Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA), the global management and technology firm specialising in retail and consumer products, has formed a strategic partnership with real-time, end-to-end productivity management solutions provider RedPrairie Corporation to help aspiring world-class businesses improve employee productivity. Under the arrangement, RedPrairie’s labour productivity software will be incorporated into KSA’s Base Plus, creating a leading-edge performance management software solution, which can be implemented by KSA. Michael Boos, principal at KSA, says: “As supply chains become even more complex, more people are going to have to be employed to meet requirements, so improving performance has to be a key business objective.”
The Port of Felixstowe is celebrating a buoyant start to the year in its Rail Division, with a record number of containers transported by rail in January and February. The Port handled 7,071 units by rail in week ending 5th February, beating the previous record of 7,006 set in April 2004. Richard Pearson, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, says: “This most recent record reflects the overall trend we are seeing at Felixstowe, where rail is seen increasingly as a reliable and cost effective alternative to road transport for freight. Last year, we saw an increase of 11% in rail volumes on the previous year, and demand is growing all the time.”
Teleroute, a leading provider of online solutions for the transport and logistics industry, has launched a tool to calculate the new German motorway tolls. The KM Route Planner and toll calculator, integrated in Teleroute’s freight exchange, gives transport companies fast and easy access to the information they need to transport freight on German roads and motorways. It not only allows customers to calculate the toll for transport to and from Germany, but also for freight passing through Germany.
Rail freight operator English Welsh & Scottish Railways (EWS) is using solutions from Computer Associates (CA), to support and manage its IT infrastructure. The new system, based around Computer Associates’ Service Desk and Desktop Management Suite, is at the heart of EWS’ strategy for managing its IT and working towards adoption of ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) standards. EWS examined a range of both integrated and point-based options when it decided to insource its IT. It decided that CA’s integrated approach would cut the complexity of the implementation in half, ass well as offer the ability to scale up the system without the headache of integrating it with existing systems.
Dragonair has awarded a new long-term cargo handling contract to Menzies Aviation at London Heathrow and Manchester airports. Menzies is also continuing to perform UK landside trucking services for the Hong Kong-based airline and, as an addition to the previous contract, is providing ramp handling for the carrier’s six Boeing 747 freighter flights a week into Manchester Airport.