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Industry news of relevance to Fellows and Members

John Hayes CBE MP, Minister of State for Transport Legislation & Maritime at the DfT has resigned today (09 Jan 2018) . He will be replaced by Jo Johnson MP who moves from BEIS where his portfolio included Universities, Science, Research & Innovation.

The Junior Minister's responsibilities include

    -taxi policy
   - transport legislation and Parliamentary liaison and coordination
    -transport skills
    -maritime policy

On-line sales for Christmas Day are expected to go over £800 million this year. Boxing Day looks big and looks set to impact on the tradition of visiting the High Street to walk off the Christmas pudding. We look to stay in-doors and shop by mobile on Boxing Day.

e-retail looks set to steal ground on the tradition of Boxing Day High Street walking exercise at the sales. It also looks like 40% of Boxing Day e-retail sales will be by mobile in the growing shift from laptop.

 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today launched a consultation on proposals to expand the reach of Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) emission standards for HGVs to vehicles of this class operating anywhere in London by October 2020.

The consultation also seeks views on plans to expand the geographical area of the ULEZ itself for remaining classes of motorised vehicles - cars, light vans and motorcycles - by October 2021.

The Mayor has already announced that the Ultra Low Emission Zone will be introduced in central London over a year early in April 2019, replacing the T-Charge with an even tighter emission standard.

East London tops the 2017 List for Black Friday Cyber Monday.

Nick Langdon, boss of Royal Mail Parcels reveals the geographic hot spots for 2017 Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Royal Mail today reveals the top ten areas in the UK where shoppers made the most online purchases over the course of Black Friday weekend

East London tops the list, followed by Kirkwall (Orkney, Scotland), Llandrindod Wells (Wales) and Milton Keynes.

The top ten is based on analysis of parcels accepted from retailers and businesses into the Royal Mail network between 20th November and 28th November.

Royal Mail has opened six dedicated parcel sort centres and recruited an additional 20,000 temporary staff to support its seasonal operation.

APC turnover rose just under one per cent to £103 million.

IOC fellow, APC chief executive Jonathan Smith.

Despite challenging market conditions, we’ve had a strong year. We’ve introduced a range of new services so that our network of depots can better serve their SME customers. Our investment in the business has meant that we’re closer than ever to our customers. We’re firm believers in SMEs being the backbone of the UK economy – it lives and dies by the successes of these small businesses. We therefore want to level the playing field and help SMEs scale-up their logistics management to match their growth plans.

 

We will cope and succeed to deliver.’ commented Jeffrey Ritterband FFIoC CitySprint

Home delivery, e-retail final mile looks set to set even bigger records than first predicted.

In 2016, more than a quarter of retail value was sold online, (source: IMRG) and that does not include eBay.

BBC News for this Black Friday - 2.5 Billion ‘online Sales’ in one day - The public have been considering for a week what they were to buy on Black Friday.

Manufacturers saying they have to sell on Black Friday to encourage more Christmas sales, but some retailers have said 'No' to Black Friday as they are losing more than they make.

‘Winners this year are the shoppers as retailers make low profits’. Black Friday has been stretched all week, Black Tag week on electronic goods, free home delivery.

Many retailers have stretched the other side to Monday 27th. Big sortation shed folk are talking a new term, Sortation Sunday.

Over a hundred thousand new two-wheelers sold in the UK last year- Eve of Black Friday, take a look at the two wheel NEC bike showcase before Sortation Sunday and Cyber Monday.

Everything two wheels from retro cool bike launch to winter clothes at this year's NEC bike show.

Walk away with a pair of tyres straight from the stand. IOC were at the NEC, Motorcycle Live bike show this week.

The rails were stacked full of winter courier clothing at bargain prices.

IOC chair got turbo-charged when he met the restored Honda CX650 but it had no courier panniers!

IOC were guests of the MCIA for the Birmingham Bike Show and the 45th AGM of the MCIA.

Over a hundred thousand new two wheelers sold in the UK last year- UK fatalities on two wheels down 13% in 2016 DfT figures. Birmingham showcase for Motorcycle Live bike show. Everything two wheels from retro cool bike launch to winter clothes at this years NEC bike show. IOC most cool machine at the Motorcycle Live event goes to Honda for the re-invention of the step threw Super Cub, seriously cool machine for London Knowledge, a run to Brighton or some sunshine deliveries in the West End.

IoC Fellow Bob Black, former TNT, presently CEO Startrack Australia has just taken the Transport and Logistics national award for Australian CEO win.

Express logistics enters peak with a rich demand for workforce while UK Govt report lowest unemployment in 40 years.

National employer group for Dept for Work and Pensions reported (Nov 16) Unemployment is down 59,000 on the quarter and is the lowest rate since 1975.

Employment rate is at a near record of 75.0% with 32 million people in work. Official figures show that unemployment has remained at 4.3%, the lowest rate since 1975.

The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, also show that employment remains at a near record high, with 32 million people in work. Increases in full-time and permanent work are behind the figures. In the last year the number of people on zero hours contracts has fallen by 20,000.