BT’s smart delivery lockers drive engineer efficiencies for Calor

BT’s smart delivery lockers drive engineer efficiencies for Calor

Following a successful trial and onboarding process, BT Final Mile has announced a new contract with Calor to support the company’s field service engineering team using the Final Mile network of lockers and boxes.  BT Final Mile service is a nationwide network of secure lockers and boxes which are enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT). By having the option to position a locker within the grounds of its 5,000 strategic sites around the country,…

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Barcode Scanning Just Got Reel with ProGlove Launch

Barcode Scanning Just Got Reel with ProGlove Launch

ProGlove Launches Groundbreaking Pull-to-scan Wearable for Low-Frequency Scanning Environments ProGlove, a leading provider for industry wearables, today announced the launch of a groundbreaking new wearable: Reel is designed to be quickly accessible via a lanyard or belt-clip, making it ideal for those organisations with low-frequency scanning environments such as product returns or quality control. Its customisable attachment positions ensure there is no contact with the scanned items, so it is also a perfect option for…

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Workers being pushed to exhaustion and beyond new Unite survey reveals

Workers being pushed to exhaustion and beyond new Unite survey reveals

A survey of over 13,500 workers operating in bus driving, construction and the lorry driving sectors has revealed a shocking level of tiredness and exhaustion which is dramatically affecting their physical and mental health, causing relationship breakdowns and compromises safety at work and in communities. All three sectors have workers operating far in excess of a standard 40 hour week. Over half (54 per cent) of lorry drivers work over 50 hours a week as…

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It’s time to address the question of addresses

It’s time to address the question of addresses

There is a terrace house in London that is undoubtedly the most famous address in the country.  But how is its location best identified? By its road name and number: 10 Downing Street? By its postcode: SW12 2AA? In years to come the international delivery expert ParcelHero says we should be using the more accurate Plus code: GV3C+8X. Or even three little words: slurs.this.shark Whether you are addressing a parcel in ten years’ time, or…

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UK couriers’ gift £19 billion VAT windfall to government.

UK couriers’ gift £19 billion VAT windfall to government.

Based on official figures in 2019 the UK’s self-employed courier workforce numbers 5 million. Sources from director level at one of the UK’s leading courier companies have their self-employed workforce being only 20-25% VAT registered. My business offers a specialised service to register couriers for VAT and on average they reap rewards of  £4500-5000 per annum. If these numbers remain true across the whole industry it means couriers are gifting the government in the region…

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How Parcel Service Delivery has evolved in 2019

How Parcel Service Delivery has evolved in 2019

Parcel service delivery has evolved significantly in recent years, especially as online sales continue to soar, the demand for parcel delivery has gone up in parallel. As a result, there are numerous aspects of the delivery service that carriers do exceptionally well, such as providing a specific delivery time-slots and offering the ability to redirect parcels in flight. Consumers now have options to ask for the parcel to be left in a chosen safe place,…

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How to reduce manual handling risks when making deliveries

How to reduce manual handling risks when making deliveries

Dan Casey, from hydraulic lifting equipment specialists Penny Hydraulics, outlines the steps you can take to reduce manual handling risks when making deliveries. Any manual job can come with its safety risks, and shipping and logistics is no exception. For small parcels, the task can be an easy one, but larger items can cause some safety hazards when lifting and transporting. Picking up heavy parcels incorrectly can cause strain on your back, neck and knees,…

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Unique Franchise Opportunities To Move Into Europe

Unique Franchise Opportunities To Move Into Europe

One of the leading players in the new lean European removals sector is now looking for franchisees for its highly successful business model. After more than 12 years handling light removals from the UK into mainland Europe, VanOne is now offering franchises for established small to medium sized businesses. VanOne has created a new wave of removal operations by offering low rates on removals by involving customers in its operations: families or individuals wanting to…

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A Sprint Finish!

A Sprint Finish!

When optimising the supply chain, it is absolutely vital for any transformation project to take into account the feedback from a wide range of departments and not only those working in operations. However, with more businesses now coming under increasing pressure to design and implement new processes as quickly as possible, it can prove difficult to take a truly holistic approach. Peter Scraton, Operations Director at ArrowXL, explains how the company has introduced innovative design…

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Failed Deliveries Cost Industry £1.6bn Each Year

Failed Deliveries Cost Industry £1.6bn Each Year

Research by online retail association IMRG and NetDespatch the leading parcel data management platform quantified the cost of failed online retail deliveries for industry, looking at the financial impact for the three main groups involved – shoppers, retailers and carriers. While there may be any number of reasons as to why a customer’s home delivery expectations may not be met, this research focussed on the four most common delivery failure scenarios:   Failed first delivery –…

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