Austrian Post intensifies its parcel logistics expansion

Austrian Post Group has reported positive revenue development in the first nine months of 2019.

Revenue was up by 3.2 % to EUR 1,462.2 million, parcel growth was up 11.3% to EUR 437.2 million as Austrian Post capitalised on dynamic market growth resulting from the ongoing online shopping trend.

However, the related competitive intensity and price pressure remain high. Parcel revenue growth was driven primarily by the e-commerce trend and the related increase of parcel volumes in Austria.

Against the backdrop of this parcel volume development, Austrian Post is intensifying its parcel logistics capacity expansion drive. Capacities were already substantially increased as of September 2019 when the parcel logistics centre Lower Austria (Hagenbrunn) became fully operational. The next milestones will be the completion of the parcel logistics centre Styria (Kalsdorf) and of the delivery base Thalgau/Salzburg in the middle of next year. read more

Yodel’s sister brand CollectPlus partners with HandsOn to support Wrap Up coat collection at 7,000 parcel points for fifth year running

Supporting the initiative for the fifth year running, the company will be collecting donated coats on behalf of the charity. This year is bigger than ever for Wrap Up, with more cities involved and able to make a difference. Yodel’s nationwide CollectPlus network enables the Wrap Up campaign to collect coat donations from people across the UK and distributes them to charities that support the homeless, elderly and other vulnerable people to keep warm in the lead up to Christmas.

The business will be supporting Wrap Up – which runs between the 8th and 23rd November –by providing shipping labels that can be used to send unwanted coats to the charity, from any of CollectPlus’ 7,000 Parcel Points across the UK. To give their old coats a new lease of life, supporters simply need to visit the CollectPlus website (, download and print out a label and attach it to their package before dropping it off at their local CollectPlus Point.    read more

Yodel celebrates position as one of the UK’s top armed forces employers

Independent parcel carrier Yodel is celebrating being one of the UK’s top armed forces employers with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. A Yodel trailer now bears the Ministry of Defence Gold award logo and another 50 trailers have been decorated with poppies, to help raise money for the Royal British Legion.

The move comes after Yodel formally collected the Gold Award at the Ministry of Defence ceremony, celebrating the UK’s top armed forces-friendly employers. Gold is the highest level of award available and is only bestowed by the Ministry of Defence to organisations who have gone above and beyond the Armed Forces Covenant commitment. read more

Ryder supplies 162 new DAF Euro 6 vehicles to international textile, hygiene and facilities services specialist Elis

Ryder, a leading independent provider of commercial vehicle rental, contract hire, and maintenance services in the UK, is supplying 162 new DAF vehicles to international textile, hygiene and facilities services specialist Elis.

This is the first HGV order by Elis since it acquired Berendsen, and the new vehicles are being supplied in new ‘Elis’ livery designed specifically for the UK market.

The new vehicles, which will replace outgoing models, will carry out a range of, mostly, laundry delivery collections operating across 38 Elis sites. The new batch of rigid trucks includes latest specification Euro-6 18t DAF CF230s, 15t DAF LF230s, 12t DAF LF180s and 7.5t DAF LF150s. read more

Speedy Freight continues expansion momentum with sixth new branch opening in four months

Speedy Freight, the UK’s leading provider of urgent or sensitive transport, has announced the opening of a new branch in Bromley. The launch is Speedy Freight’s sixth new branch opening in the past four months, with other locations in York, Cambridge, Stevenage, Cornwall, and South Wales.

The new branch will bring greater driver opportunities to locals and the company will be actively encouraging owner drivers to its preferred driver network programme. The network has been designed to provide drivers with the flexibility to work a schedule that suits their needs, so a healthy work-life balance can be achieved. read more

Eddie Stobart receives potential offer from DBAY

Eddie Stobart Logistics plc (AIM: ESL), a leading UK end-to-end supply chain, transport and logistics group, announces an update on its position following its announcement of 23 August 2019.

On 23 August 2019, the Company announced, amongst other things, that work was ongoing to clarify the impact of certain accounting-related items following the Group’s review of the unaudited interim results for the six months to 31 May 2019 (the “HY19 Interim Results”).

Whilst work remains ongoing in this regard, the Company expects that revenue for the first half will be approximately £450 million and Underlying EBIT1 for the same period is expected to be in the range of £10 to £11 million. Net debt at 31 May is expected to be approximately £155 million. read more

Parcelforce helps senders manage their deliveries more efficiently

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

Feltham logistics company marks its 10th anniversary by achieving highest-level of national FORS accreditation

Feltham based specialist logistics company, Dore to Door, is celebrating its 10th birthday by achieving FORS Gold, the highest accreditation level of the national safety and standards accreditation.

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, is a voluntary scheme open to any company operating commercial vehicles across the UK or overseas. Its remit is to drive-up standards in the road transport industry with respect to safety, efficiency and environmental protection.

FORS is progressive, with members beginning at entry-level Bronze, before moving up to FORS Silver and finally Gold, the highest level of FORS accreditation.  Receiving its Gold accreditation puts Dore to Door amongst just over 300 operators nationwide to achieve the exceptionally high standards required at FORS Gold and has helped the company win business. read more

Lorry drivers jailed for smuggling eight million counterfeit cigarettes through Port of Dover

Two lorry drivers have been jailed for four and a half years for trying to smuggle more than eight million counterfeit cigarettes in boxes labelled as nappies through the Port of Dover.

An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed Aleksander Kazakin, 43, and Pawel Gromek, 50, both of Poland, conspired to bring illegal tobacco goods worth £2,314,441 in unpaid duty into the UK.

Kazakin was stopped by Border Force officers as he entered the UK on 14 May 2019. A search of his lorry trailer revealed 8.2 million cigarettes packed in nappy branded boxes. He was arrested and the cigarettes were seized. read more

Losses continue at USPS

The U.S. Postal Service has reported a net loss of $8.8 billion for fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019) an increase in net loss of $4.9 billion since 2018.

Approximately $3.4 billion of this increase in net loss was the non-cash impact of discount rate changes on actuarial calculations affecting workers’ compensation expense.

USPS also reported operating revenue of $71.1 billion, an increase of $514 million compared to the prior year.

The higher revenues were driven largely by price increases and continued growth in the Shipping and Packages business, where revenue increased $1.3 billion, or 6.1%, which more than offset revenue declines in First-Class and Marketing Mail as a result of declining volumes in that segment of its business. read more