News – Logistics Manager Magazine https://www.logisticsmanager.com Pan-sector news, insight and analysis for logistics practitioners and supply chain strategists Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:17:46 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 H&M backs Maersk’s carbon-neutral shipping product https://www.logisticsmanager.com/hm-backs-maersks-carbon-neutral-shipping-product/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/hm-backs-maersks-carbon-neutral-shipping-product/#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:18:28 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=37575 Fashion retailer H&M is supporting Maersk’s carbon-neutral shipping product, the company has revealed, saying: “It is important to the H&M Group that tangible steps towards the decarbonisation of ocean shipping are taken.” Maersk is using a biofuel-blend that comes from waste cooking oil. Chief operating officer Helena Helmersson said: “Our high ambition to become climate […]

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Fashion retailer H&M is supporting Maersk’s carbon-neutral shipping product, the company has revealed, saying: “It is important to the H&M Group that tangible steps towards the decarbonisation of ocean shipping are taken.”

Maersk is using a biofuel-blend that comes from waste cooking oil.

Chief operating officer Helena Helmersson said: “Our high ambition to become climate positive by 2040 requires cooperation and engagement from all parties in the supply chain. We want to use our size to be a force for good and enable scaling innovative solutions, such as the carbon neutral ocean product, for a greener commercial transport,”

H&M is also participating in the Pathways Coalition with Scania, Siemens and E.ON which is working on fossil free commercial heavy transport by 2050, through smarter logistics, electrification of vehicles or biofuels.

In June 2019, the coalition released its latest report, evaluating the real opportunities for companies to shift heavy transports to fossil-free options within Sweden.

Fashion leaders set out plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions

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ReBOUND and Pitney Bowes partner https://www.logisticsmanager.com/rebound-and-pitney-bowes-partner/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/rebound-and-pitney-bowes-partner/#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:16:20 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=37584 Technology company Pitney Bowes has partnered with returns company ReBOUND with to provide retail brands worldwide with fast, data-driven international returns. ReBOUND will make use of Pitney Bowes’ US transport and logistics network to process returns for its EMEA clients. And Pitney Bowes will use ReBOUND’s data-driven platform and multi-carrier shipping technology to support cross-border […]

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Technology company Pitney Bowes has partnered with returns company ReBOUND with to provide retail brands worldwide with fast, data-driven international returns.

ReBOUND will make use of Pitney Bowes’ US transport and logistics network to process returns for its EMEA clients. And Pitney Bowes will use ReBOUND’s data-driven platform and multi-carrier shipping technology to support cross-border returns for its clients across the US, CA, UK and APAC.

“This partnership brings together two leaders in ecommerce logistics services to deliver a world class returns process for hundreds of global retailers and their customers,” said Pitney Bowes Commerce Services EVP and president, Lila Snyder. “By linking our networks, Pitney Bowes and ReBOUND will expand our collective returns footprint and capabilities, offering a seamless international service for e-commerce retailers.”

Wiggle goes with ReBOUND for returns

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50mph zones to become permanent on M4 in Wales https://www.logisticsmanager.com/50mph-zones-to-become-permanent-on-m4-in-wales/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/50mph-zones-to-become-permanent-on-m4-in-wales/#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:15:23 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=37580 The Welsh government has decided to make permanent five 50mph zones on the M4 motorway to improve air quality. The Freight Transport Association’s Sally Gilson responded saying: “The 50mph zones were introduced as a temporary measure to help ease the air quality issues along the five areas identified by the Welsh Government. “FTA’s concern is […]

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The Welsh government has decided to make permanent five 50mph zones on the M4 motorway to improve air quality.

The Freight Transport Association’s Sally Gilson responded saying: “The 50mph zones were introduced as a temporary measure to help ease the air quality issues along the five areas identified by the Welsh Government.

“FTA’s concern is that the Welsh Government has now announced that the zones will be permanent. Previous data has shown that air quality target levels will be achieved without any additional measures, due to fleet replacement and the increase in Euro 6 vehicles. The A48 was projected to achieve target levels by this year with the A494 the latest to achieve target in 2022.”

