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    Government must target environment and autonomous vehicles

26.05.2017

Government must target environment and autonomous vehicles

The government should focus on reducing the environmental impact of transport and on understanding the effects of autonomous vehicle control, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. The report, (Re)Inventing the wheel, is designed to show how, by 2035, technological developments in transport could make better use of capacity, result in less congestion and overcrowding, reduce [...]

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    Putting focus on retail and beyond

26.05.2017

Putting focus on retail and beyond

Planning and innovation will be top of the agenda at the European Logistics & Supply Chain conference next month, when Marisa Schoeman, global demand planning and customer collaboration process director at Diageo, delivers the opening address. Schoeman will look at improving sales and operations planning, and inventory levels for increased predictability for the organisation. She will also consider whether sales and [...]

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    Brexit border controls could cost £5bn

26.05.2017

Brexit border controls could cost £5bn

Brexit could cost the UK an additional £5 billion a year should frontier declarations be required for shipments to and from Europe, UKWA chief Peter Ward has warned. He told a special meeting organised by UKWA and BIFA that current levels of around 90 million frontier declarations for rest of world trade could escalate to 300 million. “There’s a real possibility of [...]

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    Bank holiday traffic queues could become the norm

26.05.2017

Bank holiday traffic queues could become the norm

Bank Holiday-style traffic queues could become an everyday occurrence around Britain’s ports and airports after Brexit unless the government prioritises the needs of freight and logistics in the negotiations, the Freight Transport Association has warned. “Without giving due consideration to the freight industry and its needs, trade between the UK and Europe will suffer,” says Pauline Bastidon, FTA’s head of European [...]

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    DB Cargo starts digital learning scheme

26.05.2017

DB Cargo starts digital learning scheme

Rail freight operator DB Cargo is now offering digital route learning for its drivers. It has filmed rail routes across the country using a specialist camera to create an online route programme that drivers can access via tablet or computer. The programme was created in collaboration with Track Access Services and runs high quality footage of the route alongside a moving map, [...]

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    New HQ for Dematic

26.05.2017

New HQ for Dematic

Dematic has opened a new head office building for Northern Europe in Adderbury, Oxfordshire, with a dedicated training academy, conference facilities, customer response centre, and a showroom for demonstrating warehouse automation technology. President and chief executive John Baysore said: “The warehouse automation sector is making great strides in developing the technology required to meet the challenges of the omni-channel revolution and [...]

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    Distribution costs rise 9pc at Marks & Spencer

24.05.2017

Distribution costs rise 9pc at Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer’s distribution and warehousing costs increased by 9.3 per cent to £519 million last year, driven mainly by increasing capacity to support growth. In its annual results for the year to 1st April, the company highl8ighted the opening of a new Food depot in Enfield and Clothing & Home warehouse in Bradford. It said the balance of the increased costs [...]

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    DHL chosen as logistics partner for Rugby World Cup

24.05.2017

DHL chosen as logistics partner for Rugby World Cup

As logistics partner of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, DHL was responsible for the transport of tournament and team equipment from around the world to England and across the country. DHL delivered over 48 tons of team freight, 1,400 official match balls, and 20 sets of uprights to the 13 match venues, and also delivered over 400,000 tickets to more [...]

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    MSC extends contract with GB Railfreight

24.05.2017

MSC extends contract with GB Railfreight

Mediterranean Shipping Company has extended its contract with GB Railfreight for running container services out of the Port of Felixstowe. GBRf runs three services daily, one to Newell and Wright in Rotherham, and two to ABP Connect in Hams hall. Under the new contract, GBRf will be running 98 rail platforms daily, with a mix of 60 ft FEA wagons and 40 [...]

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    European road transport rates fall

23.05.2017

European road transport rates fall

The price index, which now stands at 86.0 is also down six per cent compared to the same quarter last year. The capacity index increase to a 112.8 (up two per cent) in the first quarter. Compared to Q 1 2016, the capacity index is 1. 8 per cent higher. Fuel prices have also been increasing. The diesel index displayed growth for [...]

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    Field service system for Vimto

23.05.2017

Field service system for Vimto

The company had been operating a combination of paper-based job management and a previous version of FSE developed for the frozen drinks market. The new system serves all mobile field staff and provides a unified view of stock, work and assets across all parts of the business. The system provides a centrally managed data collection point that communicates with Vimto OoH’s [...]

