Why courier companies need to take care of their grey fleets

Why courier companies need to take care of their grey fleets

Many courier brands are unaware about the cost and legal responsibilities associated with grey fleet use. Research from Driving for Better Business has previously highlighted that 60% of company directors didn’t even know how many grey fleets they had, and 53% didn’t even think it was their responsibility[1]. Grey fleet vehicles are ones owned and driven by an employee for business purposes. In 2022, the nation’s grey fleet is at record levels, accounting for some…

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37% of transport and warehousing companies up their rates as costs rise

37% of transport and warehousing companies up their rates as costs rise

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) Business Insights report shows transport and storage companies were forced to pass on higher costs to their customers in April. The home delivery expert ParcelHero warns this will raise retail prices and the cost of home deliveries. ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks M.I.L.T., says: ‘It’s not only households that are facing steep rises in costs. Transport, logistics and warehousing companies have also faced significant increases in…

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‘Jam tomorrow’ mini-budget is a mixed bag for SME businesses

‘Jam tomorrow’ mini-budget is a mixed bag for SME businesses

The home delivery expert ParcelHero says the Chancellor’s Spring Statement offers some hope for SME businesses facing tough challenges, but many measures could be too little, too late. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has delivered a ‘jam tomorrow’ budget for Britain’s thousands of SME businesses, says the international delivery specialist ParcelHero. ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks M.I.L.T., says: ‘There’s no doubt that some of the measures the Chancellor has announced will eventually…

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Labour shortages in warehousing trigger significant levels of interest in automation

Labour shortages in warehousing trigger significant levels of interest in automation

Labour shortages in warehousing caused by a combination of Brexit and the pandemic is leading to greater than ever levels of interest in automation, according to materials handling specialists Linde. The company has experienced significant automation enquires in the last quarter for labour intensive areas of the warehouse such as picking, packing and shipping customer orders. Says Kenny Watson, a lead on Automation at Linde: “We are experiencing a major upturn in demand as companies…

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VTM 2022: The Future of Mobility Restarts from Piedmont

VTM 2022: The Future of Mobility Restarts from Piedmont

Vehicle & Transportation Technology Innovation Meetings -, the only business convention in Italy dedicated to the automotive and transport industry, returns face-to-face on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 March. An appointment that will bring together the international mobility community in the spaces of Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Turin (Corso Castelfidardo, 22), confirming Piedmont and its capital as landmarks in the sector. The Italian Automobile capital, as Turin is called, always attentive to new technologies, will…

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Flowers and chocs? Nah, mums want help with DIY this Mother’s Day

Flowers and chocs? Nah, mums want help with DIY this Mother’s Day

According to new analysis, the way to your mum’s heart for Mother’s Day 2022 might not be flowers and chocolates, but help with everyday emergencies like fallen shelves, lightbulbs that need replacing and peeling paint. Analysis of Google search terms for the week around Mother’s Day in March 2021 saw a 170% increase in searches for ‘screwdriver’, a 50% jump in popularity for both ‘b&q shelves’, and ‘power drill’. ‘Homebase near me’ also saw a…

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How to attract HGV drivers and overcome the current staff shortages

How to attract HGV drivers and overcome the current staff shortages

The last couple of years have been challenging for businesses that depend on professional HGV drivers for their service delivery. The jobs market has experienced pressure from a number of directions, resulting in a severe and long-lasting shortfall in the availability of qualified drivers across multiple sectors. This issue has hit haulage and courier businesses significantly, but also a host of companies across other sectors. This includes Lanes Group, which relies on driver/operators to man…

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Logistics UK’s Supply Chain Consultancy Launches New Service To Guide Businesses Towards Net Zero

Logistics UK’s Supply Chain Consultancy Launches New Service To Guide Businesses Towards Net Zero

Logistics UK’s Supply Chain Consultancy (SCC) is today launching a dedicated service to help businesses with vehicle fleets decarbonise their operations effectively and swiftly, while maintaining operational efficiency and profitability. Delivered by SCC’s expert consultants – with specialist support from well-known decarbonisation expert Tim Campbell – the service offers clients an in-depth operations review and tailor-made decarbonisation strategy, as Martin Palmer, Supply Chain Consultant at SCC, explains: “All UK businesses will be required to replace…

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Intelligent deliveries are lighting the way

Intelligent deliveries are lighting the way

As organisations look to become more sustainable and meet rapidly changing consumer expectations, intelligent deliveries are now lighting the way. Danny Hudson, Director of Retail & CPG at Fareye explains. Intelligent delivery is still a very recent term and has been developing rapidly, particularly during the global pandemic. Mostly, the term is used in relation to software and many retailers, carriers and manufacturers have come to the realisation that they’ve needed such software to orchestrate…

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“Electric vehicles may be the future – but they’re not ready to support imminent change in logistics”

“Electric vehicles may be the future – but they’re not ready to support imminent change in logistics”

From the days of juggling a new family alongside a new business, to turning over £32 million in sales during 2021 – Managing Director, Tim Seagers gives us an insight to how things have changed here at and how he sees the future amid an evolving logistics sector. It’s a business that celebrated its 30th anniversary only 18 months ago, so it’s fair to say that Crown SDS (formerly known as Crown Couriers) has both…

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