Argos, one of the UK’s leading multi-channel retailers, has selected Voxware’s VoiceLogistics, and is nearing the completion of its first phase deployment involving about 200 workers at its Basildon, Mossend, and Wolverhampton facilities. The initial full rollout site, which was a brownfield site at Mossend, was the best new technology start-up in Argos’ history. Mossend quickly surpassed other sites in pick rates. By October 2005, Argos plans to roll out voice with Voxware further across the network.
Icelandic shipping-to-logistics company Samskip is buying short sea shipping operator Seawheel. Due diligence procedures have been completed and all that remains is the final approval from the regulatory authorities. The takeover follows Samskip’s recent acquisition of short sea intermodal operator Geest North Sea Line. The addition of Seawheel’s operations expands further what is believed to be Europe’s most comprehensive short sea container shipping network.
Express palletised freight distribution business Palletways is recruiting transport companies to its zonal network in northern France. The network, which was recently established and is centred on a hub in Nijmegen in the Netherlands, forms the first phase of Palletways’ plans to create an express distribution operation for small consignments of palletised freight in France.
Darlington-based Agility Systems has won a £250,000 contract to provide an advanced supply chain solution to help Morphy Richards’ track, manage and distribute its electrical products. Agility’s iLink middleware solution will provide the giant electrical manufacturer with advanced warehouse management, transaction dual cycling, accurate identification and location of stock, and efficient picking processes underpinned by Agility pallet tracking systems.
ECR UK, which is managed by IGD, has appointment Somerfield supply chain director Martin Oakes and Nestlé supply chain director Chris Tyas as co-chairs for ECR UK. They take over from Mark Aylwin, formerly Safeway supply director, and Chris Poole, Procter & Gamble’s logistics director UK & Ireland, who have been instrumental in re-energising the initiative and making it front of mind for many organisations throughout the UK.
Worldwide logistics and forwarder grouping IFLN and British Airways World Cargo have created a strategic partnership to increase their business together. The commitment from both parties recognises the potential of the IFLN member companies to use BA World Cargo’s global network, a benefit that will offer greater freighting possibilities to IFLN and its customers.