Supply Chain – Logistics Manager Magazine https://www.logisticsmanager.com Pan-sector news, insight and analysis for logistics practitioners and supply chain strategists Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:59:36 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Sodexo commits to eliminating single-use plastic by 2020 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/sodexo-commits-to-eliminating-single-use-plastic-by-2020/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/sodexo-commits-to-eliminating-single-use-plastic-by-2020/#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:59:36 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39630 Foodservice giant Sodexo has said it will continue to commit to eliminating single-use plastics from its operations in the UK and Ireland by next year. Megan Horsburgh, head of diversity and inclusion and corporate responsibility, Sodexo UK and Ireland, said: “Environmental protection is one of the key issues which we focus from a global and […]

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Foodservice giant Sodexo has said it will continue to commit to eliminating single-use plastics from its operations in the UK and Ireland by next year.

Megan Horsburgh, head of diversity and inclusion and corporate responsibility, Sodexo UK and Ireland, said: “Environmental protection is one of the key issues which we focus from a global and regional perspective. We acknowledge that action is critical to ensure that we, as responsible corporate citizen, do as much as it can to improve the quality of life of future generations and reduce the impact our business operations has on the environment.”

Sodexo pointed to its partnership with Simply Cups, the paper and plastic cup collection and recycling service, and was one of the first to remove plastic straws and stirrers from its operations in May 2018.

As part of its initiative, Sodexo commits to ending the use of single-use plastic products such as polystyrene cups, lids, plastic bags, and other plastic containers and lids, from its supply chain.

By Michelle Mooney

 

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Edoardo Podestá takes charge of Dachser air and sea logistics https://www.logisticsmanager.com/edoardo-podesta-takes-charge-of-dachser-air-and-sea-logistics/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/edoardo-podesta-takes-charge-of-dachser-air-and-sea-logistics/#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:41:34 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39628 The long-standing managing director of the Asia Pacific region has been appointed to chief operations officer of the air and sea logistics business at Dachser.Edoardo Podestá will be replacing Jochen Müller who who was responsible for developing the business into a network company with connections world wide.  Bernhard Simon, Dachser CEO, said: ”Edoardo Podestá combines […]

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The long-standing managing director of the Asia Pacific region has been appointed to chief operations officer of the air and sea logistics business at Dachser.Edoardo Podestá will be replacing Jochen Müller who who was responsible for developing the business into a network company with connections world wide. 

Bernhard Simon, Dachser CEO, said: ”Edoardo Podestá combines his success as an entrepreneur and strong leadership skills with his profound knowledge of the Asian and global air and sea freight markets,

“As COO Air & Sea Logistics, he will continue to expand our intercontinental network for air and sea freight and link it even more closely with our European overland transport network.”

By Michelle Mooney

 

 

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DSV Panalpina sparks job loss fears after relocation plans https://www.logisticsmanager.com/dsv-panalpina-sparks-job-loss-fears-after-relocation-plans/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/dsv-panalpina-sparks-job-loss-fears-after-relocation-plans/#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:18:17 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39621 DSV Panalpina has informed its employees at the former Panalpina headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, about its relocation plans. As part of this integration, there could be up to 165 job losses for those who are not relocated. However, the company intends to expand its logistical footprint in the Basel area. Jens Bjørn Andersen, chief executive […]

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DSV Panalpina has informed its employees at the former Panalpina headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, about its relocation plans.

As part of this integration, there could be up to 165 job losses for those who are not relocated. However, the company intends to expand its logistical footprint in the Basel area.

Jens Bjørn Andersen, chief executive at DSV Panalpina, said: “As we integrate Panalpina into the DSV Panalpina Group, we recognise that there are substantial duplications of corporate functions.

“We are also seeing considerable overlaps in the IT department, as IT systems that will no longer be used in the combined group are phased out. As a result, we are considering several restructuring measures. According to our analysis, we will not be able to avoid job cuts and the relocation of positions to DSV Panalpina’s headquarters in Denmark.”

The company has started the consultation process with its employees, and has indicated that it will present a first draft of a social plan to define measures and reduce job losses or to mitigate their effects.

In addition, DSV Panalpina has invited employees to vote on the election of an employee representation body in order to facilitate the negotiation process for the social plan.

By Michelle Mooney 

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Unipart wins five-year contract with Selco https://www.logisticsmanager.com/unipart-wins-five-year-contract-with-selco/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/unipart-wins-five-year-contract-with-selco/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:36:24 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39601 Unipart Logistics will provide warehousing and distribution services from its 1 million sq ft distribution centre in Cowley, Oxford. After securing a five-year contract with Selco Builders Warehouse, Unipart will store products and materials on behalf of Selco and deliver daily to Selco branches daily using Selco-branded vehicles. Howard Luft, chief executive at Builders Warehouse, […]

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Unipart Logistics will provide warehousing and distribution services from its 1 million sq ft distribution centre in Cowley, Oxford.

