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IoC news

Industry news of relevance to Fellows and Members

Institute of Couriers chairman, Carl Lomas looks at the headlines,

Lomas, ‘Infrastructure remains key, fleet charge at a hub or individual driver charge at home ?

Nigel Banes SMMT, ‘ A patchwork quilt of London geographics, street-by-street compliance is not the way.

Simon Scarfe TfL, ‘Working with 33 London Boroughs is a big job. Compare it to 33 small cities

Sam Clarke Gnewt, ‘ Working in silos will create a long road to success.'

Tracey Worth IOC, ‘Clean air is not just about alternative fuel !

The full house tallied up 24 thousand vans at a single DfT round table, with giant display TVs for the energetic agenda.

Thursday, 12th April at 4.00 pm Regus Heathrow, Bath Road.

IOC chairman Carl Lomas was a guest of Hounslow Chamber at the oblong table of the Regus office at Heathrow with shippers, freight forwarders and handlers talking logistics in a frank and heated exchange opening on infrastructure. ‘Heathrow understands cargo but do they see cargo as a market ?

Keynotes followed on next generation workforce, e-retail digitisation and a finish on alternative fuel vehicles for clean air at Heathrow.

IOC Chairman Carl Lomas, sec of the DfE Inst for Apprenticeships Express employer group talks employment status and levy qualifications.

Lomas met Ben from Yodel to explain the latest position of apprenticeship qualifications for the Express sector and take a broad look at the IOC Taylor response document.

Capturing his thoughts - It’s a sector-wide issue, there is a lot of material on the IOC web worth a look, easy summaries for both Taylor, the IOC response and the March 2018 Good Work document response. There is also a full bubble on the express qualifications  where the first delivery that uses levy is very close at both manager and frontline driver level.


An ocean of space, painted shades of blue, 21m tall, speculatively built on the M1 Middle England corridor at the heart of exploding e-retail.

IOC maintained its influence on the work of Local Enterprise Partnerships in the last week of March.  As an active member of the SEMLEP Logistics Forum we contributed to an event at the Altitude building at Magna Park in Milton Keynes.

SEMLEP is viewed by government as the most effective of the LEPs and other LEPS are adopting their ideas on employer engagement and implementation of local growth plans.  In the SEMLEP area, logistics employs nearly 100,000 people, so IOC's work with SEMLEP ensures the needs of the Express Delivery sector are to the fore in their plans.

Discussion in the Forum – attended by employers, local councils, training organisations and academics from nearby Cranfield University -  covered career pathways for young people and ways to promote apprenticeships in the sector.

Mike Brown opened the Friday morning event with group focus on how TfL can work in partnership with the freight industry and business community to deliver the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS).

Big final mile players in the room - Hermes, DPD & DHL among the final mile folk - Ocado & John Lewis.

Exploding express, a third of all transport today is final mile and it was well represented.

Academics from Westminster and Sheffield.

Heavy truck folk talked parking tickets dominating but real focus was on Mayor's Transport Strategy; find an easy link to the new document on the IOC web.

Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport is a cornerstone of my vision for a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city.


IOC chair of electric vehicle group, Sam Clarke is looking at green beyond the power train.

Gnewt Cargo is participating in a trial to investigate whether ‘parcel porters’ could help reduce carbon emissions from delivery vans.

Researchers from four universities are delivering the project, in which porters will meet with van drivers at the kerbside and receive pre-prepared bags of parcels to deliver to homes and offices on foot.

It is expected that this could reduce the amount of time vans spend out on delivery, thus improving local air pollution due to the decreased mileage per round.

Whistl, the big orange postal machine, has announced that Fabiola Sharratt is to join the company on 3 April as Operations Director and will sit on the Executive Board.

Fabiola was Group Operations Director at the British e-commerce company, The HUT, which is Europe’s fastest growing health and beauty online retailer.

The IOC was on hand as LoCity opened their Fuels In Action roadshow today at Kempton Park racecourse.

A rich mix of alternative fuel providers and users were there to advise future fuel best practice and recount early-days experience with the current crop of alt-fuel tech.

A full house; five hundred registered guests at the Heathrow logistics hot-spot. An explanation of all things clean air for the pending ULEZ regs, April 2019. Alternative fuels is an answer to clean air, but driver training and consolidating deliveries is also the answer.

There was a big speaker line-up; three parallel seminars, all opened by TRL, the govt's Transport Research Laboratory. Operator speakers then took charge to talk real world experience of the new style vehicles. CitySprint spoke about refuelling hydrogen and new IOC fellow Jacquie O'Donovan talked about getting the most miles out of electric in the cold weather with the heaters on.

Carmen Transport Banquet at Mansion House


Rt. Hon. John Hayes CBE MP at the table with IOC fellows as new Vice President of the Institute.


Sec of State for Transport Chris Grayling delivers the keynote,

Transport makes a difference to our country.

Transport is about People.


The Carmen Livery and Awards night Transport Banquet filled Mansion House with a UK-wide transport showcase - multi-modal; road, rail air and sea.

Sec of State Chris Grayling spoke of ‘Transport makes a difference to our country.

Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Charles Bowman was in attendance to greet guests with the Master Carmen.

The Lord Mayor focused on walking as the key mode to cross the streets of the City of London. He spoke on the impact of Cross Rail, the culture mile it would generate and the new location for the Museum of London for its focus.