New Forum For Lifestyle Couriers!

I hope this is ok to post here, I have asked but not heard back so here goes:

I have opened a new forum for couriers at This is a completely new forum and is not related to the recent LCF forum, so anyone joining will have to register a new account. This is quick and easy and then you can join the rapidly growing membership. Please pop over, register, and join in the posts. Thanks, we all look forward to seeing you soon!


Dragons’ Den entrepreneur teams up with national charity Brake for Road Safety Week (and beyond)

Ed Hollands, the young founder of mobile advertising company DrivenMedia has gifted five branded lorries to Brake, the road safety charity ahead of Road Safety Week  (November 18 to November 24).

The lorries carry hard hitting messages, from reminding drivers to always wear a seatbelt to getting the message across that any phone use behind the wheel is dangerous.

In 2018 Ed (25) walked away with a £30,000 investment and the backing of Dragon Jenny Campbell from the BBC TV series, Dragons’ Den. Since then his business has gone from strength to strength and he now has a team and more than 100 branded lorries travelling around the UK. read more

Ford & Slater Leicester invest £150,000 in new workshop facility

DAF Trucks dealership group, Ford & Slater, has invested £150,000 in a new building at their Leicester site to support subcontractors working on site.

With eleven locations throughout Eastern and Central England, Ford & Slater is one of the largest DAF dealership groups in the UK, delivering over 2,000 new vehicles per annum. Additionally, since Ford & Slater gained Stage 2 Type Approval to cover accessory fitment on tractor units and factory bodied vehicles, the requirement for covered space has significantly increased. read more

South Wales-based Caldicot Group celebrates multiple new business wins as part of business growth strategy and doubles turnover

Monmouthshire-based vehicle recovery, Maintenance and recovery truck distribution business Caldicot Group, has announced that is has successfully been awarded several new lucrative contracts as part of plans to grow the businesses.

The new wins have helped doubled the firm’s turnover from £3m in 2018 to £6m this year

The new business includes projects for Newport-based Forest Traffic Services LTD, Blackwell-based H W Martin and Reading-based, Chevron Traffic Management.

Gavin Edwards, Managing Director, Caldicot Group said: read more

ArrowXL Makes £5 Million Fleet Investment

ArrowXL, the UK’s leading two-person home delivery expert, has made a substantial £5 million investment to further strengthen its fleet and support the ongoing growth of the business. It is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to utilising cutting edge technology and safety features to help prevent accidents and ensure that its fleet is reliable and compliant. 

Following extensive evaluation of the marketplace, ArrowXL
has acquired 100 new DAF 180 FA 7.5 tonners with ZF AS Tronic automatic
transmission fitted with 49 demount bodies and 51 fixed box-bodies – including
25 PACCAR bodies designed, built and fitted at Leyland Trucks – which boast the
latest safety features.  The vehicles will be deployed across the network
to support both current and new customer operations. read more

Hermes Announces Last Dates For Christmas Deliveries

Hermes, the UK’s leading consumer delivery specialist, has announced the last recommended posting days to ensure presents are delivered in time for Christmas 2019.  

They are:

  • Thursday 19th December. For customers who want a
    Hermes courier to collect a parcel from them.
  • Saturday 21st December (noon). For customers
    sending presents from Hermes’ nationwide network of ParcelShops, using the
    standard service.
  • Sunday 22nd December (noon). For customers
    sending presents from one of Hermes’ nationwide network of ParcelShops, using
    the next day service.

The company has also urged customers to let their recipients
know that there is a parcel on the way using the tracking facility on the app
or online. This is particularly important when posting items close to the last
dates, so that recipients can arrange to be available for delivery.

Source: Courier News

Hermes Announces Last Dates For Christmas Deliveries read more

Parcelforce Worldwide Redesigns Its Mobile App And Launches New Features

Parcelforce Worldwide has redesigned its app and launched new features to help senders and recipients manage their deliveries more effectively. Retailers and consumers can start their sending journey in the app with a new ‘quick quote’ option.

The app has been redesigned to make it more intuitive and
simple to navigate, with easy to follow instructions for registration.
Customers can also download the app on multiple mobile devices.

There is new help functionality including FAQs, links to
Parcelforce Worldwide social media channels and access to customer service
teams. The app also includes a new feature enabling customers to have items
delivered to their preferred Post Office® branch should they not be home. read more

Many Retailers’ Final Christmas Order Dates are Earlier This Year

A number of major retailers are clawing back their online Christmas order deadlines this year, the international delivery expert ParcelHero has revealed; as it brings back its popular online stores’ Christmas booking dates tool.

ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT,
says: ‘Last year many retailers were absolutely pushing final Christmas
delivery dates down to the wire to cater for the thousands of online
last-minute Christmas shoppers. The likes of Amazon, Argos and ASOS even took
orders on Christmas Eve. This year our research shows retailers rowing back
from last Christmas’s last-ditch final deadlines. ASOS has told us its final
deadline is 22nd December this year, rather than last year’s Christmas Eve
same-day delivery. Next has pulled back from the 22nd to the 20th of
December, as has Harrods; Body Shop has rowed all the way back to the 19th
December from the 21st last year; and Zara told us that its final deadline this
year is 18th December, a full five days back from last year’s deadline of
the 23rd.’ read more

On your marks, get set, go – the peak trading race has started!

We are now well and truly in the Peak shopping season with just 15 days (and counting) until the big day is upon us.  With this in mind, retailers and carriers will be stretched to the limit anticipating bumper sales in the count down days.  I was therefore interested to read this month, Johnson Controls’ annual ShopperTrak predictions of the top five busiest UK shopper traffic days for peak trading 2019. With more than 1.5 million data collection devices in the retail marketplace, ShopperTrak captures 40 billion shopper visits each year. read more

Major step-change for Australian e-commerce

Australia Post has teamed up with fulfilment technology provider, Doddle, to extend its network of collect and return locations and make online shopping even easier.

Australia Post Collect & Return will offer shoppers the choice to collect and return online shopping at a diverse network of locations including Post Offices, 24/7 Parcel Lockers supermarkets, pharmacies and department stores nationwide.

At launch, the network of retail partners will include selected IGA supermarkets, Priceline pharmacies, Aventus Group shopping centres and selected assets managed by 151 Property Retail. This will grow in the new year, offering shoppers extended trading hours and convenient locations to collect and return their online shopping. read more

DPD: leading the drive to a greener, more sustainable future

On Friday UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited domestic parcels carrier, DPD UK in Greater Manchester to discuss the firm’s plans for an all-electric fleet of vehicles, new infrastructure investment and job creation.

The PM was given a tour of DPD UK’s brand new, purpose-built distribution centre in Middleton and talked to members of the DPD UK team.

The PM also had a demonstration of DPD UK’s electric vehicle (EV) fleet including the British manufactured P1 e-cargo bike.  The P1 is the result of a partnership between DPD UK and Oxford-based manufacturer EAV. read more