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    First Panattoni to invest £300m in logistics property market

22.09.2017

First Panattoni to invest £300m in logistics property market

Property developer First Panattoni has raised £300 million to spend on speculative development and land purchases in the UK.The company is a merger between First Industrial and Panattoni Europe in the UK. “Having established Panattoni as one the largest industrial developers in Europe, our focus now is on building a UK business, so we can provide our clients an integrated [...]

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    Specialized picks PD Ports for accessories logistics

22.09.2017

Specialized picks PD Ports for accessories logistics

Specialized, the US-based bicycle and accessories manufacturer, has appointed PD Ports as one of its preferred logistics partners to serve UK retailers.PD Ports will handle and store cycling accessories at its Felixstowe facility on a three year contract. Products including helmets, shoes, spare parts, and clothing, will be imported largely from the Far East.The service will include a pick and [...]

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    DX raises £6.5m for transformation strategy

22.09.2017

DX raises £6.5m for transformation strategy

DX has raised £6.5 million to finance its stand-alone transformation strategy through a mix of sale and leasebacks on property and an unsecured loan from its largest shareholder.The move follows the collapse of its plan to merge with Menzies Distribution. It is raising £4.5m from a property sale and leaseback deal with ChanceryGate (Livingston). And it has agreed a £2m [...]

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    BITO starts production of simple AGV

22.09.2017

BITO starts production of simple AGV

BITO has started production of LEO, its driverless internal transport system which does not require an infrastructure or complex installation.UK managing director Edward Hutchison said: “LEO is an affordable, simple, yet productive robotic intralogistics solution, which is now ready to help e-commerce retailers, manufacturers and other logistics operations gain competitive edge. You can see how at BITO’s Experience centre in [...]

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    Longer trailers should be permanent, says FTA

22.09.2017

Longer trailers should be permanent, says FTA

The ten-year trial of longer semi-trailers has proved so successful that they should become permanent, the Freight Transport Association has said in response to the latest trial report from the Department for Transport.The trailers are up to 2.05m longer than the standard 13.6m units, and the report found that owning to the higher carrying capacity of LSTs, over 10 million [...]

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    Unilever tops European supply chain league table

21.09.2017

Unilever tops European supply chain league table

Unilever has come first in Gartner’s top 15 European supply chain rankings for yet another year.It is followed by Inditex which has overtaken H&M to take second place.The results are as follows:2017 Europe Rank 2017 Overall Rank Company Return on Assets1 Inventory Turns2 Revenue Growth3 CSR Component Score4 Composite Score51 1 Unilever 10.2% 6.8 1.9% 10.00 6.392 3 Inditex 16.3% 3.7 12.0% 10.00 4.983 5 H&M 22.0% 3.0 12.5% 10.00 4.634 7 Nestlé 7.9% 5.1 -0.6% 10.00 4.105 15 Nokia 5.8% 5.6 46.3% 10.00 3.326 16 BASF 6.1% 4.0 -10.6% 10.00 3.217 17 Schneider Electric 4.2% 5.1 -0.3% 10.00 3.158 20 L’Oréal 10.4% 2.8 5.1% 5.00 2.729 22 BMW 3.7% 4.1 6.6% 10.00 2.6210 23 Diageo 8.9% 0.9 -1.7% 7.00 2.5711 28 Reckitt Benckiser 12.7% 5.1 4.9% 9.00 2.3612 29 GlaxoSmithKline 7.0% 1.7 6.8% 8.00 2.2613 35 Adidas 5.6% 3.0 12.4% 6.00 2.0814 36 Roche 12.4% 1.9 3.1% 9.00 2.0515 38 Siemens 5.1% 3.0 3.9% 10.00 2.03“Europe-based supply chains built on their strong performance in 2017,” said Stan Aronow, research vice president, [...]

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    Tesco to tackle food waste with supplier partnerships

21.09.2017

Tesco to tackle food waste with supplier partnerships

Tesco is to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goal on food waste with new partnerships with 24 of its largest food suppliers.The suppliers involved in the agreement are: Yeo Valley; Gomez; Branston; Greencore; Icelandic Seachill; AMT; DPS; Kepak Meat Division; G’s; Allied Bakeries; Moy Park; Richard Hochfeld; Ornua; Cranswick; Samworths; 2SFG; Hilton; Espersen; Greenyard Frozen; Müller Milk & Ingredients; Kerry [...]

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    DHL launches risk management tool

21.09.2017

DHL launches risk management tool

DHL has launched a new tool that provides more insights from its existing Resilience360 risk management platform. The tool streamlines and consolidates data from existing modules.“As global businesses are growing rapidly while supply chains are becoming more complex, it is crucial for our customers to detect future obstacles along the supply chain and take early actions to mitigate business risks,” [...]

