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    Van market down 5pc

04.05.2017

Van market down 5pc

The van market fell almost five per cent in the first four months of the year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The key 2.5-3.5 tonne sector was down 2.8 per cent on last year at 75,190 registrations. SMMT chief Mike Hawes said: “April is traditionally a small month for new LCV registrations following the plate-change in [...]

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    DS Smith in 27-truck deal

04.05.2017

DS Smith in 27-truck deal

Ryder is supplying 27 new trucks and trailers to DS Smith, the recycling and waste management specialist. The new vehicles include four DAF CF330 FAN six by two 26 tonne bin lifts (rear end loaders) with Inco-Mol Pusher 4000 skipjack refuse collection bodies. Also part of the new order are six DAF CF410 FAS 26 tonne drawbar hook lift trucks, two [...]

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    CML takes extra space at Magna Park Lutterworth to support joint venture

04.05.2017

CML takes extra space at Magna Park Lutterworth to support joint venture

Logistics company CML has taken Unit 6130 a distribution warehouse at Magna Park in Lutterworth, East Midlands. The 110,215 sq ft unit will be the firm’s third warehouse at Magna Park, increasing its total retail distribution space at the park by almost 30 percent. The new facility will house a purpose built picking structure and space for over 14,000 pallets on a [...]

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    Halfords awards 8-year contract to Clipper

03.05.2017

Halfords awards 8-year contract to Clipper

Halfords has awarded Clipper Logistics an eight-year contract to provide additional warehouse fulfilment and services from its distribution centre at Danes Way, Daventry. “We are delighted with the partnership to date which has enabled us to consolidate all of our external storage and enhance pre-retail services,” said Richard Street, infrastructure director at Halfords. “Working with Clipper will enable us to improve [...]

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    GMB gig-economy challenge to Hermes

03.05.2017

GMB gig-economy challenge to Hermes

Hermes is to face a legal challenge from the GMB union over self-employed status of its couriers. Proceedings have been lodged with the Employment Tribunal by solicitors Leigh Day. The case is on behalf of eight Hermes couriers. The union said that the couriers are identified by the company as self-employed, which means they do not receive holiday pay or the national [...]

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    DSV boosts operating margin

03.05.2017

DSV boosts operating margin

DSV produced an operating profit of DKK1.1 billion in the first quarter of 2017 – almost double the figure for the year before. It represents a 6.2 per cent operating margin compared to 4.2 per cent a year ago. The company’s sales and profits have grown substantially following the takeover of UTi Worldwide in January last year. DSV said most of UTi’s [...]

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    UniCarriers unveils new trucks

03.05.2017

UniCarriers unveils new trucks

UniCarriers is unveiling ten new TX counterbalance trucks as it revises its family of three and four wheeled forklifts. The trucks have maximum lift capacities of 1.25 to 2 tonnes. The revised product family comprises seven models with three wheels (TX3) and three models with four wheels (TX4). The TX4 is now available in two chassis lengths and TX3 in three [...]

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    Spec shed for West Midlands

03.05.2017

Spec shed for West Midlands

Trebor Developments and funding partner, Kay Properties (Midlands), are to speculatively build a 55,000 sq ft warehouse in Aldridge, West Midlands. Construction is due to start in the next month with completion scheduled for early 2018. Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner for Trebor Developments, said: “This speculative 55,000 sq ft development responds to a real gap in the Midlands market for quality industrial [...]

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    Intersped expands with new warehouse

03.05.2017

Intersped expands with new warehouse

Intersped is expanding its operations by moving into a new 30,000 square foot warehouse as part of an overall investment of £3.5 million. The warehouse in Kent has a 16-bay dock facility and two low-level loading bays, providing capacity for future growth. Owner Ray Murphy, who joined Intersped at 16 and rose through the ranks to take full ownership in 2011, said: [...]

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    Gillo steps down at Pall-Ex

03.05.2017

Gillo steps down at Pall-Ex

Geoff Gillo has stepped down as a non-executive director of Pall-Ex have completed a three-year term. Pall-Ex chief executive Hilary Devey said: “We have made no secret of the fact that, over the past few years, Pall-Ex Group has been committed to executing a strategic growth plan. This has involved a comprehensive management restructure, a detailed review of operations and a [...]

