Logistics – Logistics Manager Magazine https://www.logisticsmanager.com Pan-sector news, insight and analysis for logistics practitioners and supply chain strategists Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:31:41 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Port of Liverpool expansion by 2021 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/port-of-liverpool-expansion-by-2021/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/port-of-liverpool-expansion-by-2021/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:31:41 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39221 The next phase of the redevelopment of the Port of Liverpool will begin in November after Peel Ports appointed civil engineering firm McLaughlin & Harvey to deliver the expansion. The multi-million project will significantly increase the footprint of the site and see the addition of ten cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) and three ship-to-shore […]

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The next phase of the redevelopment of the Port of Liverpool will begin in November after Peel Ports appointed civil engineering firm McLaughlin & Harvey to deliver the expansion.

The multi-million project will significantly increase the footprint of the site and see the addition of ten cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) and three ship-to-shore cranes (STS).

The STS cranes are scheduled to arrive in November 2019 with the overall project expected to be completed during 2021.

There will also be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle even greater quantities of refrigerated containers.

Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports said: “Since originally announcing our expansion plans we have gone on to secure some of the world’s major shipping lines as customers at the Port of Liverpool. That, and our growing customer base, is a vote of confidence in the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and Liverpool as a major port for global trade.”

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Amazon to decarbonise by 2040 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/amazon-to-decarbonise-by-2040/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/amazon-to-decarbonise-by-2040/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:11:53 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39217 Amazon signed the Climate Pledge, a commitment to net zero carbon across its businesses by 2040. Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and chief executive, said: “If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can. I’ve been […]

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Amazon signed the Climate Pledge, a commitment to net zero carbon across its businesses by 2040.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and chief executive, said: “If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can. I’ve been talking with other CEOs of global companies, and I’m finding a lot of interest in joining the pledge.

“Large companies signing The Climate Pledge will send an important signal to the market that it’s time to invest in the products and services the signatories will need to meet their commitments,” he added.

Amazon will implement decarbonisation strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through what it describes as “real business changes and innovations”, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies.

To that end Amazon has ordered 100,000 customised electric delivery vans for its global fleet from American EV manufacturer Rivian. Amazon plans to have 10,000 of the new electric vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030—saving 4 million metric tons of carbon per year by 2030.

It has also installed more than 50 solar rooftops on fulfillment centres and sort centres around the globe that generate 98 MW of renewable capacity and deliver 130,000 MWh of clean energy annually.

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DHL Supply Chain invests £90 million in UK fleet https://www.logisticsmanager.com/dhl-supply-chain-invests-90-million-in-uk-fleet/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/dhl-supply-chain-invests-90-million-in-uk-fleet/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:29:17 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39210 DHL Supply Chain has taken delivery of the first of 700 new Volvo trucks, including 550 FH tractor units, as part of a £90million investment in its UK fleet. José Nava, chief executive of DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland, said that the deliver was the next step in its commitment to “reduce all logistics-related […]

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DHL Supply Chain has taken delivery of the first of 700 new Volvo trucks, including 550 FH tractor units, as part of a £90million investment in its UK fleet.

José Nava, chief executive of DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland, said that the deliver was the next step in its commitment to “reduce all logistics-related emissions to net zero by 2050”.

“Despite uncertain economic conditions, customer demand remains strong so we are continuing to invest in our business and our people. Our partnership with Volvo will deliver significant added value to both our customers and our drivers with the new vehicles improving our operational efficiency and reducing our carbon emissions as we support the development of our customers’ supply chains,” Nava added.

Following an initial tender, Volvo was chosen for the quality of its products, as well as a commitment to deliver comprehensive benefits throughout the life of the fleet, including dedicated account management, driver support and regular vehicle reviews to ensure maximum fuel efficiency continues to be delivered.

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Ocado Andover fire “unprecedented within the UK” https://www.logisticsmanager.com/ocado-andover-fire-unprecedented-within-the-uk/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/ocado-andover-fire-unprecedented-within-the-uk/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:17:49 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39208 The fire that destroyed Ocado’s warehouse in Andover in February 2019 cost Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) £132,107 to fight. The figure was released following a Freedom of Information Act request by the BBC into the four day fire which burned from the 5th to 8th February 2019 and was declared a major incident […]

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The fire that destroyed Ocado’s warehouse in Andover in February 2019 cost Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) £132,107 to fight.

