Shell Sells A Quarter Of UK Petrol Stations

Shell Sells A Quarter Of UK Petrol Stations

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell around 185 petrol stations in the UK to two forecourt operators. The number is a quarter of Shell’s portfolio and is part of an attempt to grow its fuel dealer network instead of owning retail outlets directly. The UK’s largest oil and gas company will reduce the number held under full ownership to 550. Shell will part with 90 of those 185 stations, selling them off to Motor…

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Like-for-like retail sales up 3.2% in March

Like-for-like retail sales up 3.2% in March

Retail sales increased by 3.2% in March on a like-for-like basis compared to the same month last year. On a total basis sales were up by 4.7%. Figures published in the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor show that total food sales experienced their strongest growth since July 2013, growing by 1.8% in the three months to March although they were helped by the Easter distortion. On a like-for-like basis food sales edged down 0.4% David McCorquodale,…

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Poundland Sales Pass £1bn For First Time

Poundland Sales Pass £1bn For First Time

Poundland has reported that its full year revenues topped £1 billion for the first time after a “solid” fourth quarter of sales growth. In the 13 weeks to 29 March, total revenue excluding a trial in Spain increased by 7.1% on a constant currency basis. During the year, total revenue excluding Spain, climbed by 11.8% to £1.1 billion. Poundland opened 15 new stores in the UK and Ireland during the fourth quarter, taking the total…

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FTA: Government Must Increase Logistics Support

FTA: Government Must Increase Logistics Support

UK government must provide better support to the logistics sector in order to make it more efficient, according to the Freight Transport Association at the launch of its FTA Logistics Manifesto 2015. Launched at the CV Show, the FTA Logistics Manifesto 2015 sets-out the priorities to deliver economic growth, improve safety and reduce pollution.  The Manifesto states that the government must improve its understanding of how the logistics sector operates and that it must work…

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Consumer Spending On Mobile Devices Set To Top £53bn A Year By 2024

Consumer Spending On Mobile Devices Set To Top £53bn A Year By 2024

New research is predicting that consumer spending on mobile devices will top £53.6 billion a year by 2024 compared to the £9.7 billion spent today. However, the research by Barclays shows that the influence of mobile on spending is expected to more than double this figure from £18.4 billion to £112 billion over the same period. This means that over 42% of all retail sales are expected to involve a mobile device in some way…

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Amazon Delivery Drones Given Green Light

Amazon Delivery Drones Given Green Light

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given Amazon the green light to go ahead with testing delivery drones outside. Amazon previously criticized the FAA for being too slow with regulations and started to approach countries oversees which agreed. The FAA has said that the ‘Prime Air’ delivery drones must be operated no more than 400 feet above the ground and should travel no faster than 100 miles per hour. The air delivery service is…

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Landmark Move For H&R Gray

Landmark Move For H&R Gray

Stirling-based haulage specialist, H&R Gray is thrilled to announce that it is has joined the Palletline network in a deal that will significantly broaden the scope of the business. In a planned move, the family run haulier is entering the pallet distribution sector for the first time giving its customers the flexibility to send smaller loads. The company will cover the majority of the Stirlingshire and Perthshire areas for Palletline. H&R Gray, which offers haulage,…

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On Campus Delivery Service Makes Student’s Life A Doddle

On Campus Delivery Service Makes Student’s Life A Doddle

Doddle, the parcel shop business, has launched a new click-on-campus solution to allow university staff and students to send, collect or return their parcels more conveniently. Doddle launched its first click-on-campus store at the University of Salford Student Village last week. The model is expected to be rolled out in 10 universities across the UK this year. Students are able to have their parcels delivered to Doddle for free and use its convenient returns service…

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FedEx chases UK and European growth with bid for TNT Express

FedEx chases UK and European growth with bid for TNT Express

The US parcel delivery giant FedEx has launched an agreed €4.4bn (£3.2bn) takeover offer for its rival TNT Express in one of the biggest corporate deals in Europe so far this year. The €8-a-share bid is at a 33 per cent premium to TNT Express’s closing share price last Thursday but considerably below the €9.50 that rival UPS offered in 2013 when its bid was set to be blocked by European regulators. TNT Express is…

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Doddle Launches Android App To Replace “While You Were Out” Cards

Doddle Launches Android App To Replace “While You Were Out” Cards

Doddle, the purple network of parcel stores targeting commuters, has released the Android version of its free app as part of its mission to eliminate “while you were out” cards. Doddle is the only service of its kind to accept delivery of shoppers’ online purchases from any retailer or carrier and its free app is the next step in eliminating the dreaded “while you were out” card scenario.  Instead, the Doddle app will send a…

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