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    UPS to boost investment in Smart Logistics Network

22.02.2017

UPS to boost investment in Smart Logistics Network

UPS is accelerating investment in its “Smart Logistics Network” which is says will result in the most sweeping transformation in the network’s history. It will be investing aggressively in automation to drive improved performance, as well as capturing market growth for on-line B-to-B and B-to-C customers, senior executives have told investors’ at a conference in New York. Other elements of the plan [...]

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    Lego implements new supply chain software

22.02.2017

Lego implements new supply chain software

Lego has implemented new supply chain software supplied by JDA Software Group. “Supply chain excellence is critical in an industry driven by seasonality and the most unique – and important – customers,” said Ulrik Gernow, chief business transformation officer, the LEGO Group. “It’s our aim to achieve an agile and synchronized supply chain all the way from customers to upstream distribution and [...]

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    Gardman relocates to Daventry

22.02.2017

Gardman relocates to Daventry

Garden products supplier Gardman has taken a 416,412 sq ft warehouse at Prologis’ Prologis Apex Park in Daventry. The building, which will complete the third phase of Prologis Apex Park, will be Gardman’s new national distribution centre serving major retailers and independent garden centres across the country. Construction has started and the facility is scheduled to complete in September 2017. “Gardman is expanding to meet growing demand [...]

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    Evonik chooses DHL risk management

22.02.2017

Evonik chooses DHL risk management

Evonik Technology & Infrastructure has chosen DHL’s risk-management software DHL Resilience360. The system delivers real-time analysis of issues that trucks, trains and vessels can experience on their transport routes. Bad weather, manufacturing issues and road closures are some of the scenarios that the software analyses. “Particularly in industries such as the chemicals sector, in which delicate products are transported, the security of [...]

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    Welcome for Howbury RFI decision

22.02.2017

Welcome for Howbury RFI decision

Freight on Rail has welcomed the decision by Bexley Council to give planning approval to a new rail freight interchange at Howbury Park in southeast London. Howbury Park is a 149-acre rail connected warehouse scheme being developed by Roxhill. The site is allocated in the London Plan and a new planning application for the scheme – to update and revise the permission [...]

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    Amazon to talk robotics at LSC Conference

22.02.2017

Amazon to talk robotics at LSC Conference

Vishal Bansal, UK supply chain director for retail giant Amazon, is to talk robotics at the upcoming Logistics & Supply Chain Conference. Bansal will explore how the company is using robotics and other technologies in the UK, and look at how the technology assists Amazon employees in their roles, and delivers for its customers. As well as this, he will discuss how [...]

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    Palletline buys another member

21.02.2017

Palletline buys another member

Palletline has bought another of its members, Herefordshire-based road haulage company ABE, following the retirement of its founder Andy Boyle OBE. The pallet network also bought member Mike Watson in September last year after its owner sold the business. The company also acquired its member S&S Distribution in 2015. Palletline is not the only pallet network to have acquired members recently. Last [...]

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    HGVs not to blame for pot-holes, says RHA

21.02.2017

HGVs not to blame for pot-holes, says RHA

The RHA has rejected Local Government Association (LGA) claims that pot-hole levels are “likely to surge” due to an increase in the number of HGVs. The LGA said that the “heavier the vehicle, the more pressure is likely to be exerted on road surfaces, causing them to crumble quicker and form potholes”. The RHA said that the haulage industry has been [...]

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    Palletways invests in £1.5m fleet

21.02.2017

Palletways invests in £1.5m fleet

Lichfield-based Palletways has invested £1.5 million in a new fleet of vehicles. The company’s Birmingham depot has taken on 17 new vehicles, including three 44 tonne artic units and eleven 18 tonne rigid vehicles. The new vehicles will be used for deliveries in B and WS postcodes. “Our primary concern is operating a fleet that maximises our ‘up-time’,” said Gary Curtis, general [...]

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    Transport prices fall

21.02.2017

Transport prices fall

Transport prices have dropped by 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to the third, the Transport Market Monitor (TMM) by Transporeon and Capgemini Consulting has found. In comparison to the previous year’s fourth quarter, price index decreased by 3.7 per cent. The monitor also found: – Compared to the same month in 2015, all months in 2016 show a [...]