The figure was released following a Freedom of Information Act request by the BBC into the four day fire which burned from the 5th to 8th February 2019 and was declared a major incident twice.

The FoI also revealed that HFRS did not have the power to recover the charges from Ocado or its insurers.

A review costing £164,000 to look at the causes and development of the fire was also commissioned and funded by the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority (HFRA).

Furthermore, a report by the chief fire officer at HFRA has been published this week, providing more details.

The chief fire officer’s report stated that a fire in an industrial building with the specific automated technology as used by Ocado was “unprecedented within the UK” and there was a strong desire from all quarters – including Ocado – to prevent such a reoccurrence.

The report said that processes inside the building were highly automated, with over 1,000 robots picking customer shopping ordered online. Ocado, the report said, have taken their own learning from the incident and will be researching how systems integrated into their technologies can better prevent and detect fires.

In April 2019 it was determined that the fire at Ocado’s Andover fulfilment centre was caused by an electrical fault in a battery charging unit that caused the plastic lid on the top of a grocery carrying robot to catch alight. At the time Ocado said it had taken steps to eliminate the risk of such an event occurring again including additional localised smoke detectors and the removal of the plastic lid on its bots.

Ocado has promised to “build a state-of-the-art replacement facility”.

In August a small fire occurred at Ocado’s Erith customer fulfilment centre outside the building in a hopper containing waste packaging.

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Speedy Freight opens in St Austell https://www.logisticsmanager.com/speedy-freight-opens-in-st-austell/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/speedy-freight-opens-in-st-austell/#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:19:20 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39204 Speedy Freight, the Eddie Stobart subsidiary that provides urgent transport, has opened a franchise branch in St Austell to serve Devon and Cornwall. Kevin Girdler, business development manager for Cornwall and Plymouth at Speedy Freight, said: “South Devon and Cornwall are manufacturing hot spots and Speedy Freight’s services come into their own when unexpected issues […]

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Speedy Freight, the Eddie Stobart subsidiary that provides urgent transport, has opened a franchise branch in St Austell to serve Devon and Cornwall.

Kevin Girdler, business development manager for Cornwall and Plymouth at Speedy Freight, said: “South Devon and Cornwall are manufacturing hot spots and Speedy Freight’s services come into their own when unexpected issues arise.

“From delivering essential building materials and just-in-time parts to keep production lines running, to getting sensitive paperwork to offices throughout the UK,” Girdler added.

Speedy Freight is recruiting 40 owner drivers – mostly of vans and trucks up to 7.5 tonne, to its preferred driver group.

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The Delivery Group opens Bristol hub https://www.logisticsmanager.com/the-delivery-group-opens-bristol-hub/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/the-delivery-group-opens-bristol-hub/#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:07:12 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39201 The Delivery Group has opening of a new 52,500 sq ft processing hub in Bristol – an £8 million investment by the mail and pallet specialist. In March it opened a £2 million, 25,000 sq ft, mail processing hub in Aylesford, Kent. The Bristol site adds 30 per cent capacity to its network. Chief executive […]

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The Delivery Group has opening of a new 52,500 sq ft processing hub in Bristol – an £8 million investment by the mail and pallet specialist.

In March it opened a £2 million, 25,000 sq ft, mail processing hub in Aylesford, Kent. The Bristol site adds 30 per cent capacity to its network.

Chief executive Steve Stokes said: “Our aim is to deliver exceptional value and service to clients throughout the UK, and Bristol represents the best strategic fit for our network.

“The Bristol hub complements our existing sites in Warrington, Luton, Kent, Derby and central London, giving us a very strong geographic footprint across the country and enabling us to expertly handle over one billion items.”

The Delivery Group moved into the pallet market in July when it became a shareholder member of Pallet-Track.

In June it acquired one hundred per cent of the share capital of ONEPOST (Postal Choices Ltd), for an undisclosed sum.

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Palletways Colchester “on solid foundations” https://www.logisticsmanager.com/palletways-colchester-on-solid-foundations/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/palletways-colchester-on-solid-foundations/#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:53:11 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39198 Palletways has created Palletways Colchester following its acquisition of Systematic Logistics International (SLi) last year. SLi entered administration on 29 November 2018, with a sale of the business assets to Palletways UK completed the next day. It had been part of the network for 24 years. All staff continued their roles and duties after transferring […]

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Palletways has created Palletways Colchester following its acquisition of Systematic Logistics International (SLi) last year.

