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    New warehouse scheme for Wakefield

08.02.2017

New warehouse scheme for Wakefield

A 150,000 sq ft warehouse scheme is being proposed on a brownfield site close to Junction 32 of the M62 motorway near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. The scheme is being put forward by Gregory Property Group and envisages four new units ranging from 20,000 – 80,000 sq ft on the 11-acre site. Known as Park 32 the development will be opposite Pontefract Racecourse [...]

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    Kuehne + Nagel launches packaging service

08.02.2017

Kuehne + Nagel launches packaging service

Kuehne + Nagel has launched ‘KN Packaging’ a one-stop-shop contract packaging service. The service uses “state-of-the-art” software, collaborative robots and cooperation with local packaging providers. The company is collaborating with cloud-based software company Nulogy, which specialises in contract packaging, and Universal Robots, which will provide collaborative robots designed to assist warehouse workers in a range of packaging tasks. The logistics company has [...]

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    Boughey invests £8m in truck fleet

08.02.2017

Boughey invests £8m in truck fleet

Boughey Distribution is investing almost £8m in 100 new Mercedes-Benz Actros which will replace its current fleet. This comes after the company trialled MAN, Volvo, DAF and Mercedes trucks. “While value for money and whole-life cost were clearly important considerations, it was Mercedes’ great support package that sealed the deal for us,” said Paul Brimelow, Boughey fleet engineer. “In terms of driver [...]

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    175-acre West Midlands site inches closer to development

08.02.2017

175-acre West Midlands site inches closer to development

Birmingham City Council are to push with the release of a 175-acre employment site from the green belt in Sutton Coldfield next week. The use of the 175-acre Peddimore site, near Minworth, for employment was outlined in the local authority’s Birmingham Development Plan in April 2016 when it was given the go-ahead by the planning inspector. The council is expected to give to [...]

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    DX reviews operations after profit warning

07.02.2017

DX reviews operations after profit warning

A wide-ranging review of operations is underway at DX after the company’s expected growth in higher margin revenue fell through, impacting on the business’ overall profitability due to its fixed cost nature. DX said in a trading update that its integration of five sites into one, which was part of its “OneDX programme”, had experienced some short term operational issues – [...]

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    Brexit could cripple supply chains, says RHA

07.02.2017

Brexit could cripple supply chains, says RHA

Brexit could damage UK food supplies because customs problems could cripple supply chains, the Road Haulage Association has claimed. The association added that unless the government negotiates the right customs controls during Brexit talks, the food supply chain could be severely impacted. The RHA fears big lorry queues at ports, with staff without enough experience while “fresh food supplies rot,” following [...]

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    Aldi up to fifth in grocery market

07.02.2017

Aldi up to fifth in grocery market

Aldi has moved up to become the UK’s fifth largest grocery retailer attracting 826,000 new shoppers compared to a year ago, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. The grocery market grew by 1.7 per cent in the 12 weeks to 29th January driven by strong performances from the discounters. But Waitrose, the Co-op and Iceland also showed growth above [...]

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    Suttons invests £17m in 200-strong fleet

07.02.2017

Suttons invests £17m in 200-strong fleet

Suttons Group is to invest £17 million in a 200-strong fleet of the new Euro-6C six by two tractor units over the next two years. The new fleet includes vehicles from both Volvo and MAN for the company’s UK road tanker business. “This latest deal continues Suttons commitment to investing in the latest equipment and technology for both existing and new [...]

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    Goodman acquires 40 acre East Midlands development site

07.02.2017

Goodman acquires 40 acre East Midlands development site

Developer investor Goodman has bought a 40-acre site in the East Midlands with joint venture partner Wilson Bowden. The site near Lubbersthorpe adjacent to the M1 and M69 motorway intersection in Leicestershire will be known as Leicester Commercial Park and could accommodate up to 440,000 sq ft of Grade A industrial and distribution space. The development has been acquired by the Goodman UK Logistics [...]

