UKWA newsletter

April 2, 2015

Norbert Dentressangle to recruit another 100 apprentices in 2015
Norbert Dentressangle plans to recruit a further 100 apprentices this year. Following the successful launch of its first scheme in September 2013, Norbert Dentressangle has recruited more than 170 apprentices to date, many of whom are nearing completion of their first 12 months.  With a guaranteed job for every apprentice at the end of the scheme, Norbert Dentressangle is now talking to these individuals about what happens next, including the provision of further learning and development opportunities.

 Record ‚¬22bn invested in EMEA industrial and logistic property
Investment in EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) Industrial and Logistic Property has surpassed 2007 levels to hit ‚¬22bn, with the UK leading the region, according to Colliers International EMEA Industrial & Logistics Snapshot 2015. The UK proved to be the strongest market, claiming more than a third (37%) of all EMEA capital invested in the sector throughout 2014, totalling ‚¬8.3bn. This more than doubles the next best performing markets the Nordics (‚¬3.7bn) and Germany (‚¬3.6b).

Pharma Superhighway set to pass 1.25 million pallet milestone in 2015
Yusen Logistics’ European Pharmaceutical Superhighway is contracted to carry over 1.25 million pallets this year, providing both shared and single use solutions to highly complex supply chain requirements for customers ranging from global manufacturers to small biotech companies. Carsten Reuter, general manager Europe region, Healthcare Business Development at Yusen Logistics explained: The pharmaceutical and healthcare market sectors are key strategic development areas for Yusen Logistics on a global basis, as we continue to develop and refine our services in response to demand from our pharmaceutical customers.


Growth endorses Ceva’s strategy
CEVA’s Q4 performance demonstrates the company’s strategy, executed in three distinct phases throughout 2014, continues to gain traction.  Fourth Quarter revenue of $2,029 million was up 3.5% in constant currency and down 1.3% as reported.  Contract Logistics revenue was up 1.4% in constant currency in the quarter and grew 15.4% sequentially.

Freight Management volume trends remained healthy in the quarter, with Air Freight volume growing 6%, outpacing the market.  In Ocean Freight, controlled volume was up more than 10% year-over-year, outperforming the market.  Successful implementation of complex new business contributed positively to Q4 revenue growth. 

Efficient heating for climate control specialist
Powrmatic has supplied seven NVS condensing warm air heaters and 11 CECx destratification fans to Eberspächer UK’s newly constructed warehouse and test facility at Ringwood, Hampshire. The units were specified and installed by PWB Industrial Heating Service.

Eberspächer UK is a supplier of climate control systems to many car and commercial vehicle manufacturers “ as well as a number of other transport applications. The Ringwood facility, which has a BREEAM ‘Good’ rating, has replaced three separate facilities, bringing all of the company’s UK operations under one roof.


First ‘lower-cost’ warehouse system launched
A system that makes voice technology affordable for companies with small and medium warehouse operations has been developed by Renovotec.  The ‘Renovotec Voice Manager’ packaged solution is an alternative to high-cost, bespoke voice applications, which are often a barrier to entry for smaller warehouse operators.

An out-of-the-box system with pre-loaded, packaged software, the solution voice-enables all core warehouse workflows including picking, put-away, stock checking, movement, loading and order checking. It runs on Vocollect hardware and uses a task-driven engine, for which Renovotec claims a first-to-market.

Clipper’s progress
Clipper Logistics continues to perform in line with market expectations for the full year and a strong pipeline of new business within the logistics sector is expected to provide continued upward momentum into 2016. Clipper’s Logistics business, strategic positioning in the online fulfilment sector, including the management of returns through its Boomerang brand, has enabled the Group to benefit from the continuing trend towards online retailing.
The Group has seen growth in activity levels from virtually all customers for whom it provides e-fulfilment services, particularly over the pre-Christmas trading period including the Black Friday weekend, on which it achieved 100% of customer service proposition.

Clugston drives to the Houses of Parliament
Head of logistics at Clugston Distribution, David Heath, was recently asked to give a short presentation on the company’s involvement in the life saving Driver First Assist (DFA) initiative, at a select Parliamentary reception at the House of Commons.

Organised by the DFA, Heath discussed the importance of enhancing driver skills and the value in educating drivers on how to react correctly and with immediacy at road traffic accidents. He went on to talk about the enthusiasm Clugston staff have shown in learning about the initiative “ so far 31 employees have already taken part in the training scheme.

It is estimated that up to 46% of road traffic fatalities could be prevented if the right first aid assistance was available in those first moments.

Ethigen selects Pharma tracking devices

Ethigen, one of the UK’s leading pharmaceutical distributors, will implement TranSend ePOD on Motorola TC55 Android Touch devices to manage all deliveries to pharmacies through its own fleet of 40 vehicles in Scotland and northern England.

The new proof of delivery system will replace paper-based processes and enable load validation by the driver with signature capture on delivery to the pharmacist, feeding real-time data into the back office system, confirming recipient ID with time and date stamp.

