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Canada Post improves health and safety
In 2009 Canada Post reduced lost-time accidents by 22 percent, according to the organisation’s third annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. Improving safety and preventing accidents were a top priority in 2009. As a result lost-time accidents decreased by more than 22 percent, including a 21 percent reduction in slips, trips and falls, and injuries from manual material handling.

An Post improves service quality
Irish postal operator An Post has said that 84 percent of letters posted in Ireland for the first quarter of this year were delivered on the next working day. The results were published as a part of ComReg’s latest quality monitor results. This compares with 83 percent for the same period last year and consolidates the performance for 2009 as a whole.

Norway Post’s earnings up
Norway Post’s earnings continue to rise after cost-cutting initiatives were implemented, the company said after releasing is Q1 results for 2010. Its first quarter earnings before non-recurring items and write-downs increased to NOK 284 million (Euro 35 million) in 2010 – up NOK 194 million (Euro 24 million) over 2009. Operating revenues declined by 3.9 percent compared with last year. The lower level of growth in the Norwegian and international economy is the main reason for the reduction in revenue. First quarter operating revenues came to NOK 6,663 million (Euro 840 million) in 2010.

Direct mail increases by 16 percent
Companies considering using direct mail in their marketing campaigns may wish to invest in customer data solutions, following the news that the medium has increased by 16 percent in the UK. A survey carried out by Mintel found that the volume of direct mail had risen to 6.1 billion pieces year-on-year for the first quarter of 2010, with insurance companies and credit card organisations thought to be the main drivers of the increase.

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Drone footage of Hermes super hub

Hermes UK has opened its new purpose built, automated parcel distribution hub in Rugby, the biggest of its kind in the UK. The £31m (US$40m) development represents the most significant investment in the company’s history and will create more than 100 jobs. Located in Rugby, the Midlands super hub measures 270,000ft², the equivalent of 34 soccer pitches, and has the capability to efficiently process in excess of one million parcels each day.

23 August, 2017

UPS delivery drivers trained using VR simulations

UPS has announced that it will start training student delivery drivers to spot and identify road hazards using virtual reality (VR) headsets that simulate the experience of driving on city streets. The company will launch VR training at nine UPS Integrad training facilities in September.

To read more about the training simulation, click here.

16 August, 2017


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