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    New head of transport for KPMG

21.09.2017

New head of transport for KPMG

Ed Thomas has been appointed as KPMG’s UK head of transport. He will start the role immediately; taking over from James Stamp who moved to National Express to become commercial director.“Ed has outstanding credentials and leadership qualities to lead our transport practice,” said Kru Desai, UK head of government and infrastructure. “He is passionate about our people, and in particular [...]

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    Career progression “overlooked” in driver CPC

21.09.2017

Career progression “overlooked” in driver CPC

Driver CPC is often “overlooked” as a tool for progressing careers of professional drivers, RTITB has said.“Many businesses are missing the opportunities of Driver CPC Periodic Training,” says Laura Nelson, managing director of RTITB.  “It doesn’t have to just be about maintaining a driver’s qualification or compliance.“Planned and implemented in the right way, it can be a valuable way to [...]

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    TNT cyber attack cuts FedEx profit by $300m

20.09.2017

TNT cyber attack cuts FedEx profit by $300m

The NotPetya cyber attack on TNT resulted in a $300 million reduction in operating profit for FedEx Express in the first quarter.Parent group FedEx Corp said: “The worldwide operations of TNT Express were significantly affected during the first quarter by the June 27 NotPetya cyber attack. Most TNT Express services resumed during the quarter and substantially all TNT Express critical [...]

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    Yodel opens business control tower at Hatfield

20.09.2017

Yodel opens business control tower at Hatfield

Yodel has opened a business control tower at its Hatfield sort centre in Hertfordshire.The new site provides an end-to-end overview of its operations across the UK. It is able to give Yodel 24/7 visibility of its whole network.The new site brings together the capabilities of the transport and Peak control towers, previously at its Wednesbury site in The Midlands, and [...]

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    Fashion retailer picks Pass my Parcel

20.09.2017

Fashion retailer picks Pass my Parcel

Pass my Parcel, the parcel shop network, has been awarded a contract with online fashion retailer All Good Things.Pass My Parcel is owned by news and magazine wholesales Smith News, and now works with 17 retailers including Amazon, Asos, French Connection and Surfdome.“Customers now expect a swift delivery and returns process, so it was vital that we found a partner [...]

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    UKWA promotes diversity in logistics

20.09.2017

UKWA promotes diversity in logistics

UKWA is working in partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise Evenbreak to promote diversity in logistics. In particular, the association is aiming to highlight the positive contribution that disabled employees can make to a business.“By advertising their vacancies on the Evenbreak job board, inclusive employers will attract disabled candidates that they may not find through any other recruitment channels, while disabled [...]

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    Highways England extends logistics contract with XPO

20.09.2017

Highways England extends logistics contract with XPO

XPO Logistics has won a multi-million pound contract expansion with Highways England.XPO Logistics will continue to operate a national technology and logistics centre (NTLC) for the government body, in West Hallam, Derbyshire. It has operated from this facility since 2010.As well as this, XPO is to manage Highways England’s new CHARM technology centre which tests roadside equipment.“The expansion of our [...]

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    Pall-Ex upgrades forklift truck fleet

20.09.2017

Pall-Ex upgrades forklift truck fleet

Pall-Ex has invested £250,000 into its fleet of forklift trucks to include 45 new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicles.The Hyster H2.0FT Advance trucks were supplied by Briggs Equipment. The trucks include telematics which record impacts and usage levels.“This forklift truck investment has benefitted the business at all levels. Operationally, we’ve reduced overheads by choosing economical vehicles with a simple fuel [...]

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    XPO Europe appoints Wilson as CEO

19.09.2017

XPO Europe appoints Wilson as CEO

XPO Logistics Europe has appointed Malcolm Wilson as chief executive officer. Wilson brings with him more than 20 years senior executive experience in the supply chain industry.Richard Cawston will take on Wilson’s previous role as managing director – supply chain Europe.“Malcolm Wilson is uniquely qualified to lead XPO Logistics Europe,” said Troy Cooper, XPO’s global chief operating officer. “He’s a [...]

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    Supply chain savings help Morrisons boost profits

19.09.2017

Supply chain savings help Morrisons boost profits

Morrisons made significant cost savings were realised in four areas – automated ordering, in-store administration, distribution between manufacturing and retail, and procurement of goods not for resale, the retailer said in its half-year results.It also said that it had benefited from the fall in the value of sterling: “As a British business with a largely British supply chain, the impact [...]

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    Five innovations shaping retail logistics

19.09.2017

Five innovations shaping retail logistics

Five innovations will influence retail logistics by 2020 according to global real estate advisor CBRE.With e-commerce expected to comprise 20 per cent of all retail sales in the next three years, predictive ordering, 3D printing, personal outsourcing, ‘your home as a store retail’ and cherry picking will be the most critical innovations for the industry to embrace to meet accelerating [...]

