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    Ford scrappage scheme offers incentives up to £7,000

22.08.2017

Ford scrappage scheme offers incentives up to £7,000

Ford has launched a scrappage scheme which offers incentives of up to £7,000 on some of its Transit models.The scheme applies to any pre-Euro 5 vehicle registered before December 2009. The incentives cover a number of new van and car models including:Transit Custom (£5,500 total scrappage offer)Transit (£7,000 total scrappage offer)Transit Connect (ex base) (£5,000 total scrappage offer)Transit Courier (£3,650 [...]

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    Robotic picking system for Carlsberg distributor

22.08.2017

Robotic picking system for Carlsberg distributor

A Carlsberg distributor is to install a Cimcorp vison-enabled robotic dolly picking system at its facility in Finland to replace a manual process for picking dolly loads which account of some 30 per cent of its deliveries.Sinebrychoff, which is based in Kerava, distributes beers, ciders, soft drinks, energy drinks and bottled water directly to retailers across Finland.The Cimcorp system will [...]

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    Big rise in European transport prices

22.08.2017

Big rise in European transport prices

The European transport price index rose 5.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to a year ago, according to the Transport Market Monitor from Capgemini and Transporeon.And it was 17.7 per cent up on the first quarter of 2017, at least partly driven by a 41.7 per cent fall in the capacity index over the period.Erik van [...]

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    Winners and losers in grocery retail

22.08.2017

Winners and losers in grocery retail

The big four supermarket chains all increased sales in the 12 weeks to 13th August helping the market grow by four per cent, according to statistics from Kantar Worldpanel.However, it was the discounters, that saw the biggest growth. Aldi now has a seven per cent share of the market, while Lidl is up to 5.2 per cent. The other big [...]

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    CEVA adds temperature controlled unit in Dublin

22.08.2017

CEVA adds temperature controlled unit in Dublin

CEVA Logistics has opened a 15,000 square foot temperature-controlled facility at its Dublin warehouse to handle medical products in the 15-25 degree range.The new building has been constructed as an insulated building-within-a-building on the city’s airport industrial parkGary O’Connor, managing director Ireland, said: “This new addition to our service offering will enable us to store up to 2,100 pallets of [...]

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    $500m finance deal for BluJay

22.08.2017

$500m finance deal for BluJay

BlueJay Solutions has agreed a deal that will give it up to $500 million of finance to expand its global trade network as well as financing future acquisitions.Chief executive Doug Braun said the financing facility from TPG Specialty Lending and BlueBay Asset Management’s Private Debt Group “provides further flexibility with respect to future acquisitions as we seek to continuously improve [...]

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    Platinum Equity to acquire Pattonair

22.08.2017

Platinum Equity to acquire Pattonair

Platinum Equity is to to acquire Pattonair, the aerospace and defence supply chain provider from Exponent Private Equity.Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2017.Pattonair is based in Derby, and supports engine and airframe manufacturers and MRO customers with tailored supply chain management solutions. It offers a global [...]

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    UK Mail to open three new sites

21.08.2017

UK Mail to open three new sites

UK Mail, which was last year bought by Deutsche Post DHL, is investing more than £21 million on three new sites.It will open a £10 million site in Enfield, North London in October. The 70,000 sq ft site, let by Segro, will process up to 14,000 parcels daily.The company will also open a £11.8 million depot in Milton Keynes in [...]

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    Prologis to develop 200,000 sq ft spec shed at Fradley Park

21.08.2017

Prologis to develop 200,000 sq ft spec shed at Fradley Park

Prologis and joint venture partner Wittington Investments (Developments) are to speculatively develop a 213,482 square foot distribution centre at Prologis Park Fradley.The new facility will be built next to the 562,000 square foot distribution centre that Prologis is currently developing for Screwfix. In an established industrial location, Prologis Park Fradley is next to the A38 north of Lichfield and close [...]

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    Securitas picks GreenRoad to improve driver safety

21.08.2017

Securitas picks GreenRoad to improve driver safety

Securitas has partnered with GreenRoad to improve driver safety among its 11,000 employees.GreenRoad technology will allow Securitas to track the movements of its fleet, monitoring driver behaviour, such as harsh braking, cornering, lane handling, acceleration and speeding.Each vehicle will be fitted with technology providing real-time data, cascaded to an online reporting and analytics platform. This will enable Securitas to track [...]

