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    DAF rolls out upgraded fleet

03.07.2017

DAF rolls out upgraded fleet

DAF Trucks has delivered a new fleet of upgraded CF and XF demonstration tractor models to its UK dealer network. The 35 tractor units are part of a bigger European fleet of more than 200 new CF and XT demonstrators. Customer vehicles will also begin to hit the roads in the next couple of weeks. The trucks include a variety of New CF [...]

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    Are you exploring cross border opportunities?

03.07.2017

Are you exploring cross border opportunities?

The UK may be a leader in omni-channel retail, but ultimately the big growth will be international. Nick Fox, chief operating officer at the snugg.com, will examine the cross border opportunities in European and the rest of the world including European, US, Mexico and Canadian. When he speaks at the Omni-Channel Conference in September, he will focus on how cross border opportunities [...]

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    200,000 sq ft ‘Golden Triangle’ warehouse completes

03.07.2017

200,000 sq ft ‘Golden Triangle’ warehouse completes

A 207,340 sq ft industrial logistics development has completed at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry. The £12 million development, known as Carbon 207, is situated close by to the A45 and Coventry Airport. The distribution park extends to over 100 acres, occupiers include: Unipart, Volvo, Walkers Crisps, Gist and Parcelforce. [...]

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    Mayor should support freight as well as buses, says FTA

30.06.2017

Mayor should support freight as well as buses, says FTA

Sadiq Khan should support freight operators as well as buses, the FTA has said after the mayor announced an £80 million support package for London buses to meet clean air targets. The association said that thousands of HGVs and vans in the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be significantly disrupted by the introduction of the regulation, “especially the small [...]

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    American Airlines opens Heathrow pharma facility

30.06.2017

American Airlines opens Heathrow pharma facility

American Airlines has opened new controlled room temperature facility at its London Heathrow cargo centre. “This is a tremendous service enhancement for our European customers,” said Andy Cornwell, regional sales manager for northern Europe. “This new, far larger facility, can meet their needs even more effectively now and in the future. And this will be further improved when our COL +2°C [...]

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    Singles Day shopping phenomena explained at Omni-Channel

30.06.2017

Singles Day shopping phenomena explained at Omni-Channel

If you don’t know that 11th November is Singles Day in China you are missing out on a major opportunity as it is now reckoned to be the biggest online shopping day in the world – beating even Black Friday. Speaking at the Omni-Channel Conference in September, Steven Hope, senior e-commerce adviser-china specialist at the Department for International Trade, will explain [...]

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    Morrison to drive Debenhams’ customer focused supply chain

29.06.2017

Morrison to drive Debenhams’ customer focused supply chain

Angela Morrison, has joined Debenhams from Direct Line as IT and supply chain director, tasked with leading the changes to make its supply chain customer-led rather than process-driven. In a trading update the group said it had now completed the transition to a single warehouse management system, and begun a consultation on closure of Northampton distribution centre and ten regional warehousing [...]

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    Ford Motor awards contract to XPO

29.06.2017

Ford Motor awards contract to XPO

Ford Motor Company has awarded XPO Logistics a contract for UK parts distribution to over 200 dealers. The logistics company will be responsible for outbound distribution as well as line-haul parts flows, and overall asset management. It will now handle more than 200 daily collections from the Ford parts centre in Daventry, Northamptonshire. The 3PL will also be responsible for product returns [...]

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    Renault plans 13pc cut in fuel consumption

29.06.2017

Renault plans 13pc cut in fuel consumption

Renault has started work on an articulated truck project, named FALCON, designed to cut fuel consumption by 13 per cent. Developments are focusing on the optimised aerodynamics of the truck and trailer combination, connected low rolling resistance tyres and predictive energy-saving driving aid and fuel management functions, together with an improved powertrain using a new-generation Rankine heat recovery system and optimised [...]

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    Starship talks robots at Omni-Channel Conference

29.06.2017

Starship talks robots at Omni-Channel Conference

Robots are now rumbling along London’s streets delivering goods to people. The issue will be a key topic at the Omni-Channel Conference in September. Henry Harris-Burland, chief marketing officer for the company behind the initiative, Starship Technologies, will look at the future of robotics in logistics; the benefits and challenges of using Starship’s robots; and how they can cater to retailers [...]

