CEVA Logistics signs three-year deal with LUSH

CEVA Logistics has announced it has been awarded a three-year deal to manage and deliver LUSH products to its stores across the UK and Ireland.
With this new agreement, CEVA will be responsible for moving the full range of items sold by LUSH.
As a further part of the value-added solution, CEVA’s shared user network will be utilised to perform final mile delivery to almost 80 stores and ensure full visibility of all products as they are moved.
“We are delighted to be working with LUSH Cosmetics as their official supply chain logistics provider. Our shared values mean LUSH will benefit from CEVA’s approach to minimising our combined impact on the environment through environmentally responsible logistics solutions. We will use our experience and expertise to deliver and add value to their supply chain operations and ensure a focus on continuous improvement,” Eddie Aston, CEVA’s UK, Ireland and Nordics Managing Director said.
“CEVA really stood out during the tender process with their dedication and hard work to deliver precisely what we need across our distribution network. We are delighted to be working with them,’ Dan Payne, LUSH’s Logistics Manager said.

Strongest signal yet that Brexit deal will fail on the borders

British forwarders say Government statements leave questions unanswered. They find it interesting that the UK Government has supplied information to businesses on trading with the EU if there’s no Brexit deal.
“As most of the visible trade that takes place between the EU and the UK is managed by freight forwarders and logistics professionals on behalf of traders, some of the content of the information could be considered rather patronising as those freight forwarders are already aware of many of the issues of concern to businesses trading with the EU in the event of no deal, said the director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) Robert Keen.
“What BIFA members actually need is clarity on the arrangements that will be in place in the event of a no deal scenario.
“How will we deal with a massive increase in the customs entries that will be required in the event of a no deal; where will we source the huge number of extra staff that may be required to process such a large increase in entries on a new and as yet unproven computer system; where will HMRC source the extra staff that will be needed to process entries and expedite their training which would normally take up to one year, how do we deal with large increase in costs that our customers are unlikely to be expecting and might be unwilling to accept?
“These are just a few of the additional questions that the Government statement, which suggests that in a ‘no deal’ scenario full-blown customs controls will apply to two-way trade between the EU and the UK immediately, do not answer.
“BIFA has already been vocal on our concerns about the capacity and readiness of UK customs systems and port infrastructure to cope with that outcome.”

Siemens to construct super efficient air cargo centre at London’s Heathrow Airport

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has been commissioned to install an air cargo centre at the international London Heathrow Airport.
International Airlines Group (IAG) issued the contract for IAG’s subsidiary British Airways.
Siemens is equipping a complete new cargo terminal, allowing the airline to profit from a substantial expansion of the existing air cargo capacities and an optimisation of complex cargo processes. The centre will contain with a’ fast-track facility’ – capable of processing particularly urgent air cargo in only 45 minutes.
“With our many years of experience and our in-depth knowledge of air cargo logistics, we will be able to help IAG strengthen their competitive position,” said Michael Reichle, CEO, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics.
“We are proud to have held our ground for years as a major player in the highly contested air cargo business,” added Sarah Coulson, Head of Strategy and Business Development, IAG Cargo.” Premium solutions such as the ability to process air cargo at short notice will help us to successfully keep ahead of the competition.”
In order to enable fast cargo handling, Siemens has developed a streamlined operational concept which avoids long distances and supports optimal use of the area with a surface measuring just 11,30sqm. Siemens will install a sophisticated system consisting of four elevating transfer vehicles (ETVs) and four transfer vehicles (TVs). The scope of delivery also includes three truck docks for loading and unloading, and four conveyor lines for build-up and breakdown. The air cargo centre with a throughput of 135,000 tons per year will have over 110 positions for unit load devices (ULDs). Siemens will also deliver 54 special cold storage and deep-freeze rooms for perishable goods.

Amazon takes 1 in 5 warehouses leases in UK in 2016

Amazon leased seven million square feet of warehouse space in the UK in 2016, 19 per cent of the region’s total letting for the year until mid December. Real estate consultancy Gerald Eve’s Prime Logistics report analyses the UK’s 50,000+ sq ft warehouse market. Amazon’s dominance was particularly pronounced, it found, during Q3 2016, when Amazon took 3.4 million sq ft of new space, a quarter of the 13.8 million sq ft of total lettings.
“For one company to be responsible for a fifth of all lettings is remarkable – all the more so given Q3 saw the highest-ever quarterly take-up, putting 2016 on course to be the strongest year for the industrial occupier market we have recorded,” said Richard Ludlow, partner at Gerald Eve. “Despite the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote in June, occupier demand for warehouse space remains strong, and it is online retailers such as Amazon that are underpinning this interest. The strength of this demand highlights just how robust the sector’s future prospects are.”

First China-UK freight rail service arrives in London

A little over two weeks, and 12,000km, after leaving Yiwu in eastern China, the first China-UK rail cargo service has arrived at its destination, Barking’s Eurohub freight terminal in London.
The service has been operated by transport operator Inter-Rail Group, and DB Cargo was responsible for the last leg of the journey, from Duisburg to London.
According to Yiwu Timex Industrial Investments, which is running the service with China’s state-run railways, the prices for the service are half that of air cargo, and more environmentally friendly, and travel by rail reduces transport time by two weeks, compared with shipping.

