Tuesday 25th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Behind the shed

An exhibition celebrating the work of the Port of London Authority (PLA) over the past 100 years is running at the Museumof London Docklands. PLA chief executive Richard Everitt said: “The PLA has battled through two world wars and a revolution in shipping, to ensure the river remains an economic powerhouse for the people of London and the South East. Now theMuseumof London Docklands is telling its story. It’s a tale of upheaval, change, sacrifice and ultimately success. It’s the story of a port authority, its people, and a river that has evolved alongside the city it serves.” It runs until the 19th April.

Wincanton driversMarkWithers and AndrewWood have started a road safety awareness campaign aimed at seven to 11 year olds.Working with councils and community services, the pair have taken their practical demonstrations and question and answer sessions to children across theWestMidlands.

Along with an HGV,Mark and Andrew use a variety of props to carry out real-life road scenarios to encourage the children to be aware of how to stay safe. The drivers advise of blind spots, show the children inside the lorry and carry out a series of role plays on the dangers and consequences of the common errors made on today’s busy roads.MarkWithers said: “The children do enjoy themselves but take it very seriously; they get to draw and write about their experience and have surprised all of us with howmuch they take in.”

The Fuelcard Company is backing the Jx Kawasaki team in the British Superbike Championship. Jx Kawasaki was established in 2007 with former racer Axel Bergström at the helm. The new partnership, Jx Fuelcard Kawasaki, is running bikes in three classes and anticipates a serious title challenge this year. Five motorcycles are set to line up on the starting grid for all 12 rounds with world class riders, Dane Sanders Hellyer, Philip Atkinson and recently-signed Scottish rising star, Kenny Gilbertson confirmed.

The latest themed area of Legoland Windsor is dominated by one of the tallest Lego models in Britain – a 20 ft high statue of a Pharaoh, made from 200,000 Lego bricks. To get the Pharaoh on its stand before the attraction opened, Legoland staff used a new Linde forklift truck to move the Egyptian figure into position. Ian McCormack, Legoland’s warehouse and logistics manager, chose the truck. “We thought we needed a new dedicated warehouse reach truck but they came in, assessed our needs and suggested this R14-G internal/external reach truck forklift.”

DHL Express sent its first carbon neutral express shipments from Africa on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The trophies, which are made of recycled glass, with recycled metal stands, were shipped from Nairobi, Kenya, to the 86 cities, associations and companies around the world that currently form UNEP’s CN Net. DHL expanded its service offering to temporarily include GOGREEN services, which are currently not part of the standard DHL portfolio for Africa.

More than 150 senior pupils from Bathgate Academy, West Lothian, have taken part in logistics enterprise challenge Made in China, which is aligned with the Scottish government’s Curriculum for Excellence programme. The students, aged between 15 and 17, participated in a logistics enterprise day which was aimed at helping them to improve their understanding of the freight logistics industries. The Made in China activity takes students working in teams on the journey of an iPod from their country of manufacture, in this case China, through the supply chain and on to the point of sale in the UK. Project manager Lesley Broadwood said: “The Made in China enterprise challenge has been designed to give students a real insight into the size and scale of the UK’s fifth largest industry and it highlights a range of exciting career opportunities, which students may not have been aware of.”

Health club operator Bannatyne Fitness is boosting its own performance with an innovative satellite vehicle tracking service fromMasternaut Three X. The company, owned by Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne, will use the real-time system to monitor and manage its fleet of maintenance and service vehicles as they travel to and from the organisation’s 61 health clubs across the UK, enhancing driver safety and vehicle security. Bannatyne Fitness chose to implement the system following the success of the solution at Dragon’s Den-winning Igloo Thermo Logistics, a company in which Duncan Bannatyne has an investment.