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Platinum Record
It’s not often you see senior executives from rivals like Wincanton, Norbert Dentressangle and TDG lining up to be photographed together, but here they celebrate a new Platinum Corporate Membership scheme for the CILT. They are (from left): Tim Waters, KPMG; Paul Brooks, Unipart; Alisha Gareppo, Zetes; Graeme McFaull, Wincanton and institute president; Neil Carpenter, PalletForce; Charles Silk, Steria; Ian Pringle, TDG; Derek Scott, SDI; Mark Pitkin, Great Bear; Malcolm Wilson, Norbert Dentressangle.

What’s the best thing since sliced bread?
There have been plenty of nominations since 1928 when sliced bread was invented – but if you want a definitive answer you could do worse that ask a bunch of grocery professionals. That’s just what presenter Michael Burke did at last month’s IGD convention. It turns out that the second best invention is the barcode – the winner, by a head, is the sixpack of beer. But they were just testing the equipment – so they tell me.

Snows of Kilimanjaro
Agility has sponsored one of the 17 challengers who climbed the peak of the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, in aid of the UAEbased Angel Appeal. The appeal is a project by The Mission to Seafarers (Dubai), which is part of an international organisation that cares for seafarers regardless of race or religion in over 300 ports around the world. Reverend Stephen Miller, director and port chaplain at the mission said: “It is not an easy challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, especially given the timescale. However, I am so proud of the 17 volunteers to have completed this challenge and raise over AED 200,000 for the Angel Appeal.”

Fun ways to cut out the carbs
In November environmental group Planet Positive will launch a climate change campaign called 2020 Vision, designed to inspire people to act on climate change. Among the big hitters that are contributing their visions areWillieWalsh of British Airways, Richard Brown of Eurostar and Lord Adair Turner. 2020 Vision says it aims to reposition climate change as an opportunity to create a better way of living by presenting optimistic, positive views of a low carbon world.

One step ahead
Hampshire-based freight forwarder PSP is keeping boats in the Clipper Round theWorld Yacht Race ship-shape by moving maintenance equipment around. It is providing and managing the freight of two 40ft containers, which leapfrog each other, to ensure that the race is provisioned at each stopover. One container has left for Cape Town and is travelling to Singapore, San Francisco, Sydney in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and Gosport. The second container left Gosport at the end of October heading for Geraldton inWestern Australia and then Qingdao in China, Jamaica and back to Gosport.

Dog’s dinner
As Logistics Manager closed for press The BBC box was well into its final trip fromThailand to Southampton carrying a load of tinned dog food. The Box, a standard 40ft container, has been tracked circumnavigating the world over the course of a year as part of an attempt by the BBC to explain some of the issues involved in global trade. Unfortunately, tracking the box has not always been easy. Equipment problems have meant it got lost on a couple of occasions. Nevertheless, it has built up a cult following – there is even a cardboard cut-out version for the more ardent followers to make.

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