IoC News - April 2015

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The Final Mile question at Multimodal NEC

Logisticians rarely click and collect, only 25% believe cost of delivery is very important and only 30% believe speed is very important.

Over six thousand final mile questions asked by the IOC at the biggest trade show of the year, three days and a staggering collection of answers about what you as logisticians believe are the issues of final mile in the e-retail shift of shopping from high street to home delivery. A dedicated team of logistics students from Manchester met univ manned the ipads to ask courier, road, rail and air folk what they thought.

Logisticians rarely click and collect, only 25% believe cost of delivery is very important and 30% believe speed is very important. The detailed analysis of more than six thousand answers is being processed by Manchester Met. Its not too late to have your say in the final mile answers.

Click this link for a two minute survey on your e-retail actions, two minutes and make your voice count in this final mile question set.

IOC at the Multi Modal NEC trade show, logisticians buzzed with transport news. Click here for the report. The red trucks were sold. American based XPO had purchase of Norbert Dentressangle for $3.5bn

Prof Tracey Worth LMU, John Bowman, Peter Acton and IOC chair Carl Lomas MBE on the IOC team at Multimodal.

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APC Overnight has brought in Jonathan Smith, former chief executive of Yodel, to take over as CEO from Karl Brown.

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Smith led the separation of DHL’s domestic express business from its global parent, as well as its integration with the Home Delivery Network to form Yodel. He was subsequently appointed as the new company’s CEO, a position he held until 2012. Former CEO, Karl Brown, will continue to sit on APC board of directors as well as maintaining his position as chairman of his three APC depots; Direct Logistics, in Thorne and Express Logistics in Nottingham and Stockport. It’s first time in the APC’s 20 year history that someone from outside the business has taken the top position. Smith said: “My first role as CEO will be to conduct an in-depth review of the company’s operations, to develop a strategy on how APC Overnight can continue to expand into what has become one of the UK’s most rapidly changing sectors.” APC chairman Jon Barber FIoC said: “It has been a long term aspiration of the business to appoint an independent external chief executive to take over the reins of the business and that was one of my main aims when taking on the role of chairman.”


Commercial Vehicle CV Show 2015 at the NEC

IOC at the CV show to see an automatic and celebrate the 50th birthday for the Ford transit van.

The two hall, three day show long has been the stalwart showcase of the commercial truck but this has become the courier industry show to see the working van. 2015 was no exception in the April sunshine where Jamie Oliver Renault food vans waited with replenishment to power you about the halls of the Birmingham NEC.

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Ford banners so big you could have been mistaken that this was the Transit show, the iconic transit sat centre stage of Ford. Vauxhall, Renault and Fiat with big showcase stands of ever van in every form. Iveco stole the show for the working van, they have gone auto with an exclusive eight speed box that has e for economy or p for power.

Motorbikes, tankers and fridge vans amongst hybrids and electrics, a great deal of bicycle detection kit, TFL on hand with the Met to talk London and FORS, Nelson Distribution showcased Palletforce from their Derby hub. RHA went racy with Ingram’s number eighty rally car but Bloodhound sat fastest trick in the show by the Stobart curtain siders. TIP trailers took nostalgia serious and showcased a Raleigh Chopper, this was no replica and no automatic, it was the  gearstick in the frame model.

Take an exclusive full photo tour of the 2015 CV show over in the members' area.


Sec of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP meets IoC.

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National employers from TNT, Office Depot, Wincanton and Lafarge-Tarmac joined regional logistics companies alongside many local SMEs to look at the Sector Growth Plan for logistics and distribution in the LLEP region.  Hosted at the Scania Technical Training Centre near Loughborough discussions were around roads and infrastructure and issues for business growth. Arriving at the logistics spotlight event in a brand new Scania truck driven by truck instructor Mark Agnew, the Sec of State for Education Nicky Morgan was amongst the truckers to showcase education and recognise the top logistics apprentices in the region.

'Attracting the right people to the industry is a key aim of the sector and the apprentices honoured are already setting the standards for others to follow'.

Full report here.


HOT NEWS! FedEx TNT deal at 4.4billion euros

UPS long gone from the TNT purchase, FedEx looks set to buy its Dutch rival TNT Express for €4.4bn, dramatically increasing its European presence.

A post Easter conditional agreement between FedEx Corporation and TNT Express N.V. has been announced. This strategic acquisition comes following a recommended all-cash offer for all issued and outstanding ordinary shares. The deal is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016. The European regional headquarters of the combined companies will remain in the Netherlands. The combined companies look a good match and are set to be a strong global competitor in the transportation and logistics industry, drawing on the considerable and complementary strengths of both FedEx and TNT Express.FedEx intends to finance the Offer by utilizing available cash resources and through existing and new debt arrangements.

TNT Express operates in more than 200 countries and maintains a leading role in the road freight network in Europe. TNT currently employs some 65,000 people including 8,500 staff in the UK at headquarters in Warwickshire and at 54 depots across the country. 600 trucks a night run through the Atherstone depot alone. The roads strength of TNT with the air opportunities of FedEx looks one of the best matches in many of the recent mergers in the sector.



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