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Tesco has signed an order for 120 Cool Liners from trailer manufacturer Krone, following an order last year for 160. The vehicles will be deployed Tesco’s Polish subsidiary. Krone says it is the only trailer manufacturer to offer refrigerated trailers with a load securing certificate. TUV Nord awarded this certification to the company in June for the new Cool Liner Series – with or without double-deck arrangement.

Midlands-based luxury food gift specialist The Gift Gourmet has selected REDtechnology as its technical and hosting partner of choice to develop and implement its e-commerce strategy. The company, a specialist retailer selling a comprehensive range of luxury gourmet food gift sets and hampers via the Internet, needed to implement an e-commerce strategy in order to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the growth in the use of the Internet as a source of goods and services by both the consumer and corporate markets.

Torex Retail, a leading provider of IT solutions to major European retailers, has announced the conditional acquisition Alphameric’s retail division for a maximum consideration of up to £30M. The acquisition is subject to the approval of Alphameric shareholders. The directors of Torex Retail believe that the acquisition makes strong strategic sense as it will provide the opportunity for strong organic growth by cross selling the enhanced product portfolio across the combined customer base.

Getting the maximum stock turn at lowest inventory costs, and transforming levels of customer service are two of the issues that can be addressed in an Inventory Management ‘Check it Now’ package from Unipart Solutions Practice (USP), the consultancy division of Unipart Logistics. ‘Check it Now’ is a speedy approach to transforming the way that companies manage inventory in their supply chains. It is ideal for both medium and larger size operations. The USP inventory package includes a diagnostic review utilising powerful modelling techniques, driven by real operational data provided by the client.

Increasing volumes of freight and the launch of new services have led Davies Turner to move its regional headquarters in Ireland into a new freight and logistics hub on the outskirts of Dublin. The freight forwarder has moved to a new 1,860sq m warehouse plus 232sq m ancillary offices, located in Finglas, close to Dublin International airport. Davies Turner established a subsidiary branch in Dublin in 1997 to offer customers the benefits of greater control over the total door-to-door movement of cargoes.Hysterhas reported advanced orders for its new generation of dedicated container handlers, the H40.00-50.00XM-16CH series, which recently made its debut in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The series is aimed at the containerised transport sector which is showing significant growth.

The new models are designed to deliver high ‘box rates’ and the lowest cost of operation for applications where the priority is fast, productive first row container handling.

Hyster has more 1,000 container handlers already operating in the field, and the design of the new series has benefited from this expertise by offering several new features.

Distinctive on these trucks is the central mid-high, rear-mounted position of the drivers cab, leading to superb all-round visibility. While this cab arrangement is quite common for empty container handling machines, Hyster is one of the first manufacturers to offer this layout for a laden container handling truck. The arrangement allows operators to watch the container during the entire operation without significant head movement, therefore enhancing their comfort.

lBarloworld Handling has reached agreement to buy CMS Lift trucks, Northern Ireland’s exclusive Hyster distributor. The acquisition, which is fully supported by the owners of CMS, represents a further expansion of the Barloworld – Hyster partnership in which Barloworld is the Hyster dealer in eight states in the south-eastern US, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and South Africa.

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