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Industry news of relevance to Fellows and Members

The Big Green Machine of over 900 vehicles relocates its HQ to Meadow Hall business park and sets up a new Sheffield DC in a city that has been the Tuffnells home for a century.

The Sheffield DC has moved after fifty years service. Tuffnells has moved its main distribution centre to a purpose-built facility at Europa Close, Sheffield. The four acre site is home to 40 vehicles and 50 loading bays, almost 140 staff and a new double layer conveyor belt system for sortation.

Employment remains at near-record high.

IOC reported last week big numbers for Valentine's, first peak of 2018.  As logistics delivery numbers rise workforce remains the priority and recruitment is tough. Today, Wed Feb 21st DWP Minister Alok Sharma brings news of highest employment on record at a time when logistics needs more individuals in a shrinking recruitment market.

SEGRO, the UK leading real estate investment trust (REIT) of modern warehousing woke Blighty Radio Four listeners on the breakfast show this week with big 2017 figures and news e-retail was the key driver.

CEO David Sleath,

The structural drivers of demand in our sector (urbanisation, growth of the digital economy and e-commerce) are likely to underpin occupier demand for some time to come and these, coupled with our modern, well-located assets, our current development pipeline and our land bank all offer significant opportunities for future growth.

What did you get your Valentine and what’s in your sortation and driver routes for the special day ?

Did you get your date-night dinner delivered ?  Did you send a washing machine to your Valentines ? Did your pet get a loved-one present ?  

Whatever the goods, Valentines numbers are up for first Express delivery peak of 2018.

DPD boss Dwain McDonald,

We are devastated by the news of Don Lane's passing. There will be a strategic review.


Nineteen year DPD driver Don Lane from Dorset died after working through the Christmas peak, his wife spoke out to the Guardian.

The Guardian reported,

A courier for the parcel giant DPD who was fined for attending a medical appointment to treat his diabetes collapsed and died of the disease, it has emerged. Don Lane, 53, from Christchurch in Dorset, missed appointments with specialists because he felt under pressure to cover his round and faced DPD’s £150 daily penalties if he did not find cover, his widow has told the Guardian.

Announcing the government's response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, the Prime Minister said today:

We recognise the world of work is changing and we have to make sure we have the right structures in place to reflect those changes, enhancing the UK’s position as one of the best places in the world to do business.

We are proud to have record levels of employment in this country but we must also ensure that workers’ rights are always upheld.

Our response to this report will mean tangible progress towards that goal as we build an economy that works for everyone.

Matthew Taylor recognised that the UK’s employment law and tax law can fail to provide the clarity that employers and individuals need. The Government is also launching a detailed consultation examining options, including new legislation, to make it easier for both the workforce and businesses to understand whether someone is an employee, worker or self-employed - determining which rights and tax obligations apply to them.

Bert Nappier is the new president of FedEx Europe, CEVA appoints Eddie Aston as their new UK managing director and Luke Jensen becomes an executive director at OCADO.

2018 news feb jobs that move

A New Year, a New Start.
The Logistics and Passenger Transport Campaign 22nd January – 2nd February 2018.

Jobs that Move - Institute of Couriers chairman, Carl Lomas talks stairways and routes in Job Centre national masterclass call on Express logistics.

Our sector needs more workforce, we need our next generation, we are asking JCP for help.


Put a pineapple on your JCP desk and pass on my message: logistics is a job for life.


Speaking to the DWP – Job Centre Plus - National Jobs that Move conference, Carl Lomas asked for help,

We need more next-generation workforce in Express logistics.

ASOS CEO Nick Beighton said,

We achieved an exceptional performance in the UK, while momentum in international sales continued.

We acquired 2.6 million active customers year on year and saw encouraging movements across all key customer KPIs. Velocity in our technology programmes continued, with a record number of releases.

Our customer proposition was further enhanced in the U.K. with the launch of Try Before You Buy and ASOS Instant, our same day delivery proposition.

IOC fellow and CitySprint boss Patrick Gallagher comments,

Very proud to support Asos and provide ultimate delivery convenience with our same day delivery service On the dot UK . It is not rocket science. Delivery convenience and faster delivery support shopping habits of consumers such as impulse buying. The retailer said its UK sales benefitted from the launch of same-day delivery and "Try Before You Buy".

Yodel, January news is Andrew Peeler new chief executive officer.

The announcement follows a successful Christmas peak for Yodel, which saw a 20% improvement in its TrustPilot rating and an average customer satisfaction score of 82% during its busiest period.

Dick Stead, chairman remains. Andrew Peeler joined Yodel from the fastest growing Bupa unit in ANZ, and prior to that was involved in the turnaround of one of Bupa’s largest businesses.

Earlier in his career, he played a key role in a successful transformation acquisition for Cadbury Schweppes in the USA and the financial recovery of Premier Foods.

Andrew joined Yodel  in September as chief financial officer, has previously held several senior executive and board positions  in Europe, America and Australia at international blue chip companies including Unilever, Cadbury Schweppes, Premier Foods and Bupa.

He has broad commercial and financial experience and has been pivotal in both expanding and turning big businesses around.