 

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Grocery sales grow 1.4pc https://www.logisticsmanager.com/grocery-sales-grow-1-4pc/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/grocery-sales-grow-1-4pc/#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:21:14 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=37571 Supermarket sales grew by 1.4 per cent year on year during the 12 weeks to 16 June 2019 – giving three years of continuous growth, according to Kantar. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, said: “The modest level of current growth is thanks in no small part to the wet start […]

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Supermarket sales grew by 1.4 per cent year on year during the 12 weeks to 16 June 2019 – giving three years of continuous growth, according to Kantar.

Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, said: “The modest level of current growth is thanks in no small part to the wet start to the summer, with last year’s heatwave and the run up to the men’s FIFA World Cup making 2018 a difficult year to top.”

Grocery winners and losers

Total till roll – consumer spend (12 weeks to 16th June)

Share (%)        Change (%)

Ocado              1.3       11.3

Aldi                 7.9       9.3

Lidl                 5.7       7.5

Co-op              6.2       3.0

Iceland             2.1       0.6

Tesco              27.3     0.0

Waitrose          5.0       0.0

Asda                14.9     -0.5

Morrisons        10.4     -0.5

Sainsbury’s      15.3     -0.6

Source: Kantar Worldpanel

 

£2.5 billion Easter spending pushes grocery market shares  

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Linde launches safety training programme https://www.logisticsmanager.com/linde-launches-safety-training-programme/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/linde-launches-safety-training-programme/#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:13:44 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=37569 Linde Material Handling has launched a health and safety training programme for its workforce called the Safety Passport. The Safety Passport is compulsory for all Linde engineers, and consists of 12 modules, each lasting 20 minutes which are completed over three years. Learning is done online, meaning staff can complete in bite-sized chunks, rather than […]

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Linde Material Handling has launched a health and safety training programme for its workforce called the Safety Passport.

The Safety Passport is compulsory for all Linde engineers, and consists of 12 modules, each lasting 20 minutes which are completed over three years. Learning is done online, meaning staff can complete in bite-sized chunks, rather than having to take several days at time to attend an intensive course.

The programme was developed in partnership with software company Safety Media, and has been verified by Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Alan McEnteggart, health, safety & environmental manager, said: “By making training accessible online our engineers can learn flexibly and more regularly we have made it as easy as possible for them to learn on the job rather than spend longer periods of time away from the workplace.

Linde app for service orders

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Can air cargo become carbon neutral? https://www.logisticsmanager.com/can-air-cargo-become-carbon-neutral/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/can-air-cargo-become-carbon-neutral/#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:23:57 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=37566 The Freight Transport Association has decided that the government must prioritise air freight to achieve Britain’s future trading ambitions in a post-Brexit world. It told the government as much last week when it responded to a consultation on Aviation over the coming decades. The news prompted one of my more cynical colleagues to suggest that […]

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The Freight Transport Association has decided that the government must prioritise air freight to achieve Britain’s future trading ambitions in a post-Brexit world. It told the government as much last week when it responded to a consultation on Aviation over the coming decades.

The news prompted one of my more cynical colleagues to suggest that the FTA was proposing more pollution, more CO2 and more global warming.

Harsh, I thought. But it is undeniable that aviation is a major contributor to CO2 emissions.

Malory Davies, FCILT, Editor.

Malory Davies, FCILT, Editor.

According to the International Air Transport Association, it accounts for two per cent of all global man-made CO2 emissions – some 859 million tonnes in 2017. And IATA is forecasting that passenger numbers could double to 8.2 billion by 2037 so that is set to rise significantly unless something changes.

Of course, most air cargo is carried on passenger aircraft. So there is an argument that if the planes are flying, then it is wasteful not to fill them up with all the cargo possible.

But, is it possible to have carbon neutral aircraft? After all, that is what we moving towards in road transport. Electric vans are already in use, electric trucks are currently being tested.

The idea of an electric aeroplane seems rather far-fetched – surely it would need a battery weighing tonnes to provide the necessary power, and if it got off the ground at all it would have a tiny range.

Turns out that there is a huge amount of work going into electric aircraft. Aero-engine manufacturer Rolls Royce is investing heavily in the technology. In fact it has just agree to buy the electric and hybrid-electric aerospace propulsion activities of Siemens.

