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Scottish Student Summer Storage Solution.

Last year the demand for this service was huge, so much so that that it was over subscribed. Therefore we recommend that you book early.

NB: This service is only available to Students attending Scottish Universities  we hope to roll it out nationwide next year.

   
How it works: We pickup your stuff from your digs or Hall at the end of term, take it to our secure storage facility in Edinburgh then at the start of the new academic year redeliver it.

The advantages of using this service are, no need to pay big money to have all your stuff moved up and down the country twice, you can pay upfront so no need to worry about keeping back enough of your hard earned holiday spending dosh or, pay half on collection and the rest on return.


Contact us now for a free no obligation quote



The cost will be determined by the amount of  stuff involved, a guide price for 3X medium boxes (15Kg or under) and 2 suitcases from and to Edinburgh is £59.99 !

(Tip: team up with friends at the same Uni and so long as the collection and return dates are the same you can save mony by splitting the cost )





Contact us now for your bespoke quote  CLICK

Essential Reading for Fringe First timers

Edinburgh Festival Fringe First timers (veterans may want a refresher ) 
Should go here and read the excellent guide on Promoting your show.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015

DBS Logistics is proud to be an Edinburgh Fringe listed Transport Provider.
For a quote to move your Set, Props and Tech. Click Here

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest capital city.
Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.
In 2014 there were 45,464 performances of 2,871 shows, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world.

Get Unbored with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 2015 programme launched.



Fringe Facts 2015
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 features 49,497 performances (up from 45,204 last year) of 3,193 shows (up from 2,871 shows last year) in 299 venues (up from 273 venues last year).
Comedy makes up 34% (compared to 33% last year)
Theatre makes up 28% (compared to 29% last year)
Music makes up 13% (compared to 14% last year)
Musicals and Opera makes up 3% (compared to 4% last year)
Children’s Shows make up 5% (compared to 5% last year)
Dance, Circus & Physical Theatre makes up 4%(compared to 4% last year)
Events make up 4% (compared to 4.5% last year)
Cabaret makes up 3% (compared to 3% last year)
Spoken Word makes up 4% (compared to 2% last year)
Exhibitions make up 2% (compared to 1.5% last year)
There are 825 free shows, 1,789 premieres and 47 different countries represented.

Scottish Student Summer Storage Solution.

Last year the demand for this service was huge, so much so that that it was over subscribed. Therefore we recommend that you book early.
   
How it works, we pickup your stuff from your digs or Hall at the end of term, take it to our secure storage facility in Edinburgh then at the start of the new academic year redeliver it.

The advantages of using this service are, no need to pay big money to have all your stuff moved up and down the country twice, you can pay upfront so no need to worry about keeping back enough of your hard earned holiday spending dosh or, pay half on collection and the rest on return.


Contact us now for a free no obligation quote



The cost will be determined by the amount of  stuff involved, a guide price for 3X medium boxes (15Kg or under) and 2 suitcases from and to Edinburgh is £59.99 !

(Tip: team up with friends at the same Uni and so long as the collection and return dates are the same you can save mony by splitting the cost )





Contact us now for your bespoke quote  CLICK HERE   

Buying at Auction.

Why buy flat pack furniture when you can get antique and retro well made pieces of furniture etc at great prices which will  hold their value for years to come.
Check out The Sale room.com (this is where dealers source 99% of their stock and typically mark it up by 100%)  for  local National and International auction houses, you can attend the sale and bid in person, (which can make for a fun day out) place an absentee bid or bid live on line. Remember your bid is a legal commitment to buy.

All auction houses charge a buyers premium of between 12.5 & 20% plus VAT, there is no VAT on "hammer price"  remember to take this into account when bidding.

The golden rule is to set a limit for the lot(s) that you are interested in and stick to it ! If you don't win a particular piece  don't worry, like busses another will be along soon. 


 The-saleroom.com is Europe’s leading portal for fine art and antiques auctions. Visitors to the site can search and browse catalogues and place bids over the internet in real time, with live audio and video feeds communicating the auction room atmosphere. In 2014 the-saleroom.com hosted 7,248 auction catalogues and 3,147 live auctions and sold over £74m online. the-saleroom.com continues to expand the features it offers having recently introduced a timed auctions and multi-lingual versions of the site.

