Monday 18th Dec 2017 - Logistics Manager

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Driver shortage stymies Ocado growth

Ocado increased sales by 11.6 per cent to £373.8 million for the 14 weeks to 3rd December – but said that growth had been restricted by a lack of drivers in certain locations.

Industry needs 50,000 drivers

The UK haulage industry is currently facing a shortage of between 45,000 and 50,000 HGV drivers, according to the Road Haulage Association.

FTA demands clarity on road plans

The freight Transport Association has called on the government to provide clarity on its road improvement priorities, to ensure adequate succession planning for fleet acquisitions and route planning for on-going deliveries.

Brexit transition must be agreed as soon as possible

Industry leaders have called on the UK and EU to move quickly to agree transition arrangements for Brexit, following the decision of the European Council to move on to the next phase of negotiations focusing on the future trading relationship.

Half a million fuel saving for Silentnight

Bed manufacturer Silentnight reckons it has saved 400,000 litres of fuel worth £500,000 and has cut CO2 emissions by over 1,000,000 kilos with BigChange transport and delivery management technology.

AI set to create more jobs than it destroys

Artificial intelligence will create more jobs than it eliminates by 2020, according to Garter. It calculates that AI will create 2.3 million jobs in 2020, while eliminating 1.8 million.

Million up for Felixstowe

Felixstowe reckons it is the first port in the UK to handle over a million TEU by rail in a year. The one millionth unit was loaded on 13th December 2017 onto a Freightliner service to Birmingham.

Epicor focuses on inventory planning in latest ERP release

Epicor has launched the latest version of its ERP system which includes new business intelligence and visual analytics capabilities delivered via Epicor data discovery, a redesigned home page, active home page, smart inventory planning and optimisation, as well as new country and industry-specific functionality.

AGRO buys Grocontinental

AGRO Merchants Group, which specialises in temperature controlled logistics, has acquired Shropshire-based Grocontinental.