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    Profits rise at DHL

12.05.2017

Profits rise at DHL

Deutsche Post DHL saw operating profit rise 1.4 per cent in the first quarter and is now forecasting EBIT for the year of €3.75bn. Revenue in the Supply Chain division increased by 3.8 per cent to €3.5bn in the first quarter. In the first quarter, the division concluded additional contracts worth €192m with both new and existing customers. Operating profit fell [...]

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    UPS launches time critical service

12.05.2017

UPS launches time critical service

UPS is targeting the healthcare, manufacturing and aerospace sectors with a service for urgent time-critical shipments in Europe. UPS Express Critical is designed for goods that require special handling such as aircraft parts or surgical tools. A UPS team assesses the shipping request through a round-the-clock contact centre, identifies transport alternatives and implements a delivery solution that meets time and cost requirements. [...]

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    N Brown picks ArrowXL for deliveries

12.05.2017

N Brown picks ArrowXL for deliveries

Online fashion retailer N Brown Group has chosen ArrowXL to handle more than 100,000 two-man deliveries of homewares, furniture and electrical goods annually. “We wanted a committed delivery partner, not just any delivery supplier, and we look forward to working very closely with ArrowXL to ensure our customers get the best service this partnership can provide,” said. Ian Carr, logistics director [...]

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    HGV restrictions costing millions yearly

12.05.2017

HGV restrictions costing millions yearly

HGV regulations are costing logistics tens of millions yearly, according to Paragon Software Solutions. The software company said that while calculating the cost of regulations and restrictions to the industry can be complex, stats show the cost could be considerable. It said: “Figures from London Councils, an organisation representing the capital’s 32 borough councils and the City of London, show that 4,769 [...]

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    Andrew Tinkler steps down as Stobart CEO

11.05.2017

Andrew Tinkler steps down as Stobart CEO

Andrew Tinkler is to step down as CEO of Stobart Group after ten years in the role – he will head up a new unit called ‘Stobart Capital’ and continue on as an executive board member. Warwick Brady, current deputy group CEO, will take over the role as CEO following the Group’s June Annual General Meeting. Warwick was appointed as deputy group [...]

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    The 3PL Conference reaches crescendo

11.05.2017

The 3PL Conference reaches crescendo

The 3PL Conference continues today; taking place at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. The 3PL Conference brings 3PLs and end-users together to share best ideas and discuss current trends and the future for both sides, exploring such key issues as collaboration, eCommerce, delivery and reputation management. Today guests will hear from Wincanton’s director of home and DIY, Paul Durkin, who will talk [...]

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    Amazon reveals robotics challenge finalists

10.05.2017

Amazon reveals robotics challenge finalists

Amazon has revealed the 16 finalists in its third-annual Amazon Robotics Challenge which will award up to $250,000 in prizes. There is no team from the UK, but Australia, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the United States are all represented. The finals will be held in Nagoya in Japan on 27th July. Contestants will have to demonstrate [...]

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    Cyclist safety needs greater focus, says Volvo

10.05.2017

Cyclist safety needs greater focus, says Volvo

There is a greater need to focus on reducing risks for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, moped riders and motorcyclists, according to a report from Volvo Trucks. “In the past decade the number of serious road accidents involving heavy trucks has been almost halved in Europe. However, truck accidents involving vulnerable road users have not been reduced to the [...]

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    Salvatori invests £1.5m in fleet

10.05.2017

Salvatori invests £1.5m in fleet

Canterbury-based Salvatori has invested £1.5 million in expanding its fleet to meet growing demand. The company is part of Palletways and is in the process of taking over additional areas, ME and DA, doubling the number of pallets it will move through the network. The new vehicles include eight DAF tractor units, 12 Dennison flatbed trailers, three Allport double deckers, three DAF [...]

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    Forklift Awards for Jungheinrich, Still and Torwegge

10.05.2017

Forklift Awards for Jungheinrich, Still and Torwegge

Jungheinrich, Still and Torwegge have won the four categories in the International Forklift of the Year Awards. Victory in the “Warehouse Truck” category went to the iGo neo CX 20 from Still, the world’s first autonomous horizontal order picker. The flexible TORsten AGV concept from Torwegge snatched victory in the “Automated Guided Vehicle” category. The jury chose Jungheinrich’s Indoor Positioning solution as the [...]

