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    Volvo Car picks DHL for aftermarket parts service

23.10.2014

Volvo Car picks DHL for aftermarket parts service

Volvo Cars has chosen DHL Supply Chain to handle its aftermarket parts warehousing along with distribution to more than 120 dealers across the UK. Under the five-year contract, DHL will manage four shared use local distribution centres. Deliveries will take place through the night using DHL’s Auto Alliance collaborative platform. Deliveries to dealers are made using a same day service, which  incorporates [...]

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    LKE Group to open UK subsidiary

23.10.2014

LKE Group to open UK subsidiary

German materials handling group LKE has unveiled plans to open a subsidiary in the UK, concentrating on intralogistics, aviation, and industrial solutions, mail and laundry. LKE, which is based in Marl in north-west Germany, produces a wide a range intralogistics products from tugger trains and trolleys to roll cages and containers for applications including. It targets the automotive industry and other industries, [...]

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    Menzies picks Paragon to route newspapers

23.10.2014

Menzies picks Paragon to route newspapers

Menzies Distribution has implemented Paragon’s multi depot routing software to schedule daily deliveries of around seven million newspapers and magazines. Operating from 48 depots, Menzies’ 2,000-strong fleet makes these time-critical deliveries to 30,000 customer sites throughout the UK and Ireland. Since around 70 per cent of the deliveries are made before the retail outlets open in the morning, a second route [...]

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    IAG Cargo upgrades premium freight handling facility

23.10.2014

IAG Cargo upgrades premium freight handling facility

IAG Cargo has upgraded Premia, its premium handling facility at Heathrow, to offer an improved service for products such as Constant Climate and Prioritise. Enhancements include: - Over 50 per cent improvement in loose handling capability. - New export/import offices to accelerate pick-up and delivery of small express freight. - Enhanced operational procedures and optimised use of space. Tony Nothman, head of operations UK and [...]

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    Thousands of temps needed as Christmas goes online

21.10.2014

Thousands of temps needed as Christmas goes online

The growth of online shopping means that carriers are taking on thousands of temporary staff to meet the Christmas peak this year. Royal Mail has launched a drive to recruit 19,000 temporary staff to help sort the Christmas post. It wants to recruit 15,000 workers across England, 1,100 in Scotland, 600 in Wales and 400 in Northern Ireland. Parcelforce Worldwide is also [...]

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    IDI Gazeley to expand Magna Park in Leicestershire

21.10.2014

IDI Gazeley to expand Magna Park in Leicestershire

Reports have been revealed that the original Magna Park in Leicestershire is to be expanded on the back of increased demand for more warehousing space in the region. IDI Gazeley which manages the park is preparing a 500 acre expansion to the north of site which could see the creation of up to 6,000 jobs. In a separate proposal developer Barwood has [...]

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    DPD invests £10m in expanding delivery network

21.10.2014

DPD invests £10m in expanding delivery network

DPD has invested £10.2m in six new depots – Dartford, Feltham, Radlett, Reading, Liverpool and Lincoln – expanding its capacity to handle B2C parcels. Lincoln, Liverpool and Radlett are new locations for the company, while Dartford, Feltham and Reading are replacements for existing depots. The new depots, which collectively are expected to create over 250 new jobs, will expand DPD's capacity to [...]

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    Waitrose launches temperature controlled click & collect

21.10.2014

Waitrose launches temperature controlled click & collect

Waitrose has launched a trial of automated, temperature-controlled lockers for online grocery orders in third party locations. The first two locations in the ten-location trial are now live at TfL London Underground Stations Chorleywood and Ickenham, with a further eight sets of lockers to launch, which will include additional TfL Stations as well as Gatwick North and Gatwick South Terminal long [...]

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    Amazon joins forces with Smiths News for same day collection service

16.10.2014

Amazon joins forces with Smiths News for same day collection service

Amazon has launched a same-day collection service through a collaboration with Smiths News, the newspaper and magazine distributor. Customers will be able to order products up to 11.45 am, and collect them from 4pm. They will get an email telling them when their order is available, and they can pick up their package up to 11.59pm – depending on the store [...]