The silk road trading road is not yet reborn, though, since this journey is just a test trip run as part of China President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) trade policy.
The People’s Republic of China’s Government is promoting rail cargo is being promoted as a means to reduce air pollution, moving away from the more polluting air transport.
Following British Prime Minister Theresa May’s comments earlier in the week on the UK’s path towards Brexit and her intentions to strengthen trade with India and China, the China-UK route could prove to be a useful tool.
Image via DB Cargo.

BIFA offers cautious welcome for lorry charge scheme

In response to plans for a lorry road user charging scheme, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has called for a fairer deal for UK hauliers.

BIFA director general Peter Quantrill, said: “On first view, this looks like a positive development. However, it is a very complicated issue and we need to look into the details.”

The Association said it agrees with the notion that all haulage companies using UK roads should contribute to the cost of the maintenance and development, regardless of where they are from.

“Haulage companies with trucks registered in the UK already do that of course through excise duty on fuel and road fund licences,” Quantrill added.

“However, some of our members that operate European trailer services sub-contract the transport to foreign haulage companies, and it is not immediately clear how this plan might affect them,” he said.

Quantrill said there is a conceivable possibility that some BIFA members could see increased operating costs should this plan come to fruition. The Association will therefore be seeking members’ input, while also consulting with government and other trade and legislative organisations, he said.

Further information about the potential lorry charge scheme can be views on the UK Department of Transport website, under Consultations: http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-03/

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UK freight association awards recognise best in the business

The winners of the UK’s most prestigious freight forwarding and logistics awards were announced at a ceremony in London yesterday.

The British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) Annual Lunch and Awards Ceremony was attended by more than 400 guests, including finalists, sponsors and industry figures.

All finalists received a framed certificate presented by the host, UK media personality Christine Hamilton, and BIFA President, Sir Peter Bottomley MP, who also made the welcoming address.

Three BIFA Members, who entered the Awards for the first time this year: Brunel Shipping, Ligentia Group and Radius Logistics, made the final shortlist of 34 finalists.

The awards, now in their 23rd year, also attracted three new sponsors; as well as six returning sponsors. In addition, Cardinal Maritime sponsored the official Programme and SDV sponsored the event Host.

The overall winners of the BIFA Freight Service Awards 2011 were:
• Air Freight Award, sponsored by British Airways World Cargo: Woodland Group
• Environment Award, sponsored by Red Recruit: Yusen Logistics (UK)
• European Logistics Award, sponsored by TT Club: Uniserve Group
• Ocean Freight Award, sponsored by CargoWise: Ideal International
• Project Forwarding Award, sponsored by Peter Lole & Co: Asco Freight Management
• Special Services Award, sponsored by Forward Computers: Aramex
• Staff Development Award, sponsored by Albacore Systems: Schenker
• Supply Chain Management Award, sponsored by BoxTop Technologies: SBS Worldwide
• Young Freight Forwarder Award, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo: Izabela Trojanowska from Radius Logistics

The runner-up finalists in each category were:
• Air Freight Award – NNR Global Logistics UK, Uniserve Group
• Environment Award – Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics, MacAndrews & Company, Uniserve Group
• European Logistics Award – Laser Transport International, MacAndrews & Company, UFS
• Ocean Freight Award – Brunel Shipping & Liner Services, Uniserve Group
• Project Forwarding Award – Allseas Global Logistics, Peters & May, Premier Showfreight
• Special Services Award – Delamode, Woodland Group, Worldwide Book Services
• Staff Development Award – Aramex, Kuehne + Nagel, Worldwide Book Services
• Supply Chain Management Award – Allport, Damco UK, Laser Transport International
• Young Freight Forwarder Award – Jeannine Chapman from Ligentia Group; Jonathan Sprigens from Damco; Katie Starkie from Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics

BIFA director general Peter Quantrill said: “In the years I have been involved in these Awards, I have been convinced that they serve as a benchmark of best practice, both for Members and non-Members.

“As in every year, these entrants show strong interest in the Awards that have come to represent the best of British forwarding.

“Despite a year which was tough for our Members, we had a fantastic response to the competition, with top quality entries, which were judged by a panel of industry experts.

The achievements of the winners included evidence of ongoing efforts to conserve the global environment; the delivery of remarkable global project logistics support following a global disaster; and a development of e-commerce products tailored to an internet-based business in the retail sector.

One winner had implemented a programme of staff empowerment and development. Another was rewarded for consolidating the supply chain for a medical publishing client.

“All of the submissions clearly demonstrated the willingness of BIFA Members to develop their products and services to meet the ever-changing needs of their customers,” Quantrill said.

Image: the BIFA Young Freight Forwarder of the Year Trophy from 2010. The 2011 photos are coming soon to the BIFA website.

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