Courier’s Death Highlights Need For Gig Economy Legislation

Courier’s Death Highlights Need For Gig Economy Legislation

The tragic case of the death of a courier has again highlighted the need for clearer and updated legislation covering the rights of gig economy workers. Don Lane, who had diabetes, had a heart attack after completing a round for delivery firm DPD and died in hospital in January.  His wife, Ruth, says that Mr Lane had already collapsed twice at work and was ill and vomiting blood on his final day but still went…

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FedEx to Sponsor UEFA Europa League For Another Three Seasons

FedEx to Sponsor UEFA Europa League For Another Three Seasons

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, today announced its continued sponsorship of the UEFA Europa League for the 2018 – 2021 seasons. Having been the Main Sponsor of the UEFA Europa League for the past three seasons, FedEx Express will continue as an Official Sponsor of Europe’s largest football tournament. “Football demonstrates, time and time again, an impressive capability to unite people from diverse backgrounds…

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UK Subscription Box Market To Be Worth £1 Billion By 2022

UK Subscription Box Market To Be Worth £1 Billion By 2022

The UK subscription box market* is forecast to grow by 72 per cent by 2022, according to a report commissioned by Royal Mail. The market is forecast to be valued at £1 billion by 2022, compared to £583 million estimated spend in 2017. This will see the number of deliveries each year grow from 40.1 million to an estimated 65.3 million. Spurred on by the growth of mobile devices, subscription commerce has moved on from…

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Police Crackdown On Drivers With Defective Eyesight

Police Crackdown On Drivers With Defective Eyesight

A police crackdown on motorists with defective vision has highlighted the risks that couriers run if they take to the road despite having sub-standard eyesight. Police in Thames Valley, Hampshire and West Midlands are to run roadside tests on every driver they stop to check that they can read a number plate 20m (65ft) in the distance. They plan to ask the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to revoke the driver’s licence if they…

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The Future Of The Same-Day Delivery Market

The Future Of The Same-Day Delivery Market

In today’s hyper-competitive market, consumer expectations have never been higher. The adoption of digital technology has led to the rise of ‘empowered’ customers, who are more demanding than ever before. Access to social media have provided them with a new voice that can be used to cause reputational damage to an enterprise. In tandem, the rise of online shopping has led to an experience typified by instant gratification. It goes without saying that this customer-centricity…

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Principal Insurance That Really Delivers

Principal Insurance That Really Delivers

When it comes to insurance, couriers, hauliers and parcel carriers want a deal that really delivers In such a cost-sensitive industry, price is obviously key. But whether a single self-employed motorcycle courier, or operator of a van fleet, its equally if not more important that you’re properly protected by effective and appropriate cover. Fresh competition always helps keep a market on its toes and so the recent arrival of  Principal Insurance to the sector should…

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Click And Collect – The Continual Evolution

Click And Collect – The Continual Evolution

I read a fascinating article last year which proclaimed that click and collect had fully evolved. It referenced that 76% of online shoppers would be using the facility in 2017 and ‘whilst commercial space travel might still be a pipedream, consumers were most definitely racing to pick up their online orders in person’. One could have been forgiven for thinking it was safe to ‘pack up and go home’ as it was clearly mission accomplished…

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New FedEx Express Flight to Strengthen Access between Europe and Vietnam

New FedEx Express Flight to Strengthen Access between Europe and Vietnam

FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, is enhancing its services into and out of the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, with the introduction of a new flight connecting the city to the FedEx Express Hub in Guangzhou, China. This new route will significantly cut the delivery time between Europe and Vietnam and substantially improve transit times for all inbound flights to Hanoi. The European Union (EU)…

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Awesome automation – delivering customers the gift of time

Awesome automation – delivering customers the gift of time

One of the primary goals of successful logistics is customer convenience and that’s often what we talk about when we are working to improve performance. We strive to find innovative and reliable ways of delivering exactly what our customers want, exactly when they want it, aiming to minimise the effort the customer has to make to receive their purchase. But when you think about it, what we’re really talking about here is giving customers back…

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Pass My Parcel to cease trading

Pass My Parcel to cease trading

Connect Group PLC, the parent company of Tuffnells, has announced plans to close Pass My Parcel, its click and collect distribution arm. Despite recent growth from new customers and the introduction of returns services, the business has continued to incur substantial losses. The Group is working closely with customers to manage an orderly closure over the coming months. Explaining the decision to close, Stuart Godman, Connect Group’s Commercial Director said, ‘It’s hugely disappointing when a…

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