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Industry news of relevance to Fellows and Members

IOC Heads of Industry round table – virtual on Zoom – fellows followed from their laptop.

Hands up, clappers rattling, thumbs up in a very interactive zoom with three life services and two honorary fellows onboard.



IOC Vice President, former transport minister, Sir John Hayes CBE MP and one hundred thousand vans at the table for the top-level briefing of all things express. Three life services fellows online for the event, Jeffrey Ritterband, Justin Moore & Alistair Cochrane.

Sir John spoke from Westminster as the days COVID briefing unfolded, Sir John then congratulated the express sector for delivering in lockdown and announced news of the National Courier Awards, "my formal job is to tell you and cut the ribbon as the awards go on the road and are delivered to you."

Fellows lodged questions in a hot house of ten min keynotes from Govt to region, TfL & TfGM finishing with expert Alan Lewis on IR35 Covid-19 furlough.

Each keynote with a focused operator question.

Graham Thomas, Ocado ‘Asked Renault when they can deliver the EV van and where were they are on 4.25 ton availability with batteries for a regular licenced driver.’

Emma Smith Hermes asked DWP when the new express introduction course would be nationally available.

Rob Scott GLH queried TfL on road space. Chris Floyd DPD sought communication channels from IOC Hon fellow Highways England boss Jim O’Sullivan’s key note on UK strategic roads network.

Andy Margolis, Tuffnells asked national police for reporting procedures and Richard England Cambridge Co asked Alan Lewis for a future furlow vision.

IOC wrapped the whole masterclass in less than two hours, A full briefing from latest freight policy on road and region to furlough on the payroll. It was not to be missed.

Fellows can recap the whole zoom on the IOC web at their leisure.


CORONAVIRUS - Express courier - FINAL MILE – A peak we never planned for.

Coronavirus Final Mile – pinch point to delivery

Express sector has been at the heart of sustaining stay-at-home self-isolation delivery for the UK - from food to prescriptions, computers for home-working parcels of every shape and size helping stay at home and now helping Britain return to work.

IOC asks the public to help complete the final mile food delivery, mark your door, ‘I am at home, please knock and leave goods outside



Carl Lomas IOC Chairman

Covid, a period of finest hour for final mile delivery, 200% volumes on the BtoC networks supporting stay at home, self-isolation. A peak never planned, our sector tested beyond any peak we have seen. Cyber Monday every day of the week, the longest peak on record. IOC campaign asking the public to mark their doors and help keep our drivers safe at the doorstep; delivery without contact.


Tracey Worth, IOC CEO

Mapping the express courier, trunk and none trunk networks. The IOC worked to link resource to need across the sector – Final mile, food, medical, prescription, work-at-home goods, parcels of every shape and size to help stay at home isolation.

Express courier supporting the client chain has proven resilience to deliver; from national networks to regional and local owner-operator couriers. The sector will be recognised at the National Courier Awards on Oct 20th.


Click read more below and take a look at the IOC final mile code of practice - launched by the IOC for Easter Weekend; a new code reinforcing the existing IOC best-practice code of values.

Bumper IOC Sunday emails have provided the sector with weekly COVID-19 updates, from Cabinet Office through DfT, DVSA and DWP as well as fellows' Zoom meetings and newsflash updates.

Sector expert on employment status and furlough, Alan Lewis of Constantine Law has briefed fellows every step of the way.



Counter Terrorism Policing are warning Couriers and delivery companies to refresh their mail screening policies and training after a series of incendiary devices were sent via mail throughout the UK.


Lloyd Dunn, CEO at DX, ‘Two million pound turnaround, the sleeping giant is awake.’

Ronald Series, Chairman ‘DX fully operational throughout COVID

DX (Group) plc reports a return to full-year profitability for first time in four years in its full-year report issued Thursday Sept 17th.


55.5 billion vehicle miles in 2019

4.1 million licensed vans in 2019

Major diversification of types of van on the UK market


Latest sign of confidence - Two new sites, Oxford & Westbury

DX has announced the opening of two new depots, in Westbury and Oxford, as part of the ongoing expansion of its depot network. Both depots will serve DX’s Freight division, which specialises in the B2B and B2C delivery of items of irregular dimensions and weight (“IDW”).

Thousands of Deliveroo customers will be able to access Waitrose food in as little as 30 minutes as part of a new trial to give customers a taste of what the future of convenience shopping could look like for Waitrose.

The move underlines the supermarket’s ambition to use new partnerships alongside its own channels to make it more convenient for customers to buy Waitrose products


Did you know that the first postal use of tricycles began in Coventry in 1880?

The post loads were getting far too heavy for the posties to carry on two-wheeled bikes, so a basket carrier tricycle like this one was introduced.

After the history lesson comes some bang up-to-date market sampling data on the trends in online as we emerge from the first wave of COVID-19.

Volta Trucks and DPD bring full-electric large commercial vehicle parcel deliveries to London's Ultra Low Emission Zone

DPD is to commence trials of the Volta Zero, the world's first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne delivery vehicle, in Q1-2021.

The Volta Zero will be tested by DPD within London's Ultra Low Emission Zone in Q1-2021, supporting their micro-depot strategy.


IOC hon fellow, Mike Brown MVO, former Commissioner for Transport for London, joins Mott MacDonald’s shareholders’ committee

Mott MacDonald has appointed Mike Brown MVO as an independent member of its shareholders’ committee.

As part of the 20-strong committee comprised of senior Mott MacDonald employee shareholders, Mike will provide support, oversight and challenge to the executive board. With extensive experience of infrastructure industry leadership, he will also advise on strategies and key issues, endorsing significant decisions and actions.

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