After securing a five-year contract with Selco Builders Warehouse, Unipart will store products and materials on behalf of Selco and deliver daily to Selco branches daily using Selco-branded vehicles.

Howard Luft, chief executive at Builders Warehouse, said: “Geographically, Oxford is a central location for our entire branch network and means we can get requested stock into our branches in a very short space of time. The warehouse space will also enable us to purchase products in greater quantity, savings which we will be passing on to our valued customers.”

By Michelle Mooney

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Supply chain analysis market ‘worth $9.2bn by 2024’ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/supply-chain-analysis-market-worth-9-2bn-by-2024/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/supply-chain-analysis-market-worth-9-2bn-by-2024/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:35:06 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39595 The global supply chain analytics market is forecast to grow 15.8 per cent over the next five years, driven by the adoption of technologies such as artificial intelligence. According to BCC Research, a predicted compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.8 per cent could see the global supply chain analytics market be worth $9.2 billion […]

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The global supply chain analytics market is forecast to grow 15.8 per cent over the next five years, driven by the adoption of technologies such as artificial intelligence.

According to BCC Research, a predicted compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.8 per cent could see the global supply chain analytics market be worth $9.2 billion (£7.3 billion) by 2024.

BCC also reports that supply chain analytics for the industrial and manufacturing market will grow 16.4 per cent in five years, with the retail and consumer goods sectors expected to grow from $1.2 billion in 2019 to $2.5 billion in 2024 at a CAGR of 16.2 per cent.

Analyst Aneesh Kumar said: “The industrial and manufacturing sector is expected to hold the majority share of the market during the forecast period. The revolution of industry 4.0 is characterised by the creation of advanced factories that can implement and integrate various state-of-the-art technologies such as the industrial internet of things (IoT), data analytics, additive manufacturing, 3D printing and cyber-physical systems.”

BCC also said the adoption of machine-learning technology, or artificial intelligence, had the potential to resolve issues for time, resources and cost throughout the supply chain.

By Michelle Mooney

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Rail Operations (UK) to trial high-speed service https://www.logisticsmanager.com/rail-operations-uk-to-trial-high-speed-service/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/rail-operations-uk-to-trial-high-speed-service/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:39:29 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39562 Rail Operations (UK) chief executive Karl Watts has called on the logistics industry to work together to encourage modal shift and increase rail freight volumes. Speaking at a reception in the House of Commons Watts said that improved rail freight would efficient, green, and rapid transportation of goods across the UK, against a backdrop of […]

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Rail Operations (UK) chief executive Karl Watts has called on the logistics industry to work together to encourage modal shift and increase rail freight volumes.

Speaking at a reception in the House of Commons Watts said that improved rail freight would efficient, green, and rapid transportation of goods across the UK, against a backdrop of the growth in e-commerce and increased road congestion.

Rail Operations (UK) is starting trials in May 2020 of a regular high-speed logistics train services across major freight routes in the UK, which can reduce a 12-hour road delivery journey from Glasgow-Daventry-London, to 5.5 hours.

Watts said: “Conventional freight trains are simply too slow with average speeds of 25mph…. If we want to move more light goods, the answer is passenger trains specially redesigned to transport light goods at over 100mph on the UK rail network.

“This is big. We can make it happen but we [the logistics industry] need to work together. It is about transforming and making efficient the whole logistics supply chain — from urban logistics hubs, warehousing, and last-mile transportation

By Michelle Mooney

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DfT signs £86.6m in no-deal ferry contracts for medicine movements https://www.logisticsmanager.com/dft-signs-86-6m-in-no-deal-ferry-contracts-for-medicine-movements/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/dft-signs-86-6m-in-no-deal-ferry-contracts-for-medicine-movements/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:19:32 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39614 The Department for Transport, (DfT) has signed contracts worth £86.6m with four ferry operators to import medicines into the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Following what the DfT described as a robust procurement process, transport secretary Grant Shapps said that Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena Line would be ready to deliver […]

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The Department for Transport, (DfT) has signed contracts worth £86.6m with four ferry operators to import medicines into the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Following what the DfT described as a robust procurement process, transport secretary Grant Shapps said that Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena Line would be ready to deliver capacity equivalent to thousands of HGVs per week from 31 October.

Shapps said: “Our decisive action means freight operators will be ready and waiting to transport vital medicines into the country from the moment we leave.”

The DfT said that the ferries will operate on routes that are less likely to face any potential disruption, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The current framework will be in place for the next four years should there be any future need for procurement if there is any increased capacity.

