Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Behind the shed

Iveco and New Holland have assisted the British Museum and Sudan Archaeological Research Society (SARS) in an archaeology recovery project. The expedition was carried out by the Castiglioni brothers and Derek Welsby, curator of ancient Egypt and Sudan department at the museum. The team, using two Iveco Eurocargo 4x4s and two New Holland construction machines, organised the transfer of more than 50 works of cave art dating back between 5000 BC and AD 1500, as well as 390 blocks of an early Kushite granite pyramid. Welsby said: “The work at the Fourth Cataract has transformed our view of the Middle Nile Valley in northern Sudan and we are pleased to have been able to assist in the rescue of these important archaeological objects. The contribution of Iveco and New Holland was very considerable, we would not have been able to conduct this project without their input.”

Wincanton’s employees and customers have raised £20,000 for BBC Children in Need after four of the company’s keenest adventurers took Pudsey Bear more than 4,000 metres above sea level to the summit of Gran Paradiso in Northern Italy. Liam McElroy, business unit director, Simon Smith, warehouse training manager and Paul Sanderson and Paul Bagshaw, both contract general managers, spent six days ascending the Italian national park’s highest peak. On behalf of the team Smith said: “The experience was amazing and we would not have missed it for the world. We are extremely grateful to our Wincanton colleagues and customers for having raised such a phenomenal amount of money for BBC Children in Need. We have certainly been bitten by the adventure bug and we are hoping to exceed £20,000 next year when we hope our fundraising efforts take us to Mount Everest.”

Iain Speak, CEO of Bibby Distribution, has completed the Great North Run in aid of Leukaemia Research UK. Speak raised £250 in sponsorship, which will be matched by the business as part of its Giving Something Back Community Programme. This is his sixth year running the race, which he completed in two hours and three minutes. Speak said: “Running in this event is always very exciting. I am delighted to have been able to raise funds for such a worthy cause.”

GAC made hundreds of car enthusiasts’ dreams come true by transporting some of the world’s most expensive and prestigious automobiles to Qatar’s Losail Circuit for a 40 day Michelin Tyres promotional event. Bugatti, Mercedes, Mclaren, Porsche, Dodge Viper and Ferrari were some of the names featured in the fleet of performance cars brought from Europe and the USA. GAC Qatar’s Events department took care of freight, clearance, transport and handling, as well as shipping two trailers of gadgets for the show.

The British Library has installed a key control system from electronic key management specialist Traka. The library houses more than 150 million items, including the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebook and the Beatles’ manuscripts. Its priceless collections are stored in highly secure environments, but other less valuable items are accessible to authorised staff on a day-to-day basis via issued keys. Until recently, keys were controlled and monitored by a paper-based, sign-in/sign-out system, but this proved time-consuming and cumbersome. To improve efficiency Traka provided electronic key cabinets with iFobs containing a chip, giving the keys attached a unique electronic ID. Operating software then records each time a cabinet is accessed and by whom.

Just in case you haven’t noticed yet, the BBC has started a project called “The Box” – a year long exercise in tracking a container as it circumnavigates the globe. The aim is to explain to the man in the street what globalisation means in reality. We reported the start of the journey in September and The Box has now delivered a cargo of Scotch whisky to Shanghai. As Logistics Manager went to press, it was on its way to the United States with a cargo of clothing. If you haven’t checked out its progress yet, you can find details at