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    Tesco renews with XPO

06.07.2015

Tesco renews with XPO

Tesco has renewed its contract with XPO Logistics for the management of 12 Recycling Service Units (RSUs) throughout the UK and Ireland, along with the maintenance of its loose equipment fleet.XPO will be responsible for loose equipment and packaging waste from more than 2,700 Tesco stores in the UK and Ireland. Assets are backhauled on Tesco’s and its suppliers’ store [...]

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    Refrigerated vehicle emissions going ignored

06.07.2015

Refrigerated vehicle emissions going ignored

Refrigeration vehicles emit up to 29 times more potentially carcinogenic particulate matter than a modern Euro 6 diesel truck engine, according to a report from clean cold technology firm Dearman.Primarily diesel powered, and unregulated, transport refrigeration units, of which there are 84,000 on UK roads, emit up to 49,125 tonnes of CO2, 163 tonnes of NOx and 22 tonnes of [...]

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    Voiteq expands with Smilog acquisition

06.07.2015

Voiteq expands with Smilog acquisition

Voiteq has acquired a majority stake in German voice provider Smilog, which integrates voice, vision and mobile devices into SAP and other ERP systems.The German organisation will be known as Voiteq-Smilog and will be part of Centriq Group. Both companies utilise Honeywell’s Vocollect voice technology.David Stanhope, CEO of Voiteq said, “Smilog’s SAP mobile integration products complement our existing VoiceMan product [...]

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    Takkt buys racking firm Bigdug in £19m deal

06.07.2015

Takkt buys racking firm Bigdug in £19m deal

Kaiser + Kraft Europa, a subsidiary of Takkt Group, has acquired UK racking and shelving firm Bigdug in a £19m deal, with potential for a further £6.3m payout dependent on performance over the next three years.Previous owners, Doug Nourse and Jon Powell, will continue to be responsible for the future development of the company after completion of the transaction.Felix Zimmermann, [...]

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    DP World appoints cargo supply chain manager

06.07.2015

DP World appoints cargo supply chain manager

DP World London Gateway has appointed Andy Browning as cargo supply chain manager.Prior to joining DP World, Browning was supply chain and logistics solutions development manager for logistics company JF Hillebrand. He brings with him 30 years’ experience to London Gateway, which opened in November 2013.Source: logisticsmanager.com [...]

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    SourcRoyal Mail invests £20m in parcels automation at 20 sites

03.07.2015

SourcRoyal Mail invests £20m in parcels automation at 20 sites

Royal Mail has chosen Datalogic to implement a new parcel sorting system at 20 mail centres across the UK in a £20.5m deal.The system will include design engineering, programme management, subcontractor management, automated unloading of parcels, transport conveyors and induction equipment, dimension, weigh, and scan systems.Valentina Volta, CEO of Datalogic Industrial Automation, said: “Datalogic, and others, have been involved by [...]

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    Greggs picks Stertil for loading bay

03.07.2015

Greggs picks Stertil for loading bay

Greggs has installed 12 loading dock houses from Stertil at its bakery in Birmingham, following an evaluation of the site.Stertil’s proposal took into account the different vehicles that make up Gregg’s delivery fleet, which includes 18 tonne box vans and articulated lorries.Each dock house has a 6,000kg capacity, XP 2518 hydraulic dock leveller, which incorporates a 600mm telescopic extending. To [...]

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    Euro Car Parts selects Europa for £1m contract

03.07.2015

Euro Car Parts selects Europa for £1m contract

Euro Car Parts has awarded Europa Warehouse a £1m contract to support its national distribution centres in a one and a half year deal.Europa will provide 3PL warehousing and logistics services, It will store up to 5,000 pallets worth of goods imported from direct suppliers and Euro Car Parts NDC at its 165,400 sq ft Birmingham warehouse.Products will then be [...]

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    Xerox expands Yusen contract

03.07.2015

Xerox expands Yusen contract

Xerox has expanded its contract with Yusen Logistics Benelux to include warehousing, pre-assembly, transport preparation and copy-ready delivery services across Belgium and Luxembourg.In addition, Yusen will also be responsible for administration, order processing, customer liaison and transport planning. The operation will be run from Yusen’s site in Herentals, Belgium.Michel van Leeuwen, general manager final mile services of Yusen Logistics Benelux, [...]

