Tesco to tackle food waste with supplier partnerships

Tesco is to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goal on food waste with new partnerships with 24 of its largest food suppliers. The suppliers involved in the agreement are: Yeo Valley; Gomez; Branston; Greencore; Icelandic Seachill; AMT; DPS; Kepak Meat Division; G’s; Allied Bakeries; Moy Park; Richard Hochfeld; Ornua; Cranswick; Samworths; 2SFG; Hilton; Espersen; Greenyard…

New head of transport for KPMG

d Thomas has been appointed as KPMG’s UK head of transport. He will start the role immediately; taking over from James Stamp who moved to National Express to become commercial director. “I know that he will lead the practice with drive and enthusiasm, building on the success we have achieved in recent years.”“Ed has outstanding…

DX raises £6.5m for transformation strategy

DX has raised £6.5 million to finance its stand-alone transformation strategy through a mix of sale and leasebacks on property and an unsecured loan from its largest shareholder. The move follows the collapse of its plan to merge with Menzies Distribution. It is raising £4.5m from a property sale and leaseback deal with ChanceryGate (Livingston).…

5,000 more customs staff needed after Brexit

HMRC head Jon Thompson has told MPs that it could take up to 5,000 extra staff to handle the additional customs and border checks following Brexit. – just a month after the government set out its proposals for a future customs relationship with the EU. Thompson warned the House of Commons Treasury Committee that the…

Eddie Stobart offers training for logistics industry

Eddie Stobart expanded its inhouse training academy to include the wider logistics and supply chain industry. The academy was originally opened back in 2015 to help attract and retain Eddie Stobart staff. “Safeguarding the flexibility and agility of our industry is a responsibility we take very seriously,” said Alex Laffey, chief executive of Eddie Stobart.…

NFT appoints Eggleton as chief executive

NFT has appointed Ross Eggleton as chief executive of NFT. As part of the transition Eggleton, who is currently COO, will become deputy chief executive with immediate effect. Eggleton joined NFT earlier this year having previously worked for WM Morrison Supermarkets for nine years, where he held a number of roles before becoming logistics &…

70pc of consumers want more delivery options

70 per cent of consumers want more flexible delivery options to be available, according to new research by Sorted. The delivery experience company also found that 66 per cent of consumers agree that retailers and delivery companies should work more closely to make deliveries as smooth and successful as the rest of the shopping experience.…

£1m boost for container capacity at Grangemouth

Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container port, is investing £1m in upgrading the terminal’s surfacing to add about 1,000 TEU to the capacity as well as improving the speed of operations. It has also ordered a Liebherr ship to shore container crane and is developing a new IT terminal operating system both of which are due in…

RHA hopes lorry week will attract recruits to industry

The Road Haulage Association is hoping to attract new recruits to the industry through National Lorry Week which starts on Monday 11th September. The theme this year is “The Next Generation”, and the RHA says the industry needs to recruit 1.2 million more people by 2022 including drivers, workshop technicians, warehouse staff and management. Events…

Yusen expands pharma business

Yusen Logistics is expanding its involvement in the pharma research and development supply chain. “We’re seeing increasing demand from healthcare manufacturers for end-to-end GDP compliant solutions for complex R&D requirements,” said Yusen Logistics’ general manager healthcare, James Colson. “We are moving trial products – from controlled drugs to new packaging – throughout the supply chain.…

Eddie Stobart continues buying spree

Eddie Stobart Logistics has continued its buying spree, taking full control of The Logistics People, the Kettering-based commercial vehicle driver agency. It has paid £6 million for the 50 per cent of TLP Holdings Ltd that it did not already own, it revealed in its half year results. Chief executive Alex Laffey said the move…

Hermes integrates tracking solution with Google Assistant

Parcel company Hermes is integrating its tracking solution with Google Assistant, the voice activated application that is incorporated in the Google Home device as well as a range of Android smart phones, tablets and other devices. It means that consumers can track both deliveries and returns via Google Assistant. Hermes chief executive Carole Woodhead said:…

121 sites bid to become Heathrow logistics hub

121 UK sites have applied to become a Heathrow logistics hub as part of the airport’s £16 billion expansion project. According to the airport, Heathrow will be the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs – aiming to build as much of the project off-site as possible.…

Tilbury2 consultation completed

The Port of Tilbury has completed the statutory consultation process on its proposals to build a new port terminal, Tilbury2, on the Thames close to the current port. Tilbury2 will be built on a 152 acre site which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station and will include a new deep water jetty in…

