IoC news

IoC news

Industry news of relevance to Fellows and Members

IoC were back at the NEC for the month of May, Multi Modal marked the last of the big transport trade shows. Road, rail, air and sea is what makes multi in the modal title, shipping packages by water and air, networks were well showcased from pallet to part load. APC were showcased as the chosen network for PGS Global by Scott Allington.


Shadow Treasury Minister Seema Malhotra joined college principal Tracey Aust and Carl Lomas IOC chairman to cut the red ribbon and open the door to an aspiring next-generation workforce in the hot-spot of logistics - Heathrow.

The ribbon cut marked the official opening of West Thames College's new Skills and Logistics Centre at Boundaries Road, Feltham.


Carl Lomas MBE, Chair IoC was present at West Thames College today for the visit of the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra MP.

IOC fellows in Birmingham, two trade shows, a keynote lecture and a heads of industry meeting in the Top 500 lounge.

EDX theme was S-O-L-D, Supply Chain, Operations, Logistics & Delivery. Behind the buy button to support multichannel retail. Making a perfect diary date clash with the Commercial Vehicle Show, it was a short walk on the travelator to take in everything from vehicle to shed across four halls of the NEC.

Final mile electric light van centre stage of the CV show 2016

Commercial Vehicle show, 3 halls of the NEC, stands sold out for 15th birthday. The CV show has become the go-to place for van, whilst Scania trucks stood tall this was van land in a sector taking a new focus on the exploding home delivery, e-retail final mile.


Helen Smith TfGM comments,

Greater Manchester is committed to delivering a vision to ensure our city region has a world-class transport network that supports long-term, sustainable economic growth and access to opportunities for all. On behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is currently developing the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040. This strategy will be supported by a number of sub-strategies which are at various stages of development. These include the Greater Manchester Freight and Logistics Strategy.


Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge wins the London Marathon (2hrs 3mins 5secs) started in outer space by British astronaut Tim Peake as TNT were firmly on the roads to showcase of logistics excellence as the millionth runner sets to cross the line.

200 tonnes of drinks, more than a million drinks bottles, finishers packs & medals.

All done while London is full and the roads are closed !

A marathon effort swung into action behind the scenes to support Race Day for Virgin London Marathon.

Ben Cox - Senior Contract Manager - TNT UK, describes the mammoth effort that goes into preparing for Race Day.

Our team at TNT is already working round the clock to ensure everything is ready, whether it’s the bottle of water runners reach for at the mile markers, the revitalising supplies handed to runners as they cross the line, or the finisher medal around their neck that makes it all worthwhile.


IOC were on the M25 ring north of London to take a look at Top Flight, they have a consolidation option for clients to Central London postcodes and ring all the bells for TfL with Carbon Neutral and Crossrail compliance.


Association of education and learning providers, AELP were in the hot spot of East Midlands for logistics, hosted by Matthew Watson Scania at their national truck training centre Loughborough for the specialist sector group responsible for logistics. Chair James Billingham had a host of speakers from LEP to employers. Sue Tilley spoke for LLEP & the midlands engine, Matt Agnew for Scania, this is the largest Scania training centre in the World. Sarah Bell for Univ of Derby spoke about apprenticeship degrees a step to management in the logistics with clear sector focus. Stephen Ram Kissun rounded up with SFA and gave an update on AELP before thanking sponsor SQA.

Sarah Wixey, project manager freight & fleet programmes says congratulations to both Carl and Nigel. Carl Lomas from the Institute of Couriers has been selected as the Chair of the van working group and Nigel Base from SMMT will be the Vice-Chair – There will be a conference on May 25th in London and the first van group sector meeting needs to be in your diary for June 15th.