The Mailing Room: “taking the guesswork out of parcel and package shipping”

UK independent supplier of  mailroom technology, The Mailing Room of Bury, Greater Manchester, has completed its biggest corporate acquisition to date, buying out Dunstable-based Digital Post Solutions (DPS) and adding around 40% to its growing user base.

“Although digital substitution of letters and cards has impacted on the domestic postal market, the business sector is still holding up well,” says The Mailing Room’s Group MD, Ian Davidson. “Mail is seen as a medium of authority in the business world, for circulating invoices, membership drives, electoral notices, confidential healthcare information and the like, while commercial emails have been hampered by the impact of GDPR and the need to obtain consent. read more

European Investment Bank supports development of food delivery infrastructure

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €50 million venture debt facility with the developer of ride-hailing app Bolt from Estonia. The financing is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe.

The goal of the funding is to support Bolt’s product development and research in areas where the use of technology can improve the safety, reliability and sustainability of its services while maintaining the high efficiency of the company’s operations. This includes investments in existing services like ride-hailing as well as personalised mobility services like food delivery. read more

Collett Expand with 76,000 sq ft Bradford Facility

Leading specialist transport Company, Collett & Sons Ltd, have expanded their operations, purchasing 76,000 sq ft of warehousing and office space at their new Bradford site.

This new 2.32 acre Bradford site is situated less than 2 miles from Junction 26 of the M62 offering excellent access to the motorway network, and perfectly placed to serve the West Yorkshire region for distribution services across the UK.

With storage facilities already offered across their Halifax, Goole & Grangemouth Depots, the acquisition of this Bradford site provides an additional 7,000m2 secure indoor warehousing. read more

Union chief to sue police over megaphone assault trial

Ex-Uber driver James Farrar to claim malicious prosecution after case collapses due to lack of evidence

A gig economy union leader is to sue the police after he was wrongly prosecuted for alleged assault at a demonstration by using a megaphone close to police officers’ ears.

James Farrar, a former Uber driver who leads the private hire branch of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), will claim malicious prosecution after his trial at Southwark crown court collapsed on Thursday because of a lack of evidence. read more

Hyundai and Kia invest in future of clean logistics

Kia Motors Corporation and Hyundai Motor Company have announced a strategic investment of €100 million (US $110 million) in a new partnership with Arrival, a UK-based electric vehicle startup.

Through the partnership, Kia and Hyundai plan to introduce competitively priced small and medium-sized electric vans and other products for logistics, on-demand ride-hailing and shuttle service companies. Arrival’s scalable electric platform can be adapted for multiple vehicle categories and types which Arrival, Kia and Hyundai will explore for the development of a range of Purpose Built Vehicles (PBV). read more

Aramex: Australia preparing for an “avalanche of returns”

Aramex has said that it delivered over 450,000 more parcels than last Christmas.

With Australians spending an estimated $18 billion over Christmas, couriers across the country have been going above and beyond to deliver parcels in time for Christmas.

Couriers across Australia are now preparing for an avalanche of returns post-Christmas.

CEO Peter Lipinski says after the busiest Christmas yet couriers across Australia are now gearing up for the post-Christmas rush of returns and another busy year meeting growing delivery demand. read more

Amazon sellers can use FedEx ground service again

Amazon said it will allow its third-party sellers to start using FedEx‘s ground service again after banning them from using it since 16 December as they said FedEx were unable to hit Amazon’s performance targets.

American news sources have reported that FedEx Ground has been reinstated for Prime shipments fulfilled by third-party sellers now that the services are consistently meeting the retailer’s on-time delivery requirements.

Source: Post and Parcel

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Renault Trucks number one in Henderson Group following latest additions

The Henderson Group, one of the key players in Northern Ireland’s economy and owners of the SPAR, EUROSPAR, ViVO, ViVOXTRA and ViVO Essentials franchises in NI, has added 15 Renault Trucks Range T460s and 14 Range D18s to its group fleet line-up.

With the latest vehicle additions supplied by local dealer Diamond Trucks, Renault Trucks has gone from strength-to-strength with the Henderson Group as Group Fleet Engineer, David McCracken explains: “In 2015 we operated a mixed fleet of vehicles and it was decided a key objective would be to standardise to perhaps two core brands. We introduced the Range T and D in 2015 with seven Range T460 6x2s and a Range D26 fridge and we haven’t looked back.  Renault Trucks are now one of our preferred suppliers and business partners. We operate some 70 of their vehicles across our various divisions and forecast further investment in the Renault product by the end of 2020.” read more

Teletrac Navman drives growth with Chris Wright win

Teletrac Navman, at the forefront of telematics for more than 25 years, has been chosen to support specialist haulage business Chris Wright Ltd. with the first stages of its digital transformation.

With a long and respected history in the haulage industry, Chris Wright Ltd. supports a wide range of customers across all corners of the UK, particularly with the movement of specialist machinery and mobile assets, from heavy duty excavators and bulldozers, to helicopters and train carriages.  

With this being Chris Wright Ltd.’s first move into digital fleet management, Teletrac Navman’s Customer Service Specialist (CSS) team has been working closely with the operator’s fleet managers to understand the key performance indicators the business is looking to improve through the adoption of Teletrac Navman’s solutions. The CSS team has since provided expert consultancy to guide the haulage operator through every stage – from planning and installation, to training and ongoing proactive weekly support calls – enabling the business to establish a strong ROI and best use of all the available tools. read more

Eight new Volvo FHs help expand an impressive fleet of vehicles at Harrisons

Temperature controlled distribution specialists, Harrisons Transport have added eight new Volvo FH 4×2 tractor units to its fleet.

Supplied by Neil Crook, Customer Solutions Manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials Ltd., the new Volvos are finished in Harrisons stunning red and blue livery, complemented by colour matching side skirts and full roof and side air deflector kits.

The 460hp FHs have been specified to ensure optimum fuel efficiency and feature the latest I-See Predictive Cruise Control and I-Shift gearbox with Long Haul software. Harrisons Transport will also be using Dynafleet, Volvo’s Fleet Management System, to assist with fuel reporting and tachograph analysis. read more