Stephensons Opinion On The Gig Economy

Stephensons Opinion On The Gig Economy

Philip Richardson, Head of Employment Law at the national law firm Stephensons said: “The so-called ‘gig economy’ – characterised by short-term contracts and freelance work, rather than permanent employment – has been making all the wrong headlines recently, with a number of legal cases bringing greater scrutiny. “Alongside the Uber case, courier firms Hermes and Citysprint UK have been the target of negative publicity. In Dewhurst v Citysprint UK, a bike courier was recently successful in her claim…

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Absolutely Buys MayDH Limited

Absolutely Buys MayDH Limited

Absolutely (the ‘Company’ or the ‘Group’), one of the UK’s longest established courier companies, is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of MayDH Limited (‘MayDH’), which is integrating well into the Group. The acquisition includes the international courier, freight, UK overnight and same-day operations of the business. This transaction follows the Company’s two acquisitions last year of Destinations Green announced in July 2016 and Creative Cars & Couriers in September 2016.  MayDH have been operating…

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Whistl invests in 41 double deck trailers

Whistl invests in 41 double deck trailers

Whistl, the leading delivery management company with activities in Business Mail, Doordrop Media and Parcels, has signed a contract worth £2.5m for 41 new double deck trailers. Manufactured by Don Bur with maintenance and leasing provided by TIP, the new trailers will hit the roads in the coming weeks. The contract was awarded following a competitive process, and the new trailers will provide operational efficiencies, increased capacity, and an improved MPG. Whistl worked with Don…

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Next has selected Paragon HDX

Next has selected Paragon HDX

Next has selected Paragon HDX as part of a major upgrade to its omni-channel order fulfilment solution. The modular software system will be used to enhance Next’s two-man home delivery operation, enabling the retailer to improve its customer experience while keeping a tight control over costs. Paragon HDX will provide a complete fulfilment platform to help Next to continue to push the boundaries of home delivery and introduce a host of service improvements including tighter…

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N Brown Group Plc and ArrowXL – a great fit

N Brown Group Plc and ArrowXL – a great fit

ArrowXL, the UK’s leading two-man home delivery experts, have won a major contract with online fashion retailer N Brown Group. The exclusive annual contract will involve more than 100,000 two-man deliveries UK-wide of N Browns’ range of homewares, furniture and electrical goods. N Brown chose ArrowXL for their ability to deliver through their Platinum, Standard and Lite services, plus their renowned two-man delivery and installation teams. Paul Tyson, commercial director, ArrowXL, said: “N Brown are…

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Hermes Helps SMEs Take Advantage Of Growth In Overseas Online Shoppers

Hermes Helps SMEs Take Advantage Of Growth In Overseas Online Shoppers

UK-based sole traders and SME retailers have been granted improved access to consumers based in 23 European countries thanks to a new cost-effective international shipping solution from Hermes, the consumer delivery specialist. The company’s Business Account customers will now be able to take advantage of the new opportunities being driven by the weak pound, as overseas customers continue to order from British websites to receive better value for money. SME retailers that have a Hermes…

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LastMileLink Technologies unveils new courier technology for CitySprint

LastMileLink Technologies unveils new courier technology for CitySprint

LastMileLink Technologies – the innovation incubator owned by CitySprint, the UK’s leading same day logistics company – has launched a new app to help couriers accept and manage work more easily. A multidisciplinary LastMileLink team have been using industry intel provided by CitySprint to develop the app over the last year. The courier app, which can be white-labelled, will help couriers work to a schedule that best suits them. It allows couriers working with CitySprint…

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Delivering Parcels In The 21st Century

Delivering Parcels In The 21st Century

With the online retail boom showing no signs of slowing down, Louise Ryan, strategy & business development director at Pass My Parcel looks at the benefits new delivery models are bringing to consumers and businesses alike. Online sales topped in-store purchases for the first time in 2016. Boosted by events including Christmas, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, online spending reached a record £133 billion, an impressive 16 per cent rise on the previous year. It’s unsurprising…

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Matthew Clark targets unrivalled customer experience

Matthew Clark targets unrivalled customer experience

Matthew Clark, a leading nationwide drinks distributor, has teamed up with Paragon to enhance its customer experience while minimising the impact of deliveries on the environment. The company has adopted Paragon’s routing and scheduling software to manage its fleet of 225 commercial vehicles based across nine regional depots. This will ensure Matthew Clark provides a consistent and efficient delivery of drinks products, which is an essential part of the unrivalled service commitment its on-trade customers…

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Goods in Transit Insurance: Why you need it, and where can you get it

Goods in Transit Insurance: Why you need it, and where can you get it

Beki Sherratt from Bollington Insurance explains the value of goods in transit insurance Whether you’re employed to work for a big courier company or work on a self-employed basis, the goods that you carry are your livelihood.  It therefore stands to reason that you need to protect those goods while they are out on the road. Here’s the lowdown on what you need to ensure your deliveries are transported safely – and when they aren’t,…

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