IOC News - January - April 2012

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April 2012

    Budget Headlines hold little surprizes to industry. Fuel will continue to go up.

    Click on news Item Budget 2012

March 2012

    144 days to go – Fellows update sent out for VCP's and Parking Access.

    150 days to go – Olympic deliveries will get through.

    150 days to go marked the date for the latest freight forum TfL meeting on Olympic road logistics and transport issues. The date milestone was also marked with excellent news on the outer  security cordons. Peter Hendy talking to IOC Chair Carl Lomas, ‘Courier company vehicles with recognisable livery will be let through the vehicle permit checkpoints of the Olympics. Deliveries will get through.’


CitySprint launches new look

New look for UK’s largest same day distribution network marks next phase of growth . CitySprint has launched a new-look brand identity, a key milestone for the company as it looks to build on significant growth during the past year.

February 2012

UPS bid for Europe’s second largest parcel carrier, TNT - UPDATE 23rd Feb

TNT Express N.V. news out late Friday that it has received an unsolicited non-binding proposal from United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) for the acquisition of the whole of the issued capital of TNT Express at an indicative price of € 9 per ordinary share. TNT Express N.V. received unsolicited offer late on Friday 17 February 2012

Manchester Metropolitan University - The Changing Face of Careers in Logistics and Transport.

This show case event heard good speakers, nearly seventy students and a strong participation of private sector transport experts in the audience. Manchester Metropolitan University delivers a Master’s degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management. Dr David Lascelles senior lecturer for Manchester Met introduced the event. Employers showcasing logistics included Stobbart, Stagecoach, Asda & Viridor Waste Management. Ian Williams from System training spoke on the vocational delivery of QCF and apprenticeships during the panel feedback. More students were in attendance from Sheffield Hallam and Huddersfield University.

Carl Lomas MBE, chair of the Institute of Couriers was there and commented, ‘It was a great engagement event to showcase logistics to future logisticians, the expert panel delivered variety from road, rail, air and multi modal. Passion was the key word.’

Transport for London TfL are hosting Freight advice Programs London & UK wide

You can find a great deal of congestion & hot spot, security and parking data on the 2012 section of the TfL web, notes of the freight group meetings on the IOC site under news and members only. Institute of Couriers line remains, ‘at this stage substantial traffic congestion should be expected and the real solution lies with customer awareness’

Whilst attendees are not likely to be restricted you do need to apply on line for the FAP Freight advice workshops. Follow on Fellows Briefing or CLICK HERE

BMF welcome London Bus Lanes 2012 New Year Resolution whilst Simon Best Chief Executive of IAM is cautious.

It’s been a long wait but Transport for London’s decision to give motorcycles permanent access to bus lanes on the majority of the Capital's red routes from the 23rd of this month has been welcomed by the British Motorcyclists Federation. ‘Boris kept his bikes in bus lane promise to the BMF’ Coming after the conclusion of numerous trials that first started in 2002, Transport for London (TfL) say that while the safety of motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users has proved to be unaffected, the opening up of bus lanes helps to reduce journey times for motorcyclists, reduces carbon dioxide emissions and achieves a key strand in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “This change will improve congestion and journey times for motorcyclists, and responsible bikers should find it safer being in a bus lane. Safer motorcycling in busy cities will encourage more moped and motorcycle use which can only be a good thing for traffic flow. But the evidence does show two of the most vulnerable road user groups – motorcyclists and cyclists – will be at more risk. IAM conclude their advice for motorcyclist by confirming bus lanes tend to have uneven surfaces

The Olympic Games 2012 are here less than 200 days to go!

TfL January Courier & Express working group sat Friday the 13 th, Jubilee line problems backed up the City of London but TNT, UPS, DHL, City Sprint & Lewis Day courier colleagues still made it on-time for the latest TfL updates, road closures, postcode data & parking and 196 days to go for the Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Institute Of Couriers Chairman Carl Lomas reflects ‘Solutions to the Olympic traffic jam will be the legacy of greatness for the traffic desk controllers of the courier industry. We need TfL to help manage client expectations during the games. Motorcycles, cycles and walkers will be key to the same day delivery solution.’  Institute of Couriers secretary Tracey Worth, ‘Deliveries mean more time and travel, this will cost more money and with difficult economic times the customer’s understanding will be paramount. ‘

January 2012 - Happy New Year and may it be a special Jubilee and Olympic year

Skills Council exciting  future. Skills for Logistics netted four million pounds of funding for the next two years and has great motivation for the year ahead.

IOC Fellow and Chief exec of the Council, Mick Jackson comments ‘It certainly is exciting times ahead.  Hot spots and bubbles, employer demand.  Local dev agency model fit – a really key part of our proposition which makes it ‘of its time’ as far as economic development is concerned – this more than anything has differentiated us and our ideas from the main body of SSCs’

Carl Lomas IOC chair reports on the December trade bodies meeting with the council at the Institute of Directors in London,  handouts and a very focused agenda with the skills council planned move to a Guild.  Job adverts for a variety of new senior roles in both the council and academy are in the January CILT Focus magazine . The trade bodies welcomed the new model, a regional hot spot sector focused model with employer driven demand . The skills academy is particularly examining Level one nvqs to open  the school door for recruitment to the stairway and logistics jobs.