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    Amazon to generate 5,000 UK jobs

20.02.2017

Amazon to generate 5,000 UK jobs

Amazon is planning to generate 5,000 UK jobs this year – taking the total workforce to more than 24,000 people. The retail giant is offering a number of role opportunities, including jobs in its current UK fulfilment centres, and its three new unopened sites in Tilbury, Doncaster and Daventry. The business will also be offering an apprenticeship programme in logistics, engineering and [...]

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    Hermes launches carbon negative packaging

20.02.2017

Hermes launches carbon negative packaging

myHermes, a subsidiary of Hermes, is to launch carbon negative packaging for its customers. According to the delivery and collection service, it is the first company in the word to offer customers the choice to send parcels in 100 per cent sustainable, negative carbon footprint mailing bags. The sustainable bags have been designed and produced by packaging manufacturer, supplier and distributor Duo [...]

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    Manufacturers sign declaration for ‘ambitious EU strategy’

20.02.2017

Manufacturers sign declaration for ‘ambitious EU strategy’

92 European manufacturing organisations have signed a joint declaration calling for an “ambitious EU strategy.” The declaration calls on the EU Commission to: Reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20 per cent GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeline Adopt an action plan to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing, in the framework of [...]

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    New leadership roles at BITA

20.02.2017

New leadership roles at BITA

BITA is made a number of new appointments after several senior figures retire. David Rowell, who has worked at Hyster-Yale for 44-years, is now retiring – he has acted as BITA president twice. Simon Munn from Hyster-Yale will be taking over Rowell’s responsibility for liasing with the British Materials Handling Federation and the Fédération Européenne de la Manutention (FEM). Victoria Hutson from [...]

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    Ekol expands in Poland

20.02.2017

Ekol expands in Poland

International logistics operator Ekol Logistics is expanding with a new warehouse in Koninko, Poland. The new facility is a cross-dock warehouse that will be used for international groupage transports. “The total available capacity in our new warehouse is 2,100 m sq,” said Marcin Trawczyński, Ekol branch manager in Poznań. “We have seven loading ramps and one entry gate. “The warehouse is heated [...]

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    Rhenus buys two-man home delivery operator

17.02.2017

Rhenus buys two-man home delivery operator

The Rhenus Group has bought Manchester-based two-man handling company Network 4 Home Delivery. Network 4 Home, which specialises in the delivery of beds, mattresses and white goods, also has sites in Milton Keynes and London. “The e-commerce business is growing in Great Britain far faster than in the rest of Europe and this offers us the opportunities to introduce our logistics expertise,” [...]

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    ASOS chooses BS Handling for hanging garments

17.02.2017

ASOS chooses BS Handling for hanging garments

BS Handling Systems has completed a contract with ASOS to design, manufacture and install a hanging garment solution for its site in Barnsley. The new system can store 500,000 hanging garments, and includes a 30m long ladder conveyor for the transport of fashion items up to a 10m high mezzanine. It also includes a slick-rail system to move items in and [...]

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    Walker to develop staff skills

17.02.2017

Walker to develop staff skills

Walker Logistics is to develop staff skills by launching a ‘People Development Plan’ in partnership with Newbury College. The scheme involves staff from a range of departments, which will be asked questions in a series of consultation sessions. Based on the feedback from the consultations, bespoke workshops will be created by Newbury College. “In the face of increasing customer demands, we recognise the [...]

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    Sinkhole appears at Liverpool2 berth

17.02.2017

Sinkhole appears at Liverpool2 berth

Peel Ports has confirmed the existence of a cavity on the berth of Liverpool2. The port operator said that the hole has not impacted operations at the terminal. A spokesperson from Peel Ports Group said: ” We have secured the affected area and our contractors and their technical experts are conducting a full assessment to understand the root cause. Once this [...]

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    Manufacturer invests £3.5m in new site

17.02.2017

Manufacturer invests £3.5m in new site

Manufacturer of hinges and gutter brackets A Perry & Co has invested £3.5 million in a new site – including a 90,000 sq ft warehouse and distribution centre. “Our state-of-the art distribution centre will dramatically improve dispatch services to UK and overseas customers and I couldn’t be more proud and pleased, our capacity has increased to in excess of 14,000 pallet [...]

