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Industry news of relevance to Fellows and Members

Following the green signs for Freight in The City with a rooftop view of smog across London.

Top of the N22 hill, Scania trucks at the front door of the Ally Pally venue, a monster-sized John Lewis double-deck trailer inside; a forum to debate the challenges and explore the opportunities that continue to emerge in the urban logistics sector.

Alex Williams TfL key comment noted the freight plans for the future, Ian Clough DHL and Rob Fowler DPD spoke express delivery and Ben Farrell John Lewis of retail delivery overtaking high street sales.

Latest trucks and vans in the exhibition hall, Renault EV below the Palm Court window, Gnewt volume van electric at the organ end of the Grand Hall. Seminar room had all topics, avoiding PCNs, counter terrorism, all the way to direct vision, it was an exceptional opportunity to bump into chums, network and talk clean air above the London smog of the City and West End. If you did not make it, take a look at the snaps gallery below.

‘Diversity driving Transport’

Tracey Worth, chair of diversity for STAT DfT formed a November power house focus table to review the issues. ‘Diversity in Transport logistics, where can we go?.’

‘My question to the table is dealing with cross-sector logistics; freight, air, rail and water.’

The table responded with key views and a vision for a forum for the sector.


Hermes UK boss, chief executive Martijn De Lange ,

We are extremely proud to officially open our state-of-the-art depot in Hemel Hempstead, which will significantly increase the network capacity in the South East. This project demonstrates our total commitment to environmentally friendly, world-class delivery solutions, not just for today, but for the foreseeable future.

The new green Hermes depot opens pre-peak with 80,000 sq ft at Prologis Park in Hemel Hempstead covering the south east geographic with easy access to M1 and M25.


Clean air final mile - operator input, academics and retailers

Asking the sustainability question about lithium mining

TfL light vehicle LoCITY event hosted in the heart of the City of London at London Met University to talk all things express, final mile, last mile.

Carl Lomas chairing with Donata MacCrossan for TfL - DfT in the room. Operators, retailers and academics in a hot house of all things clear air for final mile.

Guests and group members from vehicle manufacturers, including LDV, to retailers, including Sainsbury’s and a host of operators: Fedex, ZE Cargo, Mango, Addison Lee and more using all forms of energy; hydrogen, LPG, electric-only and hybrids.

Ten Nissan eNV2000s spearhead Westminster operation.

News this week DPD opened its all-electric parcel depot in the heart of Westminster and announced plans for a further seven all-electric sites in the capital.

Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD commented, ‘This is a hugely significant announcement for us with Westminster set to be the first of a series of all-electric DPD depots.’

John Lewis Partnership announces ambitious plan for reducing HGV emissions during Green GB Week on Tuesday. All John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners heavy delivery trucks will be switched to low-carbon biomethane-powered versions by 2028, cutting HGV emissions by over 80%

Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, 'The UK has led the world in cutting emissions whilst growing our economy.

IOC in Birmingham for the FORS Fleet Operators conference

More than the trucks, version five, powered two wheels and vans.

IOC were in Birmingham this week to hear theory test and CBT as a minimum standard for powered two wheelers.  Full house, standing room only, a big audience for bacon sandwich breakfast at the National Motorcycle Museum. Car parks so full we were in the supporting field to get our blue lanyards.

From breakfast it was time to take a look at the FORS national conference exhibition before sitting in on the keynotes, ‘fuel champion has moved to Bronze standard.’ Lots of V5 knowledge with lashings of CLOCS and DVS. Lunch and then service provider’s exhibitions/surgeries for a full FORS day with VIP keynote from Rob Flello talking relationships and a single voice for the sector.

How does the Express courier Trailblazer qualification fit inside the govt levy and qualification delivery?

Express Trailblazer group were invited to the National Trailblazer conference, hosted at the Manchester City football stadium in an ocean of pale blue success for apprenticeship delivery across all sectors.

Keynote by the Minister Anne Milton to a full house of employers and Trailblazer chairs. ‘Next generation workforce success and value for money for the employers.’

Twenty-two years of final-mile excellence for National Courier Awards

Rattle the clappers, light-show and fanfares for the best-of-the-best in Express final-mile courier. Pledges of Code of Practice and level 6 degree in Express management announced.

18 for 18 in 2018; eighteen silver-C awards for the 2018 National Courier Awards

Ten thousand words of nominations for the 22nd year of the National Courier Awards with four corporate wins and treble-three for Hermes with DWP 'Wheels to Work'.

A big four-wheel group marked ‘Year of the Van’

David Jamieson Safety Award goes to O’Donovan Waste

Lifetime achievement dished out to Adrian Smith as Express sector rattled their clappers for the final mile.

'Doing the right thing' – pledge to a code of practice.

Bacon sandwich start for double-diary win returned for 2018: a fellows-only, round table heads of industry preceded the 22nd National Courier Awards  at the IoD, Pall Mall, London SW1 on Tuesday October 9th 2018.

Doing the right thing', code of practice document nears final draft as IOC has looked outside the sector - at the table with BRC, (British Retail Consortium) and SHIFT, the leading expert in UN guiding principles on business and human rights. IOC reported back to fellows at the IoD event.


Download the draft pledge here  v2.9 PDF