Rolls Royce has already been working with Siemens on E-Fan X – an Airbus project to demonstrate hybrid electric propulsion at the scale required to power regional aircraft.

It is also working on Accel, a project to build the world’s fastest all-electric aeroplane. Accel’s first flight is due next year and it is expected to reach a speed of more than 300 mph.

It will have the most energy-dense battery pack ever assembled for an aircraft, providing enough power to fly 200 miles on a single charge.

It will take a few years of development before the world’s air cargo can be flow by zero emission electric aircraft, but the pace of development is faster than many of us ever thought possible.

However, there is another big challenge which will become more important as these technologies go live – generating enough zero-carbon electricity to power all these aeroplanes, plus all the homes and factories and trucks and vans and trains…

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Rationalising logistics helps Hornby cut losses https://www.logisticsmanager.com/rationalising-logistics-helps-hornby-cut-losses/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/rationalising-logistics-helps-hornby-cut-losses/#respond Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:29:12 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=37529 Hornby has returned to competence in key areas of activity such as supply chain, Hornby chief executive Lyndon Davies told shareholders when the company released its results for last year. The company which makes Scalextric, and Airfix products as well as Hornby model trains, has struggled over the past few years. But in its results […]

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Hornby has returned to competence in key areas of activity such as supply chain, Hornby chief executive Lyndon Davies told shareholders when the company released its results for last year.

The company which makes Scalextric, and Airfix products as well as Hornby model trains, has struggled over the past few years. But in its results for the year to 31st March 2019, it was able to point to a reduction in pre-tax loss from £10.1m to £5.3m.

The company’s recovery plan has focused on five areas of activity:

a) Ending the discounting that destroyed trust and brand integrity.

b) Adding directly relevant knowledge and experience.

c) Re-engaging with key licensing partners.

d) Getting the design schedule and supply chain humming so the right products were ordered in the right quantities, arriving at the right time and at the right cost: and

e) Frugality – doing more with less and thinking about every penny of spend with respect to how it benefits our stakeholders.

Chairman John Stansfield said: “Overheads have been streamlined and reinvested into more productive uses. Cost savings have been achieved in many areas including rationalising logistics to suit our business and returning to our ancestral home at the Margate site.”

Total sales were down from £35.7m in 2018 to £32.8m this year. In the UK sales fell by nine per cent to £25.9 million “as a result of late placement of purchase orders by previous management leading to delays in product supply.”

Setting out the recovery strategy, Davies said: “We will continue to optimise these basic building blocks of our business forever. You can always add to and improve talent. You can always get better licensing deals. You can always make your supply chain slicker and more cost effective. There are always ways to save money and do more with less. We will be relentless in our pursuit of perfection.”

And he highlighted the importance of inventory management pointing out that year end inventory as a percentage of sales was 33 per cent in 2019. Between 2004 and 2008, this figure remained below 20 per cent.

“Our inventory balance relative to our sales is higher than it was in more normal times,” said Davies. “While we are prepared for all these valuable and sought-after models in our warehouse to sell down at their natural rates, there is a lot to be gained from being even more clever in the way we manage our inventory balance.”

“Just to be absolutely crystal clear to all our stakeholders reading this annual report – we do not need to discount stock to optimise this position. We have the support of our shareholders and the luxury of a strong balance sheet now. Discounting is truly a thing of the past and we are already seeing trust return as a result of this clear message.

“As this trust returns to the brands, our marketing efforts become more efficient/focused and our Group sales grow then you should see our year-end inventory balances as a percentage of sales tick down,” said Davies.

 

Stock shortage hits sales at Hornby

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Partners develop robotic piece picking technology https://www.logisticsmanager.com/partners-develop-robotic-piece-picking-technology/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/partners-develop-robotic-piece-picking-technology/#respond Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:27:42 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=37561 Element Logic has joined forces with RightHand Robotics to launch a commercial test project which integrates its software system for managing AutoStore with RHR’s RightPick robotic piece picking system. RightHand Robotics’ RightPick robotic piece picking system has cameras for eyes and an advanced gripper developed. It runs on a Graphic Processing Unit that is designed […]

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Element Logic has joined forces with RightHand Robotics to launch a commercial test project which integrates its software system for managing AutoStore with RHR’s RightPick robotic piece picking system.