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    Karen Millen goes omni with Merret

03.07.2015

Karen Millen goes omni with Merret

Fashion retailer Karen Millen has implemented Retail Assist’s omni-channel system, Merret, and its smart tablet in-store inventory system, Merret Tablet Inventory.In addition to these systems, Karen Millen also recently installed Retail Assist’s IT Help Desk support service, which it claims has reduced problem resolution time by 55 per cent.Mike Shearwood, Karen Millen CEO, said; “I’ve always taken the view that [...]

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    UKWA chairman’s award for Derrick Potter

03.07.2015

UKWA chairman’s award for Derrick Potter

Derrick Potter, chairman of Potter Logistics, has taken the chairman’s Award in this year’s UK Warehousing Association Awards. Potter is a former chairman of UKWA and this year the 50th anniversary of Potter Logistics.It was one of three awards won by Potter Logistics. Scott Wallace was named warehouse manager of the year, and Joe Jackson of Potter shared the award [...]

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    St Albans SRFI Rail takes a step forward

03.07.2015

St Albans SRFI Rail takes a step forward

A 419 hectare rail freight interchange near St Albans has taken a step forward, after the St Alban City and District Council’s appeal against the project was turned down by The Court of Appeal.The council had challenged the secretary of state for communities and local government’s decision to grant planning permission for the interchange at Park Street near St Albans. [...]

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    Atty Hussein joins Liberty

03.07.2015

Atty Hussein joins Liberty

Atty Hussein has become operations director at Liberty Ltd, the Regent Street based retailer which is known for its fabrics and fashions.She has moved from Fortnum & Mason, where she spent almost eight years holding number of senior positions including, director of logistics, and director of retail and operations. Before that she was with Marks & Spencer and Next Group.Liberty [...]

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    Army picks TVS to manage tank spares

03.07.2015

Army picks TVS to manage tank spares

The Defence Support Group (DSG) has awarded TVS Supply Chain Solutions two contracts, worth £4.2m, to provide spare parts for armoured fighting vehicles and DSG workshop spares for the next two years.TVS will provide the MOD with an range of spares for vehicles including Warrior, CVR(T), Challenger II, CRARRV, Stormer and Titan & Trojan; together with supply to the DSG [...]

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    Processing victory

02.07.2015

Processing victory

Process engineering will come to the fore at this year’s European Supply Chain Excellence Awards, and with the battle for this year’s trophy intensifying you need to get your name in the ring to be in with a chance of winning.With so many companies seeking to enter, the deadline to submit completed entries to the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards [...]

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    John Lewis to charge for click & collect

02.07.2015

John Lewis to charge for click & collect

John Lewis is to charge for click and collect orders under £30.The threshold for online orders will take effect from 28 July, with orders over £30 remaining free of charge, while small orders below £30 will incur a £2 charge.johnlewis Oxford StThe store processes more than six million click & collect orders a year.Mark Lewis, online director at John Lewis, [...]

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    FTA demands action on Davies report

02.07.2015

FTA demands action on Davies report

The Freight Transport Association is calling on the UK government to act decisively on the recommendation of Sir Howard Davies’s Airport Commission to expand Heathrow via the addition of a third runway.The final report from the commission concluded that Heathrow was the best option for economic reasons, including £147bn in economic growth over the next 60 years and the creation [...]

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    RTITB launches handling course

02.07.2015

RTITB launches handling course

The RTITB has launched a manual handling training programme, aimed at reducing injuries in the workplace.All RTITB courses are delivered to a set guide and recorded centrally on the RTITB database, providing records of training content, dates and who has been trained. This way, businesses can ensure they comply with legislation according to L23 Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.According to [...]

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    Amazon launches one hour delivery service

02.07.2015

Amazon launches one hour delivery service

Amazon has launched a one hour delivery service for customers of its Amazon Prime service in central London.Prime Now gives one hour delivery for £6.99. It is available from 8am to midnight seven days a week in selected central London postcodes.“Millions of customers across London can use the Prime Now app today and discover over ten thousand items for one-hour [...]

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    Poundworld takes on 524,000 sq ft DC

01.07.2015

Poundworld takes on 524,000 sq ft DC

Poundworld has taken on a 15-year lease of 524,000 sq ft distribution centre in Wakefield at a rate of £2.5m per year from LondonMetric Property. Construction of the distribution centre is due to commence later this year, with an expected completion date of autumn 2016.Mark Ward, property director at Poundworld Retail, said: “We have a rapid store expansion programme over [...]

