News – 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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Viewpoint: Weak link in the chain https://www.logisticsmanager.com/viewpoint-weak-link-in-the-chain/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/viewpoint-weak-link-in-the-chain/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:38:30 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39214 UK supply chain businesses are operating in a challenging environment. Rising fuel prices are set to squeeze margins further and, in our increasingly digital, connected world, more companies will be expected to meet consumer expectations for faster deliveries while maintaining quality. With factors like these, it’s unsurprising that our own research recently found 85 per […]

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UK supply chain businesses are operating in a challenging environment. Rising fuel prices are set to squeeze margins further and, in our increasingly digital, connected world, more companies will be expected to meet consumer expectations for faster deliveries while maintaining quality.

With factors like these, it’s unsurprising that our own research recently found 85 per cent of senior supply chain professionals expected to see an increase in insolvencies among supply chain businesses in the next five years.

The impact of an insolvency isn’t just felt by those supply chain businesses who have had to shut-up shop, their partners can be heavily affected too. In fact, according to the Association of Business Recovery professionals, unsecured creditors receive an average of just one per cent of the debt owed to them if an insolvent partner undertakes a pre-pack sale. This rises to just three per cent if the company is sold as a going concern.

With this in mind, it’s essential that supply chain managers are able to spot the signs that their partners may be struggling. And with our report finding that just 69 per cent of respondents were confident they knew how to deal with the impact of insolvencies in their chain – and that only one third had experience of dealing with them in the past – they must also know how to manage the risk.

As a first step, it’s advisable that companies conduct thorough due diligence on any new partners from the outset. This can provide a benchmark against which future performance can be measured, enabling firms to quickly notice any worrying drops in standards.

But there are also a few specific warning signs to watch out for. For example, a supplier holding significantly less stock, or consistently making deliveries that are short or late, may be a sign they’re suffering from cashflow pressures.

Requests to change terms or conditions could also be a red flag. Asking for a reduction in quality standards may be an indication that a partner is making cost-saving cutbacks. Meanwhile, a demand that the ‘title of goods’ – which gives full ownership of the items being traded – not be transferred until one of your supplier’s sources receives payment could suggest pressure further down the chain.

Firms can apply contractual measures to help mitigate the impact of a partner’s insolvency. An insolvency termination clause ensures contractual obligations are severed when a partner up the chain becomes insolvent, meaning firms aren’t forced to take a loss by continuing to supply. Similarly, implementing an ‘all monies’ clause ensures that full ownership of goods is retained by a business until its customer pays.

In an environment where higher fuel costs and heightened customer expectations are expected to cause pressure, knowing the warning signs of financial difficulties among your partners and how to spot them will help supply chain managers position themselves to mitigate their impact if the worst should happen.

Author Natasha Atkinson (pictured above) is a partner with national law firm Weightmans, specialising in domestic and international insolvency work.

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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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Kammac takes Knowsley shed https://www.logisticsmanager.com/kammac-takes-knowsley-shed/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/kammac-takes-knowsley-shed/#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:31:08 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39196 3PL Kammac has taken Threadneedle’s Knowsley 200 warehouse in Knowsley Business Park, in Merseyside. The firm has agreed a new five-year lease at a rent of around £3.25 per sq ft just shy of £650,000 a year. The building, which was refurbished in 2017, provides a self-contained industrial unit with ground floor office and amenity […]

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3PL Kammac has taken Threadneedle’s Knowsley 200 warehouse in Knowsley Business Park, in Merseyside.

The firm has agreed a new five-year lease at a rent of around £3.25 per sq ft just shy of £650,000 a year.

The building, which was refurbished in 2017, provides a self-contained industrial unit with ground floor office and amenity block, within a fully fenced and secure unit extending over a site of 11 acres. It has 10 dock and three level access doors, and a 5-7m eaves height.

Knowsley 200 is located on Knowsley Business Park, next to the A580 and junction 4 of the M57. The park totals more than 1,200 acres of employment land six miles from Liverpool. Nearby occupiers include Matalan, Hermes Parcels and Toyota.

Savills and B8 Real Estate advised on the deal.

By Liza Helps

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CIPS: Brexit timed for peak Christmas disruption https://www.logisticsmanager.com/cips-brexit-timed-for-peak-christmas-disruption/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/cips-brexit-timed-for-peak-christmas-disruption/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:20:47 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39194 A survey of UK and EU supply chain managers by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has found that almost half (48 per cent) of UK businesses have not had their Christmas preparations affected at all by Brexit. However, more than a fifth (21 per cent) said that moving the deadline from March […]

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A survey of UK and EU supply chain managers by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has found that almost half (48 per cent) of UK businesses have not had their Christmas preparations affected at all by Brexit.

However, more than a fifth (21 per cent) said that moving the deadline from March to October has made their Christmas preparations more difficult.

The survey also found that some 21 per cent of UK businesses were importing Christmas stock earlier to avoid border disruption. However nine per cent of businesses were struggling to find affordable warehouse space to store Christmas stock. A further nine per cent said that they may not be ready for Christmas at all this year as a result of Brexit.

Dr John Glen, CIPS economist and visiting fellow at the Cranfield School of Management, said: “The October Brexit deadline falls during a crucial period for many UK businesses, when they would normally be busy importing stock for the Christmas period.

“Mass border disruption during this time could have a catastrophic impact, and so businesses need to be provided with as much detail and support as possible to ensure they can survive the festive period and protect UK businesses, and UK consumers from an economic and miserable disaster this Christmas,” he added.

To this end, the survey also found that 22 per cent of UK companies with EU suppliers had completed all steps necessary to export to the EU in the case of a no-deal Brexit; in March 2019 that figure stood at 14 per cent.

The CIPS defines the steps necessary to import to the EU as: the capability to apply for an EORI number; capability to complete each data field in the declaration; agreeing responsibilities with a customs agent and logistics provider and identifying software for submitting documents if they do not use a customs agent.

Furthermore the survey found that 38 per cent of UK businesses with EU suppliers had introduced Brexit clauses to contracts which allow prices or other terms to be re-negotiated in the case of trade tariffs increasing.

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