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    Hyster develops 48 tonne electric truck

19.09.2017

Hyster develops 48 tonne electric truck

Hyster Europe is developing a 48-tonne capacity laden container handling truck powered by electric motors is being developed.“The first electric Hyster Big Truck, powered by lithium-ion battery, is at our test facility in Weeze, Germany,” said Jan-Willem van den Brand, director big truck product strategy & solutions for Hyster.“The first trucks are being developed with lithium-ion batteries. However, once fully [...]

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    myHermes launches ETA for SMEs

19.09.2017

myHermes launches ETA for SMEs

myHermes has launched a new estimated time of arrival service for SMEs. The new feature will enable SME retailers, sole traders and online marketplace sellers to provide their customers with more visibility over delivery.The service will enable the end-customer to have a four-hour time window on the retailer’s behalf. This follows the implementation of the service for Hermes’ retail clients [...]

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    Supermarket sales grow by 3.6pc

19.09.2017

Supermarket sales grow by 3.6pc

Supermarket sales have grown 3.6 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to new grocery market figures by Kantar Worldpanel. The results are based on the 12 weeks to 10 September 2017.This is the sixth month in a row which has demonstrated sales growth of more than 3 per cent.“We haven’t seen sustained market growth of this [...]

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    John Lewis chooses Hörmann

19.09.2017

John Lewis chooses Hörmann

Hörmann has installed more than 1200 industrial loading bay products at two John Lewis Partnership sites in Magna Park 3, Milton Keynes.“As loading bay specialists, we fully understand the requirements of large warehouses and distribution centres,” said Hörmann UK’s project director, Tom Langley. “Our products are ideal for this type of project because they’re not only renowned for their high [...]

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    CEVA Logistics expands fleet

19.09.2017

CEVA Logistics expands fleet

CEVA Logistics (UK) has acquired 120 new vehicles from Dawsonsrentals to expand its fleet.In Autumn, CEVA will introduce a series of Iveco Stralis tractor units into its operation. The 44 tonne gross vehicle weight vehicles all have sleeper cabs.“We believe that our customers’ deliveries should be undertaken using the most modern and efficient equipment. By adding these state-of-the-art vehicles to [...]

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    K+N wins Sanofi contract

19.09.2017

K+N wins Sanofi contract

Kuehne + Nagel has won a contract with global life science company Sanofi to handle its warehouse activities in Geel, Belgium.“We are delighted to start into this cooperation with Sanofi, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies,” said Kevin Nash, managing director, Kuehne + Nagel BeLux. “This new contract highlights our commitment to the pharma and healthcare industry and is [...]

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    Cars could soon deliver themselves

18.09.2017

Cars could soon deliver themselves

A new system, developed by Semcon in collaboration with seven other companies, has shown that vehicles could soon be transported through the logistics chain without a driver. The new research project, called “Born to Drive”, has developed a new software which enables vehicles to move themselves.At the moment, the project is designed to “steer vehicles from the production line out [...]

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    £1.8m profit hit for DX

18.09.2017

£1.8m profit hit for DX

DX will take a £1.8 million profits hit in its results for the year to 30th June 2017 after discovering “an incorrect application of accounting policies relating to lease incentives on one of its sites”.IN a statement the company said: “Following appropriate application of the policies, there will be a non-cash impact of £1.8m to previously guided underlying profits for [...]

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    Lincolnshire Co-op closes 2 DCs

18.09.2017

Lincolnshire Co-op closes 2 DCs

Lincolnshire Co-operative Society has closed two food distribution centres in Lincoln. Ambient goods, including tins, packets and bottles, will now be delivered from a depot in Nottinghamshire.According to the society, the change will “allow it to offer more choice and a wider variety of products to customers and better meet the demands of changing shopping habits.”As well as this, it said [...]

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    New BIFA trading conditions to launch

18.09.2017

New BIFA trading conditions to launch

The British International Freight Association’s new Standard Trading Conditions (STC) are to be launched next month. The terms were last updated in 2005.The new conditions have been put together following an “extensive review of the existing STC by the BIFA Legal and Insurance Policy Group, taking advice from solicitors with significant experience of the freight and logistics industry.”The main changes [...]

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    New supply chain management apprenticeship introduced

18.09.2017

New supply chain management apprenticeship introduced

A new apprenticeship course in supply chain management has been launched by Kirklees College. The level three course is the only one of its kind in England, according to the college.“Supply chain has been recognised as one of the most important aspects of a business. Unfortunately it has been the least well supported in terms of professional qualifications, which has [...]

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