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Institute of Couriers House of Lords New Fellows' Gowning 2018.

Sixty-six years since Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne, 200 guests, a new Vice President;  former minister John Hayes CBE joined Steve Norris and David Jamieson as a Vice President. Twelve fellows of the IoC were ceremonially gowned by Viscount, Lord Falkland on the terrace of the Lords via Black Rod's gate. Guests from DfT DWP and DfE amongst TfL and TfGM with the Master Carmen.

The 2018 Honorary Fellow was surface transport guru Leon Daniels. Professor Ming Lim was elected IOC chair for Asia group for the IOC.

Services to industry winners, Jeffrey Ritterband, Kevin Grey & Justin Moore joined Lord Falkland as Kate Lester of Diamond Logistics was honoured with her services to industry hood.

SSgt Shaun Stevenson 29 Regiment RLC took honorary Associate Membership from his National Courier Award. Lt Col Dave Miller RLC joined Lord Falkland and Lt Col Jane Hunter to present the award.

Girl Power in the line as IOC CEO Tracey Worth closed the 2018 line calling Carole Walker boss of Hermes for a 2018 fellows hood. CitySprint director, Gerard Keenan & Addison Lee head of courier, Kevin Valentine joined Tony Mannix from Clipper and Graham Thomas from Ocado to take 2018 hoods. Jason Gowan Diamond Logistics, Tiemen Van Bruggen, Post NL – Dutch Post, Michael Spence Swift Group & Nick Cusworth for APC formed part of the 2018 dozen ceremonial hoods. Existing fellows took line in tradition to welcome the new twelve. 2018 looks a year to remember as Express numbers continue their explosion and top talk from the top players was at the fingertips in the network event of final mile, courier and express for 2018.

Honorary Fellows of the IOC present included Sir Peter Hendy, chairman Network Rail, Vice Chancellor of the University of Staffordshire, Prof. Liz Barnes and Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell.  The Master Carmen was present, LMU Dean Prof. Simon Jones Dean of Guildhall School of Business alongside DfT, DfE & DWP officials making a transport and trailblazer and compliance showcase for express and courier.

The Institute of Couriers spent life on the yellow carpet at the Coventry Arena IntraLogisteX trade show, a packed full house of all things logistics in the very last days of February. Snow hit the roads of delivery to challenge final mile express delivery beyond a peak.

Meanwhile in the warm halls of Intralogistex, guests at the show who covered all streams of logistics from road, rail, air and sea were challenged wit the task of defining the term ‘Express’ . Supply chain is the well respected term of material from source to client, purchase, manufacture, storage and logistics. The term logistics defining the transport and storage of the goods. Client chain is a new term driven by e-retail as the client begins to drive the timescales, not the raw materials.


Carl Lomas, chair of the Institute of Couriers and fellow in logistics at the University of Derby  delivered the  keynote speech on Express final mile logistics to a full seminar, standing room only on the yellow carpets of Coventry arena Intralogistex show.

Can we educate the client chain with a carbon solution ?

LoCity electrics, there are two groups, one charging at depot, the other home charging at roadside, the challenges are big at the roadside!

How are we educating our next generation logisticians, the Trailblazer solutions

Lomas covered the diversity of final mile from parcel and packet mail to clothing and food retail, using his classic Pineapple, multi-modal delivery of groceries free of charge to your door. Exploding express numbers, where did it begin and where will it end ?


IOC asked the question, what is this thing called express ?

Collecting a data sample with the aid of three Universities to look at the belief in the term, final mile - final metre, home delivery, who and what are we as a sector ?

Carl Lomas delivered a keynote speech on Express final mile logistics, innovation and the challenges. Workforce solutions through levy at mid-day on the first day of the show.

Inspection revealed food had been stored safely.

The Colonel is back on the road.

Rare to see our sector make such national news. A run of national meetings in logistics this week, ‘don’t mention the word chicken.’ as the KFC move from Bidvest to DHL unfolded with issues that brought delivery chain awareness to the World.

When big supply chains break it reveals the complexity of what we do and when the paperwork got sorted the news was good.

Rugby Borough Council

the food was stored safely.


IOC from Down-Under with Bob Black to out East

Prof Ming Lim takes new IOC role as head of Asia interest group

Tracey Worth reports,

The IOC is pleased to announce the spread of our institute as we see IOC Fellows work around the world. Bob Black a Founding Fellow, of TNT now heading up Australia and New Zealand and now we are pleased to announce that IOC Fellow Dr Ming Lim will chair our Asia Group as he takes up the post as Dean of College at Chongqing University, China.


Carl Lomas delivers inaugural lecture in Express final mile to the Manchester Fashion Institute at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

‘Carbon may be the measure of free home delivery.’

Carl Lomas, fellow in logistics at the University of Derby and chairman of the Institute of Couriers, chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Urban deliveries group was in Manchester to deliver the inaugural lecture of final mile, fashion express logistics at the Manchester Metropolitan University's  Manchester Institute of Fashion, introduced by Dr Ken Wilkinson.

DfE Institute for Apprenticeships hosted a supply chain advisory group in last days of February, a hot-house of expertise defining the roles and occupations.

Insitute of Couriers chairman, Carl Lomas, secretary to the Express trailblazer group joined a rich attendance list from Nestlé to Royal Mail, DHL to K&N.

Guests represented rail, maritime ports & road logistics - IOC for express. RHA for LGV, FTA for warehouse and storage. Kevin Shakespeare, Inst of Export talked air. The event hosted at the Institute of Apprenticeships' Coventry HQ closed with a unanimous reality. ‘We need a career map for supply chain.

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.