If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that you never know what challenges are around the corner or how disruptive they will be. With the UK in the grips of its third national lockdown and retailers across the country having closed their high street stores for business yet again, we expect logistics to continue to dominate retail investments this year.
Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we have been reminded time and again this year of the urgency of dealing with the climate crisis.
GreenWhiteStar Acquisitions has reassured members of the Eddie Stobart fan club and shop that it plans a re-launch later this year.
The government is ramping up its zero carbon agenda, but how keen are HGV operators to jump onboard when the technology is struggling to keep pace with the demands of running a fleet of vehicles?
A planned new nuclear plant at Sizewell could also be a centre of hydrogen production for vehicle use, and the plant developer is seeking expressions of interest for partners to produce hydrogen and use it to run heavy vehicles at the site on the Suffolk coast.
The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for commercial vehicles in London is a positive step towards better HGV road safety, but does not go far enough.
The 2020 Motor Transport Top 100 has highlighted the success of online retailing even before the Covid-19 pandemic, with parcel carriers such as Hermes, Yodel, DPD and UPS all increasing sales at double the industry average rate of 2.3%.
In a closely fought contest, the DAF XF narrowly beat off its challengers to take the Fleet Truck of the Year title for the third time in the last five years, marking the 18th time DAF Trucks has picked up the trophy. What makes the XF such a good fleet truck? One of our panel of operators summed it up: “Best purchase price, best back-up, good driver appeal, fuel performance consistent with its competitors, good parts availability and conservative development […]
By 2018 DPD’s 65-strong depot network was stretched to its limits following rapid growth over seven years. With volumes up around 10% a year, it was taking longer and longer to tip around 750,000 parcels every morning and sort them into 1.7m postcodes. The result was increasingly delayed deliveries. The problem lay within DPD’s automated system for allocating parcels to routes, which only allowed drivers to leave their depots once all inbound trailers had been tipped to ensure all parcels […]
How does an operator drive service and safety levels ever higher and keep costs down in a logistics contract where the client’s volumes are growing exponentially? This was Wincanton’s challenge as the logistics partner of retailer Screwfix, which has launched around 50 new Trade Counter (TC) stores a year since 2011. No small task, since this rapid expansion meant every peak period was bigger than the last with more units picked, more trailers despatched, and more miles travelled to a […]