The United Kingdom desperately needs more lorry drivers or otherwise consumers will have to wait longer for their orders to arrive at their homes. Wincanton, the largest logistics group in the UK, calls for action and wants more lorry drivers trained. The current shortage could pose a major threat to the industry, the company says.
No ecommerce without logistics. Because whenever a consumer orders something online, that product has to be shipped from one place (a warehouse or fulfilment centre) to another (the consumer’s house, a pick-up point, et cetera). So logistics play a very important role in the whole ecommerce process. In order to achieve success in the online retail industry, one has to have a very solid logistics plan in place.
ITinSell, a French company that sells delivery tracking tools designed for online retailers, has launched in the United Kingdom. After opening offices in Paris, Lille, Lyon and Barcelona it now launched its operations in London.
Ecommerce in Europe will grow so strong in the next five years, there are probably 200,000 extra jobs needed in order to process all orders in distribution centers across the continent. Hot spots will be the United Kingdom, Germany and France, but strong growth is also expected in Poland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
About four out of five shoppers in the United Kingdom and Germany are satisfied with the level of parcel delivery services. An increase in new services, time scales and communications are the reason three quarters of consumers believe delivery services are improving.
There’s a big demand for so called prime warehouses in Europe, and the scarcity of it is affecting both occupier and investment markets in Europe. It has led to bidding wars at a European scale, which will push yields down, a new study shows.
Argos has announced it offers same-day store collection and same-day home delivery for nearly 20,000 products across the United Kingdom. It says it’s the first retailer in the UK to do this. Argos was also the first to launch click & collect 15 years ago and it already had a nationwide home delivery service in 1999.
An Post, the state-owned postal services provider of Ireland, is joining the world of delivery boxes. Last month, An Post announced it has started its Delivery Box service. “No more missed deliveries, stress-free online shopping and your parcels delivered safely even when you are out”, the company promises.