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    Amazon patents drone parachute

16.02.2017

Amazon patents drone parachute

Amazon has patented the transport of goods from drones to homes via parachute. This comes soon after the e-commerce giant patented an airborne fulfilment centre designed for service deliveries made by drones. Amazon outlines plans in the patent for a package delivery system that can “forcefully propel a package from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), while the UAV is in motion.” The [...]

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    DHL forms partnership with Huawei Technologies

16.02.2017

DHL forms partnership with Huawei Technologies

Deutsche Post DHL Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with technology company Huawei Technologies. The partnership is to develop a range of supply chain solutions for businesses using industrial grade Internet of Things systems and hardware. The collaboration will see the two companies working on innovation projects which focus on cellular-based IoT technology, and are able to connect large [...]

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    GMB members at Topshop DCs to strike

16.02.2017

GMB members at Topshop DCs to strike

GMB members working for DHL at two Topshop distribution centres plan to strike over pay this month. Spectrum for Arcadia (a division of DHL Supply Chain) staff in both Solihull and Leeds are set to walk out on Friday 24 and Sunday 26 February. The GMB says its members were denied the “Real Living Wage”, set by the Living Wage Foundation, of [...]

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    UPS reduces transit times from UK to Eastern Europe

16.02.2017

UPS reduces transit times from UK to Eastern Europe

UPS is to deliver faster ground shipping from the UK to Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. UPS Express shipping is also getting faster between the UK and Lithuania and north-western Poland. “Business owners in the UK need to be confident their customers will receive their orders on time, at the right place and at the right price,” said [...]

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    Ex MAN chief joins Axis board

16.02.2017

Ex MAN chief joins Axis board

Des Evans OBE, former chief executive of MAN Truck & Bus UK, has joined Axis Fleet Management as a non-executive director. Evans has worked in the UK commercial vehicle market for over 40 years. “I am very pleased to announce that Des Evans OBE has agreed to join the board of Axis Fleet Management Ltd as a Non-Executive Director,” said Robert J. [...]

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    Mercedez-Benz starts customer trials of electric truck

15.02.2017

Mercedez-Benz starts customer trials of electric truck

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is to launch its all-electric heavy-duty truck in a small series. The company is in discussion with 20 potential customers who will trial the 25 tonne Urban eTruck, which has a range of 200km. The first vehicles are to be delivered to customers this year. The truck business hopes the series generation will be on the market by 2020. “Following the [...]

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    Prologis snaps up Birmingham site for new logistics scheme

15.02.2017

Prologis snaps up Birmingham site for new logistics scheme

Logistics real estate company Prologis has bought a 16 acre site from U+I for a new distribution park, which will be known as Prologis Park Birmingham International, for an undisclosed sum.  The site, which is next to Birmingham Business Park, is close to Junction 6 of the M42 and less than three miles from Birmingham International railway station and airport. Planning permission [...]

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    Co-op chooses JDA software

14.02.2017

Co-op chooses JDA software

The Co-Op has chosen JDA Software Group’s space planning and assortment solutions to assist with its “Retail Transformation Programme”. The convenience store company will use a range of JDA’s software, with the aim of delivering shopper-centric range planning in order to increase sales, efficiency and customer satisfaction. “JDA’s best-in-class space planning and assortment management solutions will play a key role in our [...]

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    SMEs fueling UK export growth, says FedEx

13.02.2017

SMEs fueling UK export growth, says FedEx

A new report by FedEx Express has found that over 63 per cent of UK small and medium sized enterprises are exporting and taking advantage of declines in the value of the pound. According to the research, exporting revenues make up 59 per cent of SMEs’ total revenue– a third of which are anticipating revenue growth to grow in the next [...]

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    HGV registrations increase by 5.3 per cent

13.02.2017

HGV registrations increase by 5.3 per cent

Registrations of new HGVs rose by 5.3 per cent to 46,231 in 2016, according to new research by the SMMT. Demand for rigid vehicles had increase by 17 per cent in comparison to the previous year. 13,555 new HGVs were registered at the end of the year in Q4 – an increase of 2.3 per cent on the year before. Artics vehicles [...]

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