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    New managing director for Suttons tanker business

16.10.2014

New managing director for Suttons tanker business

Suttons has appointed Michael Cundy as managing director of  its UK based Road Tanker division. Cundy has worked for Suttons Group since 2005 been a main board director for the past five year. He previously held the position of HR director which also included overseeing the Group SHEQ and commercial workshop functions. Group CEO John Sutton said: “Michael will bring an extra [...]

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    New studies highlight consumer concerns over online

16.10.2014

New studies highlight consumer concerns over online

New studies highlight consumer concerns over online Sales in online retail are expected to top £11bn this December, but consumers are still concerned by delivery and returns processes, and the protection of their personal data, according to two separate polls. Software-as-a-service parcel data management platform provider, Netdespatch, polled 2,000 UK adults to discover their online shopping habits over the Christmas period. Online retail [...]

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    John Lewis offers click-and-commute at St Pancras

16.10.2014

John Lewis offers click-and-commute at St Pancras

John Lewis has opened its first railway station shop at St Pancras International, giving customers another click and collect option as well as offering a selection of electronics, gifts, beauty, home and fashion accessories. Maggie Porteous, director of selling, said: “Our customers show us that they want different ways to shop that are most convenient for them. John Lewis St Pancras [...]

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    Strategy adjustment leads to K+N contract logistics boost

14.10.2014

Strategy adjustment leads to K+N contract logistics boost

Following an adjustment to its contract logistics strategy in 2013, after a volatile year for the sector in 2012, Kuehne + Nagel has recorded year-on-year growth of 8.1 per cent for the first nine months of 2014 in its contract logistics division. The Switzerland based logistics firm also reported growth of 5.4 per cent in net turnover for the contract logistics [...]

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    Amazon to expand fulfilment workforce by 15pc

14.10.2014

Amazon to expand fulfilment workforce by 15pc

Amazon is to create 1,000 new permanent roles at its UK fulfilment centres, adding to the 2,000 new roles it has created in the past two years. The online store has a workforce of 6,000 permanent employees across its eight UK fulfilment centres. Added investment from Amazon has led to the introduction of Sunday delivery across seven UK cities, and it [...]

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    UPS targets online retail with enhanced delivery options

10.10.2014

UPS targets online retail with enhanced delivery options

UPS has expanded its home delivery options in the UK with the introduction of its My Choice service, which offer advance delivery notifications, and the ability to reroute packages to another address or reschedule deliveries for a future date before a UPS driver makes a delivery. Consumers can also activate a holiday setting to have packages held and delivered when they [...]

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    IDI Gazeley acquired three European sites

10.10.2014

IDI Gazeley acquired three European sites

IDI Gazeley has acquired three class-A logistics warehouses in Europe totalling 1,000,000 sq ft. It is buying out the remaining 90 per cent shareholding in a joint venture with CalEast to take 100 per cent ownership and control of the portfolio which includes: A 615,000 sq ft warehouse located at Magna Park Monticelli, close to Piacenza A 210,000 sq ft warehouse situated in [...]

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    DHL launches freight capacity management plan

10.10.2014

DHL launches freight capacity management plan

Rising volumes of air and ocean freight has led DHL to introduce a freight capacity management programme. Figures from IATA earlier this month purported a 5.1 per cent upturn in air freight volumes for the month of August, while business analysts HIS reported year-on-year growth of 4.4 per cent in exports for the third quarter of 2014. DHL says freight rates have [...]

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    European materials handling production falls 6.8pc by value

10.10.2014

European materials handling production falls 6.8pc by value

European materials handling production value decreased by 6.8 per cent at just under €56bn in 2013, according to figures from FEM, the European Materials Handling Federation. It said the fall was due to the combined effect of a low domestic demand and stagnating exports. While production of equipment lost five per cent, repair and maintenance lost 13 per cent. With an overall [...]

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    Logistics Manager launches major new exhibition

07.10.2014

Logistics Manager launches major new exhibition

Logistics Manager is launching a major, new exhibition in 2015 focusing on the intralogistics market. IntraLogisteX brings together the strengths of two established shows, Logistics Link South and Logistics Link Live, to create a larger, better value exhibition that will deliver the visitor quality and numbers that exhibitors are looking for, combined with the brands of Logistics Manager and Supply Chain [...]

