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    Mobis win for Norbert

29.04.2014

Mobis win for Norbert

Mobis Parts Europe UK, the parts division of the Hyundai Motor Group, has contracted Norbert Dentressangle as for parts distribution to its network of around 360 Hyundai and KIA UK dealerships. Rocky Vasudeva, general manager of MOBIS UK, said: “Both the Hyundai and KIA brands have seen incredible market share growth over recent years and the time is now right to [...]

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    Co-op Food cuts stock levels and boosts cash flow

29.04.2014

Co-op Food cuts stock levels and boosts cash flow

The Co-operative Food business has improved its supply chain processes and reduced stock levels, improving cash flow and enabling our stores to run more smoothly, the group said in its annual report. While the troubles at the Co-op’s bank have been making the headlines, the retailer has been making progress in its retail food supply chain. It said the improvements had been [...]

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    Cartwrights launch Tiger Trailers

29.04.2014

Cartwrights launch Tiger Trailers

John and Steven Cartwright, the former joint managing directors of Cartwright Trailers, have launched their own company, Tiger Trailers, to offer a range of products from rigid bodywork to double deck LST trailers. The two left Cartwright last month following a disagreement within the family. Mark Cartwright has now taken over as managing director of the Cartwright business, which is [...]

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    Jaguar Land Rover picks Gefco for packaging deal

29.04.2014

Jaguar Land Rover picks Gefco for packaging deal

Jaguar Land Rover has chosen Gefco to manage the supply of large reusable Magnum Optimum containers to support its part production process. The development of the large containers will add to the existing pool of 6.4 million container units managed by Gefco’s GefBoxSystem solution. The deal spans UK and international markets, and will enable a number of environmental and operational efficiencies to [...]

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    Tesco trials new home shopping hub concept

29.04.2014

Tesco trials new home shopping hub concept

Tesco is trialling a grocery home shopping hub concept at its Mansfield Tesco Extra store, using the large store capacity to fulfil a greater proportion of grocery home shopping orders, including picking some lines directly from its store warehouse. The retailer revealed the trial in its annual results and said it has plans for a further three similar trials in [...]

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    Skills for Logistics confirms CEO tenure

29.04.2014

Skills for Logistics confirms CEO tenure

Dr Ross Moloney has been confirmed at chief executive officer of Skills for Logistics. He became acting CEO in September 2013. He said: “Within the last six months we have worked hard at SfL to drive forward key schemes as part of our ‘Attract, Develop, Support’ role. These include the ‘Logistics Guild Credit Union’ and the ‘Certificate to Work’. Source: logisticsmanager.com Portal: logistik-express.com [...]

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    UK retailers trail US in adopting omni

29.04.2014

UK retailers trail US in adopting omni

Almost half of US retailers (43 per cent) have a fully integrated omni-channel approach against just over a quarter (27 per cent) of UK retailers, according to a new study by LCP. The LCP Insight paper, Omni-channel: a UK v US perspective, also highlighted the fact that 27 per cent of US retailers cited pre-defined ROI targets as their motivation for [...]

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    Driver training could give 5pc fuel saving

29.04.2014

Driver training could give 5pc fuel saving

Logistics operators could cut their fuel costs by five per cent by teaching their drivers fuel-efficient motoring skills, a new study by Shell reveals. The Fuel Matters 2014 study surveyed more than 200 managers of UK-based operators, and found that 67 per cent singled out improving their drivers’ fuel efficient motoring skills as the most effective way to reduce fuel consumption. And [...]

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    IAG Cargo boosts capacity to Panama

29.04.2014

IAG Cargo boosts capacity to Panama

IAG Cargo is increasing the number of flights between its Madrid hub and Panama City, with an additional weekly flight being added to the existing five flights per week from June, before moving to a daily service in July. Panama has an anticipated growth in GDP of 6.9 per cent this year, making it Latin America’s fastest growing region and an [...]

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    New sales director for Gefco

29.04.2014

New sales director for Gefco

Gefco UK has appointed Charlie Weale to take over from John Stocker as sales and marketing director. Stocker has moved to take on the role of finished vehicle logistics director. Weale has more than 30 years of transport and logistics experience, having previously worked in senior operational and sales roles for companies including Geodis and Norbert Dentressangle. Source: logisticsmanager.com Portal: logistik-express.com [...]