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    DP world looks to London Gateway

07.02.2017

DP world looks to London Gateway

DP World says it is looking to London Gateway as a key driver of growth in its portfolio of terminals next year. The company, which also operates Southampton Container Terminal, increased container volumes across its global portfolio of terminals by 3.2 per cent last year, handling 63.7 million. In the fourth quarter, gross reported volumes grew by six per cent year-on-year driven [...]

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    Yusen expands Malaysian cold chain

07.02.2017

Yusen expands Malaysian cold chain

Tasco Berhad, Yusen’s Malaysian subsidiary, is to take over two cold chain logistics providers in the country – Gold Cold Transport and MILS Cold Chain Logistics. Demand for refrigerated transport and cold storage facilities for perishable products, such as fresh produce, beverages and pharmaceuticals, is rising in Malaysia as a result of population growth and increased personal consumption throughout the ASEAN [...]

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    New generation storage from Kardex Remstar

07.02.2017

New generation storage from Kardex Remstar

IntraLogisteX exhibitor Kardex Remstar is launching its latest generation of storage systems with the LR 35 Vertical Buffer Module, which is designed for any company involved in handling single-part or small-volume orders with a need for fast and accurate access together with secure storage. The LR 35 delivers better performance thanks to an innovative replenishment concept offering up to 500 order [...]

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    Missguided chooses Kerry for international freight

06.02.2017

Missguided chooses Kerry for international freight

Fashion retailer Missguided has chosen Kerry Logistics to handle its international air and ocean freight. The logistics business will also deliver a number of value-added services and support throughout its Greater China and Asia network. Missguided will use Kerry’s “virtual buying office” which is a web-platform that aims to deliver visibility throughout the supply chain. “It is fundamental to our business strategy [...]

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    Cross border is big growth area for e-commerce

06.02.2017

Cross border is big growth area for e-commerce

Cross-border e-commerce offers growth rates of 25 per cent a year between 2015 and 2020, according to a study by DHL Express. The study, “The 21st Century Spice Trade: A Guide to the Cross-Border E-Commerce Opportunity”, found that cross-border e-commerce offers aggregate growth rates not available in most other retail markets. Cross-border retail volumes are predicted to increase at an annual average [...]

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    Panel van market continues to grow

06.02.2017

Panel van market continues to grow

Registrations of panel vans (between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes) rose 5.6 per cent to 12, 617 units in January, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. However, the car-derived van sector (up to 2 tonnes) was down 16.2 per cent. Overall the new van market saw 1.2 per cent growth in January. Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, “Vans are [...]

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    DSV opens new Bradford facility

06.02.2017

DSV opens new Bradford facility

DSV Road has opened a new site in Bradford, Yorkshire. The facility will run daily groupage services to a number of international destinations, including: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.  Other destinations will be served by the company’s twice-weekly departures. “Bradford and the Yorkshire region have always been very important for [...]

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    New director for BIFA

06.02.2017

New director for BIFA

Rachel Morley has joined the board of the British International Freight Association replacing Carson McMullan who has stepped down having been on the board since 2009. Director general Robert Keen said: “We welcome Rachel’s election from the BIFA regional council. She has had an excellent record of achievement since she joined the industry and has played a prominent role in BIFA’s [...]

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    Thermal boost from Kestrel

06.02.2017

Thermal boost from Kestrel

Kestrel Industrial Services, provides engineered energy solutions to industrial and commercial companies to help then reduce energy costs and carbon footprint, by managing and enhancing their thermal conditions in a building. Kestrel can deliver up to a 90 per cent “virtual” seal on problematic doorways by minimising cold air ingress on open doorways through its Air Barrier range. And through use [...]

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    Interlink Express to rebrand as ‘DPD Local’

03.02.2017

Interlink Express to rebrand as ‘DPD Local’

Interlink Express, part of DPD, is to rebrand as “DPD Local” to generate “greater brand consistency” within the group. The company will continue to deliver its try before you buy offer of 100 free parcels for new customers, but will now also include new international services: the Your DPDapp, the DPD Pickupparcel shop network and new bulk upload tools for shippers [...]