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    M&S picks Knapp for Bradford automation project

07.10.2014

M&S picks Knapp for Bradford automation project

Marks & Spencer’s has awarded Knapp a contract to design and install automated material handling systems at its national distribution centre in Bradford, which is due to go live in second quarter of 2016. The distribution centre will feature a high level of automation for goods-in, decanting, storage, picking and dispatch. According to Knapp, its OSR  Shuttle technology will provide an [...]

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    130,000sq ft Heathrow warehouse for Kuehne + Nagel

07.10.2014

130,000sq ft Heathrow warehouse for Kuehne + Nagel

Kuehne + Nagel is to move to a 130,000 sq ft warehouse at Heathrow South Cargo Centre after reaching an agreement for a long-term lease with owners The Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust (AIPUT). The warehouse is the largest letting of its kind at Heathrow in 2014, and the Swiss logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel has agreed to take up occupation [...]

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    Ocean freight is playing technological catch-up

07.10.2014

Ocean freight is playing technological catch-up

Ocean freight is playing technological catch-up with the rest of the freight sector, according to a survey of shipping industry professionals conducted by INTTRA Technology, which also found that the industry’s top technology priority is improving supply chain visibility. The INTTRA Technology Outlook surveyed shippers, carriers and freight forwarders from around the world. Of those polled, 77 per cent said that [...]

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    Air freight volumes rise by 5pc

07.10.2014

Air freight volumes rise by 5pc

August air freight volumes were up 5.1 per cent compared to the same period last year, continuing stable growth for the year as a whole, with volumes up 4.5 per cent year-on-year for the eight months to August. The figures released for August by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) represented the second strongest period of growth for the sector following [...]

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    K+N starts work on Singapore logistics centre

07.10.2014

K+N starts work on Singapore logistics centre

Kuehne + Nagel has started construction of a build-to-suit logistics centre in Singapore, with more than 460,000 sq ft dedicated warehouse-space. The facility will have 55 loading bays, five floors dedicated to storage, and in excess of 460,000 sq ft of warehouse floor area. Of this, 200,000 sq ft will be dedicated to cold storage, managing temperature-sensitive goods for pharmaceutical and
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    Fortec departures lead to management restructure

02.10.2014

Fortec departures lead to management restructure

Fortec Distribution Network is to restructure its management team to fill senior vacancies following a number of departures earlier this month. The network of palletised freight distribution providers is undertaking a restructuring of its senior management team after managing director Neil Hodgson, commercial director Marcus Fischer, and operations director Andrew Knowles stepped down. Former network operations manager Adrian Bradley has been promoted [...]

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    Logistics Link North galloping into Doncaster

02.10.2014

Logistics Link North galloping into Doncaster

It’s the start of October, which means Logistics Link North is just a few weeks away. A host of industry leading suppliers are exhibiting at the two day exhibition, including CHEP, DS Smith and Flexi, taking place on the 15th and 16th of October at Doncaster Racecourse. The exhibition is the best place for logistics, warehouse and distribution managers to find the [...]

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    City Link cuts losses

02.10.2014

City Link cuts losses

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    DS Smith backs plastics pledge

02.10.2014

DS Smith backs plastics pledge

DS Smith is promoting a Defra-backed initiative aimed at encouraging further recycling of plastic-based products. Pledge4Plastic aims to encourage people to recycle an additional one plastic bottle per week. The scheme was developed in partnership with Coca Cola, Marks & Spencer, Unilever, Nestle Waters, Closed Loop Recycling and Valpak, and it comes as a response to recycling targets set by the [...]

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    Fern Howard to implement Access Delta ERP

30.09.2014

Fern Howard to implement Access Delta ERP

Lighting designer and manufacturer Fern Howard is to implement a supply chain management tool from Access Delta, which will be exhibiting at the Logistics Link North exhibition this month. Fern Howard will be using Access Delta’s enterprise resource planning tool Access Dimensions, Insight and SelectPay. Pete Scott, group chairman of Fern Howard, said: "We will be able to report on data from [...]

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    Aldi plans more stores as sales rise 36pc

30.09.2014

Aldi plans more stores as sales rise 36pc

Budget supermarket Aldi is set to open 54 stores this year, a further 65 in 2015, and a second distribution hub in the West Midlands. It has just reported a rise in sales of 35.7 per cent to £5.2bn. Operating profit from was up 57.7 per cent to £271.4m. It hopes to have 600 stores open across the UK by the end [...]

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