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    Iveco supports government consultation on alternative fuel

21.08.2017

Iveco supports government consultation on alternative fuel

Iveco has supported a government consultation to extend the gross vehicle weight allowance for alternative fuel light CVs“Increasingly, customers are looking seriously at low-emission LCVs but at 3.5 tonnes vehicles are usually critical on payload and it has resulted in a much lower take-up of vehicles than we would have liked,” said Martin Flach, Iveco’s alternative fuels director. “It’s always [...]

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    Hermes opens £31m automated parcel hub

18.08.2017

Hermes opens £31m automated parcel hub

Hermes has opened its 270,000 sq ft purpose built automated parcel distribution hub in Rugby. The £31 million facility can handle over one million parcels dailyThe business’ overall parcel processing capacity will now been increased by 45 per cent.“We are extremely proud to officially open our Midlands Super Hub in Rugby, the largest parcel hub of its kind in the [...]

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    Prezzybox awards iForce fulfilment contract

18.08.2017

Prezzybox awards iForce fulfilment contract

iForce has won a new contract with Prezzybox.com to deliver a number of fulfilment services.The online retailer will use iForce Gateway, a multichannel WMS. The contract will be operatored from iForce’s 300,000 square feet multi-client warehouse at Corby, Euro Hub.“We have recently announced an ambitious five year growth plan, which meant we needed to appoint an e-fulfilment provider, with the [...]

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    Hellmann opens DC at Burton Gateway

18.08.2017

Hellmann opens DC at Burton Gateway

Hellman Worldwide Logistics has opened a 87,000 sq ft distribution centre at Burton Gateway.Burton Gateway is a new commercial business park in Burton-on-Trent, a 1 million sq ft industrial and distribution space.“The opening of this DC at Burton Gateway represents the second brand new warehouse for the UK Contract Logistics division of Hellman Worldwide Logistics within the last two years [...]

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    Expect chooses Flexi

18.08.2017

Expect chooses Flexi

Expect Distribution has expanded its fleet of Flexi articulated forklift trucks.The fleet expansion follows the company’s extension of its warehouse and head office facility in Bradford. The company chose to maximise the additional space by specifying a narrow aisle storage system based on Flexi’s trucks.“We needed trucks that would allow us to optimise storage density while at the same time [...]

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    Amazon to open robotic fulfilment centre at Bristol

17.08.2017

Amazon to open robotic fulfilment centre at Bristol

Amazon is to open a new Bristol fulfilment centre next year. The new site, which will be fitted out with the retailer’s robotics technology, is to generate 1,000 new jobs.“We are very excited to expand our network into Bristol, which will in total create more than 1,000 new permanent roles with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one,” [...]

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    Glatfelter awards contract to Downton

17.08.2017

Glatfelter awards contract to Downton

CM Downton has won a contract renewal with specialty papers supplier Glatfelter.The logistics business currently handles all aspects of Glatfelter’s operations under separate contracts. This includes: warehousing of raw materials coming from the Far East, supplying these materials on an in-bound, just-in-time basis to Glatfelter’s UK manufacturing plants, all finished goods warehouse operations, and shipments throughout the UK.The new contract [...]

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    Global labour shortage could worsen

17.08.2017

Global labour shortage could worsen

The shortage of logistics-related labour is a global problem that will either remain the same or worsen over the next five years, according to a new survey by The World Bank, which calls for a major expansion of training and skills development initiatives in developing countries.The new study, authored by Prof Alan McKinnon, Christoph Flöthmann, Kai Hoberg, and Christina Busch, [...]

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    DfT launches heavier van consultation

17.08.2017

DfT launches heavier van consultation

The DfT has launched a consultation on plans to allow heavier vans to be driven on car licences if they are electric or gas powered.The proposal is that the limit for alternative-fuel vehicles that can be driven on a car driving licence should be increased from 3,500kg to 4,250kg.This would enable alternative-fuel vans to carry the same weight of goods [...]

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    Government’s Ireland plan “vague”, says RHA

17.08.2017

Government’s Ireland plan “vague”, says RHA

The RHA has said that the government’s plan for Ireland is “vague” following the publishing of its new position paper on Brexit.The association demonstrated reservations after the government said that it doesn’t want border posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and that instead it wants a ‘new customs partnership’ or a ‘highly streamlined customs arrangement’.“Any sort of [...]