American Airlines expands European trucking network

American Airlines Cargo has expanded and extended its European trucking network which connects offline cities with its global network. The Netherlands, Germany and France all feed nightly freight into the airline’s London Heathrow (LHR) operation, which operates 20 flights per day direct to the United States. Almost two million kilos per month is now fed…

XPO wins contract with VWR International

VWR International, which supplies products to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, has awarded XPO Logistics a contract to manage distribution of products to more than 9,000 facilities across the UK. XPO will collect about 2,500 cases per day from the customer service centre in Lutterworth. It is providing dedicated transport including specialist handling of hazardous…

Clipper’s operating profit grows by 21.8pc

Clipper Logistics’ full year results show an operating profit growth of 21.8 per cent, from £14.7 million to £17.9 million. The results demonstrate a group revenue increase of 17.2 per cent, from £290.3 million to £340.1 million. “The Group is proud of its track record of consistently developing effective solutions to address the changing needs…

Amazon’s 1.1m sq ft DC completes

Amazon’s 1.1 million sq ft logistics facility at iPort, Doncaster, has completed. The retail giant invested £100 million in the new 0.5km development. The new facility at Verdion’s £500 million iPort scheme will be Amazon’s third fulfilment centre in Doncaster. It already has a fulfilment centre in Balby Carr Bank opened in 2010 and a second…

Mowat to head M&S Clothing & Home supply chain

Gordon Mowat has been appointed director for Clothing & Home supply chain, logistics and planning at Marks & Spencer. This new role is part of the retailer’s plan to bring the supply chain and logistics functions for its non-food business closer together to provide an efficient end-to-end supply chain that supports its strategic priority to…

Yusen Logistics expands UK domestic appliance network

Yusen is expanding its specialist domestic appliance network adding a further cross-dock into the operation using its Derby automotive site. Commercial director Nick Rees said: “We’ve established this new cross dock location so we can increase delivery frequency in the major metropolitan areas to help our retail customers grow their sales.” The operation serves independent…

Amazon to buy Whole Foods Market

Amazon is to buy Whole Food Market, the US organic food supermarket chain for $13.7 billion. Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and chief executive, said: “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.” Whole Food Market has nine…

Yusen wins contract with Glenmark

Yusen Logistics has won a contract with India based pharmaceutical manufacturer Glenmark Pharmaceuticals in the UK. It will operate from its 15,000 sq m warehouse at Grange Park, Northampton. The logistics business is handling all of Glenmark’s product destined for the UK market from a facility located within a four hour drive of the whole…

Clipper buys RepairTech

Clipper Logistics has bought RepairTech, a specialist provider of consumer electronic repair services. Clipper has acquired the business to enable it to “provide a comprehensive range of returns management services across the whole spectrum of apparel, general merchandise and electronic and electrical equipment.” “RepairTech is a robustly profitable and cash generative business,” said Steve Parkin,…

New policy director for Freight Transport Association

The Freight Transport Association has appointed Elizabeth de Jong as director of policy to replace Karen Dee, who left earlier this year to become chief executive of the Airport Operators Association. De Jong is joining the FTA from the Rail Delivery Group where she was director of policy. Before that she held a variety of…

Scharwath takes on DHL Forwarding role

Tim Scharwath has taken over as chief executive of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight. The appointment was announced in May last year and Scharwath takes over from Frank Appel, the Deutsche Post DHL chief, who has managed the business in the interim. Appel said: “The extensive work of restructuring and improving processes in the division is…

Tesco renews IT contract with Sopra Steria

Tesco’s distribution and replenishment systems will be upgraded following the renewal of its contract with Sopra Steria, which provides support and development for the retailer’s IT services, including distribution, stock replenishment, product, pricing and payroll systems. The distribution and replenishment systems deliver stock, including fresh produce, into shops and into the hands of customers every…

DHL chosen as logistics partner for Rugby World Cup

DHL has been chosen as the official logistics partner of the Rugby World Cup 2019, which will take place in Japan from 20 September to 2 November 2019. As logistics partner of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, DHL was responsible for the transport of tournament and team equipment from around the world to England and…

Clipper buys Tesam Distribution for £11.75m

Clipper Logistics has acquired Tesam Distribution, the Peterborough-based retail distribution specialist, in a deal worth £11.75 million. Tesam produced an operating profit (EBIT) of £1.8m on sales of £19.6m in the year to 30 June 2016. It operates from three sites in and around Peterborough totalling more than 1.1m square feet of space, was established…

Government must target environment and autonomous vehicles

The government should focus on reducing the environmental impact of transport and on understanding the effects of autonomous vehicle control, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. The report, (Re)Inventing the wheel, is designed to show how, by 2035, technological developments in transport could make better use of capacity, result…