Author: David Bennett

  • Paperchase: The Brand But Not The Shops

    The last time Paperchase ran into problems and was sold on, some publishers never got paid. Ah, that was in the dim and distant past, wasn’t it? No, it was last August. And now it is happening again. Except this time the buyer is Tesco and they are buying the brand but not the shops. […]

  • New cards for 2023

    Here’s a first look at the new cards for 2023. They should be in the catalogue and ready to be purchased by the end of February. To see them in more detail, click on the image and then click again – and then you will see a big version.

  • New Server

    Our web host changed the server on which our site at flyingtwigs.com is hosted. It is now quicker and to check it, I did a test with GTMetrix, and I did not do it on the home page but on a page that is heavy with product images. Here is the result. Remember, the site […]

  • Falling Revenues and Delayed Post

    The Post Office website has the latest recommended posting dates for all services to UK addresses for 2022. For Royal Mail 2nd Class & 2nd Class signed-for, the last date is Monday 12 December. For Royal Mail Ist Class & Ist Class signed-for, the lsat date is Friday 16 December Unfortunately, the Post Office does […]

  • GCA Asks Members To Write To Their MPs

    The GCA (Greeting Card Association) wants its members to send a ‘deluge of letters’ to their MPs arguing against the proposal to stop mail deliveries on Saturdays. I figure I would wait for our MP’s initial response before tailoring my letter, so I wrote to our MP saying Could you kindly tell me what your […]

  • Royal Mail Asks Government to Cut Deliveries to Five Days

    International Distribution Services PLC, the parent company of Royal Mail, published its half year results on 17 November. As several news outlets have commented, the section that deals with Royal Mail contains an unwelcome proposal “Government has been approached to seek an early move to five day letter delivery, whilst we continue to improve parcel […]

  • Local Fonts

    Local fonts means the the web-font is on the server that hosts the website. A web font is recognisable from the .wof and .wof2 file type. JenT posted a helpful post on the consequences of a court case where the claimant was successful in arguing that the owner of the web site had breached GDPR […]

  • Royal Mail Strikes

    One of our suppliers just emailed us with this snippet of news: The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called on its members who collect, sort, and deliver parcels and letters to take strike action on the following dates:Friday 26 August 2022Wednesday 31 August 2022Thursday 8 September 2022Friday 9 September 2022 A news item dated 10 […]

  • Postage Beyond A Pound?

    Royal Mail says is probably going to raise the cost of sending a letter.That would be a second increase following the increase in April that took the price of a first-class stamp to 95p (a 10p increase) and the cost of a second-class stamp to 68p (a 2p increase). I think the time has already […]

  • Why We Only Use White Envelopes For Our GreetingCards

    First of all, the greeting cards themselves have an inside surface that is easy to write on and is made to resist smudging. That is not a claim that we make lightly. We choose card stocks that feel good in the hand with a nice weight and ‘snap’ to them. And we test the no-smudge […]

  • Swapping Out Your Non-Barcoded Stamps

    The process for ‘swapping out’ your non-barcoded Royal Mail stamps is now on the Royal Mail site under the title Reinventing Stamps for the Next Generations.

  • £4 for a card?

    Someone on Reddit wondered why it should cost £4 for a card when it is ‘a bit of paper with Happy Birthday on it’. I said £4 is a lot, I agree, and walking along a row of cards in a shop you can see anything from £2.50 to more than £4 with no rhyme […]