Business news briefs

November 26, 2014

Passport for e-Retailers

IMRG, the industry association for UK e-Retail, has launched the UK Cross-Border Trading Passport. Supported by Norbert Dentressangle, the Passport is an A-Z guide for prospective B2C e-Retailers looking to enter the UK online market and is the first in a series of guides to be produced and maintained by IMRG for key territories around the globe. 

Sortation website goes live

SDI Group has launched, a new web site designed to demonstrate the benefits of automated sortation in a multimedia format. The site profiles different automated solutions, giving visitors the opportunity to assess what would suit their application – whether it is hanging garments, boxes, delicate goods, fast moving goods, e-commmerce, returns, etc.

E-commerce top target

92% of logistics companies see ecommerce as their biggest area for growth over the next four years, according to research by Barclays. Consumers not being at home to receive their delivery is the number one issue for logistics companies, listed by 63% of firms as a cause for concern. The issue of absent consumers even tops that of managing costs (57%) and managing peak times (55%). 

Mind the Gap

Access has a new white paper called: ‘Mind the Gap “ Fast track your business growth’, which focus on the benefits of a ‘complete’ supply chain system. The white paper combines recent research on Warehouse Management Systems, and Supply Chain Management with the new research. For a copy

Arrow XL appointments

Bryan Towse has been appointed as General Manager of Arrow XL’s main hub in Wigan. He will report directly into Dave Graham, Operations Director at Arrow XL’s hub in Wigan. John Webb has also joined Arrow XL as a Final Mile Manager.

Click & collect Christmas

Nick Miller, Head of FMCG at Crimson & Co, says that this Christmas could potentially see click & collect replace home delivery services as the preferred delivery method for consumers.

SfL upgrades


Skills for Logistics (SfL) has revamped its web site to help attract, develop and support individuals and employers.Click on and you will be greeted by the organisation’s fresh look built around its three key roles: Attract, Develop and Support. Clicking on any of these roles reveals information and solutions.

Even faster food

Consumer demand for earlier home deliveries is changing the fresh produce supply chain, says Gavin Chappell, VP of e-commerce and supply chain at Asda, speaking at the IGD Supply Chain Summit. The retailer is aiming to bring its fresh produce supply chain forward by six hours.

Fuel converter

Howard Tenens and Prins Autogas claim to be the first in Europe to successfully convert a Mercedes-Benz Actros Euro 6 type vehicle to run on duel fuel, Compressed Natural Gas and diesel.

Winter joins iForce

iForce has announced the appointment of Gary Winter to the position of Sales Director within the iForce Executive team.  His previous role was as Sales Director for Hermes, the parcel delivery business.

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