The Changing Face Of The Shopper

The Changing Face Of The Shopper

Last year we saw 24-hour supermarket shopping slump, with many supermarkets stopping around-the-clock opening hours in stores.  Most of the supermarkets were quick to say that this move was not a cost cutting exercise but down to customer shopping habit shifts as many more are now getting their essentials delivered online rather than in-store. This doesn’t surprise me at all. We have seen this trend evolving throughout 2016 and in particular over the holidays we saw…

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Amazon Awarded Patent For Highway Network That Controls Autonomous Vehicles

Amazon Awarded Patent For Highway Network That Controls Autonomous Vehicles

The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has awarded Amazon a patent for a network that manages a very specific aspect of the self-driving experience – how autonomous cars navigate reversible lanes. Reversible lanes indicate a change in direction of traffic with an overhead signal, making it a potential disaster zone for self-driving cars that haven’t yet been programmed to understand those signals. In the patent, Amazon outlines a network that can communicate with self-driving vehicles so…

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How the EU saved Britain’s Christmas!

How the EU saved Britain’s Christmas!

EU shoppers ordered over 25% more gifts from UK internet retailers this year say e-delivery specialists Fastlane International; turning a potentially poor Christmas into a bumper one. We might be in the middle of a rather messy divorce from the European Union; but European shoppers didn’t let Brexit put them off buying British goods this Christmas. The global internet delivery expert Fastlane International says its regular retail customers shipped over 25% more gifts to EU…

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A Year Of Consolidation For The Reed Boardall Group

A Year Of Consolidation For The Reed Boardall Group

The latest financial results for Yorkshire-based cold storage and transport business The Reed Boardall Group Limited show that the company has continued to build on its solid foundations with revenues remaining close to the previous year at £64.3m in the year to 31 March 2016 (£65.9m in 2015). Serving leading retailers and food manufacturers throughout the UK, the company whose Boroughbridge cold storage facility is one of the largest in Europe, put in another strong…

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Transport Industry Insider’s Response to Autumn Statement

Transport Industry Insider’s Response to Autumn Statement

A Scottish transport expert has welcomed the fuel duty freeze, however had hoped to see a cut in the tax along with a more rounded approach to making electric vehicles a realistic solution for businesses. Jerry Stewart, Fellow of the Institute of Couriers and Co-Director of Eagle Couriers, Scotland’s largest independent courier firm, has responded to Philip Hammond’s statement. He said: “With a weak pound and prices creeping up at the pumps, it is a…

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Singles Day Sales Will Soar by 50% Says Fastlane International

Singles Day Sales Will Soar by 50% Says Fastlane International

Singles Day sales will rise to $21.45bn; totally eclipsing Black Friday and Cyber Monday says global delivery specialist The e-commerce delivery specialist Fastlane International is predicting that Singles Days sales will grow by $7.15bn. While many analysts are predicting a 40% growth in sales this year, Fastlane’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says total sales could be nearer 50% higher than last year’s; such is the growth in China’s home shopping market. Says…

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Understanding the Parcel Delivery Tipping Point for Consumers

Understanding the Parcel Delivery Tipping Point for Consumers

With annual shopping spike dates of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas fast approaching, new research shows that consumers are looking for convenience as well as visibility and control over their parcel delivery New research commissioned by leading parcel data management platform NetDespatch, reveals that 78% of consumers are now choosing alternative delivery options for their goods such as lockers, convenience stores, the Post Office and Click&Collect with only 22% saying that delivery to home…

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Don’t Dash to emulate Amazon

Don’t Dash to emulate Amazon

Dash is the latest service offering from Amazon to arrive in the UK.  Originally launched in the US in March 2015, the physical instant purchase button brings one-push buying for everyday essential items including nappies, toilet roll, dishwasher tablets and washing powder.  The branded wireless buttons are connected to an Amazon account and instantly enable the user to replenish household items.    This latest innovation can be considered a real game changer for the retail…

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Switching On Electric Transport for Scottish Businesses

Switching On Electric Transport for Scottish Businesses

­­­ There are many facets to a green economy and more focus is needed on roads, writes Jerry Stewart, Co-Director of Eagle Couriers, Scotland’s largest independent courier firm A well publicised key objective of the Scottish Government in recent years is to become a low-carbon economy. Alternative energy sources are already seeing investment and while a clean power supply is important, it is but one part of the mission to go green. So what about green…

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The Future Of Transport Management         

The Future Of Transport Management         

Steve Twydell of 3T (www.3t-europe.com) explains how technology is revolutionising transport management. It’s the million dollar question in logistics – how can we maximise vehicle utilisation? Achieve this, and the rewards will be bountiful: from reduced costs, to improved service levels, to reducing the number of freight vehicles on the road. But, like most really important things in life, the ‘what’ is easy – it’s the ‘how’ that causes the real headaches. Some suggest that…

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