Will Santa’s helpers get your parcel delivered in time for Christmas?

Will Santa’s helpers get your parcel delivered in time for Christmas?

It is that time of year again. The count-down has already started and retailers are gearing up for another year’s festivities and hopefully bumper sales. However, with this comes the knowledge that how shoppers buy and how goods are delivered continues to change and evolve.  E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe, according to a report by the Centre for Retail Research, with online sales in Western Europe forecasted to grow by more…

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Will self-driving vehicles result in job losses?

Will self-driving vehicles result in job losses?

According to Sky News, self-driving lorries have been given the green light for trials to begin across UK roads – to which the Government have committed to a £8.1 million investment to finance the trials. This comes as no surprise to the UK who already have vehicles on the roads which operate with semi-autonomous driving systems, from cruise control and lane departure warning to active park assist. But as the Government funds further developments, we…

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Hermes Announces Leadership Changes As Part of Growth Strategy

Hermes Announces Leadership Changes As Part of Growth Strategy

Hermes, the leading consumer delivery company, has announced changes to its leadership team designed to support the next stage of the industry leading organisation’s growth and progression.   Carole Walker (previously Woodhead) has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hermes Europe, Hamburg, with effect from 2nd November. She will be responsible for the leadership of all European logistics activities of the Otto Group, taking over from Donald Pilz.   Carole joined the Otto Group 30…

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Whistl continues to grow through client wins and renewals

Whistl continues to grow through client wins and renewals

Two years on from the management buy-out of Whistl, the leading delivery management company, the company continues to grow through client wins and renewals. As part of its growth and diversification strategy into parcels and international services it has expanded the range of services it provides for clients such as Express Gifts, Music Magpie and HomeServe.  It is also building on its core business mail service with renewed contracts with long standing clients Santander, Liverpool Victoria,…

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Arrowxl Makes Million Pound Investment Across Its Network

Arrowxl Makes Million Pound Investment Across Its Network

ArrowXL, the UK’s leading two-person home delivery expert, has invested over £1 million pounds with UniCarriers to upgrade the materials handling equipment across its network. In total, 53 pieces of specialist machinery have been ordered in time for the Black Friday peak period to further enhance productivity within its hubs. The order includes a number of UniCarriers’ specialist high reach trucks that can operate at a height of 13.8 metres, the highest in the industry,…

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Will Amazon accept Bitcoin this month?

Will Amazon accept Bitcoin this month?

In a thought-provoking viewpoint for ParcelHero, Forbes magazine’s digital currency specialist Roger Aitken asks if Amazon will adopt Bitcoin as early as this month, and says we should all consider joining the crypto currency party. In a wake-up call to investors and consumers, the award-winning Forbes’ cryptocurrency journalist Roger Aitken has revealed that a global petition urging Amazon to accept Bitcoin has already gained nearly 12,000 signatures. In a Viewpoint for the e-commerce delivery specialist…

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How much are UK Online shoppers prepared to pay for delivery?

How much are UK Online shoppers prepared to pay for delivery?

New research from Whistl, the leading delivery management company, has found that UK shoppers are not averse to paying for delivery for online purchases; if the fee isn’t too high. The survey of 1000 respondents found that two thirds said that overall they would not expect free delivery when placing orders online. However, when purchases go over £10 consumers begin to expect free delivery options. The survey found that people are willing to pay between…

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The Hermes Guaranteed Christmas Delivery

The Hermes Guaranteed Christmas Delivery

Hermes, the consumer delivery specialist, will provide retailers and their customers with added peace of mind in the lead-up to Christmas by once again offering a unique money back delivery guarantee. For a fifth consecutive year, The Hermes Guaranteed Christmas Delivery Promise will help retailers to avoid disappointing online shoppers by assuring that all purchases will be delivered before Christmas Day. The initiative applies to each individual parcel entering the Hermes network, with a UK…

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Charlie Shiels To Head Up ArrowXL

Charlie Shiels To Head Up ArrowXL

Charlie Shiels is to take the role of CEO at ArrowXL, on an interim basis, following the decision by Ian Howell to leave the business.  Shiels joined ArrowXL as COO in February 2017 from DPD where he spent over 20 years, including 15 years on the Executive Board.  He is widely recognised as a key driver in DPD’s success and is highly respected across the industry. ArrowXL’s Executive Team will report directly into Shiels as…

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Royal Mail strike could ‘cancel Christmas’ warns ParcelHero

Royal Mail strike could ‘cancel Christmas’ warns ParcelHero

Royal Mail’s workers have voted to take strike action over a change to their pensions. With Christmas fast approaching many people who only mail parcels at Christmas could have their parcels delayed by the strike. ParcelHero says its vital people are made aware of courier alternatives; but warns concerted strike action will lead to delays and cancellations across the delivery network. As the Communication Workers Union (CWU) Royal Mail workers voted by 89.1% to take strike…

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