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Royal Mail workers to strike over pay


Over 115,000 Royal Mail postal workers will participate in Communication Workers Union (CWU) strikes on August 26 and 31, and September 8 and 9, 2022. The industrial action will run from 4:00am for 24 hours on these days. This decision to strike follows the union’s recent ballot for strike action, which saw members vote by [...]

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Geek+ closes US$100m financing round


Autonomous mobile robot (AMR) developer Geek+ has closed its US$100m series E1 financing round and announced a company valuation of approximately US$2bn. Investors in the round included with investment from Intel Capital, Vertex Growth and Qingyue Capital Investment. Geek+ plans to continue building upon its established business strategy by accelerating the pace of its expansion [...]

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ANALYSIS: Polish CEP market continues to grow


Last Mile Experts will soon release its latest report into the last-mile sector (courier, express and parcels, or CEP) in Poland. Marek Różycki shares some highlights from the report, including: Poland is the biggest parcel locker market in Europe. Parcels market growth in double digits. Market leader InPost almost twice as big as the next-largest [...]

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UK government seeks industry views on the creation of logistics careers


The UK government is seeking views on how to make it easier to land a successful career in logistics, as it continues to tackle the global driver shortage and support new jobs in the UK’s supply chain. The views submitted by members of the public and industry professionals are expected to assist the government with [...]

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UPS to acquire healthcare logistics provider Bomi Group


UPS plans to acquire healthcare logistics provider Bomi Group, adding temperature-controlled facilities in 14 countries and nearly 3,000 team members to the UPS Healthcare network in Europe and Latin America. The acquisition will add more than 350 temperature-controlled vehicles and 391km2  to the UPS Healthcare footprint, creating faster shipping times and greater production and flexibility. [...]

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Australia Post launches accessibility passport for employees


Australia Post has launched a tool that enables team members with disabilities to share their details and adjustment requirements in their own words, removing the need for them to explain their circumstances every time they change role or encounter a new manager within the organization. The Workplace Adjustment Passport, which is integrated with Australia Post’s [...]

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Parcelhub invests £450,000 in electric vans and infrastructure


Parcelhub has committed to investing £450,000 (US$543,000) in the rollout of electric vehicles within its regional depot network in the UK. Several vans are already operating from the company’s Nottingham and Dinnington sites. Over the coming months, all-electric vans will be added to the Parcelhub fleet across all sites, as the electric charging infrastructure is [...]

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How to make returns convenient while always remaining commercial


Big question marks hang over the future of retail returns. We have seen major players like Boohoo and Zara start charging consumers for returning items bought online, and it seems like this is only the beginning. This decision has been both praised and criticized by industry figures, bringing to light what is a heavily disputed [...]

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