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    Amazon patents urban drone centres

28.06.2017

Amazon patents urban drone centres

Amazon has patented what it calls “multi-level fulfilment centres” for drones in urban areas. The fulfilment centres would be designed to accommodate landing and take-off of drones, “possibly in an urban setting”, such as in a densely populated area. In the patent, Amazon said that unlike traditional fulfilment centres, the drone centre may: “include many levels as permitted under zoning regulations for [...]

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    Cyber attack hits Maersk booking system

28.06.2017

Cyber attack hits Maersk booking system

Maersk, the world’s largest container line, has warned customers that it cannot accept future bookings or provide quotes following the global cyber attack, named Petya, on 27th June. In a statement, it said: “We can confirm that some of our IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and we have proactively shut down as a security measure.” It said that all immediate [...]

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    CollectPlus partners with Gett for returns

27.06.2017

CollectPlus partners with Gett for returns

CollectPlus and Gett Delivery have launched a £1.95 returns services in which Gett Delivery scooter couriers collect a customer’s returns before delivering it into the CollectPlus network within an hour. Shoppers in zones 1 and 2 of Central London can now use the service – powered by Gett’s app – to return unwanted purchases to more than 300 retailers, including John [...]

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    280,000 sq ft spec scheme for Cannock

27.06.2017

280,000 sq ft spec scheme for Cannock

Opus Land and Bridges Fund Management are developing two speculative units totalling 283,185 sq ft at Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock. They have appointed BNP Paribas Real Estate and JLL as joint agents to market the scheme named CONNEQT. Victoria Smith, joint managing director of Opus Land, said: “The development of this site will provide Grade A industrial accommodation to help plug the [...]

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    DVSA to crack down on emission cheats

27.06.2017

DVSA to crack down on emission cheats

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is to launch roadside checks in August in a crack-down on operators and drivers using cheat devices to get round emissions legislation. Common cheats include: using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working removing the diesel particulate filter or trap using cheap, fake emission reduction devices or diesel exhaust fluid using illegal engine [...]

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    Pentalver unveils new brand identity

27.06.2017

Pentalver unveils new brand identity

Pentalver has started rebranding its intermodal terminals and trucks with a new logo following its acquisition by Genesee & Wyoming in May. The branding is based on G&W’s original orange and yellow logo created American designer Milton Glaser, who also created the “I Love NY” logo. Pentalver has intermodal container terminals at Felixstowe, Southampton, London Gateway and Tilbury, as well as a [...]

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    TC tells hauliers to ensure HGV parking is safe

27.06.2017

TC tells hauliers to ensure HGV parking is safe

Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner, Joan Aitken, has called on hauliers to make sure the place where they keep their vehicles is “safe and suitable” at all times after suspending a haulier whose parking arrangements had compromised road safety. Alex Campbell Haulage Ltd of Tain was suspended from running vehicles for two months because of practices at its operating centre. Aitken found the company’s [...]

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    Tesco launches one hour delivery service

26.06.2017

Tesco launches one hour delivery service

Tesco has launched a one hour grocery delivery service in central London. The 7.99 delivery service is available via a new app, Tesco Now. Customers can order up to 20 items from a range of 1,000 products. Orders are picked in a local store and delivered via moped within 60 minutes. The delivery is handled by third party fulfilment company, Quiqup. Customers can [...]

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    Mattel to speak at Omni-channel conference

26.06.2017

Mattel to speak at Omni-channel conference

Mattel is the world’s largest toy company with brands such as Barbie, Fisher Price, Hot Wheels, Monster High, and Thomas and Friends. Elisa Pogliano, omni-channel development director for Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa, will explain the importance of multi-channel and omni-channel operations to its business, when she speaks at the Omni-Channel Conference in September. She will look at why multi-channel [...]

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    Keyland plans Aire Valley development

22.06.2017

Keyland plans Aire Valley development

Keyland Developments, a sister-company of Yorkshire Water, has submitted an outline planning application for a 265,000 sq ft development in the Aire Valley area of Leeds. The plan outlines 265,000 sq ft of B1, B2 and B8 industrial and commercial space on the vacant 16 acre site between Leeds City Centre and J45 of the M1 motorway. Keyland managing director Peter Garrett [...]