Drivers will use the TranSend app to confirm their load prior to departure, sign for any controlled drugs on the load and confirm relevant delivery checks and validation from the pharmacist upon delivery.  The system also manages returns by capturing release authorisation from the pharmacist and tracking items through to acceptance back at the depot, providing a complete and visible audit trail.

Next generation joins Oakland International

Midlands family business and specialist UK and Ireland supply chain operator, Oakland International, has appointed second-generation family member Luke Attwell to its senior management team to take the roll of project coordinator.

Joining in early 2014, Luke initially worked within operations administration to experience the many different factors that contribute to Oakland’s notable customer service levels and to gain a solid knowledge and understanding of all departments within the business. The son of co-owners, managing director Dean and marketing director Sallie Attwell, Luke’s knowledge of the business improved hugely, and the experience it provided offered him the opportunity to build strong bonds with Oakland’s extensive team.

Elddis launch a Charity Truck.
After 8 years of supporting Willow Burn Hospice and over £150,000 raised by the company and its staff to date, Elddis Transport has launched the Willow Burn truck. The Euro 6 DAF LF250 18 tonne rigid, with the distinctive number plate W111OWH, will deliver throughout the North East. Its rear doors will promote Willow Burn’s Sponsor a Nurse Campaign. Elddis has also committed to make a monthly donation of £750 for the next 3 years to support this cause. You can help by visiting or text WBNR26 to 70070 with your donation.

Introducing Burnley Bridge Business Park
Located on the outskirts of Burnley at Junction 9 of the M65, Burnley Bridge Business Park is the largest speculative development on the M65 corridor and the biggest industrial park scheme in the town for more than a decade. The 70-acre site is a £50 million development by Eshton, the Leeds-based commercial property investment and development company behind other significant commercial and industrial schemes.

Designed and masterplanned by KPP Architects phase 1 works were completed by Leeds-based company, GMI Construction Group and Stainforth Construction is underway with phase 2 works.

Sahara Joins Europa in move to new site
Sahara Presentation Systems will join Europa Worldwide in its move to its new facility in Dartford in early summer. The 262,500 square feet site, currently under construction, will become Sahara’s new home, boosting existing capacity by 50% but with opportunity for further expansion at the new site. Currently located close to Europa’s existing site in Erith, Sahara is a leading manufacturer and distributor of audio-visual (AV) presentation products, selling through a network of almost 2,000 resellers in the UK and worldwide. Europa has been a logistics partner of Sahara’s for over 10 years.

Help for small ecommerce operations
Peoplevox, has raised a $6 million investment led by Index Ventures to help ecommerce companies modernise their warehouse operations.  The company also has the financial backing of angel investors Ben White and Jon Kamaluddin. Peoplevox will use the funds for further product development to fully support in-store fulfilment, and to expand its team in London and internationally. 

Michael Mohr, new president Warehouse & Distribution Solutions division of Swisslog Michael Mohr will lead the Swisslog division Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) as from 1 March 2015 and will join the Group Management in this function. Mohr joins from Siemens AG, where he managed the global Courier, Express & Parcel segment in the Logistics and Airport Solutions division. Previously he had held other managerial functions in international companies operating in the logistics, material flow and engineering industry.


ID Systems’ EMEA division grows
The EMEA division of ID Systems, a provider of wireless lift truck management systems for the materials handling sector, is celebrating significant revenue growth in 2014. Driven primarily by strong performance in its core markets in the UK and Germany, as well as significant expansions in Africa and Asia, ID Systems’ 2014 EMEA revenue increased 66% over 2013, including a 131% year-over-year increase in Q4. The company believes the rapid growth reflects a dynamic, rapidly expanding world market for wireless control, tracking and management of material handling equipment (MHE) in manufacturing and distribution operations.


FLTA awards Bendi Order Picker
The Bendi Order Picker picked up the Innovation Award at The FLTA Awards for Excellence. FLTA chief executive Peter Harvey said: This Award is bestowed upon the company which “ through votes cast by the truck-buying public “ has launched the most imaginative and genius product of the past 12 months; and the Bendi Order Picker certainly was a popular and well deserved winner.


Dachser changes legal form to SE
Dachser GmbH & Co. KG has transferred its major business fields, Road Logistics (including the European Logistics and Food Logistics Business Lines) and Air & Sea Logistics, to the 100%-owned subsidiary Dachser SE. Dachser GmbH & Co. KG itself will operate as a holding company called Dachser Group SE & Co. KG. Dachser’s name in the German marketplace will be Dachser SE, but the various names of the country organizations outside of Germany will remain unchanged.

Norbert Dentressangle wins Nestlé’ supplier award
Norbert Dentressangle has been named as Nestlé’s best locally managed supplier at the manufacturer’s inaugural supplier awards. Norbert Dentressangle manages the warehousing operation at Nestlé Waters’ state-of-the-art production facility at Buxton and beat off tough competition from other Nestlé suppliers to lift the trophy at the awards evening which took place on 26 February at the Gatwick Hilton.