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    Travel safe this winter with RUD Snow Chains

    In many countries the use of snow chains during the winter months is compulsory. For mainland Europe there are snow chain regulations for all vehicles traversing mountain roads during the winter months. For instance, the use of snow chains across France & Italy is not mandatory; snow chains should legally be carried and used as instructed by the local road signs and regulations.

    The UK do... [more]

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    Lees of Scotland meets growing demand with Indigo’s Warehouse Management Solution

    One of the UK’s top warehouse management systems providers, Indigo Software, announced that Lees of Scotland, a leading manufacturer of confectionery, biscuit and meringue products, has implemented a solution from Indigo’s RealTime suite of modules at its modern factory in Coatbridge, Scotland.
    The implementation is a significant commitment by Lees and Indigo’s RealTime modules are instrumenta... [more]

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    Company’s barriers point to the future for warehouse safety

    Looking for the ultimate fantasy logistics and warehousing solution? How about everyone’s favourite prime time Saturday night sci-fi extravaganza. Whoever came up with the concept of the TARDIS must have spent some time scratching their head about how the Doctor managed to travel from A-to-B in the most time-efficient way possible – before dreaming up a police-box-come-time-capsule capable of inst... [more]

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    KNAPP wins two awards with John Lewis

    In a year of activities to commemorate 150 years in business, John Lewis has another reason to celebrate: the UK's largest department store retailer has scooped two awards with its logistics automation supplier, KNAPP, at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

    Held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 5 November, the European Supply Chain Excellence (ESCE) Awards recognize outsta... [more]

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    Thorworld emphasises importance of service and maintenance for economic growth

    Loading and unloading equipment manufacturer Thorworld Industries is advising SMEs of the importance of properly maintaining and servicing their loading bay equipment, in order to ensure that they can capitalise on growth opportunities during the current economic upturn.

    Predictions of improvements have been underlined by a recent in-depth survey released by the Economist Intelligence Uni... [more]

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Two Gold’s round off a great night for Smurfit Kappa UK at 2014 UK Packaging Award


Smurfit Kappa UK sealed its position as leaders of the paper-based packaging industry with two Gold awards, for Resource Efficient Pack of the Year and Supply Chain Solution of the Year at the 2014 UK Packaging Awards. Speaking at the awards ceremony held at London’s Park Lane Hilton, Clive Bowers - CEO Smurfit Kappa UK Corrugated, said: “We pr...[more]

Ex-Capgemini and industry leader joins expanding Supply Chain & Business Operations consultancy

LCP Consulting - the leading specialist consultancy in global business operations and supply chain management - has appointed Will Shepherd to lead innovation and growth in the firm’s expanding Manufacturing practice. He joins LCP’s senior team to focus on deepening the existing range of capabilities ranging from manufacturing platform optimisat...[more]

Tibbett Logistics awarded multi-year intermodal logistics contract by Metro Group in Romania

Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics – part of the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group – has won a new multi-year logistics contract with one of its original intermodal customers in Romania, Metro Group Buying HK Ltd. The intermodal logistics contract commences in February 2015. Based in Hong Kong, M...[more]

Euro VI Mercedes-Benz Atego has high-value car transportation covered


Customers trust Virginia Water Motor Company to transport their exotic and luxury cars with the utmost care – which helps to explain why the Surrey-based firm chooses Mercedes-Benz Trucks. Virginia Water Motor Company undertakes specialist deliveries throughout the UK and Europe for manufacturers, dealers and private individuals. The firm, which...[more]

LiuGong launches its largest Wheel Loader CLG8128H


As one of the most influential exhibitions in the construction machinery industry, bauma China has always been an important platform for construction equipment manufacturers to show new products, strategies and abilities. In this bauma China, LiuGong’s largest wheel loader, CLG8128H will debut to the world. CLG8128H is mainly used for large proj...[more]

Palletways unveils new strategic blueprint


The Palletways Group, Europe’s largest dedicated network for the express delivery of palletised freight, has launched its strategic blueprint to dominate the pallet network sector for years to come. The Group set out its Vision 20:20 strategy last week (Monday 17 November), which it has been developing for the last year as a key part of its plan...[more]

Eddie Stobart cuts key tender preparation process from days to minutes with GEOXPLOIT

Logistics and transport group Eddie Stobart has greatly reduced the time and cost involved in preparing contract tenders by introducing the GEOXPLOIT software package from MAPMECHANICS. GEOXPLOIT combines the powerful Geoconcept geographic information system, which is pre-configured to perform a variety of frequently-occurring tasks such as site...[more]