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    German e-commerce contract for Clipper

21.06.2017

German e-commerce contract for Clipper

German retailer Westwing has chosen Clipper Logistics to manage inbound deliveries, repacking, storage and order fulfilment for its new operation in Poland. “Clipper’s reputation for industry-leading and innovative logistics solutions made them the perfect partner for our new operation in Poland,” said Matthias Siepe, managing director of Westwing Germany. “As one of the leading home and living retailers in Europe, we needed [...]

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    Boohoo picks InPost for parcel lockers

21.06.2017

Boohoo picks InPost for parcel lockers

Fashion retailer, boohoo has signed up to use InPost’s network of parcel lockers. Andrew Thomson, e-commerce director at boohoo, said: “Our customers want fast- fashion delivered with speed and convenience, and InPost’s proposition allows us to meet both of those needs. “By offering next day, round-the-clock parcel collection that isn’t confined to normal home delivery times or opening hours, we are able [...]

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    Flowers to fly into Doncaster Sheffield

21.06.2017

Flowers to fly into Doncaster Sheffield

Network Airline Management is launching a weekly MD11 service from Nairobi to Doncaster Sheffield Airport bringing in flowers and vegetables for retailers. This is the airport’s first scheduled flight handling perishable goods. Some 3,500 tonnes of cargo will be transported each year. “We selected to fly to Doncaster Sheffield Airport for a number of reasons,” said Andy Walters, commercial director of Network [...]

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    Carlton Packaging partners with Ryder

21.06.2017

Carlton Packaging partners with Ryder

Carlton Packaging is switching to a leased delivery fleet, and has chosen Ryder to supplying two Daf 18-tonne curtainsiders with day cabs, a Daf six by two tractor with space cab and curtainsided SDC trailer. The vehicles, which are on a three year contract, will make deliveries from Carlton’s UK distribution hub in Milton Keynes. Barry Smalley, senior operations manager at Carlton, [...]

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    Warehouse workers pay rises 3.3pc

20.06.2017

Warehouse workers pay rises 3.3pc

Wages for warehouse workers have risen by 3.3 per cent taking the annual average from £15,517 to £17,062, according to a Blue Arrow report. Of all job roles in the sector, the largest pay increase was for forklift drivers at 6.5 per cent, which goes from £19,990 to £21,283 on average.Production operative wages have increased by 2.4 per cent from £16,766 [...]

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    AEO status needed for frictionless borders, says CILT

20.06.2017

AEO status needed for frictionless borders, says CILT

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has said that companies involved in the supply chain should become Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) to ensure the UK operates frictionless borders after Brexit. AEO status is “an internationally recognised quality mark indicating that your role in the international supply chain is secure, and that your customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.” According [...]

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    XPO wins new contract with ADAMA

19.06.2017

XPO wins new contract with ADAMA

XPO has won a new multi-million pound contract renewal with crop protection company ADAMA Agricultural Solutions UK. XPO will be responsible for the company’s transport and logistics, and will operate from its 200,000 sq ft Derbyshire site. XPO’s facility at Amber Park, South Normanton in Derbyshire houses 21,000 pallet locations, from which their fleet will deliver over 200 products to 232 [...]

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    SMEs turn down contracts owing to lack of finance

19.06.2017

SMEs turn down contracts owing to lack of finance

Some 54 per cent of small to medium transport businesses have turned down contracts because of lack of finance, according to a study from Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance. The study found that other factors included: jobs would not pay enough, (38 per cent); unfair payment terms (36 per cent); and lack of management time (30 per cent). “Bad payers and unrealistic contractual [...]

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    Women in Logistics winners revealed

19.06.2017

Women in Logistics winners revealed

Four women have been crowned winners at the annual Women in Logistics (WIL) awards. The Leader of the Year Award was given to Jacqueline O’Donovan of O’Donovan Waste Disposal; Sarah Shaw from the University of Hull was given a Highly Commended award. The Diversity Champion of the Year Award was won by Jennifer Swain of JPS, while the Under 30 Young Woman [...]

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    Bibby goes to Briggs for forklifts

19.06.2017

Bibby goes to Briggs for forklifts

Bibby Distribution chosen Briggs to supply Yale three-wheel electric forklift trucks, low level order pickers and ride-on platform pallet trucks. This comes after Bibby’s decision to expand its fleet in both Wakefield and Corby. Briggs has also supplied five Aisle-Master very narrow aisle articulated trucks and a Hako ride-on scrubber/drier for each of the sites. The Corby site has also gained [...]

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