The importance of a secure supply chain was underlined last month by an astonishing US congressional report setting out how tens of millions of dollars of US government cash is being siphoned off into a shadowy network of Afghan warlords and corrupt officials and may be a significant source of funding for the Taliban.
Warlord, Inc: Extortion and Corruption Along the US Supply Chain in Afghanistan focuses on the principal contract supporting the US supply chain in Afghanistan, the £1.5bn Host Nation Trucking contract. In his introduction to the report John Tierney, chair of the House of Representatives sub-committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, says the arrangement has fuelled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt Afghan
Multipart goes racing
Multipart has returned to truck racing sponsorship – over a quarter of a century after it first got involved. It is to sponsor the father and son team of Brookfield Racing who compete in the British Truck Racing Championship and the French Cup.
Roger Brookfield drives a DAF CF85 and is fifth in Class A. His son Carl has an ERF and is fourth in Class B. Multipart brought truck racing to the UK in 1984, with sponsorship of the first meeting at Donington Park. The next year the “Multipart British Truck Grand Prix”, as it was officially named, moved to the larger and faster Silverstone circuit. The British Truck Racing Association stages a season of nine meetings one of which is at the Nürburgring in Germany. French Cup circuits include Magny Cours, Nagaro and Le Mans.
Food for thought
TNT employees have raised more than £40,000, enough for more than half-a-million meals for malnourished youngsters in Africa, with a special Fight Hunger Week initiative. Atherstone-based TNT, will donate the money to the World Food Programme to help the United Nations’ backed agency with its work in East Africa. Over the course of an eight year partnership with the WFP, TNT in the UK had previously given more than £300,000 to the agency.
David Irlam of the Stobart Group has been presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s North West annual awards ceremony which took place last month. Other veterans of the sector were also recognised, with Stagecoach Merseyside’s Les Burton and Nigel Kirkwood of Tachograph Analysis Consultants acclaimed for their
service to the logistics and transport industry. Ronald Plooij, from New Balance Athletic Shoes, and Ben Gilligan of FirstGroup won Young Manager and Student of the Year respectively.
Off the shelf
Colin McKeag from County Down has come top in the UK Final of Young European Truck Driver 2010 competition organised by Scania and supported by Michelin. He will now head of to Sweden with a chance to win a new Scania Rseries truck.
Green swap shop
Yes, it’s a man in a kettle – that’s Boris Johnson’s way of encouraging Londoners to recycle their unwanted electrical items. The London mayor has roped in DHL Supply Chain to help Recycle for London on a series of “Give & Take” recycling events. People can take along unwanted electrical goods and take other donated items for free. DHL will have a portable appliance tester at each event to check that electrical items work.