Ship Canal takes the strain

Esprit Warehousing and Docks Trafford Park terminal in Manchester handled another large shipment on 19-20 September from Europe via the Manchester Ship Canal. The 3,500 tonne MV Scot Ranger was carrying four large silos destined for a Manchester factory. Unloading was managed by Trafford Park company Speedrite before making the final leg of the journey under police escort. Group director Graham Dixon said: “This is exactly what the ship canal should be used ... [+]

Rotterdam lab to put Blockchain under the microscope

The Municipality of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have opened a ‘BlockLab’ to develop concrete applications and solutions based on blockchain technology. It has been financed by the two partners with the support of regional development corporation InnovationQuarter. The partners say that Blockchain is ... [+]

New chief exec for XPO in Europe

XPO Logistics Europe has appointed Malcolm Wilson as chief executive officer following the promotion of Richard Cawston to managing director–supply chain, Europe, the position previously held by Wilson. Troy Cooper, XPO’s had served as the company’s European chief executive since 2015, in addition to his ... [+]

Many happy returns from UPS

UPS is offering its Returns Manager online tool in 44 countries, including the UK. It offers e-commerce merchants a customised return shipments without having to integrate new technology into their own IT systems. Consumers using the service can print a return shipping label directly from ... [+]

FM Logistic sets up shop in Vietnam

FM Logistic has set up a base in Vietnam to support its customer, Auchan Retail. It has opened a 5,000sq m tri-temperature logistics site in Bắc Ninh - 20 km from Hanoi which will supply all Auchan stores in the northern half of the country. ... [+]

Kuehne + Nagel goes down the electric avenue

  Freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel has launched KN BatteryChain, described as the first supply chain solution for lithium batteries, which increasingly being used to power road vehicles. Large-format lithium batteries as used for electric vehicles require a high level of handling expertise to comply with international ... [+]

Davies Turner gets ship shape in Bristol

Davies Turner says it its new distribution centre at Central Park at Avonmouth, Bristol is on course to open in October. Following the purchase of its second freehold site in Avonmouth last June, the company is in the process of completing and commissioning its new ... [+]

HMRC ponders single customs and tax system

HMRC head John Thompson has told the Treasury Committee that the department is investigating a possible “Singapore-style” system that would allow companies to handle tax and customs checks done in one place, the BBC reports. It would however mean bringing together 26 different organisations into a ... [+]

FTA Ireland calls for Brexit support

  The Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI) called for Government support and assistance to help it stay viable after Brexit in its pre-Budget submission to the Minister for Finance, published on 8 September. FTAI general manager Aidan Flynnsaid that Budget 2018 would be a defining moment ... [+]

New, larger London base for Wen-Parker

Freight forwarder Wen-Parker Logistics (WPL) is to move its London area operation to a new, larger office at Horatio House, Galleymead Road, Colnbrook, 14 months after first setting up in the UK. UK sales manager, Mark Green, said: “The WPL brand has seen increased growth in ... [+]