Darren Morton brings network planning expertise to Buffaload Logistics


Buffaload Logistics, based near Huntingdon Cambridgeshire. Darren Morton has joined the team as Business Development Manager to oversee new contracts and maximise efficiencies throughout the company’s fast-expanding UK operation. With 20 years’ experience in the chilled food industry, Darren joins Buffaload from Co-operative Retail Logistics whe...[more]

Downton expands UK fleet with £4.5m tractor and trailer investment

C M Downton has purchased 50 new tractor units and 60 new curtain-sided trailers in a series of deals worth in excess of £4.5 million. The new tractor units are all Euro 6 models: 30 are 480bhp MAN TGX 26.480 6x2s, while the remaining 20 are DAF FTG XFs (460bhp). The units are being delivered this month and will immediately go into service in th...[more]

Lighter, stronger, modular handling


The new Graphit® system from Trilogiq comprises a complete set of composite, aluminium and stainless-steel components including tubes, connectors and roller beds that can be assembled into adaptable trolleys, racks and other bespoke structures to stock, store and transport items in a wide range of industries and applications. The components are up ...[more]

Salt Spreaders sees firms battle winter


One of the UK’s leading materials handling and forklift attachment companies is preparing for another busy winter by helping clients tackle hazardous icy conditions. Mid Wales-based Contact Attachments designs and supplies a range of Salt Spreaders and Gritters to ensure that its clients across the UK can remain operational during the freezing c...[more]

Tydenbrooks’ Krateus powered by Lojack SCI looks to transform global supply chain security and monitoring

Partners combine 140+ years of supply chain security innovation with the most trusted name in in-transit cargo tracking and recovery to launch the world’s most advanced solutions for freight protection. TydenBrooks, the world’s oldest and most innovative source of supply chain security solutions, and LoJack SCI, the global leader in supply chai...[more]

New scheme means workplaces can climb the safety ladder

UK workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has joined forces with the Ladder Association to run The Ladder Exchange Scheme which aims to eradicate dangerous ladders from UK workplaces by offering substantial discounts when they are exchanged for new ones. The scheme is open to all workplaces and runs until 31st December 2014. Lee Wright, Marketin...[more]

NOV Mono equipment goes offshore to provide sewage handling solution


Three TR Munchers and three Compact C range pumps from NOV Mono have been chosen for a demanding sewage handling operation in the Caspian Sea. They will be used to macerate and pump black water on a deep-water semi-submersible drilling rig which is located there. The MonoTM equipment has been selected by Wärtsilä Water Systems Ltd of Poole, whic...[more]

Emballage: BEUMER receives coveted Innovation Award for its fillpac bagging system


The BEUMER Group received one of eight coveted Innovation Awards for its new fillpac bagging system at the French packaging exhibition Emballage 2014. The award was presented at the special Pack Innovation show on November 17. The bagging machine is notable in particular for its electronic weighing system, which ensures that it always achieves accu...[more]

Networked manufacturing: With integrated machine communication, factories of all sizes can achieve maximum efficiency


Like their counterparts in many other sectors, furniture manufacturers are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution. There’s still a way to go before they achieve the intelligent, self-organizing factories of Industry 4.0, but their production cycles are much simpler and shorter than ever before – irrespective of production run size. This i...[more]

FTA Freight by Water Event, Looking at opportunities for water freight in the north of England


This week’s FTA and Freight by Water event will examine opportunities for water freight in the north of England. During the event - scheduled to be held on Wednesday 26 November at the Holiday Inn Leeds – Wakefield, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) will launch its ‘Making use of water freight – A guide for shippers’ document which is aime...[more]

Volvo FL’s new version provides up to 200 kg higher payload


The Volvo FL, Volvo Trucks' specialist in city distribution, is about to become even more productive. The compact 5-litre engine for Euro 6 is offered to the 14 and 16 tonne variants and releases 200 kg extra payload. Additionally, Volvo Trucks' fleet management system Dynafleet can now be ordered directly from the factory. "We want even more peop...[more]

Konecranes UK wins Ghana project order

Mancon Consultancy & Project Management based in Dokki, Egypt has awarded Konecranes UK Industrial Cranes Division the contract to supply 6 cranes to be delivered to the Port of Takaradi, Ghana this December. The Ghana project is for a plant maintenance centre for which each crane has been specially designed for the demanding operational require...[more]

Descartes acquires Airclic

Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, has acquired Airclic Inc. (“Airclic”), a leading US-based provider of mobile solutions that help companies reduce the cost of delivering goods by automating traditional paper-based processes. Airclic’s cloud-based mobile sol...[more]

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