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slowvember

slowvember

#SLOWVEMBER

sorry there will be no black friday, no small business saturday and no cyber monday from team xoandquin – because we’re AWESOME and running #slowvember (it’s totally a thing)

november, let’s face it is is horrid and hectic, there are sales and unnecessary impulse purchases, if you’re a small business, then you’ll be desperately trying to predict how much you need of which packing supplies. 

if you’re trying to complete your christmas shop for your family and friends are you frantically adding things you *may* need to your cart, only to find they’ll sit in the drawer for a year, and ultimately be forgotten, with slowvember you have all month to take advantage of our 20% off deal. if you forget someone, just pop on back over, we’re not going anywhere!

to relieve the pressure, we’re running a standard sale throughout november, so you can shop slowly, browse, take your time, enjoy browsing our products and decide, without pressure, shop only what you need, love and want!

i’m not going to pretend that I’m boycotting black friday, i like every other business, want to maximise sales during this quarter, however, backloading all the sales into the end of the month isn’t something I would like to actually do.

i don’t want people overloading their baskets, stretching themselves and buying things they don’t need or want, just because it was a good deal – i want every purchase to be thought out, calculated and people to only take what they need.

i am also aware we never go on sale, our prices have been calculated to be the best we offer, so here we go….

XOandQuin slowvember schedule: Friday November 5th – Monday November 29th.

🖤 15% off etsy, free UK shipping on orders over £75 – no coupon required
👉additional 20% off if you purchase four items or more using the code 4FOR20 at checkout

🖤20% off XOandQuin.co.uk with the coupon SLOWVEMBER
👉FREE UK SHIPPING orders over £50

There was an extra treat for newsletter subscribers – if you’re signed up to our newsletter, don’t forget to check for your exclusive code which entitles you to free standard shipping on all orders over £20!

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Last Royal Mail Posting Dates Christmas 2021

Last Royal Mail Posting Dates Christmas 2021

Last royal mail posting dates Christmas 2021 have apparently been released by royal mail – not! we got a little flyer through the door, from royal mail stating we had 15 weeks until Christmas, so view last royal mail posting dates 2021 by visiting their QR code

nope – just a marketing plan sign up thinggy, so a quick google, showed a page which looked promising until you clicked the link and it showed the last royal mail posting dates Christmas 2021…..wait for it 2020

so based on 2020 last royal mail posting dates for christmas, we’ve released our last christmas posting dates schedule

XOandQuin.co.uk, XOandQuin Etsy and XOandQuin Ebay will close on Thursday December 16th – schools kick out on Friday December 17th and we fully plan to make use of the full week off leading up to christmas!

XOandQuin’s Last Royal Mail Posting Dates Christmas 2021

XOandQuin.co.uk, XOandQuin Etsy and XOandQuin Ebay will close on Thursday December 16th
schools kick out on Friday December 17th and we fully plan to make use of the full week off leading up to christmas.

Monday November 01st
last posting date for uk royal mail 1st class and last royal mail 2nd class postage
this service will be replaced with Tracked24 and Tracked 48 services only until Thursday December 16th.

last international standard posting date
this service will be replaced with royal mail tracked international 

Monday November 29th
last usa posting date for orders with royal mail international tracked. cut off 2pm GMT – UPS will remain, last ups usa christmas posting date TBC

Thursday December 17th
last orders at the bar….only amazon uk prime and amazon usa prime will remain open. this is to allow us enough time to ensure we can replace any missing orders before the big day

xoandquin.co.uk currently only ship to the EU on request

XOandQuin’s suggested last royal mail posting dates christmas 2021 for small businesses

these suggestions are based on last year’s posting dates, until last royal mail posting dates christmas 2021 are released by royal mail, this is to enable you to decide when to post/cut off

XOandQuin have estimated the dates that will be released as the last royal mail posting dates christmas 2021, followed by our recommendation below in italic, based on previous experience.

XOandQuin recommend that royal mail 1st and 2nd class untracked services (including delivery confirmation and OBA 48 and 24), you allow up to 10 working days. we estimate a 60-70% valid tracking rate on the door step for 2d barcodes and 48/24

XOandQuin experience an average success rate of 90% with royal mail guaranteed next day service, so do not offer this option, we only guarantee week day delivery with UPS.

