25pc rise in parcel volumes at UK Mail

Parcel volumes are up by 25 per cent on last year, UK Mail said in a trading update for the first half. The rise in average daily volumes for the six months to 30th September was largely driven by an increase in home deliveries related to online shopping, the company said. This resulted in a

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Royal Mail gets ten sort centres for Christmas

Royal Mail is opening ten temporary parcel sort centres for the Christmas peak, and recruiting around 4,000 seasonal workers on a phased basis from 4th November. This is the third year it will run the temporary sites in Motherwell, Livingston, Leeds, Heywood in Greater Manchester, Tamworth, Llantrisant in South Wales, Swindon, Greenford, Peterborough and Northampton.

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Yearsley gets go-ahead for Peterborough DC

Yearsley Logistics has received detailed planning permission to build a 150,000 pallet cold store in Peterborough. The 65million GBP investment will provide a 385,000 sq ft part mobile rack and part automated crane cold store. It said that automated crane stores required up to 30 per cent less to operate due to their design, reduced

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Aviva buys 74m GBP John Lewis DC

Gazeley has completed the 74.2 million GBP sale of its 669,000 sq ft John Lewis e-commerce distribution centre in Magna Park, Milton Keynes, to Aviva Investors. The facility is currently under construction for the UK retailer, and is scheduled for completion in February 2014. It will now be forward funded by Aviva, and let to

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FTA concern at road toll plan

Proposals to introduce tolls on the main route from Felixstowe to the Midlands have sounded alarm bells at the Freight Transport Association. The Highways Agency announced plans to upgrade a section of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntington but warned that part of the 1.5 billion GBP cost would need to be met by road

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Poundland pushes ahead with 40m GBP Harlow Depot

Retailer Poundland has exchanged contracts with Lynton Developments, after gaining planning permission earlier this summer on a 350,000 sq ft distribution centre in Harlow Essex. The 40 million GBP warehouse will operate as the retailer’s main hub for the South East and will create up to 650 jobs. The retailer, which operates more than 480

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