Another record-breaking year for Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd

Mercedes-Benz Vans sold 44,130 vehicles in 2019 – a 14.4% increase on the previous year, representing another record broken for the manufacturer. In fact, in 2019, the Brand secured record monthly sales performances in January through to August consecutively, and achieved record Vito, Sprinter chassis, and X-Class sales.

This result positioned Mercedes-Benz in position three in the overall van market (which itself was up just 4.2% overall on 2018), with the Sprinter in the top position for the large van market in the UK. read more

New research reveals UK transport and logistics workers most likely to turn up to work

UK transport and logistics workers took nearly three times more sick leave than the average British worker last year, according to new research that identifies the countries most and least notorious for pulling a sickie.

With Blue Monday just around the corner (Monday 20 January) and analysis suggesting that workers take 53% more sick days in January than any other month of the year, the research from time and workforce management solutions provider Mitrefinch, found that transport staff took 11.4 days where other workers in the UK took on average 4.4 days leave for sickness last year.* read more

CSafe widens its operational footprint

CSafe Global has opened its newly-expanded service centre at Incheon International Airport , South Korea.

The company-owned facility will allow CSafe to enhance support and service for customers transporting temperature-sensitive products to and from South Korea, while additionally serving as an important gateway hub for the greater APAC region.

CSafe’s ICN station is one of the latest of numerous locations around the world established to broaden CSafe’s global service reach and increase the impact on customers who have entrusted CSafe containers to thermally protect vital life-enhancing pharmaceuticals as they are shipped to patients in need. read more

EHDH to acquire Movianto

EHDH – a global service provider in the field of logistics and transport in the pharmaceutical sector and B2B express delivery has announced its intention to finalise the  acquisition of Movianto – a logistics and distribution service provider specialising in the healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical industry from Owens & Minorin in the first half of 2020.

This transaction would create the European leader in transport and logistics services dedicated to the pharmaceutical sector. Stéphane Baudry, Chairman and CEO of EHDH, will remain the group’s majority shareholder. read more

Green enthusiasm needs government support says logistics industry

Logistics operators are among the first to identify the benefits of switching to electric vehicles (EVs), according to FTA, with nine out of ten operators who are already using EVs planning to expand their fleets within the next three years. However, according to a new report from FTA, released today (15 January 2020), further expansion will require the government to urgently address the limitations which prevent wider adoption across the UK’s fleet.

Denise Beedell, FTA’s Policy Manager for Vans and Urban, comments: “While the report shows there is incredible determination to create positive change across the logistics industry, it also identifies significant barriers that remain, preventing further uptake. FTA – the business organisation representing the sector – is calling on government to address these issues which include grid capacity constraints as well as limited vehicle types and vehicle availability, if the roll out of the UK’s EV fleet is to continue. read more

Digital innovations on the road ahead in 2020

New technologies are accelerating the pace of change for businesses across Europe, with many businesses unsure how developments in AI and Machine Learning, data analytics and other innovations will impact their operations in 2020. Against this landscape, we’ve looked at the technologies and innovations that are likely to be the most transformative in the coming year. Here we look the top trends in technology that will drive the mobile workforce on the road ahead and how they will help transform fleets, supply chains, logistics and businesses themselves. read more

New brand for Jersey Post Digital

Jersey Post Digital has announced its plans to adopt the trading name and brand, Vaiie. This new brand, together with new services, will place the organisation in a strong position to seize the current growth opportunities in the management of regulatory processes (RegTech) within the financial industry.

Jersey Post’s digital division has come a long way since its data-to-print roots, developing its services as the needs of the local market evolved. Having worked closely with the financial services industry during this time, it became clear that there were significant opportunities outside of this local market, and for the organisation to step away from any preconceived barriers imposed by its postal authority background. read more

Pedestrian safety under the spotlight with new FORS eLearning module

FORS Pedestrian Safe highlights the specific dangers and breadth of risks pedestrians face, with participants learning techniques which can be adopted to mitigate such risks.

Checking driving conditions, avoiding incorrect assumptions, and how to keep focused when driving are some of the topics covered in the 20-minute module for drivers of all types.  Managers and other office-based staff are also encouraged to take the course, which was developed in collaboration with the Transport for London (TfL) Vision Zero team and FORS Gold member Cemex. read more

DPD tops Money Saving Expert’s customer satisfaction poll for 7th year running

The UK’s favourite parcel delivery company DPD has been voted the best in the business for the seventh year running, in Money Saving Expert’s customer satisfaction survey. 

Almost 9,500 people took part in the poll on Martin Lewis’
site to find the best (and worst) parcel delivery firms.  Conducted just
after the Christmas and January Sales peak, the poll asked people to rate the
performance of all the major UK delivery firms, based on their own experiences
with each company over the past year. read more

Digital innovations on the road ahead in 2020

New technologies are accelerating the pace of change for businesses across Europe, with many businesses unsure how developments in AI and Machine Learning, data analytics and other innovations will impact their operations in 2020. Against this landscape, Verizon Connect has looked at the technologies and innovations that are likely to be the most transformative in the coming year. Here Verizon Connect will look at the top trends in technology that will drive the mobile workforce on the road ahead and how they will help transform fleets, supply chains, logistics and businesses themselves.  read more