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Everywomen in Transport and Logistics Awards 2018 Supply Chain Leader award went to express final mile, IOC fellow, Faye Calland who took the win for supply chain leader 2018.

Faye Calland is National Same Day Manager - Storage, Fashion & Solutions, TNT.

Judged on: Leader – Celebrates a woman operating in a senior role within her organisation. Faye makes a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the business at TNT.

The Supply Chain Leader is awarded to a woman who is innovating and excelling in her role within the supply chain environment.


2018 Van driver of the Year award goes to ‘The Hoss’ GLH Driver David Hosler

Greater London Hire, one year on from their fifty year anniversary raised the bar again with a celebration bash to recognise excellence from bike to van in delivery success for London with the core value of family.

Inst of Couriers CEO Tracey Worth was in London with the GLH family and bagged a girl power photo with Zoe Walsh and Rossana Scott to join family in logistics and recognise people at the heart of the sector.

Eddie the Eagle lands on stage to present Swift Logistics a West Berkshire win.

Eddie the Eagle announces,

This year’s Most Committed Organisation to Learning award goes to the Swift Logistics Group, a Newbury-based distribution and warehousing company.

 Adrian Smith, Swift Logistics boss,

Our view at Swift is simple. investment and support of your community and the development of youth is a sound investment in your own future, we follow this mantra in all our decisions and investments in both our business activities and many and varied communities support programs. Our community matters. It’s sustainable, responsible and effective, and more importantly- it feels great!

IOC with the Warehouse Technology Group WTG conference in Manchester.

IOC chair, Carl Lomas got hands-on in the warehouse, now enjoying its eighth year – the WTGLive 'Smart Warehouse' event was a combination of keynote presentations, live demonstrations, advice clinics and networking for logistics and warehousing professionals.

Keynote speaker Mike Vernon, Head of Innovation at Kuehne & Nagel UK shared his extensive experience in employing warehouse technology to reduce costs, increase throughput and deliver a better customer experience.

Alistair Cochrane joins Whistl as Chief Development Director

Whistl, the leading delivery management company in the UK, has announced that Alistair Cochrane is joining the company on 2 July in the new role of Chief Development Director from Parcelforce Worldwide.

Alistair is no stranger to Whistl as he worked for many years at TNT Express, a former sister company of Whistl, then known as TNT Post UK.

Whistl, which is the largest bulk business mail company in the UK, has ambitious growth plans including in the parcels sector where Alistair has unparalleled experience both in the UK and Australia.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, ‘The employment rate has never been higher .

As we dare to think 2018 peak, where will we find workforce?

It's not just Heathrow setting month-on-month records. Employment rate is at a joint record high of 75.6% – this is the 17th record since 2010. All at a time when logistics from road to sortation, freight forwarding to express is in ever greater need of new workforce.

Milestone qualification for Express courier sector.

Hold the front page, Institute of Couriers Chairman Carl Lomas announced at the Microlise transport Conference, May 16  to the largest audience of transport professionals in the UK. Express courier Trailblazer is published today.

This will bring levy-funded training to front line final mile drivers.


IFA Trailblazer launch for express courier drivers

Five thousand expected in first year for levy paid twelve month qualification in Express final mile delivery.

Three years in the making, employer built for next generation final mile delivery operators.

The training is already indexed and mapped, find it on the IOC web.


‘Bridging the gap between the perceptions of academics and apprenticeship streams.’

The STAT Supply chain skills network June conference started with strong, extra strong coffee in Friday sunshine at the Connaught rooms with three young apprentices introducing the event that was focused on next generation workforce.

The very latest skills-forecasting document, published the previous day, was on the tables. The apprentices opened the event and closed it, they spoke about bridging the gap between perceptions of the two stream options, academic or apprentice.

Keynote by Mike Brown, ‘We must rise to the challenge and find our future talent.

Words from the under sec of state, Nusrat Gahni and powerful deliveries from employers including Skanska, Network Rail, Highways England alongside CIPD boss Peter Cheese who spoke more consistent language on core skills in the supply chain.

Nick Wells talks acquisition of Parcelhub and Mail Workshop for Whistl

Whistl is the UK's largest Downstream Access Business Mail provider and is actively pursuing growth strategies in the doordrop media, parcels, fulfilment and international markets across the UK.

FORS Version 5 – Vans and two-wheelers coming.

FORS standard in the new Trailblazer degree apprenticeship.

Fleet operator recognition scheme, FORS almost ten years old and set to launch version five of the standard at this year’s national conference in middle England on October 16th.

FORS was built and designed for trucks, tachographs and trailers at its heart, bronze, silver and gold FORS accreditation stickers on the back of almost five thousand trucks today.

FORS looks set to make a turn to re-focus on vans and even include powered two-wheelers for this decade’s showcase of road safety standards.