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    Culina enters joint venture

02.05.2017

Culina enters joint venture

Culina Group has entered into a joint venture with Morgan McLernon, an Irish company specialising in chilled and frozen distribution. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. Culina already has a close partnership with the company through its business CML. “Morgan McLernon and CML have been working superbly well together now for several years and it really was the logical next [...]

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    New head of ops for Fowler Welch

02.05.2017

New head of ops for Fowler Welch

Fowler Welch has appointed Sean Negus as its first head of operations for ambient. He has previously worked with Safeway and The Brakes Group. Negus will be based at the logistics company’s ambient national distribution centre in Heywood. The business is now focussed on growing its ambient service. “We are very pleased to welcome Sean to the Fowler Welch family and have seen [...]

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    Spec shed for Wednesfield

02.05.2017

Spec shed for Wednesfield

Property company Goold Estates is to speculatively develop a 70,000 sq ft industrial park in Wednesfield, West Midlands. The 8.5-acre site has 4.5 acres of developable land and four acres of wetland, which is home to great crested newts. Natural England has this year launched a new policy relating to the conservation of the protected species. Goold Estates is working closely with [...]

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    Rolls-Royce extends Pattonair contract

02.05.2017

Rolls-Royce extends Pattonair contract

Rolls-Royce has awarded aerospace and defence supply chain company Pattonair a five-year contract extension. The company will supply C-class parts to RRCS sites in Birmingham. Wayne Hollinshead, chief executive of Pattonair, said: “This contract extension and award from RRCS is once again testament to the Pattonair team’s efforts to delight our customers in terms of value for money and great service, which [...]

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    DHL chief puts case for global trade growth

28.04.2017

DHL chief puts case for global trade growth

Global trade will continue to grow despite mounting protectionist tendencies, Deutsche Post DHL chief Frank Appel told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in Bochum. “World trade drives prosperity, and prosperity promotes peace. We therefore don’t need less globalization, but more – and we need it now and sustainably.” Appel argued that countries should invest more heavily in education and infrastructure in [...]

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    Amazon robotics for new Warrington site

28.04.2017

Amazon robotics for new Warrington site

Amazon is to open a fulfilment centre in Warrington in the autumn which will use robot technology as well as creating 1,200 permanent jobs. Warrington is one of four new fulfilment centres that Amazon will open in 2017. It opened a site at Daventry in February and plans to open at Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury in the autumn. And it is [...]

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    Candy extends contract with Kuehne + Nagel

28.04.2017

Candy extends contract with Kuehne + Nagel

Candy Group, household appliance manufacturer, has awarded Kuehne + Nagel a new three-year contract to manage its supply chain. Sidney Pinzani, Candy supply chain director, said: “We selected Kuehne + Nagel to be our partner due to its capability to perform a global effective control tower and due to the availability to understand and meet the customer needs, as we do.” Kuehne [...]

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    East of England Co-op boosts availability with localised planograms

28.04.2017

East of England Co-op boosts availability with localised planograms

East of England Co-op has increase availability has increased by 5 percentage points after implementing a new retail supply chain planning system. It chose Relex for space and assortment planning as part of an overhaul of its retail operations and processes, using automation to support in-store efficiency, streamline business processes and improve sales. “We couldn’t move from manual, store-based ordering to an [...]

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    Maersk pushes ahead with Hamburg Süd takeover

28.04.2017

Maersk pushes ahead with Hamburg Süd takeover

Maersk Line €3.7 billion acquisition of Hamburg Süd, the German container shipping line, has been approved by the boards of both companies and now just needs regulatory approval before it can be completed. Hamburg Süd will be maintained as a separate brand, but Maersk expects to find some $350m to £400m in saving through operational synergies in the first couple of [...]

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    Search is on for the outstanding supply chain of 2017

28.04.2017

Search is on for the outstanding supply chain of 2017

The search for outstanding supply chains starts now with the launch of the 21st Supply Chain Excellence Awards. The Awards, organised by Logistics & Supply Chain, are the gold standard of supply chain achievement and winners include some of Europe’s leading companies. The winners of the 2017 Awards will be revealed in front of more than 600 industry leaders at London’s Park [...]

