North Sea gave Logistics a Push

UK North Sea work has boosted proceeds at energy logistics company Peterson Offshore Group. Netherlands based Peterson said yesterday operating profits from its United Kingdom businesses, including Aberdeen-based subsidiaries Peterson UK and 80:20 Procurement Services, grew by 9% last year, to £8.3 million. This is a pretty good rise.

The figure is more than half the group are total operating profits of nearly £16 million, an increase of 33% on the preceding year. Their revenue from the North Sea raised up to £12million to deliver a contribution of £288 to a group-wide figure of £550million.

Peterson said significant growth was seen at its offshore supply bases in Shetland, where it delivered logistics support for big oil and gas projects west of the islands.

The group also said that its operating companies capitalised a further £3.8 million in buildings and apparatus during 2013, comprising on warehousing and offices that are in Aberdeen. About 82,000 square feet of warehouse space and two additional berths at Aberdeen harbor were included to support growth in Peterson’s supply base management services.

New project teams were also recognised to support logistics consultancy activities following contract wins in the Middle East and India. In addition, the group invested in the development of new software in response to growing demand that is going to offer smart solutions and innovations for its customers.

Yearsley Logistics £5m Expansion

Phase two of Yearsley Logistics three part expansion adjacent to the group’s headquarters in Heywood is underway.

This new phase provides an additional 50,000 square ft of space which provides 12,000 extra pallet sites and takes the total to 60,000 pallets at the Heywood Superhub. Director Tim Moran commented: “Our commitment to offering a Day 1 for Day 2 service is paying dividends with increased demand for our cutting edge services and hence increased demand for space in the cold stores. Retailers are re-organizing their supply chains and we are successfully providing the responsiveness needed to service these requirements. Our continued expansion is the catalyst of this success.

“We remain committed to offering sustainable solutions wherever appropriate and, as with the previous building, this is also super insulated to help reduce energy use making it one of the most energy efficient cold stores in the country. Photovoltaic solar panels and LED lighting will also be fitted as Yearsley Logistics continues to focus on reducing electricity use by 8% by 2015.”

Half of the new cold store will be fitted with the PAS automated racking system following its successful usage in the initial phase, the remainder will be conventional mobile racking. The PAS will help a lot to speed up the customer ordering process and improves productivity, as well as having environmental benefits in relation to less door openings and lighting.

The third and final phase at the Heywood Super hub will be fitted out as and when required, according to future customer demand.

European logistics and the role of UK in it

The strong, 16.4 performance of the large UK market has led the European logistics market to be the best performing sector of the year 2013 according to IPD pan Europe annual logistics index.

The strong UK performance masks significantly weaker performance across other European markets. An 8.7 return was based on an income return of 7.1 and capital growth of 1.5 but this was driven by 8.8% appreciation in the UK. Capital growth was negative in 11 other European markets particularly in Spain and Hungary where values fell by 4.0%, the worst market was said to be Portugal with a combo on low income and value declines which lead to a 0% total return for the year as a whole. Even though 2013 was a pretty strong year for European logistics but the differences across Europe and the spike in appreciation in the UK return point to the potential volatility of the sector.

According to the managing director and head of research at IPD Peter Hobbs
“while logistics benefit from a very high income yield, it has tended to benefit and suffer from marked variations In capital flows that pushed values in the run up to the financial crisis and led to a significant correction through the downturn”

Why was Northampton based logistics firm fined £11,000

A logistic firm in Northampton has been fined £11,000 after an agency worker fell from a loading ramp at their warehouse on the isle of grain in Kent. The person who fell down was a 49 year old warehouse operative from Sittingbourne; he suffered a broken thigh bone in the fall while he was unloading fridges from a trailer mounted shipping container, he was unable to return to work for about 3 months. Yusen logistics (UK ) LRD, of grange park appeared before Medway Magistrates on Tuesday following an investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The court was told that the containers had to be unloaded while mounted on a trailer if they arrived at the Thames port site by road, while sea-arriving containers were unloaded at ground level.