SLi entered administration on 29 November 2018, with a sale of the business assets to Palletways UK completed the next day. It had been part of the network for 24 years. All staff continued their roles and duties after transferring to Palletways.

Palletways Colchester covers the IP, CO and CM postcode areas for the network.

Palletways UK MD Rob Gittins said: “The acquisition safeguarded jobs and made sure the company can carry on serving customers, across the East of England, reliably.

“We’ve worked closely with staff through this period of major change to support the business. It’s now on solid foundations and we hope it’ll go from strength to strength.”

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Müller renews Wincanton contract https://www.logisticsmanager.com/muller-renews-wincanton-contract/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/muller-renews-wincanton-contract/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:38:53 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39191 Wincanton has renewed its contract with Müller for the collection and delivery of milk products for a further three years. The deal will see Wincanton continue to collect more than 700 million litres of milk each year – equal to one-fifth of all milk produced in Great Britain – from over 450 farms across the […]

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Wincanton has renewed its contract with Müller for the collection and delivery of milk products for a further three years.

The deal will see Wincanton continue to collect more than 700 million litres of milk each year – equal to one-fifth of all milk produced in Great Britain – from over 450 farms across the south of England and Wales for onward delivery to Müller’s dairies in Bridgwater, Droitwich, Severnside and Market Drayton.

Rob Hutchison, operations director at Müller Milk and Ingredients, said Wincanton was a proven long-term partner that had “consistently provided an excellent service and the flexibility to meet our requirements”.

Chris Fenton, MD of Industrial and Transport at Wincanton, said: “This contract allows us to extend our close relationship with Müller – a relationship built upon Wincanton’s ability to deliver a safe, effective and timely service to both Müller and its farm partners.

“Working closely with Müller, we’ve implemented an innovative redesign of the operation tailored directly to its needs. This will provide a greater reliability and service performance for the farming community, the foundation of the dairy industry.”

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Andrew Tinkler back in for Eddie Stobart https://www.logisticsmanager.com/andrew-tinkler-back-in-for-eddie-stobart/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/andrew-tinkler-back-in-for-eddie-stobart/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:29:19 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39184 Andrew Tinkler, the former chief executive at Stobart Group, is seeking to – via his company TVFC 3 – acquire the entire share capital of Eddie Stobart Logistics. Eddie Stobart Logistics confirmed the preliminary expression of interest and said that there could be no certainty either that an offer will be made nor as to […]

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Andrew Tinkler, the former chief executive at Stobart Group, is seeking to – via his company TVFC 3 – acquire the entire share capital of Eddie Stobart Logistics.

Eddie Stobart Logistics confirmed the preliminary expression of interest and said that there could be no certainty either that an offer will be made nor as to the terms of any offer.

It comes after confirmation of a similar expression in a buy-out from international asset management firm DBAY Advisors.

Eddie Stobart Logistics has also warned it expected to make a profit of £10 million to £11 million on turnover of £450 million in the first half of the year.

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Pall-Ex partners with Microlise https://www.logisticsmanager.com/pall-ex-partners-with-microlise/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/pall-ex-partners-with-microlise/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:27:00 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39172 Pall-Ex has selected Microlise to provide a telematics and vehicle cameras across its entire fleet of over 100 vehicles. The palletised freight network will use the technology to monitor fuel efficiency and operating costs. It will also monitor the fleet in real-time, understand and maximise fleet utilisation and improve driver performance. Pall-Ex group MD Kevin […]

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Pall-Ex has selected Microlise to provide a telematics and vehicle cameras across its entire fleet of over 100 vehicles.

The palletised freight network will use the technology to monitor fuel efficiency and operating costs. It will also monitor the fleet in real-time, understand and maximise fleet utilisation and improve driver performance.

Pall-Ex group MD Kevin Buchanan said: “Our continued investment in technology will help us continue our focus on quality, for which Pall-Ex is renowned.

“The partnership with Microlise not only ensures our own fleet is powered by best-in-class telematics technology, but also allows our entire membership to benefit as well. We’re excited about this partnership and where it will lead us,” he added.

Microlise chief executive Nadeem Raza said: “We’re looking forward to deploying the solution across the Pall-Ex fleet, but engaging with its network of members as well to ensure they are enjoying the benefits technology solutions can deliver, whether that be in terms of performance, safety, environmental impact and beyond.”

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