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    Profits rise at Panalpina

29.04.2014

Profits rise at Panalpina

Panalpina’s gross profit rose to CHF384.3m in the first quarter from CHF365.8m for the first quarter last year. “We had a decent start into 2014,” said CEO Peter Ulber. “In the first three months of the year, air and ocean freight showed continued growth ahead of the market, and in logistics we made progress in reducing the losses. Group EBIT and [...]

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    DHL launches apprenticeship scheme

29.04.2014

DHL launches apprenticeship scheme

DHL Supply Chain has joined forces with training and development agency Skillspoint, to launch an apprenticeship scheme. The 12 month programme is aimed at 18 to 24 year olds and will provide apprentices with both work-based training and qualifications in warehouse & storage, and traffic office. On completion of the scheme, successful apprentices will be guaranteed a permanent position working at one [...]

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    Debenhams plans to cut multi-channel costs

29.04.2014

Debenhams plans to cut multi-channel costs

Debenhams is planning to increase the use of automation in its distribution centres to reduce the cost per unit of fulfilment. In its half year results, the department store group said the importance of continuing to build a more competitive and more economic multi-channel business was brought into sharp focus during the recent Christmas trading period when convenience became the [...]

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    Palletline members launch Plus Logistics

29.04.2014

Palletline members launch Plus Logistics

A new logistics operation, Plus Logistics, has been launched by the network of hauliers behind Palletline. It will offer a range of contract logistics services including warehousing and storage, through the night, pick and pack, consolidation services right through to click and collect. Managing director Kevin Buchanan, said: “With the combined resource of 69 member organisations working across 79 locations, Plus Logistics [...]

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    New head for DHL Freight in the UK

29.04.2014

New head for DHL Freight in the UK

Serge Gregoir has been appointed country manager of DHL Freight UK. He will report directly to Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Freight. Gregoir started his career with DHL in the IT department of DHL Freight Belgium in 2003. Since then, he has held various positions as project and IT manager before taking over as Global Head of Lead Logistics Provider [...]

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    Finalists unveiled for everywoman awards

29.04.2014

Finalists unveiled for everywoman awards

The finalists have been revealed for the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics awards. They are: Director of the Year – sponsored by Asda Stores * Marie Boyer, managing director, France Line Transport International, from Manchester * Sarah Copley, commercial director, National Express, from Birmingham * Kate Lester, CEO and founder, Diamond Logistics, from Guildford * Anna Whitty, CEO, ECT Charity, from London Driver of the [...]

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    Dachser opens new UK headquarters

29.04.2014

Dachser opens new UK headquarters

Dachser has opened its new UK headquarters at Brackmills Business Park, Northampton. The 16 acre site includes 178,000 sq ft of warehousing space. The transhipment warehouse comprises 64,000 sq ft dedicated to cross-docking with 34 dock-level loading doors and 9 level-access loading doors under canopy. There is potential for a further 26,000 sq ft of space and an additional 21 dock-loading [...]

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    Stobart completes sale of Eddie Stobart Logistics

29.04.2014

Stobart completes sale of Eddie Stobart Logistics

Stobart Group has completed the sale of a 51 per cent stake in its transport and distribution business to DBay Advisors. The most obvious sign of the change has been a new Stobart Group web site which describes it as “an Infrastructure and Support Services business operating in the biomass energy, railway maintenance and aviation sectors as well as having investments [...]

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    Bosch and Siemens win for Roadways

29.04.2014

Bosch and Siemens win for Roadways

Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances has awarded a contract to Roadways Container Logistics to manage shipments directly to clients including John Lewis and Curry’s; as well as undertaking a “drop and swap” operation from UK ports to BSH’s Kettering distribution centre. Logistics operations manager Paul Shanks said: “We are delighted to be working with Roadways and the contract has got off [...]

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    Co-op in produce container switch

29.04.2014

Co-op in produce container switch

The Co-operative is to switch from using its own nestable crates for fresh produce suppliers to using IFCO’s foldable returnable plastic containers. The aim is to alleviate the issues faced with inbound products arriving in cardboard boxes, including collapse due to moisture and other box damage, inefficiency due to lack of standardisation in box sizes and food waste of up to [...]