UK suggested last royal mail posting dates christmas 2021

Monday December 20th – last royal mail 2nd class posting date
monday december 13th, which allows 10 working days. however as late as friday december 17th if you don’t need to guarantee it’s arrival

Tuesday December 21st – last royal mail 1st class and tracked48
monday december 13th, which allows 10 working days. however as late as friday december 18th if you don’t need to guarantee it’s arrival

Wednesday December 22nd – last royal mail tracked24 and special delivery guaranteed
monday december 20th, xoandquin will be shipping tracked24 parcels as replacements for replacement items until wednesday 22nd. our last royal mail collection service will be on wendesday december 22nd.

xoandquin do not use royal mail special delivery at all, as the royal mail delivery rate falls short of our expectations which causes customer disappointment.

International suggested last royal mail posting dates christmas 2021

international last royal mail posting dates christmas 2020

 

this table shows the last royal mail posting dates christmas 2020 international delivery, they will be pretty similar (or next working day for 2021)

based on our experience, non-peak delivery times with royal mail international standard and international tracked international* transit times:

canada & new zealand – up to 30 working days
australia, other european and rest of the world – up to 21 working days (royal mail often also have a habit of sending australia mail to austria)
usa – xoandquin generally advise usa customers that transit time is 10-15 working days, mail can however arrive in as few as 5-7. we would advise allowing 21 working days.

main eu countries – this is totally uncharted due to brexit, ioss and import duties and charges, allow up to 15-30 working days, strongly recommend only sending tracked or with a courier and appropriate insurance

*please note that tracked does not speed up the transit time of your delivery, it merely provides end to end tracking, however when mail arrives in it’s destination country it is passed to the local carrier, which may or may not be able to provide accurate tracking. in some instances where mail has been returned or refused, due to duty you may find tracking has halted completely and a parcel will arrive a few months later back with you.

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join the team – reprographics print assistant

job title: reprographics print assistant
number of roles available: 1
location: unit 4, 22 & 23, 1 emma street, E2 9FP | no remote available, onsite only
hours:  monday – friday, 10-2 (for the first month, with some flexibility for the right candidate)
salary: £10.85 – 12.85 per hour | paid weekly, you will be expected to generate an invoice and deal with remitting your own taxes.
contract type: temp to permanent | one week paid trial at 10.85 per hour | one month probation | 5 month contract with a permanent 20 + hours for the right candidate
start date: no later than monday 30th august 2021

job role

  • minimum 6 months experience in a similar role – references required
  • adding customisation to artwork using indesign
  • editing mockups in photoshop, cropping and saving images for web
  • some image editing (cut outs with clipping paths, adjusting levels and curves)
  • creating press ready pdfs, knowledge of different paper types
  • printing inhouse with an ability to multitask and manage multiple print runs simultaneously
  • preparing orders for dispatch (training will be given)
  • some customer admin work, contacting customers for missing order details
  • quality checking artwork before print, making minor corrections to artwork
  • basic numeracy skills and excellent attention to detail

additional duties: you will be expected to help warehouse and studio staff with production and order fulfilment, especially at busy times, as well as making up products and general office admin.

about you: this is not a creative role for a budding designer, this is a role for a reprographics artworker, with a can do attitude and experience printing in house, proofing and preparing finished artwork. this is a role for someone willing to get stuck in and be a good team player. we are a small and rapidly expanding team and looking for people to grow with us.

future prospects: xoandquin is a rapidly expanding e-commerce brand, additional hours and permanent roles will become available in the future and on-site training will be given and additional roles created.

how to apply

  1. email studio@xoandquin.co.uk
  2. subject line ‘reprographics print assistant’ (all lowercase to prove you can follow an instruction, this is a house style)
  3. provide a definition for leading and kerning (line 1) | indicate your start date | tell us a bit about yourself  | don’t forget to attach your cv!

any applications not following the above instructions will not be considered | XOandQuin will only contact successful applicants

image credit: martin faure via unsplash

 

 