Here at DBS LOGISTICS we collect from and deliver to all Auction Houses in the UK and Europe contact us for free no obligation quotes, we will even give you quote before the Auction day so you can decide if  the  cost of the lot and transportation is within you budget.

Most Auction Houses have recommended or "preferred Transport Providers"  these companies pay a commission  to the action house for the this privilege, this cost is passed on to you.

We guarantee to beat the price of  and deliver quicker than the Auction House's preferred transport provider.


Courier Scams

Courier Scams
Operation Sterling from the Metropolitan Police Service is reissuing its warning regarding “Courier Scams” - a fraud that is mainly targeting the elderly and vulnerable in our communities. These scams are becoming increasingly prevalent across London and beyond.
Method
  1. Elderly members of the public have been receiving unsolicited telephone calls from fraudsters purporting to be from the police or their bank.
  2. A fraudster will ring a member of the public, claiming to be from their bank (or in some cases claiming to be the police), stating that their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on their card or that their card is due to expire and needs to be replaced.
  3. The person may be asked to ring the bank back using the phone number printed on the back of their bank card. This helps to convince the person that the call is genuine.
  4. However, the fraudster has kept the telephone line open so even though the person has called the bank, the call does not go through. Instead they are unknowingly connected straight back to the fraudster.
  5. The fraudster then gains the person’s trust by pretending to be from the bank and seeming to offer assistance. In many cases the person is asked to provide their full bank card details and key in their PIN so that their existing card can be “cancelled” and their new one "activated" or "authorised." The fraudster will then explain that the bank will need to collect the card.
  6. The fraudster will then attend the person’s address or send an innocent courier company driver to collect the card and sometimes provide them with a “replacement” card which is subsequently found to be fake.
  7. Therefore, the fraudster has obtained the person’s name, address, full bank details, the card itself and the PIN. The bank cards are then used fraudulently without the victim’s knowledge.
Variations
  • Fraudsters pretending to be from the police cold calling members of the public claiming to be from the Economic Crime Department and that the person’s bank account has been compromised by criminals. The fraudster suggests that the person should transfer their bank balance into a “safe” police account.
  • Fraudsters pretending to be from the police attending people’s addresses and retrieving the person’s card and PIN.
  • Members of the public receiving letters on bank headed paper informing them that their account has been the subject of a fraud. The letter advises them to transfer their funds to a “safe” account and that an official will be in contact to provide them with a new card and PIN.
  • Fraudsters contacting members of the public requesting them to cut their cards in half because their account has been compromised. They are then asked to post the cut card to an address where fraudsters simply tape the card together again and can use the details to commit fraud.
Prevention Advice If you receive such a call end it immediately.

Please be aware of the following:
  • Your bank will never attend your home
  • Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
  • Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN
Reporting Advice
In an emergency dial 999.
In a non-emergency, report to Action Fraud, see related links or contact your local police by dialling 101 and report the matter to your bank.




Thrown Out TV Packaging a Sign for Burglars.

Television fans who intend to purchase a brand new television set in order to stay-in & watch TV in style should beware of how they dispose of the packaging, Home insurance industry experts warn. Recent research has revealed that 18% of homeowners plan to upgrade their television set  within the next two months and 5% have already done so.
Carelessness with throwing away the packaging, however, can provide a useful sign for potential thieves. Packaging that is left outside the house advertises to opportunistic burglars that the homeowner has purchased a new television set, and is therefore a good target. By unthinkingly advertising their recent acquisition, householders could be increasing their risk of a burglary.
It is recommended that the packaging for an expensive item like a top-quality television set should be disposed of immediately, in a place far away from the home, such as the nearest recycling point. This will ensure that any burglars canvasing the area for houses containing expensive equipment will be unaware that the householder has purchased a new television. Taking this simple precaution will reduce the risk of burglary and give the owners of new electronic equipment peace of mind while they enjoy watching the latest movies, TV Shows or playing the latest games in High Definition.

Student Moves.

The end of the academic year is on the horizon, the long days and nights of hitting the books, partying hard,  living off  Pot Noodles, the joy and sadness of making and breaking relationships will soon be behind  you.