HSE found the workers were using a new ramp for unloading and loading, but discovered it had not had the additional edge protection guarding fitted that the company’s other two ramps had in place. As a result, the injured man had limited protection from the fall when he unbalanced at the top of the ramp while helping to unload the fridges and broke his leg. Yusen Logistics (UK) Ltd, were fined £11,000 and ordered to pay £1,067 in costs after admitting a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Logistics: Lean Supply Chain Distribution Training announced by Lean Enterprise Institute

These workshops will run on April 29 to May 2 2014 at a working supply chain operations center so that people who attend can experience lean principles in action. This workshop is based on the idea of building a lean fulfillment stream which won a 2012 Shingo Research Award.

“Attendees will learn how to implement lean principles step-by-step in warehouse and distribution processes.”

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The nonprofit  Lean enterprise institute ELI will offer hands on workshops from April 29 to May 2 2014 on how to apply lean principles to supply chain distribution processes and warehousing., The two workshops will take place at LeanCor’s operations center, 7660 Turfway Rd., Suite 200, Florence, KY, 41042, near Cincinnati, in order to combine classroom learning with practical, hands-on training. Those who will attend this workshop will learn how to apply lean principles to logistics and supply chain processes so the improvement process is a win-win for every company along the supply chain:

-How to develop customer and supplier measurement systems, break down cross-functional barriers, implement pull systems for material replenishment, and establish supply-chain visibility.

-How to value-stream map the supply chain to uncover opportunities for cutting costs, lead times, and inventory through the use of lean principles.

-How to calculate the critical total cost of fulfillment to make decisions that meet customer expectations at the lowest possible total cost, no matter where costs occur in the supply stream.

-How to develop small-batch work assignments, operational diagrams, and a work load plan to create a just-in-time operation based on leveled work, pull, and continuous flow.

-How to create the all-important standardized work for a lean warehouse.

Transport logistics award by FTA

For the second year running the Freight Transport Association is the title partner for the awards, which were launched about seven years ago to raise awareness of the varied and rewarding careers available to women in the transport and logistics sector, with the point of increasing the number of women considering the industry as a career choice. FTA’s Chief Executive Theo de Pencier was a member of the judging panel for the 2014 Awards and said “The Freight Transport Association is proud to once again, be the Title Partner of the 2014 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.  These prestigious awards acknowledge the work of women in the industry and showcase how others can make a career in transport a successful and fulfilling one.  We are pleased to encourage forward thinking companies that are committed to introducing diversity to the freight industry and working further with ‘everywoman’ offers FTA opportunities to expand that work.”

The winners are:

Woman of the Year award – sponsored by FTA
Jane Curl-Carter, Site Manager, DHL Tradeteam Ltd from Burton on Trent

Director of the Year – sponsored by Asda Stores Ltd
Anna Whitty, CEO, ECT Charity, from London

Driver of the Year Award – sponsored by TNT Express
Rachel Garlick, HGV Driver, DHL Homebase, from Wellingborough

Innovation and Sustainability Award – sponsored by DHL Supply Chain
Karen Jacques, Chief Operating Officer, Dryad Maritime, from Portsmouth

Rising Star Award – sponsored by Wincanton
Anna Kozlowska CMILT, Managing Director, Myway Enterprises, from Lutterworth

Team Leader of the Year – sponsored by MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd
Simone Fogg, General Manager, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, from London

Warehousing Award – sponsored by DHL Supply Chain Ltd
Claire Morrissy, Deputy Distribution Centre Manager, Tesco PLC, from Dagenham, London

Industry Champion Award – sponsored by Motor Transport
Sharon Davies, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, DHL UK & Ireland, from London


A permanent logistic set up by GES at Excel London

GES Global experience specialists have set up a new base of logistics operations at Excel London as a hub for both its international and domestic exhibition and conference clients.

According to the firm, this new permanent logistics being offered at Excel is in response to its clients’ increasing demand for its logistics services, and will commence operations this month.

