Yearly Archives: 2012


Loss of independence feared by those nearing old age

Losing independence has been listed as one of the top fears of those approaching old age, indicating that more needs to be done to ensure older adults can live in their own homes for longer. According to research from charity Anchor, 26 per cent of middle aged people worry about losing independence as they get […]


Industry braces itself for the season of delivery returns

If the weeks leading up to December 25th are the season of deliveries, post-Christmas is the season of delivery returns and across the country carriers will already be picking up unwanted presents if new research from FedEx is anything to go by. A recent survey revealed that more than a third of Americans will return […]


Business Resilience will be important going into 2013

While things are certainly looking up in the delivery sector, business resilience will still be the name of the game going into 2013. According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Christmas 2012 did not bring with it exceptional shopping levels, indicating potentially tough times ahead. Helen Dickinson, BRC director, stated that that there is a […]


Home care can help stop patients being alone this Christmas

Home care will play an important role in ensuring patients aren’t alone this Christmas. With three million people over the age of 65 stating that they aren’t looking forward to the festive season this year and 18 per cent claiming this is because they are going to be alone, it is important to do as […]


CQC: Care quality is still priority over Christmas

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has pledged that the welfare of patients will not be threatened this Christmas. While the festive period causes services to grind to a halt in some sectors, the CQC will continue its inspection period during the celebrations. The holidays can be a dangerous time for patients, as the streets empty […]


Record online sales drive up daily home delivery volumes by up to 77% during Christmas peak

The company, which works with a host of parcel delivery, courier and mail organisations, found that 10th and 11th December saw the most activity so far this year, with home delivery volumes during the month almost 50 per cent higher than average non-peak trading periods. Since the peak trading period began at the beginning of […]


2012 proving to be a record year

All signs appear to be pointing towards 2012 going out with a bang for the courier and carrier industry. Sales figures from online retailer John Lewis have shown a record year, with sales to Saturday December 15th reaching a staggering total of £147.8 million. This is up 11.1 per cent on the same week in […]


Care sector concerned about future amid cuts

Following the Autumn Statement, there has been widespread concern in the care sector over government cuts and the ability of workers to deliver more for less. Research by the British Red Cross found that more than three quarters of councillors whose local authority had cut preventative and low-level social care were worried about the impact […]


Improved services facilitating later Christmas deliveries

As Christmas peak delivery period moves later and later in December, it is easy to see how recent service improvements are enabling carriers to improve end user experience. Data from a range of companies working in the ecommerce and multichannel industries has suggested that yesterday (December 17th) was the main day for online shoppers, some […]


Time running out on security industry regulation consultation

Time is running out to participate in the consultation on private security industry regulation reform. The government is seeking views on plans to transition to a business regulation regime and industry professionals have until January 15th 2013 to share their opinions. Currently, the private security industry is governed by the Private Security Industry Act 2001 […]