Monthly Archives: March 2013

Businesses must be aware of security risks

Businesses must become more aware of risks and take greater ownership of their security. This is the message to come out of the annual Manchester Security conference, which was attended by police, security industry experts and local businesses. In its 19th consecutive year, the event is organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) in […]

Skillweb launch incident reporting tool for SmartTask Security

Skillweb has launched an incident reporting tool for SmartTask Security Adding another string to the solution’s bow, incidents can now be recorded at any point during a guard’s round. When a worker spies an anomaly, SmartTask Security will take the operative through a series of questions to ensure a comprehensive, accurate and legally compliant report is […]

Will APCC have implications for security professionals?

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) and law enforcement bodies have agreed to form a group to represent the interests of PCCs on a national level. Known as the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), the body could have implications for private security companies working in the public sector. The APCC has been in existence […]

4G mobile network to boost online shopping – good news for delivery sector

The delivery sector in the UK should prepare itself for heightened demand in the future, following the release of research showing that the high-speed 4G mobile network will boost the British retail industry by an estimated £1.8 billion. A study commissioned by eBay Europe revealed that the rollout of faster broadband will attract more and […]

Online sale volumes strong in February

The online retail sector is going from strength to strength in the UK, posting another month of considerable growth in February. Office for National Statistics’ Retail Sales figures showed a 10.1 per cent increase in online transactions – a rate of growth considerably greater than the 2.6 per cent noted for total retail sales. It […]

Budget 2013: Care providers still doing more for less

Care providers will still be asked to do more on less money, with Budget 2013 containing little to suggest funding will increase in the near-term. Michelle Mitchell, Age UK’s charity director-general, states that while the social care cap is welcome, there has been “no action to reduce the growing numbers of people who receive no […]

How important are delivery options to consumers?

Consumers may not be as interested in having multiple delivery options as initially thought. Research by Rakuten indicates that reliability, retailer prices and product choice are the three most important factors for online shoppers. In fact, delivery choice was named by less than a third (29 per cent) of consumers worldwide as a major issue. […]

Significant growth predicted for UK online retail

UK online retail sales are expected to grow significantly between now and 2017, according to a new report. Forrester’s European Online Retail Forecast 2012-2017 revealed that the sector will increase transactions by ten per cent per annum to reach a total of €64 billion (£54.7 billion) in 2017. This is a dramatic rise from just […]

Care industry must prepare for ageing population

The care industry must ensure it is prepared to deal with the UK's rapidly ageing population. This is one of the lessons to come from the Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change report 'Ready for ageing?' Focusing on the implications of an ageing population for individuals and public policy between 2020 and 2030, […]

How important is communication for forecast accuracy?

The rise of e-commerce has changed the way couriers and carriers operate, with businesses faced with new peak seasons and larger volumes. This causes problems for forecasting and to ensure resources are in place during periods of high demand, the delivery sector has come to rely on effective communication with retailers. For mid-sized businesses this […]