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    Panasonic buys Zetes

28.04.2017

Panasonic buys Zetes

Panasonic Corporation has acquired a controlling stake in Zetes, the auto-ID specialist, and is launching a mandatory takeover bid for the 43 per cent of the shares that it does not now own. It believes that the combination of both Panasonic’s and Zetes’ businesses “offers significant opportunities to exploit the future growth both in supply chain solutions and security solutions, and [...]

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    Premier Foods picks XPO for logistics

27.04.2017

Premier Foods picks XPO for logistics

Premier Foods, which is responsible for the Oxo, Ambrosia and Mr Kipling brands, has chosen XPO Logistics to handle inbound transport, warehousing and outbound distribution in the UK and Ireland. Under the long term contract, Premier will to transfer its existing multi-site warehousing operations to XPO’s national distribution centre in Tamworth, Staffordshire. “The team at XPO Logistics have demonstrated the capabilities to [...]

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    Transline lodges Notice of Intention

27.04.2017

Transline lodges Notice of Intention

Transline said that it is close to securing inward investment, and is lodging a Notice of Intention, following media reports that the company is “facing administration”. Transline is the employment agency that supplied 1,700 temporary workers to Sports Direct at its Shirebrook warehouse which was later found to be paying workers under the minimum wage. A Transline spokesperson said: “The company has [...]

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    SMMT launches defence of diesel

27.04.2017

SMMT launches defence of diesel

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has come out with a strong defence of diesel-engined commercial vehicles in the face of the growing anti-diesel public sentiment. Its response coincides with the CV Show in Birmingham. Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “Commercial vehicles play an essential but often overlooked role in keeping Britain functioning, performing jobs and transporting vital goods and [...]

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    FSDF in Brexit discussions with DfT

27.04.2017

FSDF in Brexit discussions with DfT

The Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF) has met with the Department for Transport to discuss concerns about the temperature-controlled food logistics sector following the triggering of Article 50. The discussion focussed on labour availability, border controls, the Union Customs Code, the UK Border Force vehicle accreditation scheme, increased opportunities for incursions into queued vehicles waiting in Northern France to enter [...]

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    Collect+ reveals all at 3PL Conference

27.04.2017

Collect+ reveals all at 3PL Conference

Collect+, the parcel sending and collection service, is to reveal how to stay ahead of the competition with customer-determined delivery at the upcoming 3PL Conference. Mark Lawrence, operations and service director, will explore ways in which to provide delivery services; looking specifically at choosing delivery times, same day deliveries, delivery runners and last minute deliveries. He will also analyse the process of [...]

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    Leben Totgesagte länger?

27.04.2017

Leben Totgesagte länger?

Hinter uns liegt Ostern, das Fest der Auferstehung. Ob man nun gläubig ist oder nicht – wir könnten tatsächlich einige Auferstehungen brauchen. Nämlich die Auferstehung der demokratischen Werte, der Menschenrechte, der Wirtschaft im Allgemeinen und vor allem auch des gesunden Menschenverstandes. Und wenn man möchte, eine Auferstehung des europäischen Gedankens, weil in der aktuellen Lage ist der nämlich tot. Redaktion: [...]

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    DB Cargo to cut a third of workforce

26.04.2017

DB Cargo to cut a third of workforce

DB Cargo UK is to cut around a third of its workforce as part of a restructure prompted by the declining coal market. DB, which is the largest UK rail freight company, will cut 893 jobs in total. ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite have all been in discussions with the business about the planned cut since October last year. The business said [...]

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    UK Mail chooses Beumer to expand automation

26.04.2017

UK Mail chooses Beumer to expand automation

UK Mail, bought by DHL last December, has chosen Beumer Group to expand its automated parcel sorting system at its national UK hub near Coventry. The business is investing £1.3 million in the extension. The existing sortation system, which was installed by Beumer in 2014, enabled the business to quadruple its capacity at 24,000 parcels per hour – this will be increased [...]

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    DB Symmetry launches speculative warehouse programme

26.04.2017

DB Symmetry launches speculative warehouse programme

Developer dbSymmetry has unveiled plans to speculatively build 800,000 sq ft of warehouse space nationwide in 2017. According to Savills’ latest UK warehouse survey, this figure equates to 21% of the total 3.8 million sq ft set to be delivered this year. Development Director, Christian Matthews said: “We have identified strategic sites throughout the UK, where there is a severe shortage of [...]

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