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Royal Mail logistics students identify £400k of savings

July 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

Royal Mail celebrated the first wave of graduates to achieve its Foundation Degree in Logistics from Aston University last week, with more than £400,000 in operational cost savings posting an extra boost to the occasion. Designed for experienced managers who may not have studied since leaving school, the qualification combines work-based and academic study and takes two years to complete. In year two, a project overseen by senior Royal Mail logistics managers is undertaken, with more than £400,000 of savings […]

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Nightline pumps €5m into Parcel Motel infrastructure

July 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

Nightline is to invest €5m into the roll-out of its self-service parcel terminals across the UK, creating 50 jobs in the process. The Irish carrier says the funding will be used to set up the infrastructure for 400 Parcel Motel locker boxes that will all be operation by the end of 2014. To date, 20 units have been installed around Dublin, with a target of 100 by the end of the year. CEO John Tuohy says the Parcel Motel concept […]

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UPS to wrap-up TNT Express takeover in Q4

July 16, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS says its takeover of TNT Express is likely to be completed in the fourth quarter. The US firm says it wants to carry out a what it describes as a ‘Phase II  review’, as there are “certain areas that require more time to analyse”. This extended review could take up to 25 weeks to complete, which will mean the initial offer period will need to be extended beyond the original deadline of 31 August, and is now expected to […]

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Women in Logistics winners revealed

July 12, 2012 Hayley Pink

The winners of the first Women in Logistics awards were revealed at a glittering ceremony in Kenilworth, Warwicks, last week. Adele Waite, general manager of a $1.25bn global contract for DHL, won the award for outstanding individual achievement, after boosting return-on-capital growth by 740%. The corporate award was won by Premier Farnell, a global, multi-channel distributor whose chief executive, Harriet Green, was named in the FT’s Top 50 Women in Business. Green also employs a female chairwoman and head of […]

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Ofcom launches consultation on Royal Mail’s ‘leave with neighbour’ scheme

July 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

Ofcom has launched a consultation on allowing Royal Mail the commercial freedom to roll out its ‘delivery to neighbour’ scheme across the UK. At present, Royal Mail is the only major UK postal company currently not permitted to deliver to a neighbour. If Ofcom makes these changes to Royal Mail’s delivery obligations, the company could leave mail items with a neighbour in the event that consumers are not in to receive them. This would avoid larger postal items, certain items […]

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Clipper Logistics wins vevie.com contract

July 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

Clipper Logistics has won an e-fulfilment contract with women’s exercise clothing company Vevie, following the launch of its online sales site vevie.com. The deal will see the logistics giant handling all inbound freight from vendors and suppliers, order fulfilment and home deliveries for Vevie’s customers across the UK and globally using a network of courier partners. Clipper will also carry out quality control of products and handle all returns at its Milton Keynes DC. The contract was awarded following a […]

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UK Mail Group reveals satisfactory Q1 results

July 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

UK Mail Group has made a “satisfactory” start to its financial year, with revenue up by 13% compared with the same period last year, or by 10% if excluding Royal Mail price hikes implemented on 2 April. First-quarter results, for the period 1 April to 10 July, show mixed fortunes across the group’s four divisions – parcels, mail, courier and pallets – with tight cost control remaining a key focus across the board. The parcels business showed good growth in […]

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CollectPlus launches Meadowhall Parcel Point site

July 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

CollectPlus is opening a Parcel Point operation at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield, enabling customers to drop-off packages and collect online purchases while shopping. More than 25 million shoppers use Meadowhall each year, and CollectPlus says the new service will help extend and enhance its network of sites located at 4,700 corner shops and petrol stations. Mark Lewis, CEO of CollectPlus – a joint venture between parcels giant Yodel and Pay Point – says: “For Meadowhall’s busy shoppers and […]

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DVLA cutbacks could cause delays, warns FTA

July 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

Government plans to centralise DVLA operations could lead to delays in taxing vehicles and the issuing of drivers’ cards, as well as creating additional administrative costs for operators, warns the FTA. Transport minister Mike Penning announced last week that 39 regional DVLA offices would close by the end of 2013, with all services shifted online, handled by intermediaries (such as local Post Offices) or via a centralised operation at Swansea. However, the FTA says local DVLA offices play a vital […]

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CitySprint acquires same-day operations of Scarlet Couriers

July 4, 2012 Hayley Pink

CitySprint has purchased the same-day operations of Thames Valley-based Scarlet Couriers. The deal sees CitySprint acquire Scarlet Courier’s same-day, overnight and international operations in Bracknell, as well as the company’s same-day courier operation in Slough. Patrick Gallagher, chief executive, CitySprint, says: “This deal is another significant milestone in CitySprint’s on-going growth strategy. CitySprint’s extensive national reach is key to our success, so we’re delighted to be consolidating our presence in Berkshire.” Following the deal, Scarlet Couriers will continue to run […]