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    Simarco in deal to buy Stoke-based IFB

29.04.2014

Simarco in deal to buy Stoke-based IFB

Logistics operator Simarco has completed a deal to buy Staffordshire-based operator IFB for an undisclosed sum. The move extends its operations in the Midlands and the North, and takes its annual sales to more than £35million. Simarco founder and managing director Simon Reed described the acquisition as a “statement of intent to develop business and improve standards in the freight industry”. Simarco began [...]

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    Welcome to the first European Supply Chain Day

29.04.2014

Welcome to the first European Supply Chain Day

Welcome to the first European Supply Chain Day It’s the first ever European Supply Chain Day – an initiative by the European Logistics Association. Activities such as school visits, tours of warehouses, opening up back offices to visitors, talks and site visits are taking place throughout Europe today – 10th April. ELA president Jos Marinus said: “European Supply Chain Day aims to [...]

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    Stocker to head Gefco’s finished vehicle logistics

29.04.2014

Stocker to head Gefco’s finished vehicle logistics

Gefco UK has appointed John Stocker finished vehicle logistics director responsible for overseeing all elements of the business, including developing and implementing strategy to drive commercial growth. Stocker joined Gefco as sales and marketing director in 2012, steering the development of a number of new business flows with major clients, in addition to developing the company’s UK sales strategy. Managing director Tristan [...]

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    Iveco to launch new generation Daily van

29.04.2014

Iveco to launch new generation Daily van

Iveco is set to launch the third generation of its Daily van in June, with the promise of improved capacity together with fuel savings of up to five per cent on the previous model. The new Daily will retains its ladder frame chassis structure, which offers strength and ease of configuration for chassis cab models. Capacity has been improved through the [...]

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    Norbert expands at Heathrow

29.04.2014

Norbert expands at Heathrow

Norbert Dentressangle’s freight forwarding division has relocated its Heathrow operation to larger premises. It has taken the lease on 9,000 sq ft of dedicated office and warehouse space at the Saxon Way Trading Estate in Harmondsworth, five minutes from Heathrow Airport. Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK has employed a new international business manager for its fashion and retail arm. Paul Waller, will [...]

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    DAF adds telematics solution

29.04.2014

DAF adds telematics solution

DAF Trucks is to offer customers a telematics solution as an integral part of its repair and maintenance contracts at no additional cost. The system will be pre-installed on new trucks and it has been specifically tailored for DAF by industry leader and transport management specialist Microlise. The new system will be fitted on all DAF trucks bought with R&M packages [...]

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    New position for Mark Todd at Isuzu Truck

29.04.2014

New position for Mark Todd at Isuzu Truck

Isuzu has appointed Mark Todd head of aftersales, reporting to managing director, Pete Murphy. Todd was formerly general manager parts, service & warranty – a role he has undertaken for the past two years. Source: logisticsmanager.com Portal: logistik-express.com [...]

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    Supply chain disruption costs manufacturers £58m

29.04.2014

Supply chain disruption costs manufacturers £58m

Large UK manufacturers lost more than £58m dealing with the fall-out from supply chain disruptions in 2013, according to a study commissioned by risk management specialist Achilles. The total average cost of all supply chain disruptions was £105,000 per manufacturer. The survey found that manufacturers were hit hardest in 2013 by suppliers failing to deliver the products of the required quality, which [...]

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    Parcel volumes rise at UK Mail

29.04.2014

Parcel volumes rise at UK Mail

Parcel volumes at UK Mail rose 15 per cent in the fourth quarter, the group said in a pre-close trading update. It said this volume growth was partly driven by an increase in home deliveries related to online shopping, “with a continuation of the mix change towards B2C that we have previously seen”. Other sectors of the business, Mail, Courier and Pallets, [...]

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    Trials start of 2 hour ‘store to door’ service

29.04.2014

Trials start of 2 hour ‘store to door’ service

The UK’s first two hour time slot “store to door” delivery service for retailers across a shopping centre, is to be put on trial, run from a shopping centre by CitySprint, in partnership with Standard Life Investments. The service will enable customers to pick a two-hour time slot for delivery of their shopping, and allow them to track it in real [...]

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