San Ramon, California (EastBayDaily) — To better serve the European market, GreetingCardUniverse.com (Greeting Card Universe) today announces a new printing and fulfillment operation located in the United Kingdom complementing their existing U.S. based operations. Now with printing and fulfillment operations in both the United Kingdom and the United States, Greeting Card Universe is poised to better serve greeting card shoppers around the globe.
“In order to compete effectively in Europe we needed to step things up and find a solution to cut down on delivery times, customs delays, and shipping costs,“ states parent company, BigDates Solutions’ Chief Financial Officer, Mike Fake.
Although distribution from their U.S. based facility is effective in getting greeting cards anywhere in the U.S. and Canada typically within 5 and 7 business days respectively with standard shipping and even quicker with expedited shipping options, Greeting Card Universe was not satisfied with delivery times across the pond. While U.S. shoppers have long enjoyed the benefits of a nearby distribution operation now so can European shoppers. Shipping costs for European bound orders has been reduced by over 70%. Additionally delivery times have plummeted from what was once upwards of several weeks to now just 1 or 2 days in the UK and less than 5 days elsewhere in Europe.
But reduced delivery time and shipping costs are not the only attraction. Enter Greeting Card Universe’s offering of unique and hard to find greeting cards not found in neighborhood and convenience stores. Cards in different languages (Italian, French, Greek, Russian, Portuguese, Finnish, etc.) and not so everyday holidays and occasions (Name Day, Tartan Day, Mothering Sunday, Bastille Day, Boxing Day, Saints and Feast Days, etc.) for example are very attractive to shoppers outside of the United States.
Continues Fake, “With the UK market boasting the highest number of cards purchased per capita in the world, soaring 50% higher than that in the U.S., we clearly could not ignore that market any longer. We will continue to expand operations to serve the UK and European markets including better support and services for European members of our valued artist community.”
Representing 15% of Greeting Card Universe’s artist community, European based artists will benefit as well. Not only can these artists now source their own greeting cards more economically but also garner additional sales of their cards designed to hit the sweet spot of European cards buyers.
Now the perfect card coupled with lower shipping costs and faster delivery greatly strengthens Greeting Card Universe’s position in serving the UK and European markets.
Greeting Card Universe (http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com) is a division of BigDates Solutions, a private company focused on providing consumers with unique services for special occasions such as birthdays, holidays, and more. Greeting Card Universe is the largest greeting card store in the world, offering thousands of birthday cards, invitations, bridesmaid cards, and more. BigDates Solutions is also the leading provider of online Reminder Service Solutions, powering the gift reminder services at 1800Flowers.com, FTD.com and others. The company also owns Birthday Calendar on Facebook, a birthday application with over 47M users recently relaunched in partnership with American Greetings.
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