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    Wolseley picks Relex to create planograms

10.05.2017

Wolseley picks Relex to create planograms

Plumbing materials distributor Wolseley has chosen Relex’s Space Planning solution to create planograms to replace the company’s existing manual spreadsheet-driven approach. Ben Hills, category director at Wolseley, said: “The selection of the Relex solution is an integral part of our wider programme of transforming the way we serve our customers. The micro-space planning technology will help us increase our understanding of [...]

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    Ryder promotes John Murray

10.05.2017

Ryder promotes John Murray

Ryder has promoted John Murray to take over as sales and marketing director from Robin White who has joined Nationwide Platforms. Previously, Murray was general manager of Ryder’s trailer operations. David Hunt, Ryder vice president & managing director FMS Europe, said: “I know both our customers and our staff will benefit from his vision and experience as Ryder continues to grow [...]

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    Sharing economy is shaking up logistics

09.05.2017

Sharing economy is shaking up logistics

Embracing digital platforms and business models built around sharing not owning assets presents a significant future opportunity for the logistics industry, according to a new report by DHL. The report, entitled ‘Sharing Economy Logistics – Rethinking Logistics with access over ownership’ looks at best practices in the Sharing Economy from other industries, and presents practical applications of the Sharing Economy in [...]

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    Poor mental health affects 20pc of van drivers

09.05.2017

Poor mental health affects 20pc of van drivers

One in five van drivers describe their current mental health as poor or very poor, according to research commissioned by Mercedes-Benz Vans to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. And three quarters of those affected said that work was contributory factor. Mercedes has explored for the first time the issue of mental health within an often overlooked yet vital business community – [...]

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    New airline joins IAG Cargo

09.05.2017

New airline joins IAG Cargo

IAG’s new long-haul low cost airline brand, Level, will join the IAG Cargo operations from June. Level was launched in March and is the fifth airline brand to join IAG Cargo, alongside British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling. It will launch a long-haul, wide-body cargo gateway in Barcelona, offering three new routes into the Americas. This is the first time IAG [...]

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    HoMedics renews logistics contract with Bibby

09.05.2017

HoMedics renews logistics contract with Bibby

Global health and electrical products manufacturer HoMedics has renewed its ten-year contract with Bibby Distribution. Bibby has provided transport and warehouse services for HoMedics since 2007, distributing consumer products such as air purifiers, humidifiers, foot spas and massagers from a 275,000 sq ft site in Scunthorpe to retailers across the UK including Amazon, Argos, HMV, John Lewis and Tesco. As part of [...]

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    Specsavers renews Whistl contract

08.05.2017

Specsavers renews Whistl contract

Specsavers has renewed its contract with Whistl which makes use of the operator’s mail, parcels and Doordrop services. It has also renewed a number of large, high profile customer contracts, including a four million item deal with BUPA; 20 million items from Bourne Leisure (owner of Butlin’s, Haven and Warner Hotels) 65 million items with SAGA; and, the fashion group JD [...]

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    DHL launches tracking by Alexa

08.05.2017

DHL launches tracking by Alexa

DHL Parcel has launched a new voice-activated information service using Amazon’s digital smart speaker “Alexa”. Users can ask their Amazon Echo or Echo Dot smart speaker to provide information on their shipment status, saying, for example: “Alexa, ask DHL where my parcel is”. “We want to continually expand and improve service levels for our customers, so of course we’re going to take [...]

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    XPO buys 100 trucks

08.05.2017

XPO buys 100 trucks

XPO Logistics is to buy 84 tractor units, along with 78 trailers and 16 rigids for its UK contract logistics network. The trucks will all be fitted with visibility cameras and in-cab telematics, while the trailers incorporate bed-to-bed strapping systems and telematics. Once the new units are in operation, the company expects to have approximately 1,747 vehicles and 3,144 trailers in its [...]

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    Samskip unveils multimodal carbon calculator

08.05.2017

Samskip unveils multimodal carbon calculator

Samskip has produced an online CO2 carbon footprint calculator designed to visualize the benefits when using multimodal transport versus road transport. The app is based on the CE Delft “STREAM International” study, which uses recognise CO2 calculation methods. This study contains an overview of vehicle-specific emissions in several market segments in the international freight transport; measured by tonne per kilometre. The calculator [...]