RightHand Robotics’ RightPick robotic piece picking system has cameras for eyes and an advanced gripper developed. It runs on a Graphic Processing Unit that is designed to process enormous amounts of data quickly and uses machine learning to perform various tasks, learning how to grip packages in various shapes and sizes in the most practical and efficient way.

Combining the two technologies will enable any warehouse using Element Logic’s solution to increase their level of automation, decrease operational costs, and increase overall profit. It will be particularly useful in e-commerce and distribution centres.

“This is the future of intralogistics. This is cutting edge technology. Our new RHR project could help to further enhance Element Logic’s AutoStore solution. We are still in the test phase, but we are encouraged by the advances our team of experts have made so far,” said Element Logic chief technology officer Steinar Overbeck Cook.

If the test project is successful, Element Logic hopes to add RightPick to its product portfolio in late 2019 or early 2020.

 

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Guide Dogs takes 40 specially adapted Peugeot vans https://www.logisticsmanager.com/guide-dogs-takes-40-specially-adapted-peugeot-vans/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/guide-dogs-takes-40-specially-adapted-peugeot-vans/#respond Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:25:03 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=37557 Guide Dogs is embarking on a programme to replace the vehicles it uses to transport its dogs with specially-adapted, multi-purpose Peugeot vans by 2022 and is to add 40 Peugeot Partner Crew Vans later this year. The charity has already received 40 Expert Long Professional models, which can perform multiple roles and offer increased capacity […]

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Guide Dogs is embarking on a programme to replace the vehicles it uses to transport its dogs with specially-adapted, multi-purpose Peugeot vans by 2022 and is to add 40 Peugeot Partner Crew Vans later this year.

The charity has already received 40 Expert Long Professional models, which can perform multiple roles and offer increased capacity for carrying dogs. 29 were converted to transport up to eight puppies in their early months at a time and the remaining vans were converted Crew Van models designed to carry up to four dogs and their professional guide dog mobility instructors and eventually their partners, during their training programme.

The Expert Crew Vans feature glazed, twin sliding doors to access the folding second row seat. The seat can carry up to three people and has three-point seatbelts in all positions. It can be folded forward to provide additional storage space or provide access to the dog cages from the front.

The dog cages are spacious and have temperature monitoring and video cameras. Both panel vans and crew vans have the optional tailgate in place of twin rear doors to give shelter when the dogs leave and enter the cages.

Starship Technologies collaborates with Guide Dogs

 

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Airline catering giant checks in at Icon Manchester Airport https://www.logisticsmanager.com/airline-catering-giant-checks-in-at-icon-manchester-airport/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/airline-catering-giant-checks-in-at-icon-manchester-airport/#respond Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:15:00 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=37551 Airline catering company Alpha LSG has taken a 102,500 sq ft warehouse unit at the Icon Manchester Airport development. Alpha LSG provides in-flight catering, onboard retail and logistics services to more than 80 of the industry’s biggest operators. The new development will be home to Alpha LSG’s bonded warehouse and is almost double the size […]

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Airline catering company Alpha LSG has taken a 102,500 sq ft warehouse unit at the Icon Manchester Airport development.

Alpha LSG provides in-flight catering, onboard retail and logistics services to more than 80 of the industry’s biggest operators. The new development will be home to Alpha LSG’s bonded warehouse and is almost double the size of its existing facility at Manchester Airport.

Chief executive Alex Forbes said: “This new building is a significant investment in our future in Manchester and beyond. We see this as an opportunity to launch lots of new improved initiatives across our entire network such as continued environmental agenda, the reduction in single use plastics, agile working, wellbeing in the workplace and interactive communications to name but a few.”

Icon Industrial is a joint venture by Stoford Developments and TPG Real Estate.  Stoford joint managing director Dan Gallagher said: “We are delighted to announce an occupier for Unit 4 of Icon Manchester Airport, which was secured before work has even begun on the development. Alpha LSG is the latest in a strong list of occupiers to have chosen this exciting scheme as a key strategic location for its future business growth and we look forward to delivering the facility.”

100,000 sq ft warehouse for Manchester Airport

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