 OK that's enough about the faculty already ! and on to you students.

It's time to move out of the Halls of Residence or your digs and get your stuff moved to your parents place or in to storage.

Here are a few pointers to make this somewhat daunting task easier.


Number ONE: Book your Transport Provider well in advance; this is one of our busiest times, last year we had to refuse loads of last minute student jobs.

(Students at Scottish Seats of Learning may want to consider our Collect-Store and return Service) Click HERE


Get a free no obligation quote from us now       Here 

Do: Start asking/Tweeting around to see if anyone is moving their stuff  to the same Town or City as you and split the cost.
 

Don't: Pack your gear into black bin liners they split open without provocation, invest in some quality packing boxes team up, with your mates and buy in bulk to keep the cost down. I recommend  Boxes 2 Move they are doing a special student deal right now. http://www.boxes2move.com/


Do: Take a picture of the contents of each box with your phone, then seal and label them. If you then tag the photo you’ve taken with the label on the box, you’ll know exactly what is in each box and you can unpack in an efficient and orderly way. Even though it might seem like a hassle at the one end, it will save you a lot of time at the other.

Don't: Leave your packing to the last minute, pack up as much as you can in the days before your departure just leave the bare essentials for the big day. Trying to do a full pack the morning after the farewell party would be a nightmare.

Do: Pack your valuables separately and keep a close eye on them particularly if you are moving out of halls on the last day as this is a very busy and confusing time. Get your driver to lock any such items in the front of the vehicle before loading starts.  Our drivers are instructed to make sure that there is always someone by the vehicle whilst it is being loaded, fragile items should be loaded last.  
 

Don't: Overload the boxes particularly with books, keep the weight down to around 15 Kg per box. We would rather handle 30 boxes at 15Kg than 15 at 30 Kg.

 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST
To those of you graduating this year all the best for the future, to those who are returning have a great summer .



How to Get Your Dog Settled Into His New Home.

Preparing your New Home -:

As you move your possessions into the new house, be aware of items that can cause harm to your dog.  Stoop down and look around the house at your dog’s eye level.  Look for anything that is within reach of your dog and can cause harm. 
Make sure your new home is safe for your dog before you allow him to explore his new environment.   Check for hazards such as: • Poison – cleansers, insect repellent, pesticides, medications, certain plants, and antifreeze. • Burning – plugged-in appliances (irons, heaters etc), boiling liquids, open flames • Electricity – worn appliance flexes  • Choking hazard – small items such as sewing thread, needles, bones. • Falling objects – look for precariously placed appliances and furniture. • Escape routes and inadequate fences.
 
 
Choose a Vet, ask pet owning neighbours for recommendations this is also a great way to break the ice.
 
 This next point I consider to be the most important- take a practice drive to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic.  Trying to find a clinic when you really need it and are stressed
out can waste precious time.
 
  Settling into the New Home-:
 When you arrive at your destination, open the carrier as soon as you are in a safe place and examine your pet.  Spend some time playing with your dog and reassure him that everything is okay and this is now his new home.  Provide a treat or a new toy so that your dog will associate the new place with fun.  If anything seems wrong, take your pet to a vet immediately. Set up your dog’s belongings so that he will immediately recognize the familiar items.  With familiar furniture including his bed, crate, toys and food and water bowls, your dog should be able to settle quickly into his new home.  Allow your dog to explore his new home and familiarise himself with the new sights and smells.  Make sure that all doors, windows, and fences are secured so your dog will not accidentally wander away. Remove the old ID tag from your dog’s collar and make sure the new ID is secured on his collar. 
 
 Try to maintain your pet’s normal routine as you unpack.  Try not to disturb the location you have chosen for your dog.  Having a secure place to go to is important for your dog in an unfamiliar place. 
 
  Taking your dog out for a walk around the new neighbourhood will also acquaint him to his new surroundings.  Have patience and allow him to explore everything around his new home.  You may want to introduce your dog to your new neighbours.  Your neighbours familiarity with your pet may help in the recovery of your dog if he ever gets lost. 
 
 Make sure to keep your dog on a leash when meeting new people.    
 
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