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    EU consultation to improve fairness in food supply chain

17.08.2017

EU consultation to improve fairness in food supply chain

The European Commission has launched a consultation calling on citizens, farmers and other relevant parties to suggest ways to improve on fairness in the EU food supply chain.The online consultation will run until 17th November.“Farmers are the first link in the chain and without them, there would not be food to process, sell and consume,” said Phil Hogan, agriculture and [...]

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    Awards shortlist revealed

17.08.2017

Awards shortlist revealed

A record 88 entries have been shortlisted for the 21st Supply Chain Excellence Awards.And the standard of the entries was higher than ever, giving the judges a tough task in deciding who should be shortlisted.The shortlisted companies will now go through to the presentation stage. Each entrant is invited to give a presentation and face questioning from a judging panel [...]

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    Ford & DHL unveil electric van

16.08.2017

Ford & DHL unveil electric van

Deutsche Post DHL and Ford have unveiled the first of their jointly produced electric delivery vans in Cologne.The vehicle, called the “StreetScooter WORK XL”, is based on a Ford Transit chassis fitted with a battery-electric drive train and a body designed and built to Deutsche Post DHL specifications.It will have a load volume of 20 cubic metres and provide stowage [...]

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    Higher freight rates boost profits at Maersk

16.08.2017

Higher freight rates boost profits at Maersk

Higher freight rates at Maersk Line helped parent group AP Moller – Maersk boost second quarter underlying profit from $134m to $389m.Revenue grew by 8.4 per cent year-on-year to $9.6bnMaersk Line contributed an underlying profit of $327m as a result of continued recovery in the container market and focus on restoration of profitability.“Maersk Line is again profitable delivering in line [...]

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    Craemer launches pallet box

16.08.2017

Craemer launches pallet box

Craemer has launched a food grade HDPE pallet box is manufactured in one-piece with three runners and is available in industrial size 1200 x 1000mm.Sales chief Thomas Göbel said: “Our first pallet box is a significant step towards new markets for us. We are now able to react to customer demands for a robust, practical and economical solution from a [...]

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    Hellmann to fulfil FootJoy

16.08.2017

Hellmann to fulfil FootJoy

Acushnet Europe has chosen Hellmann to manage e-commerce fulfilment for its FootJoy brand in Europe.Hellmann will manage the e-commerce fulfilment for B2C orders to the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Sweden. Goods arriving at the warehouse in Daventry will be stored in a dedicated, secure area within its multi-user facility before being picked, packed and shipped to Acushnet’s customers.Acushnet vice [...]

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    CML joins AiO Global Logistics Network

16.08.2017

CML joins AiO Global Logistics Network

CML has become a member of the All in One (AiO) Global Logistics Network – one of four members of the network in the UK.Freight Business Unit Manager, James Thorpe said: “By joining a network that cares so much about the businesses that are in it, not only ensures that the very best companies are able to join, but it [...]

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    Descartes Acquires MacroPoint

16.08.2017

Descartes Acquires MacroPoint

Descartes Systems has acquired MacroPoint, which provides location-based truck tracking and predictive freight capacity data content.Ken Wood, EVP of product management at Descartes, said: “With leading e-commerce retailers and other shippers demanding that their transport providers provide real-time location-based information, the business-to-business market now has the same expectation of full visibility into transport moves. To meet this expectation, MacroPoint has [...]

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    Welcome for Brexit customs plan

15.08.2017

Welcome for Brexit customs plan

UK government proposals for a temporary customs union to smooth the Brexit transition have received a cautious welcome from industry.The Freight Transport Association described it as a “step in the right direction” but it warned that some careful negotiation would still be needed to ensure that British businesses are able to trade freely and easily post-Brexit.The UK government is proposing [...]

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    Bibby brings in Létard for tanker operations

15.08.2017

Bibby brings in Létard for tanker operations

Bibby distribution has hired Gilles Létard as general manager for its tanker operations team charged with spearheading growth for its bulk division.Létard’s previous roles include head of commercial, Europe & Americas at Suttons Transport Group and managing director of Norbert Dentressangle’s UK bulk division.He said: “The Food and Ingredients team at Bibby Distribution is a department that truly sets the [...]

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