How technology is simplifying the self-employment experience for delivery drivers

How technology is simplifying the self-employment experience for delivery drivers

With the current nationwide shortage of self-employed delivery drivers and wider supply-chain issues being witnessed across industries, UK firms are now having to go above and beyond to both attract and maintain their subcontractor workforce. Historically, the logistics industry has faced a number of challenges around engaging self-employed drivers, an obvious example of this can be found in lengthy onboarding processes with delivery firms. Typically, this onboarding and setting up of new subcontractor drivers covered…

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Hermes Opens Pop-Up Distribution Depot In Nechells Creating Over 135 Seasonal Jobs

Hermes Opens Pop-Up Distribution Depot In Nechells Creating Over 135 Seasonal Jobs

Hermes UK, the consumer delivery specialists, has opened a pop-up distribution depot at Meteor Park, Aston. Over 135 seasonal temporary jobs have been created at the 112,000sqft warehouse, which has been opened ahead of the busy Black Friday and Christmas peak periods. The new facility will be able to handle over 120K parcels each day with the ability to operate 24/7 as needed. It forms part of the ongoing investment programme by Hermes UK to…

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Yodel creates more than 4,300 roles as it gears up for the festive season

Yodel creates more than 4,300 roles as it gears up for the festive season

UK independent parcel carrier Yodel has announced that it is looking to recruit 4,311 new colleagues as the business prepares for what is expected to be a busy festive period. There are a variety of roles available – including couriers, parcel sorters and warehouse operatives at one of Yodel’s 50 locations nationwide.  Yodel’s recruitment drive is in response to the ever-growing demand for online retail, which has increased dramatically over the last 18 months. After…

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OnBuy announces strategic partnership with Hermes

OnBuy announces strategic partnership with Hermes

New partnership will provide eCommerce sellers with additional logistical solutions from the respected global carrier. Leading online marketplace, OnBuy.com, has today announced its strategic partnership with Hermes, an industry leader in global delivery services. Since its launch in 2016, UK-based OnBuy has seen phenomenal year on year growth, amassing more than 7,000 merchants on the platform and over 36 million products. As the trend for online marketplaces continues to rise – seeing other brand giants…

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Diamond Logistics expands in Scotland with Blaze Logistics

Diamond Logistics expands in Scotland with Blaze Logistics

Edinburgh based Blaze Logistics shares its plans to improve fulfilment for Scottish eCommerce clients by joining nationwide network Diamond Logistics as it expands to offer a truly national service. Blaze Logistics is a child of the pandemic which has grown – very quickly – into a high achieving adult. Joseph Smith, Director and Founder of Blaze Logistics, launched the business just over 12 months ago, having recognised the opportunity to service online retail as it…

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Hermes UK Confirms 1,400 Jobs Alongside Commitment To Eco Initiatives At New Barnsley Parcel Hub

Hermes UK Confirms 1,400 Jobs Alongside Commitment To Eco Initiatives At New Barnsley Parcel Hub

Hermes UK, one of the UK’s leading consumer delivery companies, has confirmed that it will be recruiting for 1400 full time roles at its new parcel distribution hub in Barnsley which is due to be completed as scheduled in September 2022. These will include a general manager, operations managers, engineers, health and safety officers, planning managers, transport managers, warehouse operatives and administrators. In addition, there will be around 300 temporary and part time roles available…

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New research finds late delivery is the number one complaint made by customers to couriers on Twitter

New research finds late delivery is the number one complaint made by customers to couriers on Twitter

83% of all tweets to the UK’s top courier companies are negative Only 3% of all tweets are positive 10% of tweets are about packages that don’t turn up Poor delivery hugely impacts a customer’s overall online shopping experience, and new research finds that late delivery is the number one driver for customer complaints on Twitter. Analysis of over 6,700 tweets to the UK’s top courier companies by delivery software company Circuit, highlights countless delivery-related…

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Consumers drive growth in UK subscription box market as popularity soars

Consumers drive growth in UK subscription box market as popularity soars

Consumers in London, West Midlands and Northern Ireland are most likely to be signed up to subscription services, according to Royal Mail’s new UK Subscription Box Market report. Almost half (45%) of Londoners are signed up to at least one subscription box, followed by 37% and 36% of shoppers in the West Midlands and Northern Ireland, respectively. However, when it comes to the highest average number of subscription boxes per person, subscription box shoppers in…

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GMB And Uber Pledge To End Exploitation Of More Than 200,000 Drivers On Ride-Hailing Apps

GMB And Uber Pledge To End Exploitation Of More Than 200,000 Drivers On Ride-Hailing Apps

Despite Supreme Court ruling, hundreds of thousands of drivers denied legal rights says GMB and Uber  GMB Union and Uber today committed to end the exploitation of more than 200,000 drivers who use ride hailing apps.  Today marked the first meeting between Gary Smith, GMB General Secretary, and Uber’s Jamie Heywood, following the ground-breaking trade union recognition deal.  Under the deal – struck in May – Uber will formally recognise GMB, which will now be able to…

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Looking into the Crystal Ball

Looking into the Crystal Ball

National health and social care transport business ERS Medical puts driver behaviour and training at the very heart of its operation with a visionary tracking and dash cam solution, so we look into how this works… Courier News discovers how through the use of dash cam technology and GPS tracking, a national health and social care transport business with more than 500 vehicles and 800 drivers, conducting over 700,000 patient journeys and transporting 1 million…

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