By Michelle Mooney

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KFC “distribution crisis” saw store sales fall 6.8pc https://www.logisticsmanager.com/kfc-distribution-crisis-saw-store-sales-fall-6-8pc/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/kfc-distribution-crisis-saw-store-sales-fall-6-8pc/#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:20:43 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39542 KFC has described supply and distribution issues last year resulting from its contract with DHL and QSL as a “distribution crisis” after it led to a 6.8 per cent decline in same store sales growth. In its annual report for the year-ending 23 December 2018, filed to Companies House, Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) said: […]

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KFC has described supply and distribution issues last year resulting from its contract with DHL and QSL as a “distribution crisis” after it led to a 6.8 per cent decline in same store sales growth.

In its annual report for the year-ending 23 December 2018, filed to Companies House, Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) said: “2018 started with a strong same store sales growth performance in the weeks leading up to the distribution crisis.

“Closure of stores and operating on a limited menu during the height of the distribution crisis resulted in an overall sales decline for the year with the same store sales growth -6.8 per cent (2017: 3.8 per cent). The company steadily recovered transactions through the remainder of the year returning to positive sales growth by year end,” it added.

In October 2017, KFC awarded DHL and QSL the contract for supply and distribution of food products, packaging and consumables to its UK restaurants. However, during its first weeks of operation in February 2018, KFC was forced to close some restaurants and operate others under a limited menu as a result of “supply availability issues”.

A month later KFC signed a long-term agreement with incumbent Bidvest Logistics to supply to up to 350 of restaurants in the North of the UK.

In the UK contract, DHL Supply Chain managed the physical warehouse and distribution service, while QSL handles operational purchasing, demand planning and stock management.

During the first week of operation DHL was forced to apologise, citing “operational issues” as the reason for incomplete or delayed deliveries while QSL said it regretted the “inconvenience caused”. In July of this year DHL Supply Chain admitted that the start-up of the new service had had a “significant impact on profit” in financial year 2018.

By Christopher Walton

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Palletforce to use artificial intelligence https://www.logisticsmanager.com/palletforce-to-use-artificial-intelligence/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/palletforce-to-use-artificial-intelligence/#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 08:19:34 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39528 Palletforce has rolled-out an artificial intelligence (AI) technology – Alliance Sense – that predicts if any consignments are at risk of service problems. The network – a division of EV Cargo – collects more than 100,000 tracking events each day, with every consignment made up of over 50 individual pieces of data. Previously, this information […]

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Palletforce has rolled-out an artificial intelligence (AI) technology – Alliance Sense – that predicts if any consignments are at risk of service problems.

The network – a division of EV Cargo – collects more than 100,000 tracking events each day, with every consignment made up of over 50 individual pieces of data. Previously, this information was left untouched once delivery was complete, but Palletforce is now using the data in Alliance Sense.

The collected data is converted into a red, amber and green indicator within the Alliance system – allowing Palletforce members to quickly identify consignments which may require attention.

Palletforce chief executive Michael Conroy said: “Technology is increasingly becoming the critical factor driving service and quality in our sector. That’s why Palletforce continues to invest and innovate in technology and Alliance Sense moves us well clear of the competition.”

Alliance Sense is the latest in a line of technology investments by the network this year, following a £2 million upgrade of ePOD2 devices last month and the introduction of imaging technology which weighs, scans and takes an image of every pallet that moves through its 620,000 sq ft hub at Burton on Trent .

Dean Hughes,  IT director at Palletforce (pictured),  said: “The launch of Alliance Sense is another milestone for Palletforce as we become the first express network to use artificial intelligence and historical data to predict delivery performance.”

By Michelle Mooney

 

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Geodis tests no-deal Brexit plans https://www.logisticsmanager.com/geodis-tests-no-deal-brexit-plans/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/geodis-tests-no-deal-brexit-plans/#respond Tue, 08 Oct 2019 14:53:30 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=39464 Geodis and chemical company Arkema have tested no-deal Brexit customs arrangements through a dry run organised by French Customs. Geodis and Akrema took part in the trial on 24 September, shipping goods from the Arkema plant in La Chambre, south eastern France to the United Kingdom, under no-deal conditions. The two had to evaluate advance […]

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Geodis and chemical company Arkema have tested no-deal Brexit customs arrangements through a dry run organised by French Customs.

Geodis and Akrema took part in the trial on 24 September, shipping goods from the Arkema plant in La Chambre, south eastern France to the United Kingdom, under no-deal conditions.

The two had to evaluate advance transmission of customs documents and the ease of actually crossing the border, as well as matching customs data with that of the vehicle and co-ordinating logistics. Geodis said that all of these tests were successful and the two companies were able to transport the goods safely across the border.

Rémi Poteau, key account manager at Geodis, said: “This full-scale dry run was key to guaranteeing the free flow of trade. This experience allowed Geodis to prove that it is now ready to provide safe and reliable logistics services between France and the United Kingdom for its customers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.”

By Michelle Mooney

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