Editor’s column: accentuate the positive

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That’s January out of the way then, bar the shouting, and 2015 no longer feels like a new year. But that’s not an excuse to feel downbeat or that everything is once again routine and dull.
There’s a tangible note of optimism in the industry, judging by some of the stories that have come my way these last few days. That serves as a great reminder that this industry is one of the lynch pins of the economy and although there’s no shortage of challenges, there is a lot to feel good about.

Waitrose announced expansion plans that include the creation of 2,000 new jobs. At the heart of it all is a new e-grocery depot in south London that will employ 450 people.

Elsewhere, DPD and Parcelforce are readying new services.

The former is opening a network of parcel shops across the UK, while the latter is debuting a service aimed at giving smaller etailers access to more flexible and sophisticated delivery options.

Here at eDelivery, we’re gearing up for our first ever Expo – EDX. We’ll be publishing a series of pieces between now and 25 March, when it kicks off, to explain what themes will be explored, who will be speaking, and why you should be there.

If you haven’t already, why not subscribe to eDelivery and get our weekly newsletter summarising the main stories we’ve covered – you’ll find details here.

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