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Eddie Stobart flotation to fund e-commerce growth

Eddie Stobart is to float on the AIM market in a move that is expected to raise £130 million for the company. The company intends to use some of the money to complete a bolt-on acquisition to complement its activities in the e-commerce sector.

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Toyota to acquire Vanderlande

Toyota Industries Corporation has signed an agreement to acquire automation specialist Vanderlande from NPM Capital, in a deal that reflects Toyota’s ambition to increase its presence in automated material handling.

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Nisbets picks Menzies for store deliveries

Nisbets, the catering equipment supplier, has chosen Menzies to deliver weekly supplies of goods from its national distribution centre in Avonmouth, to its stores across the UK.

SAP to develop AI procurement bot

SAP Ariba is to develop an “enterprise digital procurement bot” powered by artificial intelligence for its cloud-based applications.

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How GSK implemented S&OP

Neil James, former vice president integrated business planning at GlaxoSmithKline, examined the challenges involved in designing a Sales and Operations Planning process, when he spoke on the second day of the Logistics & Supply Chain Conference.

Decisive action needed on roads strategy

The National Audit Office has warned that the Department for Transport and Highways England need to take decisive action before the summer if they are to deliver optimal value from their Road Investment Strategy.

Geodis study into electric roads

Geodis has joined a consortium of French companies to commission a study on electric highways from the low-carbon consultancy firm Carbone 4.

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Are 3PLs up to the challenge?

Third party logistics providers face an increasingly challenging market as customers demand innovative thinking at the same time as lower prices.