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join the team – production assistant

job title: production assistant
location: unit 20, 22 & 23, 1 emma street, E2 9FP | no remote available, onsite only
hours: 16.5 (minimum) – 22 hours per week | 10am – 3.30pm* | monday – wednesday (additional optional shift available thursday)
contract type: temporary contract until thursday december 19* | permanent roles available in January 2022 for the right candidates
salary: £10.85 per hour

(*flexible start times around school pickups and drop offs if required)

job role

  • quality checking printed pages
  • folding & creasing greetings cards
  • pressing envelopes
  • packaging items into bags and sealing
  • taping items with the use of a tape gun
  • glueing items
  • weighing and counting items with a weighing scale
  • applying barcodes and stickers

additional duties

general tidying, emptying bins, moving boxes between units, must be able to lift boxes. the job may involve full shifts standing, you must be comfortable with being on your feet for the duration of a shift

contract type

paid trial week (16.5 hours)
PAYE – paid monthly
holiday pay 28 days pro rata – any unused holiday allocations will be paid with your december pay cheque

freelance available, paid weekly on production of an invoice. one weeks paid trial, minimum 16.5 hours required.

how to apply

  1. Email studio@xoandquin.co.uk
  2. subject line ‘production assistant’ (all lowercase to prove you can follow an instruction, this is a house style)
  3. attach your cv and/or a general cover letter.

any applications not following the above instructions will not be considered | XOandQuin will only contact successful applicants

 

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join the team – mid weight html php css wordpress web developer

job title: mid weight html php css wordpress web developer
location: remote
hours: ad hoc, approx 4 hours per month
salary: 35 – 50gbp per hour (will agree a USD or EURO rate for remote workers)

job role

as the mid weight html php css wordpress web developer you will be expected to

  • work on this website, have a good knowledge of child themes and creating custom template pages and editing functions files
  • proven experience modifying the wordpress loop and writing custom queries for template files
  • detailed knowledge of custom taxonomies and custom fields
  • css, html and php
  • wordpress builds without using paid themes, this job is code based and bespoke

tidy code with notes and  attention to detail is a non negotiable. flexible working hours, but must adhere to agreed deadlines. 

proof of bespoke builds, will not consider anyone who builds with theme files only, including custom queries

how to apply

  1. Email studio@xoandquin.co.uk
  2. subject line ‘mid weight html css WordPress web developer’ (all lowercase to prove you can follow an instruction, this is a house style)
  3. attach your cv, ensuring you include your country of work
  4. examples of previous code required – either links to websites where notes are clearly visible, screen grabs or html, css or php files also accepted via file transfer
  5. successful applicants will be added to the pool of staff and paid on delivery of jobs.

would suit an experienced wordpress dev, looking for a stress free paid side hustle on an adhoc basis and relax with some nice clean simple coding all whilst getting paid! any applications not following the above instructions will not be considered | XOandQuin will only contact successful applicants

 

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join the team – junior photoshop image editor

job title: junior photoshop image editor
location: remote
hours:
ad hoc, approx 4 hours per month
salary: 10.85gbp per hour (will agree a USD or EURO rate for remote workers)

job role

as the junior photoshop image editor you will be expected to

  • drop PDFs into photoshop mockups
  • saving files for web

 

attention to detail is a non negotiable. flexible working hours, but must adhere to agreed deadlines.

additional skills

additional skills are none essential, but preferable.

  • background removal, clipping mask basic photoshop editing
  • adjust curves, levels and lighting, adding drop shadows, colour correction editing stock photos
  • removing elements, changing colours etc
  • good eye for cropping the same image for multiple formats

would suit a collage leaver/current student, junior designer or repro assistant with a few months experience looking to boost their income and CV.

  • example psds required
  • successful applicants will be expected to complete a paid trial invoice by BACS only on completion of trial | paid adhoc, on delivery

how to apply

  1. email the address attached to this post
  2. subject line ‘junior photoshop image editor’ (all lowercase to prove you can follow an instruction, this is a house style)
  3. attach your cv, ensuring you include your country of work, and an example psd of relevant work via a file sharing link Any applications not following the above instructions will not be considered.

XOandQuin will only contact successful applicants