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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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    Top property bosses demand land for logistics in London

02.02.2017

Top property bosses demand land for logistics in London

David Sleath, CEO of SEGRO, has called for a comprehensive review of industrial land in London as a new London wide report shows that employment land lost to residential housing surpasses Greater London Authority expectations 16 years sooner than anticipated. The report ‘Keep London Working’ report, produced by Turley in conjunction with SEGRO, is out today and makes for salutatory reading. It [...]

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    BIFA calls for support on apprenticeship initiative

02.02.2017

BIFA calls for support on apprenticeship initiative

The British International Freight Association is calling on the industry to support a proposal for a freight forwarding apprenticeship standard. This comes after an expression of interest was made by an employer group behind an apprenticeship standard. The association said that before the Department for Education makes a decision, it is calling on the freight forwarding industry to make comment on [...]

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    DK Fulfilment chooses Snapfulfil

02.02.2017

DK Fulfilment chooses Snapfulfil

DK Fulfilment has chosen Snapfulfil’s cloud warehouse management system at its 168,000 sq ft Coventry distribution centre. The company previously used the WMS module of its ERP system. Increased complexity of the fulfilment market prompted it to build its own system and implement Snapfulfil’s WMS. “Our customers’ requirements are increasingly complex and our previous system was reaching its practical and functional capacity,” [...]

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    CPC training must stay flexible, says FTA

02.02.2017

CPC training must stay flexible, says FTA

Responding to proposed revisions to the European Commission’s Driver CPC Directive, the FTA has said that driver training must remain flexible. The proposal includes changes such as the prevention of refresher courses on the same subject during the five year period. The association said changes like these could mean that specialised training needed in specific industries might not be recognised, in [...]

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    BITA appoints new technical manager

02.02.2017

BITA appoints new technical manager

David Goss has become BITA’s new technical manager, succeeding Bob Hine, who retires at the end of February. He joins BITA from Advanced Handling where he was technical director with extensive knowledge of a wide range of lifting and handling equipment. He has also played an active role on various technical and trade association committees, most recently with the Association of Loading [...]

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    Cimcorp to exhibit 3D Shuttle at IntraLogisteX

02.02.2017

Cimcorp to exhibit 3D Shuttle at IntraLogisteX

Cimcorp is a leading global supplier of turnkey automation for intralogistics, using advanced robotics and software technologies and will be exhibiting at this year’s IntraLogisteX exhibition. Its systems are used for order fulfilment and storage within food & beverage, retail, e-commerce, fast-moving consumer goods, postal and tyre industries. Cimcorp 3D Shuttle is an automatic storage and retrieval solution (ASRS) for goods-to-man order [...]

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    Arla to invest £37.5m in sites and logistics

01.02.2017

Arla to invest £37.5m in sites and logistics

Arla Foods is to invest £37.5 million in its UK sites and logistics in 2017 – an increase of 51 per cent on last year’s spending. The funding is part of a wider investment in the company’s international sites – globally it will spend £285 million. The investment will be spread across its 13 UK production, packing and distribution sites and its [...]

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    Ocado trials robot for food picking

01.02.2017

Ocado trials robot for food picking

Ocado has been testing the feasibility of using robotic hands for the picking and packing of shopping orders at its warehouses. Alongside its robotic arm, the trial “RBO Hand 2” uses a ‘compliant gripper’ with spring-like properties – this prevents the damage or bruising of delicate food products like fruit and vegetables. The RBO Hand 2 is developed by the Technische [...]

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    KUKA to exhibit at Robotics & Automation exhibition

01.02.2017

KUKA to exhibit at Robotics & Automation exhibition

KUKA is to exhibit at the upcoming Robotics & Automation exhibition at Arena MK on 11th and 12th October this year. KUKA’s solutions are custom built and fully integrated into manufacturing applications from single units to large multiple robot turnkey solutions. The business delivers solutions from industrial work alone units to collaborative robots. At the Robotics & Automation exhibition, KUKA will be [...]

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    Spec shed development for Crewe

01.02.2017

Spec shed development for Crewe

Quorum Estates has submitted planning for a 110,000 sq ft speculative warehouse to Cheshire East. The application will be determined at the beginning of March. It is hoped that the building will be available for occupation from June 2017, and the new build scheduled to complete in early 2018. The company exchanged contracts to acquire a 93,000 sq ft distribution facility and an adjacent development site of 6.25 acres in Crewe [...]

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    John Lewis shortens returns policy

01.02.2017

John Lewis shortens returns policy

John Lewis is shortening its returns policy from 90 days to 35 days. The retailer highlighted rapidly changing product ranges as one reason behind the change. A spokesperson said: “Our 35 day, no quibble, returns policy for unwanted items which we’re introducing next week will be one of the best returns policies of all UK retailers. Before we made the change, [...]

