our unbeatable rates and an efficient service, the convenience of flying light and leaving your stuff with us is the perfect option for the seasoned holidaymaker.
22 January 2014
Canada is cold. In fact, right now it's too cold even for Canada. Even the penguins at Toronto Zoo are requesting hats and scarves. But there's more to Canada than the temperature. Walk with us now as we guide you through Canada's hotspots (figuratively speaking) as well as highlighting what to avoid.
If you're travelling to British Columbia, we would recommend the Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island. Established by Robert and Jennie Butchart in the early 20th century, the Butchart Gardens provide a glorious collection of flora, birds and outstanding bronze sculptures. Old Québec, a historic neighbourhood in Quebec made up of an 'Upper Town' and a 'Lower Town' is a UNESCO World Heritage site offering a fascinating insight into Quebec's history as well as being home to a plethora of charming side-streets, cafés and shops.
If adventure is more your bag, we suggest heading for the Rocky Mountains. However don't just grab some rope, put on your best spiky boots and hope for the best. The majority of the Rocky Mountains is protected by public parks so you'll need a permit. Plus mountain schools operate in the Rockies, leading regular trips around this vast mountain range, so be safe and do it properly, ya hear? It's a very family-friendly location too, offering a wide range of activities including hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding and even gondola rides.
And then of course, there's Niagara Falls. Comprising of three separate waterfalls, Niagara Falls is a truly magnificent and unforgettable destination, straddling the border between the United States and Canada. Watch from the observation decks or take a boat ride to get a little closer to its immense power which plays a large part in the production of renewable energy.
We may have to do a 'Part 2' for this post as there are literally hundreds of wonderful places to visit in Canada. But for now, let's turn our attentions to places not to visit. Let us not forget that a vast portion of Canada is wilderness so if you're looking to go off the beaten-track for some extreme hiking action, you might be wise to look out for the following inhabitants:
The Massasauga Rattler - This is Canada's only poisonous snake. It's distinctive rattle should give you enough warning to walk in the opposite direction, though it will only bite humans if it feels threatened.
The Black Bear - This beautiful but dangerous beast is responsible for ten Canadian deaths in the last ten years. They are similar to grizzly bears in that they do not view humans as prey and will only attack if surprised or defending their offspring. In fact, if you see a black bear, it may try a few 'mock charges' to make you leave. We wouldn't argue with that.
The Moose - An animal that is likely to charge at you (and mean it) is the country's own mascot. Apart from being the cause of many a driving accident, the moose is also a dangerous animal that - when threatened or cornered - will attack a human with its front and back legs. They attack humans more than bears and wolves combined and although the results are rarely fatal, take it from us you're going to be sore in the morning.
If you're holidaying in Canada, moving to Canada for studies or taking up residence with your family, don't forget to talk to us - we can move your personal belongings and excess baggage for you, door-to-door, at a very reasonable price. We're experts in shipping to Canada, after all. As well as places to go in Canada. And...places not to.