Is ‘White Van Man’ The Nation’s Secret Superhero?

Is ‘White Van Man’ The Nation’s Secret Superhero?

New research from AXA Business Insurance blasts apart the traditional ‘white van man’ stereotype and instead unveils a new hero of the highways – selfless, responsible and with a strong moral code. From helpful acts to heroic deeds, the survey found that the nation’s van drivers have a strong sense of civic duty and an active concern for the safety of other road users. Over half (56 per cent) regularly use their vehicle to benefit…

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DPD’s Predict wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

DPD’s Predict wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

Unique one hour delivery service wins Britain’s most coveted commercial prize. The UK’s favourite parcel delivery company DPD has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 in the Innovation category, for its unique one hour delivery service, Predict. The award – the most coveted in British commerce – recognises not only the quality of the innovation itself, but also the enormous contribution Predict has made in the transformation of the company and the dramatic growth…

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CitySprint Acquires Crisis Courier Solutions

CitySprint Acquires Crisis Courier Solutions

UK same day delivery company CitySprint has acquired another regional courier firm, Northampton-based Crisis Courier Solutions.  The acquired firm has a fleet of more than 80 vehicles providing same day, next-day and international door-to-door collection and delivery services. Crisis Courier Solutions has been operating since 2004. CitySprint has now acquired 19 courier firms since 2010, when it was subject to a management buyout backed by private equity firm Dunedin. The firm made £112.7m in sales…

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My Parcel Delivery Rebrands

My Parcel Delivery Rebrands

Manchester-based My Parcel Delivery has revealed a new website platform and brand identity. The company has also introduced a loyalty scheme. “My Parcel Delivery has experienced consistently strong growth and further investment, so we wanted a new platform and brand identity that reflected the journey we’ve been on as well as the straightforward and hassle-free nature of our service,” said founder and managing director David Grimes. “We have rebuilt our online platform from scratch, bringing in all of the additional…

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UK Mail Group Strains To Cope With Ex-City Link Volumes

UK Mail Group Strains To Cope With Ex-City Link Volumes

The mail and parcel carrier UK Mail Group has warned that its costs have been hit by taking on too many parcels in the wake of the collapse of rivals City Link. The Birmingham-based company said yesterday that it is expecting its financial performance for the fourth quarter of 2014, and for the full year, to be at the lower end of forecasts. It said parcel volumes in the final quarter rose 12% year-on-year, partly…

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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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Online Shopping Leads To Major Boost in Van Sales

Online Shopping Leads To Major Boost in Van Sales

The rise of online home delivery has inspired a surge in van sales according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and has led to a further 100,000 vans being registered within the first quarter of 2015 in the UK. The 22.3% surge in van sales has been put down to the increase in online shopping and home delivery requirements. A total of 108,456 commercial vehicles have been registered so-far in the first…

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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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