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Industrial and logistics news: December 2014

Round-up of recent market news.

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CitySprint acquires CYC Logistics

As a part of its expansion strategy CitySprint has acquired delivery firm CYC Logistics. With the acquisition, CitySprint’s workforce has now reached nearly 3,000 and boosts the depot network to 40. Read more

For now, Poundland abandons plans for online store

The budget retailer intends to focus on expanding its product range and the opening of new stores. It declared that an online store would have to be sustainable when launched. Read more

Aldi plans Leicestershire distribution centre

Aldi is planning a 600,000 sq ft distribution centre at Sawley, Leicestershire. The centre would create around 400 jobs. Read more

Asda to launch robotic click & collect facilities in 2015

Asda is to launch click & collect facilities that need no input from people. They have been compared to huge vending machines and will have different temperature zones to cater for different products. Read more

Ofcom set to promote postal service competition

Ofcom is expected to outline measures to open competition in the postal market. Royal Mail is calling for new competitor regulation, to counter the claim rivals can cut costs by delivering to only the most lucrative locations as they are not subject to the same universal service obligation. Read more

PickUp Location programme expanded by Amazon with extra Post Office branches

Amazon is including over 10,500 Post Office branches in its PickUp Location programme. This increases the number of pick-up points in the UK to over 16,000. Read more

Government to keep fuel duty at current rate

In the Autumn Statement, the government announced no changes in fuel duty. The rate remains at 57.95p per litre, unchanged since 2011. There had been rumours the government would reintroduce the escalator due to falling global oil prices. Read more

M25 upgrade awarded to Balfour Beatty and Skanska

A £55m scheme to upgrade junction 30 on the M25 in Essex has been awarded to a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Skanska. Improvements will be made to where junction 30 meets the A13. It is expected to be completed by 2017. Read more

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