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    Hermes launches transformation plan

03.02.2017

Hermes launches transformation plan

Hermes is to launch a major transformation programme designed to accelerate innovation throughout the business. Chief executive Carole Woodhead will lead this transformation programme which will focus on meeting the increasing demands of online consumers that are revolutionising the e-commerce market. Martijn de Lange has been promoted to managing director from his previous role of COO, and will be responsible for the [...]

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    DB Cargo stages big train derailment

03.02.2017

DB Cargo stages big train derailment

DB Cargo UK has teamed up with a range of emergency services to simulate a train derailment in a three-day exercise. The simulation, which took place at its Healey Mills site in Wakefield, was recreated by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Yorkshire Ambulance, Network Rail, Wakefield Council and the British Transport Police. A locomotive and out of service rail carriages [...]

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    Strong growth for air cargo

03.02.2017

Strong growth for air cargo

Global air cargo demand last year was up 3.8 per cent on 2015 – nearly double the average growth rate over the past five years, according to figures from the International Air Transport Association. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometres, increased by 5.3 per cent in 2016. All regions, with the exception of Latin America, experienced positive freight growth in [...]

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    Liverpool College initative to attract jobseekers to logistics

03.02.2017

Liverpool College initative to attract jobseekers to logistics

The City of Liverpool College is launching a drive to attract jobseekers to the city’s logistics sector at Visitor Economy Week. The college has partnered with Abacus UK Training, Northwest Education and Training and several others on the initiative which seeks to recruit unemployed people and train them to become lorry or bus drivers. The initiative, which works alongside the Department for [...]

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    Manage the MHE fleet with ID Systems

03.02.2017

Manage the MHE fleet with ID Systems

ID Systems’ Kevin Bradley will lead a seminar on the second day of IntraLogisteX, entitled “Make the most of your MHE fleet: manage it!” It will use IntraLogisteX to demonstrate how its fleet management tools can maximise a company’s capacity. ID Systems’ didBOX product is designed for for smaller fleets and is available with new options. This modular unit can be [...]

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    It was going so well….

03.02.2017

It was going so well….

With take up at an all time high and new space slow in coming forward what is the outlook for the North West? Liza Helps reports…. It sure looked good at the beginning of 2016 according to Savills with some 2.2 million sq ft of new space due to be delivered across 11 schemes in 2016. But even then there was [...]

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    You can’t rely on old king coal

03.02.2017

You can’t rely on old king coal

Declining traditional markets and structural changes in the rail industry mean that rail freight operators must come to terms with a new business environment. Malory Davies looks at the challenges ahead. There is no doubt that rail freight operators are facing challenging times with changes in the market having an impact on profits, at the same time that changes in the [...]

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    Intralogistics to boost the SME offer

03.02.2017

Intralogistics to boost the SME offer

Deciding on the right intralogistics solution can be a challenge for small and medium companies looking to balance cost, efficiency and flexibility. Small and medium sized businesses face particular challenges when it comes to intralogistics operations. On the one hand they need systems that are cost effective for the scale of their operations. On the other hand, the need for flexibility [...]

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    Stuck like glue

03.02.2017

Stuck like glue

Black Friday hit the UK with a tumultuous bang back in 2014. But now it looks like it’s here to stay. Alexandra Leonards takes an in-depth look at the ever-transforming shopping event, and the ways in which retailers are approaching its new challenges. Crashing headfirst into the market like a mad bull in a china shop, Black Friday made its grand [...]

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    British American Tobacco contract for Clipper

02.02.2017

British American Tobacco contract for Clipper

Clipper Logistics has won a new four-year contract with British American Tobacco. It will be responsible for BAT’s full logistics operation, including warehouse operation within the UK and delivery to customers. The business will use a combination of dedicated and shared user vehicles from its range of distribution centres. “We are delighted to have been selected for this significant contract with BAT,” [...]

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