Argos launches new same day delivery and collection services for businesses
Revolutionising the procurement process, Argos for Business has launched Fast Track, a same day delivery and collection service, providing increased speed and efficiency to businesses and organisations.
With access to over 20,000 Argos products, from office equipment to electrical items, corporate customers are now guaranteed same day delivery straight to their offices or premises on orders placed by 6pm, seven days a week, via Fast Track Delivery.
Businesses can select from four convenient delivery slots: 7am-10am, 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm and 7pm-10pm, including Sunday. Customers can order by 6pm to have an item delivered by 10pm the same day, or schedule a convenient time on the next day or future days, which is beneficial for when busy schedules don’t allow time to leave the office or an emergency order is required. The delivery fee is only £3.95.
Fast Track Collection allows businesses to collect their products from 800 Argos store locations nationwide at specially marked Fast Track Collection counters, where corporate customers will find their orders ready for collection within 60 seconds. Fast Track items are clearly visible online and the Collection service is free.
Fast Track will ensure the purchasing process for organisations in the public sector, SMEs and large corporates, is quick and efficient, allowing those responsible for purchases to concentrate on their work without interruption or delay to their working day.
Danny Clenaghan, Managing Director of Argos for Business, said: “Providing speed, efficiency and almost instant access to over 20,000 quality products, Fast Track is set to transform purchasing processes for business and organisations.
“Argos for Business has always been known for convenience, and is uniquely positioned with its national network of stores and distribution centres to provide customers with the best options to fulfill their orders. We are pleased to introduce Fast Track Collection and Fast Track Delivery, which provide immediacy and convenience for business customers.”
The easiest way for companies to take advantage of Fast Track and benefit from same day delivery or 60 second collections in store, is to utilise the new Argos Business Account, which offers a 4 per cent discount on all purchases at Argos and Homebase. It also provides extended payment terms of up to 37 days, helping businesses to manage their finances more effectively.
EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs
The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years.
It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC.
The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn.
In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products.
Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers
- The dispute began in 2004
- Tariffs suspended for 5 years
- $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
- $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date
- 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended
Both sides welcome end to tariffs
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.
“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.
Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”.
The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."
This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.
Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”