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    The 3PL Conference starts this week

08.05.2017

The 3PL Conference starts this week

The 3PL Conference starts this week; taking place on 10 & 11 May at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield. The 3PL Conference brings 3PLs and end-users together to share best ideas and discuss current trends and the future for both sides, exploring such key issues as collaboration, eCommerce, delivery and reputation management. XPO Logistics will focus on reverse logistics at the upcoming event, [...]

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    Zweiter österreichischer eCommerce Logistik-Day mit Top-Referenten in Wien

08.05.2017

Zweiter österreichischer eCommerce Logistik-Day mit Top-Referenten in Wien

LOGISTIK express, IDIH, DHL Paket (Austria): Eventpartnerschaft rund um e-Business & Logistik geht 2017 weiter Anregungen und Tipps für Neueinsteiger aber auch für alte Hasen rund um die Prozesse im E-Business zu geben: Dies und mehr hat sich der 2. eCommerce Logistik-Day, den das Institut des Interaktiven Handels in Kooperation mit DHL Paket (Austria) GmbH,  EMA GmbH – Executive Management Advisors [...]

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    Kuehne + Nagel wins 5-year contract with Leonardo

05.05.2017

Kuehne + Nagel wins 5-year contract with Leonardo

Kuehne + Nagel has won a five-year contract in the UK with aerospace, defence and security company Leonardo. The logistics business will provide contract logistics and extended value added services to Leonardo Helicopters. It will manage the design development, testing, production, maintenance repair and spares support and sales of the most complete, range of rotary wing aircraft available for commercial, VVIP, security [...]

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    M&S recruits Halfords chief

05.05.2017

M&S recruits Halfords chief

Marks & Spencer has hired Halfords chief executive Jill McDonald to take on the new role of managing director, Clothing, Home And Beauty. She will be responsible for all aspects of the retailer’s non-food business from supply chain and logistics to design and sourcing. She will report to chief executive Steve Rowe. Chief financial officer Helen Weir, will hand over responsibility for [...]

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    RHA called for unfettered international haulage

05.05.2017

RHA called for unfettered international haulage

The Road Haulage Association has called on the UK and the EU to agree a comprehensive Land Transport Agreement to allow unfettered international road haulage for UK and EU operators. However, cabotage would be excluded from the agreement. Under the RHA plan, UK and EU international operators would have to work with the EU and international norms in respect of international road [...]

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    Nelson chooses new Volvo car transporter

05.05.2017

Nelson chooses new Volvo car transporter

Nelson Car Transport has chosen a Volvo FM-500 six by two rigid car transporter. The new addition includes Volvo’s factory fitted ‘Lite’ pushed-axle, which helps increase payload figures on a wide number of chassis applications. The transporter comes fitted with 17.5-inch wheels, 245/70 tyres, and has a 13-litre D13K engine in 500hp trim Chris Nelson, Nelson Car Transport, said: “We average about [...]

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    UPS to buy Nightline in Ireland

04.05.2017

UPS to buy Nightline in Ireland

UPS is to buy Irish express operator Nightline Logistics Group in a move that will make it one of the top local shippers in Ireland. Initially, the two brands will operate separately, but over time the businesses will be integrated. Jim Barber, president of UPS International, said: “Nightline will complement our existing services, increasing delivery density, while also adding innovative new service [...]

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    XPO produces net profit for first quarter

04.05.2017

XPO produces net profit for first quarter

XPO Logistics made a net profit of $21.3 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to a loss of $22.5m the year before. Sales, at $3.5 billion, were up by $123m, excluding the first quarter 2016 revenue for the North American truckload unit that was divested last year. Operating profit was up from $62m to $114m. The logistics segment generated total [...]

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    DHL buys packing robots

04.05.2017

DHL buys packing robots

DHL Supply Chain has bought four Sawyer robots to be used for packing tasks. The technology will be used flexibly across 19 of its UK co-packing and production centres; moving to support seasonal demands. DHL said it will be “upskilling its existing co-packing teams to support its growth and apply this new technology, hiring specialist roles such as robotics technician, project [...]

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    XPO to talk returns at 3PL

04.05.2017

XPO to talk returns at 3PL

XPO Logistics is to focus on reverse logistics at the upcoming 3PL Conference, taking place on 10 & 11 May. Steph Tite, returns manager at XPO, will discuss what customers need from their returns provider; looking specifically at how to deal with returns quickly and efficiently. Tite will also explore what the common concerns for customers are when dealing with returns, and [...]

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