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    DX opens thirteenth of 15 former Tuffnells depots


    Parcel freight firm DX Group has relaunched yet another former Tuffnells Parcels Express depot, taking the total to 13 out of the 15 depots acquired by the group when Tuffnells went bust in June this year.

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    Evri sees “record volumes” this year after 2022 profit plunge


    Hermes Parcelnet, which trades as Evri, saw pre-tax profit slashed by over 50% last year as low customer confidence, high inflation, the cost of living crisis, the Ukraine War and a post-pandemic fall in online demand, all took their toll.

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    Bedeo launches diesel to electric van conversion kit


    A retrofit solution that converts a diesel van to electric at the touch of a button has been launched by EV supplier Bedeo.It said the RE-100 range extender enabled companies with large fleets of vans, often with major conversions such as refrigeration units and bespoke fit outs, to retain them ...

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    CitySprint is on the hunt for 300 couriers


    Same day distribution company CitySprint has launched a major recriutment drive for 300 couriers from across the UK.

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    Launch of stricter DVS rules could be delayed, TfL reveals


    Stricter Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rules, due to be launched next year, could be delayed if hauliers are struggling to access the safety kit needed to upgrade their trucks, Transport for London (TfL) has revealed this week.The move follows a consultation on the DVS upgrade which found almost two thirds ...

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    Panattoni plans major Heathrow logistics hub


    Panattoni has submitted plans for a speculative 80,000 sq ft last-mile logistics development near Heathrow after purchasing the site earlier this year.Panattoni Poyle 80 is located on Horton Road close to the M25 and Heathrow Airport’s passenger and cargo terminals.Plans for the site, known as Panattoni Poyle 80, include a ...

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    British Land secures planning for Paddington logistics hub


    British Land has gained planning permission for a 121,000 sq ft logistics hub in Paddington, London, which the developer estimates will remove around 100 large vans from Westminster’s roads every day.The facility, located at 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington, will provide inbound access to HGVs with outbound deliveries via smaller electric ...

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    Planning Inspectorate gives thumbs down to Basingstoke facility


    Newlands Developments' plans to build a large warehouse for Lidl close to a motorway junction have been rejected following an unsuccessful appeal.Despite Newlands Developments reducing the size of the planned facility from 271,000 to 101,000 square metres, bringing the height of the buildings between by two to three metres across ...

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    Direct Vision Standard has cut serious accidents by 64%, TfL claims


    Transport for London’s controversial Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is behind a sharp drop in serious accidents, it has claimed.The scheme, which many fleet operators complained was too hastily implemented, leaving them with compliance issues, requires owners of HGVs weighing more than 12 tonnes to apply for a safety permit that ...

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    Soaring costs force Boohoo to charge for returned items


    Rising shipping costs have prompted online fashion retailer Boohoo to become the latest business to announce it is introducing charges on returned items.Analysts predict more will quickly follow suit.A Boohoo spokeswoman said: “As the cost of shipping has increased, we’ve had to look at where we can adapt without compromising ...

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    EV 'dark hub' aims to solve London's last-mile delivery issues


    Tech firm Port said it had empowered London’s last-mile industry to switch to electric after launching an EV hub – a group of electric vehicles locked and charged in dedicated docking stations.The ‘dark hub’ has been launched with parking firm Q-Park at its Leicester Square car park and enables couriers ...

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    Self-driving delivery vans heading for UK roads as government launches £40m initiative


    Self-driving vans, buses and shuttles could soon hit the UK’s roads following the launch today (23 May) of a £40m funding competition.The move aims to kick-start commercial self-driving services, including delivery vehicles.The ‘Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility’ competition will provide grants to help roll out commercial use self-driving vehicles across ...

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    Renault looks to the future with electric van complete with e-cargo bike and drone


    Renault Trucks has launched a futuristic multimodal electric deliver vehicle that includes an e-cargo bike and a drone. The Renault Trucks E-Tech Master OptiModale is based on a 3.5 tonne LWB L3H1 E-Tech Master van with a low loader Luton body by Horton Commercials and comes with an eBullitt electric ...

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    Tevva trucks get an icy blast with winter durability testing


    Where better to test the durability, strength and battery power of an electric truck than 300km north of the Arctic Circle?That is precisely what Tevva did recently, when a team of its engineers accompanied two trucks to UTAC’s Test World in Lapland, Finland.The purpose-built facility, which is subject to a ...

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    British Land closes £157m deal for Wembley warehouses


    British Land has acquired three warehouses at Hannah Close, in Wembley for £157m as part of a wider strategy to repurpose existing buildings to boost its final-mile urban logistics portfolio.The Wembley site, which is located close to the M25, just outside the North Circular, will become a multi-storey, urban logistics ...

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    The Algorithm People (TAP) partners with Teesside University on mobile hub last-mile trial


    Route optimisation specialist The Algorithm People (TAP) is working with academics at Teesside University to transform urban logistics and eliminate ‘back-to-depot’ reloading.The two organisations have entered into a knowledge transfer partnership which they hope will eventually provide a vehicle-to-vehicle solution, described as being akin to in-flight refuelling in aviation.The 12-month ...

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    Demand for same-day delivery soaring, says new research from Parcelhero


    Research from home delivery specialist ParcelHero reveals that 56% of online shoppers rate the option of same-day delivery as important, up from just 33% in 2020.The research also shows that 62% of consumers expect next-day delivery options, up from 44% in 2020, and 55% want specific, two-hour time slots, compared ...

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    Industry to lobby ministers over inadequate funding for Urban Driver Apprenticeship


    Hauliers are preparing to lobby ministers after their request for greater funding of the Urban Driver Apprenticeship was rejected by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE), despite their warning that the low level of funding will deter operators from offering the apprenticeship and further exacerbate the HGV driver ...

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    Freight in the City free webinar available: launch of Portsmouth Clean Air Zone


    Portsmouth City Council has this week gone live with its Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which will see non-compliant HGVs (older than Euro-6 diesel) paying a £50 per day fine to enter.The category B CAZ - which applies to lorries, buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles - is around three ...

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    Urban driver apprenticeship "will give HGV industry an overhaul", says Seetec


    The new urban driver apprenticeship will attract a new generation of professional drivers into the industry by offering flexible working patterns and a better work-life balance, according to skills provider Seetec.Signed off in September and following on the heels of the HGV driver category C+E apprenticeship, the urban driver apprenticeship ...