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John Munnelly

Drivers are closer to the customer experience than ever before.

Thunderstorm and downpour on the M1 approaching the massive Magna Park campus of John Lewis to get in line with the giant green aero waggons of the high street retailer stamped with quality in a tradition dating from 1864 to a turnover today nearing four and half billion pounds. The camouflage blue multi-tone stripes of Magna Park sheds were in their element as the giant buildings merged into the clouds to hide the excellence of logistics that lay inside. Green boxes on Knapp systems for a delight of sortation.

IoC chairman Carl Lomas was in Guildhall yard, City of London to see it turned green by TfL for a fully-booked LoCity conference focused on clean air to save lives.

Electric vehicles, large and small were parked across the yard, even a hydrogen motor van alongside an electric cargo trike for final-mile.

Excellent and informative low emission speeches, breadth and width of logistics with a speed dating session.

Two minute technology talks in a roller coaster run of alternative fuel to consolidation solutions to bring down emissions.


FedEx TNT Express Settlement Date Wed 25 May 2016

Carl Lomas, Institute of Couriers Chair, comments,

There will be no half-day closing for logistics today.’ May 25th – the iconic brands of TNT and Fedex come together. The express logistics sector looks stronger than ever in an exploding marketplace of e-retail as shoppers move from high street to home delivery. Light van registrations up last year by 18% - these are exceptional times of change in the express courier sector. Get your DVD on tonight and load Castaway for Tom Hanks delivery home to the Memphis family.

FedEx president, David Bronczek,

This will be a profound moment in the history of these two great companies.

IoC in Manchester for the birth of a Northern govt freight group hosted by Transport for Greater Manchester TfGM. Are the Northern cities ready for logistics consolidation? Paul Davidson, (AECOM) focused on air, rail & water commenting,  ‘It's difficult to engage with road freight’. Helen Smith TfGM Head of Freight ‘We want this forum to deliver, we want ideas and we want to act on them.’


With exploding delivery numbers in the express delivery, shift from high street retail to home delivery expected to be half of all retail value by 2020, light van registrations up 18% in a single year and three Q4 million foot sortation sheds in middle England 2015. The next challenge is a workforce with skills to deliver the booming numbers in an evolving platform. Minister Nick Boles has delivered news set to provide a legacy, a step change in the sector, a trailblazer apprenticeship for express delivered before the end of the year, ready for levy.


Since mid-2014, the industry benchmark for wholesale diesel prices, ULSD10, has fallen by nearly 70% from around 50p per litre to a low of barely 15p per litre in January this year. The fall was so significant that there was even speculation that the Chancellor may look to cash in by increasing fuel duty to above the current rate of 57.95p per litre. Fortunately for motorists this never eventuated, however prices have since rebounded significantly in 2016 by nearly 10p per litre in less than four months - just in time for the busy summer driving season.


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.