XPO Logistics renews UK partnership with Outokumpu

Transport and logistics solutions provider XPO logistics has renewed its UK partnership with Outokumpu, a global leader in stainless steel. The long-term contract extends XPO’s relationship with Outokumpu to nearly two decades.

Walker Logistics announces huge throughput increase in Q4

Online fulfillment solutions specialist, Walker Logistics, experienced a 317 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of e-commerce orders picked, packed and dispatched at its 250,000 sq ft logistics hub in Berkshire during the fourth quarter of 2020.

According to Charlie Walker, Walker Logistics’ head of marketing, the upturn in activity not only reflects the general increase in online shopping across the country throughout the Covid pandemic, but is also due to the fact that Walker added a number of important new accounts to its client base throughout the year.

Continental appoints DHL to provide next day tyre delivery service across England and Wales

Multinational tyre manufacturing company Continental has awarded a new contract to DHL Supply Chain to provide a next day delivery service for its tyres across England and Wales.

The contract runs until 2026 and will see DHL deliver full truckloads (FTLs) directly from Continental's Rugby National Distribution Centre to its customers and tyre dealership network across England and Wales via a dedicated fleet of 12 articulated vehicles and four rigid vehicles. This solution will deliver around 75% of DHL’s tyre volume for Continental.

Management of health and safety continues to improve at DB Cargo UK

DB Cargo UK’s Maintenance Teams at Crewe, Stoke and Toton have successfully achieved the coveted ISO 45001 standard for the management of health and safety.

Despite the disruption to rail freight operations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the teams took the opportunity in 2020 to pursue their aspiration to improve the understanding, management and mitigation of risks across the three sites.

Chris Green takes up new role at the Port of Tyne

The Port of Tyne, one of the UK’s major deep-sea ports, has today announced that Chris Green will join its business development team as Commercial Director. 

Chris joins the Port of Tyne from RMS Ports where he was most recently Interim Project Director.

A graduate of Cardiff University, Chris brings extensive experience within the ports and logistics industry, with a career spanning 20 years and over 10 UK ports.

Wincanton secures three-year contract with garden centre retailer Dobbies

Wincanton has been awarded an initial three-year contract with one of the UK’s leading garden centre retailers, Dobbies, to provide efulfilment, store replenishment and final mile home delivery services.

The agreement is also the latest evidence of Wincanton’s expanding role in the ecommerce marketplace, which is an important part of the Group’s focus on strategic growth markets.

DB Cargo UK successfully trials new HVO fuel

DB Cargo UK has successfully trialled the use of 100% renewable Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as it continues to look for new and innovative ways to power its fleet and decarbonise its operations.

Ground-breaking tests have been taking place at the company’s load bank facility at Toton Traction Maintenance Depot in Nottinghamshire where traditional red diesel has been substituted for the more environmentally-friendly HVO fuel.

Moody Logistics lands Grundfos contract after gaining FORS accreditation

Moody Logistics and Storage has been awarded a significant contract by Danish-based Grundfos after gaining Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) accreditation.

Grundfos, the world’s largest manufacturer of water pumps, made it a condition that the Cramlington-based firm become a member of the voluntary scheme in order to transport its products to sites across the UK.

As a direct result of achieving FORS bronze status, Moody Logistics also won a short-term contract with the Royal Mail to deliver coronavirus testing kits to the NHS in Scotland.

Antonov Airlines puts giant AN-225 Mriya aircraft into commercial operation

Ukrainian airline Antonov Airlines is launching its AN-225 Mriya into commercial operation to support customers in the heavylift market, where capacity is in high demand.

The Mriya, which has onboard loading equipment, and a cabin, which can be pressurised, will complement Antonov’s fleet of seven AN-124s, two with a capacity of up to 150 tonnes.

Earlier in the year, the AN-225 was actively involved in delivery of humanitarian and medical cargoes and safely transported more than 1,300 tonnes of such cargoes to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

DFDS to open direct Ireland–France ferry route after Brexit

DFDS will commence sailings on a new freight ferry route between Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland and Dunkerque in Northern France on 2 January.

The route will be serviced by three ferries, each with a capacity for up to 125 lorries and their drivers in Covid-19 safe single cabins.

There will be six weekly departures from each port, either in the afternoon or evening, with a crossing time of 24 hours.