Amazon’s Prime Ambition: why Amazon’s launching 1-hour deliveries in central London

Amazon’s Prime Ambition: why Amazon’s launching 1-hour deliveries in central London

Courier industry expert Roger Sumner-Rivers reveals the scale of Amazon’s plans to become the conduit through which everything you buy flows. Londoners can now receive their Amazon items in just one hour. Amazon Prime members living in a number of areas within Zone 1 will be able to get many items delivered within one hour for £6.99 or free within two hours. And Roger Sumner-Rivers, founder of pioneering London-based global couriers ParcelHero, says this is…

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FTA Calls For Budget Fuel Tax Cut

FTA Calls For Budget Fuel Tax Cut

The Freight Transport Association has called on the Chancellor to freeze or cut fuel duty ahead of Wednesday’s FairFuelUK event at the House of Commons. Chief Executive David Wells has written to George Osborne asking him not to renege on his promise to hold current levels until September. FTA, which represents 14,000 members in the logistics industry, says the move is vital to stimulate the economy. The Association is a founder member of FairFuelUK, which…

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Industry Expert Welcomes Amazon App That Turns Customers Into Couriers

Industry Expert Welcomes Amazon App That Turns Customers Into Couriers

Roger Sumner-Rivers, founder of pioneering international couriers ParcelHero, says Amazon’s latest logistics idea shows the industry innovator at its best. He reveals Amazon is considering using its customers to deliver its parcels though a crowdsourced delivery programme, using an App codenamed ‘On My Way’. Says Roger: “Amazon is undoubtedly a logistics industry disruptor; and our recent report, Amazon’s Prime Ambition has revealed the imaginative ways the company has found to continually increase delivery options for…

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Maplin plugs into iForce to support multichannel growth

Maplin plugs into iForce to support multichannel growth

Electronic retailer Maplin has chosen end-to-end logistics specialist iForce as its multichannel partner to manage all of its warehousing needs thereby enabling them to improve customer and store availability through the upgrade of their warehouse management systems, whilst enabling their increased focus on product and service proposition. iForce has implanted into Maplin’s Rotherham-based site, to manage their nationwide on line and store replenishment enabling, through their SMART warehouse management system, the introduction of a Click and Collect proposition whilst…

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Possible terror threat for international couriers as ISIS target TURKEY

Possible terror threat for international couriers as ISIS target TURKEY

Recently reported in the Daily Express, terrifying new travel advice has been issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, warning Britons of active terrorist groups plotting attacks in the Mediterranean country, with concerns from Courier News that this could affect international hauliers and couriers. The nation, which has a 98.9 per cent Muslim population, has also been rocked by western Islamic fanatics attempting to enter Syria to join Islamic State, as well as home-grown terror…

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Britain’s Answer To Shyp Launches In London To Bring Uber-Like Convenience To P&P

Britain’s Answer To Shyp Launches In London To Bring Uber-Like Convenience To P&P

There exist a multitude of tech solutions for last mile delivery, from locker services to tracking solutions. But today, London startup Weengs announced the launch of its on-demand delivery service, based on the Shyp model in the US, in a bid to bring digital convenience to the first mile of a package’s journey. For a flat fee of £5.00 per collection plus the cost of delivery, Weengs provides customers with an instant postage and packaging…

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Doddle will be teaming up with delivery company DPD

Doddle will be teaming up with delivery company DPD

Doddle will be teaming up with delivery company DPD, when its “Commute and collect” parcel shops join the DPD Pickup network that is launching on 22nd June. Doddle, a joint venture between Network Rail and entrepreneur Lloyd Dorfman, runs a network of parcel shops located at UK rail stations. Yesterday (3 June), the company announced the opening of its 35th store, located on Platform 12 at London’s Paddington Station, one of the busiest stations in…

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Menzies acquires AJG Parcels for £7.5m

Menzies acquires AJG Parcels for £7.5m

Baggage handler and newspaper distributor John Menzies has bought the biggest parcels delivery firm in the Highlands for £7.5 million in cash. AJG Parcels, founded in 1992 by Adrian Gray, handles more than three million parcels a year in the Highlands and Islands and Menzies said the acquisition would offer opportunities to “scale the business across our wider network”. Edinburgh-based Menzies said its Distribution division currently deals with more than 100 million deliveries a year…

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CitySprint Launches On The Dot

CitySprint Launches On The Dot

CitySprint, the UK’s leading same day distribution company, this week launches On the dot, its innovative new consumer-focused delivery offering that allows customers to specify a one-hour delivery window for their delivery. On the dot is designed to give consumers the control, convenience and simplicity they expect in today’s on-demand, omnichannel culture by providing delivery on their terms, rather than the carrier’s. The new service is being launched in London ahead of a wider roll-out…

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Increased demand for efficiency in the supply chain has seen exceptional growth at ByBox

Increased demand for efficiency in the supply chain has seen exceptional growth at ByBox

Relentless demand for greater speed and efficiency in the supply chain is the back-drop to international logistics and technology firm ByBox’s announcement today of a record £73m* turnover for 2014.  ByBox continues to show strong growth in operations, reporting an increase in turnover of 12 per cent, up from £65 million in 2013. This strong trading update follows the business’ strategic transition to focus on its two core activities: B2B field support and global click-and-collect…

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