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    Canute Logistics chooses Enterprise

01.02.2017

Canute Logistics chooses Enterprise

Canute Logistics has chosen Enterprise Software’s ESSential BI tool to help improve its operation. The tool identifies problems including empty running and inefficient load planning, and solutions to improve efficiencies. “ESSential BI has been a real game changer as it is hugely important for us to be able to guarantee consistency in operation for our customers”, said Alan Ringrose of Canute [...]

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    February issue out now

01.02.2017

February issue out now

The February 2017 edition of Logistics Manager is now out in print and online. It is also available on iPad and Android. Picking a new path Logistics operators are making major changes to the way they approach the order picking process. Reasons to be cheerful User of counterbalance trucks are being wooed with increasingly sophisticated technologies to improve both operational efficiency and safety. Smart work Tighter [...]

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    Burts chips chooses CEVA

31.01.2017

Burts chips chooses CEVA

Burts Potato Chips has chosen CEVA Logistics to manage its UK and Ireland warehousing and distribution in a five-year contract. Burts, which is based in Plymouth, previously used several providers for its distribution operation. “We have been able to provide a one-stop-shop solution for them which meets their requirements today but will also allow them to grow and expand in the future,” [...]

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    Sales boost for Ocado

31.01.2017

Sales boost for Ocado

Ocado is ramping up operations at its new customer fulfilment centre at Andover after increasing sales by 13.6 per cent to £1.27 billion last year. The Andover CFC started operations in November. It uses Ocado’s proprietary modular fulfilment system which the company said can pick an entire order in less than five minutes compared to two hours in its earlier CFCs. It [...]

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    UPS slips to 4th quarter loss

31.01.2017

UPS slips to 4th quarter loss

UPS produced an operating loss of $428 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, despite increasing revenue from $16.1bn to $16.9bn. “Revenue and volume growth accelerated for UPS during the holiday season and we provided high service levels for our customers,” said chairman and chief executive David Abney. “The International segment delivered another extraordinary performance, while the US managed through considerable changes [...]

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    Urban Outfitters picks Advanced Supply Chain

31.01.2017

Urban Outfitters picks Advanced Supply Chain

Urban Outfitters has given Advanced Supply Chain Group a £500,000 contract to run its “nominated carrier scheme”. The logistics company will handle the collection and delivery from all of the fashion retailer’s suppliers, and the delivery of goods to the company’s distribution centres for next day delivery. “With the growth of ecommerce, consumers are ordering more frequently and in smaller quantities,” [...]

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    Arla rolls out two SAP EWM systems

31.01.2017

Arla rolls out two SAP EWM systems

Arla Foods UK, the farmer-owned dairy company, has used the SAP extended warehouse management blueprint and template developed by Rocket Consulting to roll out two new SAP EWM systems. The template was used to drive the implementation of EWM technology at Arla’s ‘dairy of the future’ in Aylesbury and a distribution centre in Hatfield. It has now been used for the [...]

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    Picking and sorting with BS Handling at IntraLogisteX

31.01.2017

Picking and sorting with BS Handling at IntraLogisteX

IntraLogisteX exhibitor BS Handling Systems has installed integrated conveyor systems and sorters for large 3PLs, together with pallet racking and shelving systems for many of the high street and ecommerce giants. The company manages all aspects of project management and Construction (Design and Management) Regulation (CDM) requirements. This includes mechanical and electrical installation through to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) [...]

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    RHA demands audits to weed out bad operators

30.01.2017

RHA demands audits to weed out bad operators

The Road Haulage Association has called on the government to introduce an auditing system that would weed out bad HGV operators. It wants to see a major change to the operator licensing system that would see all HGV operators being thoroughly audited on a regular basis. “We need to raise the bar for road haulage operators in the interests of road safety,” [...]

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    Hermes integrates tracking with Amazon Echo

30.01.2017

Hermes integrates tracking with Amazon Echo

Hermes is to integrate its tracking system with Amazon Echo smart speakers. Consumers using Hermes for parcel delivery will be able track their item using voice commands through Alexa-enabled platforms Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. “An important part of our remit is to explore new and exciting technologies that will allow us to enrich the delivery experience,” said David Turner, head of [...]

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    Councils call on lorry drivers to use commercial satnavs

30.01.2017

Councils call on lorry drivers to use commercial satnavs

The Local Government Association (LGA) wants all lorry drivers that rely on satnavs for directions should use commercial models. This comes after a lorry crashed into a bridge close to Birmingham last week. “There has been a spate of recent accidents involving lorry drivers driving irresponsibly and causing chaos,” said LGA transport spokesman Cllr Martin Tett. “The government must start taking this [...]

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