The HQ team welcomed another two new starters recently:
Busy time of us recruiting new team members set for an extremely busy start to 2020.
Kate Lester represented the express delivery industry as member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Road Freight and Logistics (Chaired by Sir Mike Pennings MP) on the 21st of October 2019 with the group will be presenting the APPG report into the skills shortage, delegation led by RHA Chairman Richard Burnett.
diamond’s contribution to the report included;
• Creating inclusive career paths of which driving can be a life time career for those who choose it or part of the first steps on a long term journey through the exciting world of logistics including support for training such as the Express Delivery Degree and Apprenticeship programme supported by the IoC
• An industry led promotion of an EDI policy which encourages recruitment from other sectors of society
• Improvement of condition to include flexible working, good healthcare and conditions and support in health, mental and physical, to put the ambassadors of our companies (which is what our mighty drivers are) at the forefront of our client experience, not an afterthought.
The RHA manifesto is calling for the 60 000 driver shortage to be addresses by looking very practically at the issue - broadly summed up in addressing driver conditions – good food, better rest stops, security, healthcare and adequate facilities – as well as extension of the Apprenticeship Scheme.
Mike Ponsonby – an owner as well as CPC trainer – asked for a very simple but incredibly effective three point solution- better toilet facilities, better parking and the ban of periods of availability and Nick Bithnell of Knights of Old asked for the Apprenticeship scheme to be extended to included C + E qualifications to encourage take up.
It’s been a few days since this year’s diamond AGM and we are still laughing about the team building exercises and the fun we had during the day and late into the night.
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diamondlogistics are proud to announce the award of an alcohol license to enable product movements for our customers in time for the summer season.
Last week I represented the Courier industry at the ‘APPG for Road Freight and Logistics, Skills Shortage Inquiry’ hosted by Sir Mike Penning MP. Yawn I hear you say – but it really isn’t! There is a mounting crisis in logistics in terms of driver recruitment, with a 60,000 shortfall, operating in a sector that doesn’t always attract the best talent. Logistics is the lifeblood of UK industry and it is a growing crisis meeting the ever increasing demand, particularly with the growing need to scale to support online fulfilment.
We’re not just logistic professionals here at diamond but also consumers. So when we receive a beautiful product that we've waited over 15 working days for and it's delivered by the wrong carrier for the product we can’t help but open it with a little reluctance. This is something that our Company Secretary Charlotte recently experienced.
“I had ordered two beautiful plants from an online company. I had gone back and forth over whether to buy plants online for a while, but after checking the companies’ reviews I decided to place my order. The company after all had good reviews and garden centres have plants delivered to them all the time. What could possibly go wrong?