Saturday 22nd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Behind the shed

Women’s market trading co-operatives across Accra in Ghana are preparing to take delivery of three brand new Iveco Daily vans, as part of a new initiative by international development charity, Transaid. The programme will enable the trading women of Accra to control their own sustainable fleet of Iveco Dailys.

Female market traders face daunting difficulties every day of their lives. Reliance on unsuitable and unreliable transport is expensive, time-consuming and unsafe, with the risk of theft or assault posing a likely threat. Walking and waiting for transport means a working day can stretch between 4am to 11pm, severely affecting health and well-being, permitting the women no time for family or community life. The lack of any real alternatives leaves a high proportion of women in a helpless situation, with high transport costs transferring onto goods, ultimately passing onto the buyers of basic commodities from these markets.

Transaid has been developing the programme for the past three years and supporter, Iveco, offered to donate and ship three specially constructed Iveco Daily vans. The Iveco Dailys have been specified with heavy duty options involving upgraded suspension and larger batteries to cope with the demanding conditions in Accra and are ideally equipped to meet the needs of the market traders. Stage two of the project will see the women trained to drive, maintain and implement their own transport management system using the vans.

Marco Monticelli of Iveco said: “Iveco is proud to support this outstanding initiative. Empowering and equipping these dynamic women with the skills to effectively manage their own sustainable fleet of transport, means that families and communities across the region will quickly realise a better quality of life.”

There is no doubt that keeping Britain’s stores stocked up with Christmas goodies is a bit of a sweat. But it’s not just shoppers that are creating the demand – almost £49,000 worth of goods are stolen every minute at Christmas. That equates to a total of £431.2 million of stock.

Research by Checkpoint Systems shows that thefts rise by 206 per cent to more than 105,000 compared to a normal four-week period. Products most at risk of being stolen are perfumes, alcohol, women’s wear, cosmetics, and electronic media.

Among the shoplifters that are arrested, the value of items is normally around £77.95 but at Christmas thieves target higher priced goods resulting in the value reaching £85.71.

Checkpoint managing director David Nuttall said: “Christmas is a busy time for retailers. Ensuring product availability, customer service, and adequate staff levels is crucial but to maximise profits, management must ensure security solutions are in place to protect stock. With a packed store it is difficult for staff to monitor the shop floor effectively, and therefore it is the time that technology solutions come into a world of their own.”

DHL Express is celebrating its fourth year of involvement with the UK Schools for Africa Project. This year it has sent more boxes of school equipment to Africa than ever before – more than 1,300 boxes this year. The books, toys and other gifts will be sent to schools in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tanzania – all to be delivered before Christmas and delivered on DHL’s network.

The project, established four years ago by MP for Northampton North, Sally Keeble, aims to provide children in developing African countries with books and toys that are often lacking in their schools. The items donated by schoolchildren in the UK are collected by DHL and then transported to East Midlands airport, where they are flown to Africa. Local DHL offices across Africa deliver the packages to the end destination. DHL Express is the shipping partner.

Cartwright Bros (Haulage) has been awarded the “Depot of the Year” title at the Pall-Ex Gala Dinner. Cartwright has been part of the Pall-Ex network since 2001. John Cartwright, said: “It is always wonderful to receive an award, but when the accolade is voted for by our own colleagues, it feels twice as good.” Leach Distribution won the “Outstanding Contribution to the Network” award, and Premier Palletise won the new “Most Improved Depot” title. The awards were presented by Pall-Ex founder and managing director Hilary Devey at the Pall-Ex Anniversary Dinner Dance in November at the Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales.

An on-line auction of sporting memorabilia has opened with the aim of raising funds to take children with life-shortening conditions on days out at major sporting events.

The site,, is run by the charity Sportslink and sponsored by 25 leading sports organisations and commercial concerns. They range from the England Cricket Board to DAF Trucks and include six Formula 1 race teams and three leading football clubs. Organisations involved in motorcycle racing, rugby and boxing are also supporting the charity.


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