Last Mile Brief 24/01/2023: Romanian Post upgrades fleet with 200 new vans
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In today's Last Mile Brief, we have news of a major fleet upgrade for the Romanian Post, plus the latest on the Royal Mail saga as well as Amazon's plans for a dedicated air cargo network in India.
Today’s headline story: Romanian Post upgrades fleet with 200 new vans
The Romanian Post has announced it is has purchased 200 vans as part of a €3.86m fleet upgrade.
“With this investment, we took another step towards the modernisation and further scaling of the company’s mobility. The 200 vans represent approximately 20% of the Post’s car fleet. We are continuing to renew the old fleet, which will help us to optimise the quality of our parcel services.”
Europe round up
- Last mile logistics property firm Urban Logistics REIT has continued its acquisitive growth, buying five new assets for a total cost of £48 million.
- The CEO of UK-based Packfleet has explained why his company is not using the gig economy for the hiring of its drivers.
- Consultant Anderson MacGyver has laid out how new digitalisation and tech processes were introduced at PostNL.
- The Royal Mail has reached a new milestone after deploying its 4000th electric delivery van from its Blackpool office.
- Royal Mail’s CEO could face further questioning by MPs.
- Hove MP Peter Kyle claims Royal Mail staff have told him Portslade is one of the ten worst performing sorting offices in the UK.
- Taxpayers are on the hook for more than £50billion of Royal Mail workers’ pensions, it has been claimed.
North America round up
- Amid Amazon’s change in parcel returns policy, other players in the industry are seeing returns as a possible business opportunity.
- Smaller parcel carriers made big gains during the pandemic handling packages that the larger players couldn’t deliver, writes the Wall Street Journal.
- USPS has increased the cost of the forever stamp by 3 cents from 60 cents to 63 cents.
- Grubhub has partnered with reusable packaging management platform Topanga.io to provide integrated zero-waste takeout services on college campuses across the US.
News from the rest of the world
- Amazon has launched its dedicated air cargo network in India.
- Predictability, convenience and customizability are still online shoppers’ top priorities, writes Nishith Rastogi, founder and CEO of Locus.
- Zomato is shutting down its 10-minute food delivery business.
- Deepinder Goyal, CEO of Zomato, has also admitted to being aware of a scam deployed by some of its delivery drivers.
- Ethiopian Airlines is to offer an air transport service for carrying goods across its wide network.
- Nigeria’s Postal Service has resumed its clampdown on illegal courier operators in Lagos.
- The Supreme Court in the Philippines has recognized the services of motorcycle riders delivering goods as regular employees, and ordered their employers to provide them with full benefits.
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