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    FTA demands action on Calais migrants

23.05.2017

FTA demands action on Calais migrants

The Freight Transport Association has called on the government to lobby the French authorities to protect drivers passing through the Calais area, following reports of increased migrant activity targeting lorries approaching the port. It said that drivers were reporting that rubbish bins were placed on the entry to the Port of Calais on Sunday night, and vehicles were attacked with stones, [...]

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    Castrol picks DHL for Nexcel supply chain

22.05.2017

Castrol picks DHL for Nexcel supply chain

Castrol, the BP-owned lubricants specialist, has chosen DHL Supply Chain to develop the supply chain for its new cellular oil system technology Nexcel, together with the global brand of industrial and automotive lubricants. The Nexcel oil cell is an easy-to-change unit containing both engine oil and filter. It can be easily integrated under the bonnet of a car and changes oil [...]

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    Fuel additive promises 5pc economy boost

22.05.2017

Fuel additive promises 5pc economy boost

Total Lubricants has launched a new diesel fuel additive for commercial vehicles, which it says can reduce fuel consumption by up to five per cent. When added to regular diesel fuel within the vehicle, Total Excellium Concentrate Diesel cleans the engine by preventing injector fouling and therefore extends engine lifespan by reducing friction, which also results in reduced maintenance costs. These combined [...]

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    41 double deckers for Whistl

22.05.2017

41 double deckers for Whistl

Whistl has ordered 41 double deck trailers which have been designed to handle containers for parcels as well as mail. The trailers, worth some £2.5m are being built by Don Bur with maintenance and leasing provided by TIP. Whistl chief Nick Wells said: “We are a growing business, not only in our core sector of business mail but also in our parcel [...]

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    MAN extends parts warranty

22.05.2017

MAN extends parts warranty

Truck maker MAN has extended its warranty for parts to two years. The new warranty also covers repairs carried out by MAN. The extended warranty applies to all repairs carried out in MAN service centres from 2017 onwards, including any MAN Genuine Parts, MAN Genuine Parts ecoline and MAN Genuine Accessories installed as part of the repair work. In addition, the [...]

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    Palletforce steps up delivery notifications

22.05.2017

Palletforce steps up delivery notifications

Palletforce is now sending out notifications when the goods have been delivered, including the name of the person signing for the delivery. It says the new system it will help members attract larger customers and those who operate a just-in-time supply chain model. Palletforce IT director Dean Hughes said: “This new level of delivery notification is significant for our members. In addition [...]

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    Ten Tigers for Farrall’s

22.05.2017

Ten Tigers for Farrall’s

Cheshire-based storage and distribution company Farrall’s has ordered ten curtainsider trailers from Tiger Trailers, plus its first three rigid truck bodies. Tiger built the trailers to Farrall’s specifications including a reinforced headboard, Tiger’s new front aerofoil, flush rear doors, galvanised chassis, and additional hook points to help with multiple loading configurations. The trailers will be used to move newspaper and paper rolls, [...]

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    Great Bear appoints new CEO

19.05.2017

Great Bear appoints new CEO

Great Bear Distribution has appointed Alastair Isbister as its new CEO. Isbister is joining the company from DHL, where he has worked for 16 years and was most recently vice president, business development & account management responsible for consumer, Tradeteam, Ireland, and the engineering & manufacturing sectors. He was worked with 3PLs for nearly 30 years. Isbister will begin his role as [...]

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    Make road spending top priority, says FTA

19.05.2017

Make road spending top priority, says FTA

Infrastructure investment has to be the top priority for government, according to a survey by the Freight Transport Association for its Logistics Report 2017. Respondents to the FTA Logistics Industry Survey rated investment in road improvements and recognising the vital role of logistics in the economy as the top two actions that they would like government to take. In contrast to a [...]

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    Toyota completes Vanderlande acquisition

19.05.2017

Toyota completes Vanderlande acquisition

Toyota Industries Corporation has completed its acquisition of value-added process automation company Vanderlande. The acquisition was made public earlier this year. Toyota said it has bought the company to increase its presence in automated material handling. The business is to keep its name and corporate identity. [...]