“Being available and on-site at Excel London means we will be able to provide customers with all of their logistics needs, instantly and fully, and give our customers a reassuring presence around the clock,” said Phil Powell, GES logistics director. “Add to this the growing number of events we are contracted to at Excel and the business case is overwhelming.”
For the logistics team Mike Priestly has been appointed by Powell as an operation manager.  He is also responsible for recruiting the logistic team.  Priestly joins GES with a background in show freight and logistics with experience of delivering events around the world but mainly in China and the Far East. We’re hugely excited about the launch, and looking forward to a bright future for Mike and his team, as they get this facility off to a flying start, driving growth locally and in our expanding EMEA portfolio,” added Powell.
GES also recently appointed Jason Stead to the position of chief operating officer.

The lack of skills is a key issue behind the fail of logistics in the UK

There are still skills gap in the UK logistics sector across all levels, according to the most recent Logistics Employer Skills Survey.

It is reported that at least 21% of companies employing operational staff have personnel who are not fully proficient. This goes up to 31% for middle and junior management positions as management levels are the least likely to have training arranged or provided for them. Among the skills identified by employers that require improvement to enable staff to perform their jobs more efficiently are communication, organizing and planning as well as job specific qualities. More than half of employers also confirmed that management and leadership skills are in need of a lot of improvement. However, the survey also found that a lack of funding or resources to undertake training augments skills gaps within companies, as does the lack of time to train and the inability to find appropriate training solutions.

Other things that were found from the study include the fact that staff recruitment, retention and development were considered to be a top challenge, alongside maintaining business operations. Three quarters of all companies had recruited at least one person in the past 12 months, either to fill new posts through expansion or to fill gaps created by staff turnover. Most companies (87%) recruited operational level workers, while 42% recruited middle and junior management and 22% recruited director or senior management positions.

Air Freight Only Cargo Carrier

Luxembourg – We kick off this week’s appointments and staff changes in the supply chain and logistics industry with a series of senior management changes at Cargolux. After a long time, and months of speculation, the air freight carrier announced Dirk Reich as their new president and CEO right after the chief financial officer, Richard Fonson, took over the position at Europe’s largest cargo only airline on an interim basis in august 2012. Fonson will serve as Senior Vice President,

Reich the new president and CEO of air freight carrier and a previous member of the management board will work alongside Kuehne and Nagel, Reich  will also be the Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, on an interim basis until a proper successor is found.

Robert Song joined Cargolux as Senior Vice President Asia & Pacific and Member of the Executive.

Marcel Funk became the Senior Vice President, Head of Flight Operations. GERMANY – Lufthansa has chosen Karl Ulrich Garnadt, CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa Cargo, to the Group’s Executive Board. He will take over from Carsten Spohr, who will become Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Group on the first of May. In the UK, DBL Logistics Managing Director David Clarkson has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of United Pallet Network. Eupore- Sirva worldwide has hired Maggie Ryan as their new President of Europe. SINGAPORE – Glander International Bunkering broke the news that Rosalind Liu Qi and Euwyn Tan have joined its Singapore team.

Freight Gate and the Latest Cloud Technology

Freight Gate, a global provider of logistics cloud solutions, have announced enhancements for supply chain visibility and collaboration utilizing the latest technology known as mobile cloud technology. Based on new web standard HTML5, Freight Gate’s innovative logistics cloud solutions for transportation management are driven by the need for always on collaborative service and increased mobile coverage. Supply chain real time information is a very useful asset. It ensures that manufacturers can deliver their goods on time and logistics providers keep improving their performance and services. Continuous improvements within a manufacturer’s supply chain management starts with the ability to quickly gather raw data, measure performance and transform real time data in to actionable decisions.

Freight Gate’s latest logistics cloud technology powers transportation management into the new mobile environment providing manufacturers with in-depth real-time visibility and collaboration between the manufacturer and its customers, suppliers, carriers and providers of logistics. Freight Gate’s technology makes savings through reducing routing delays, bad collaboration and greater in-transit inventory flexibility, changing retail trends and global disruptions. Known as the ‘freight gate universe’, Freight Gate innovative cloud technology solutions empowers supply chain professionals on all levels to collaborate with vendors, logistics providers and also vendors on a common transportation platform for informed decision making all across the globe: the only commercially available platform that supports the DOT endorsed EFM communication standard in cloud logistics technology.

Freight Gate is based in Huntington Beach California; the Freight Gate team has been working on internet solutions for freight and logistics since 1994.