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    Industry welcomes Heathrow expansion

01.07.2015

Industry welcomes Heathrow expansion

Logistics industry bodies have welcomed the decision of Sir Howard Davies’s Airport Commission to throw its weight behind an additional 3,500m runway to the north west of Heathrow’s existing runways.The commission said this option offered the greatest strategic and economic benefits – providing around 40 new destinations from the airport and more than 70,000 new jobs by 2050. An interim report [...]

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    Sovex completes UK Mail conveyor system

01.07.2015

Sovex completes UK Mail conveyor system

Sovex has completed installation of conveyor belt systems for UK Mail’s new hub near Coventry.The Wirral-based manufacturer designed a network of more than 100 conveyor belts and vehicle loaders to allow all profiles of goods to be transported in and around UK Mail’s new hub in Ryton, near Coventry.Sovex founder and chairman David Lindfield said the system will allow UK [...]

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    Halfords chooses Wincanton for national distribution

01.07.2015

Halfords chooses Wincanton for national distribution

Halfords has contracted Wincanton to operate its national distribution services.The contract will go live this summer and will see Wincanton operate more than 80 vehicles as it oversees the distribution of the retailer’s goods from its flagship operational base in Coventry, as well as sites in Redditch, Bury, Mossend, Portbury and Greenford.Liam McElroy, retail managing director at Wincanton, said: “From [...]

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    TNT picks Accenture for BPO deal

01.07.2015

TNT picks Accenture for BPO deal

TNT has signed a five-year business process outsourcing contract with Accenture, that will see Accenture manage transactional activities related to finance and accounting, procurement and data entry for TNT.The Amsterdam-based express carrier agreed a takeover by FedEx in April. Last week FedEx submitted the required filing to the European Commission to obtain regulatory clearance for the deal, which is expected [...]

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    EDF picks BT Supply Chain for smart meter roll out

30.06.2015

EDF picks BT Supply Chain for smart meter roll out

EDF Energy has selected BT Supply Chain to manage the national rollout of its smart meters.BT Supply Chain will use its distribution centre at Magna Park and a national network of locker pick-up points in the distribution of over six million smart meters to residential and small business customers across the UK in a five-year programme.lds_2EDF Energy smart meters will [...]

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    CA Group complete H&M distribution centre roof

30.06.2015

CA Group complete H&M distribution centre roof

Construction of the roof at H&M’s new distribution centre at Rugby Gateway has been completed by CA Group.The DC, currently under development by Roxhill, has been fitted with CA Group’s Twin-Therm built-up system.Stuart Brown, product development manager at CA Group, said: “The distribution centre for H&M showcases the capability of a built-up system which is a million miles away from [...]

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    Newcastle urban freight scheme wins academic award

30.06.2015

Newcastle urban freight scheme wins academic award

Newcastle University’s Smartfusion project to reduce the number of delivery vehicles on campus has won an award in the Leadership and Management Awards organised by The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.Smartfusion is an EU funded project built upon existing urban freight development strategies from the three trial city regions.The Newcastle project sees deliveries redirected to an off-site consolidation centre and [...]

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    Spec sheds return: 8m sq ft underway

30.06.2015

Spec sheds return: 8m sq ft underway

A total of 43 distribution warehouses over 100,000 sq ft have been constructed, or are underway or planned, in the UK this year delivering a total of approximately 8.2 million sq ft, according to the latest research from Strutt & Parker.Nick Hardie of Strutt & Parker said: “The return to speculative development in the logistics sector following the downturn was [...]

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    212,000 sq ft spec warehouse for Heywood

30.06.2015

212,000 sq ft spec warehouse for Heywood

American investment company Harbert Management Corporation has started work on a 212,830 sq ft speculative industrial scheme at Heywood Distribution Park.Consisting of two units of 67,510 sq ft and 145,320 sq ft the development is being constructed by Russells Construction and is expected to be ready for occupation in Spring 2016.Huw Davies, head of asset management at Harbert Management Corporation, [...]

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    FTA presses chancellor for fuel tax cut

30.06.2015

FTA presses chancellor for fuel tax cut

The Freight Transport Association has called on chancellor George Osborne to freeze or cut fuel duty in his summer budget which is due on 8th July.There have been reports that Osborne might increase fuel tax, despite past promises not to.FairFuelUK is holding an event at the House of Commons on 1st July to lobby against tax increases, and FTA chief [...]

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