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    Hyster tests big electric trucks

19.05.2017

Hyster tests big electric trucks

Hyster is testing high capacity lift trucks with electric motors. The company said that in the near future, ports and heavy industry will be able to electrify their Big Truck fleets, releasing no emissions and “achieving comparable full shift performance.” “The Hyster brand is synonymous with heavy duty trucks, so we are the natural candidate to champion this new generation of large [...]

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    UK export industry confident

19.05.2017

UK export industry confident

UK exporters continue to be confident, according to the latest Trade Confidence Index by The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and DHL. The research found that the number of businesses reporting improved export sales increased in the first quarter of 2017. The Index, which measures the volume of trade documented by the Chambers of Commerce, increased by 5.5 per cent on [...]

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    Der VNL vermittelt „die neue Leichtigkeit“

18.05.2017

Der VNL vermittelt „die neue Leichtigkeit“

Am 20. und 21. Juni 2017 ist es wieder soweit: das Design Center Linz entwickelt sich zum Nabel der Logistik-Veranstaltungswelt Österreichs, wenn der Verein Netzwerk Logistik (VNL) zum beliebten Österreichischen Logistik-Tag samt vorhergehendem Logistik Future-Lab einlädt. Im Gegensatz zum Roman des tschechischen Autors Milan Kundera ist diese Leichtigkeit glücklicherweise alles andere als unerträglich. Doch was ist damit gemeint? Ganz einfach: wer [...]

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    Jetzt anmelden zum 2. eCommerce Logistik-Day in Wien

18.05.2017

Jetzt anmelden zum 2. eCommerce Logistik-Day in Wien

Der digitale Wandel schreitet unaufhaltsam voran. Laufend drängen neue Anbieter auf den e-Commerce-Markt, um an den Erfolgschancen des digitalen Handels zu partizipieren. Der 2. eCommerce Logistik-Day - eine Gemeinschaftsveranstaltung von LOGISTIK express und dem Institut des Interaktiven Handels in Kooperation mit DHL Paket (Austria) GmbH und der Managementberatung  EMA GmbH - am Donnerstag, 28. September 2017 in Wien will den [...]

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    Leaner, greener routing

18.05.2017

Leaner, greener routing

Written by Conor Dowd – Head of Routing Sales UK & Ireland Highly competitive markets and sustained pressure on margins has placed an even greater focus on the ability of transport and logistics businesses to further reduce costs and improve service levels. One area in which a significant improvement is still to be found is in the more efficient planning of vehicle [...]

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    Online shopping not fuelling increased traffic growth

18.05.2017

Online shopping not fuelling increased traffic growth

Less than one in twenty-five vans on UK roads are delivering packages to shoppers and businesses, according to research by the RAC Foundation. The report found that instead, online shopping has actually limited total traffic growth by keeping shoppers at home. The report finds that, based on the 2015 National Travel Survey, since 2002 the number of personal shopping trips made [...]

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    SAP and IBM partner for cognitive procurement

17.05.2017

SAP and IBM partner for cognitive procurement

SAP Ariba and IBM are working together to develop cognitive procurement services. The partnership aims to achieve this by using SAP Leonardo, IBM Watson technologies and SAP Ariba, to pool together intelligence from procurement data and predictive insights from unstructured information. This would “enable improved decision making across supplier management, contracts and sourcing activities”. “We’ve built a cognitive procurement platform trained specifically to [...]

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    BIFA names policy officer for customs

17.05.2017

BIFA names policy officer for customs

The British International Freight Association has chosen Pawel Jarza to become policy and compliance officer for customs issues. Jarza has worked in the industry for 12 years, beginning his career at Yamato Transport Europe. He subsequently worked with Arcadia and Landmark Global UK. “We welcome Pawel and are sure that his experience in the Customs environment will help our Policy & Compliance [...]

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    XPO takes on 645,000 sq ft Tamworth warehouse

16.05.2017

XPO takes on 645,000 sq ft Tamworth warehouse

XPO Supply Chain is to take a new long-term lease on a 645,000 sq ft warehouse at Bonehill Road, Tamworth. The site is the logistics company’s biggest UK letting to date. Part of the site will be redeveloped, with eaves height being raised, and a further 50,000 sq ft of Grade A warehouse space being added to the site. Works on this [...]

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