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CCC optimistic on cutting carbon emissions

November 30, 2015 Steve Hobson

Can HGVs ever be weaned off their addiction to diesel? Alternatives such as recycled chip fat, natural gas, electric pantographs or even shire horses (see Commercial Motor 26 November for a trip down memory lane) still seem a long way from the mainstream.

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Fuel duty holiday is over

November 27, 2015

As ever with things such as the Autumn Statement and Spending Review, the devil is in the detail – in the latter’s case about 160-plus pages of detail.

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Beware the ApprenticeSHOP levy!

November 26, 2015 Motor Transport

Well, it seems that it’s going to happen. I’m not trying to make any political points when I say that I was sceptical when it was first announced. Measures which hit employers in the pocket – which this surely will – have a tendency of entering that wonderful Westminster black hole known as the U-turn.

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How optimistic do YOU feel?

November 12, 2015 Steve Hobson

The latest UK Logistics Confidence Index compiled by Barclays and Moore Stephens found operators are generally still pretty optimistic about the prospects for themselves and the logistics industry – but not as optimistic as they were.

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Asda’s strategic withdrawal from Black Friday

November 12, 2015 Peter Steele

Black Friday came, as most domineering capitalist ideas do, from the USA. It was the idea of some canny retailers, filling the public holiday void between Thanksgiving on the Thursday and the weekend; a holiday that bores the American public as much as Boxing Day does for us Brits. So why not shop? Then, it came over here….

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Industry confident over business climate

November 5, 2015 Mark Watson

Confidence levels remain strong in the logistics sector, with 73% of respondents to the recent UK Logistics Confidence Index survey suggesting the outlook for the sector would improve or stay the same and only a quarter suggesting conditions were more difficult now than six months ago.