March 2013

First century for green venture

Road freight carbon-cutting programme Green Freight Europe, welcomed its 100th member on 27 March, coinciding with its one-year anniversary of its launch in 2012 with the support European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas. Originally, t30 organisations took part, to realise a European-wide standard for calculating, monitoring and improving the environmental performance of road transportation. Founder members included Heineken, Deutsche Post DHL and Schneider Electric. Krummen, a Swiss company specializing in food ... [+]

Strange behaviour of the Woodland folk

Staff at an Essex freight forwarder Woodland decided to have a go at the Internet phenomenon, the Harlem Shake, raising £1,000 for Comic Relief. The bad news for anyone who took part and since regretted it is that the clip has been posted on Youtube and sent to clients and ... [+]

Hazchem goes European

The Hazchem Network, the UK’s only dedicated pallet network for hazardous chemical distribution has recruited two new members - P&O Ferrymasters and Redhead International. Together with existing Hazchem member Dachser of Germany, they will help Hazchem to extend its UK single and multiple pallet services to 24 countries in Europe. Hazchem managing ... [+]

DHL accused of union ‘hijack’

DHL has been accused of setting up a company-led 'yellow union' in Turkey, say trade unions on the eve of a global DHL Families’ Day in London and Istanbul on 26 March. The UNI Global Union, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), and IndustriALL together with Turkish unions, are calling ... [+]

Hellmann opens in Colnbrook

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK has opened a new distribution depot in Colnbrook. It provides local distribution services to the European network for the west side of London and the Home Counties. The company's commercial director, Matthew Marriott, said Hellmann was posting year on year improvements in Europe, adding: “This new ... [+]

Hapag-Hamburg Sud merger is off

Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg-Sud have called off their merger plan, at least for the time being, saying that terms could not be agreed. The two German lines were reported to be considering a merger last December. A consortium of Hapag-Lloyd investors said in a statement that family-owned Hamburg-Sud had asked for ... [+]

Leaving room for fruit and veg

Virgin Atlantic has boosted cargo capacity between London and Johannesburg with Airbus A340-600 aircraft during South Africa’s peak perishables season. Switching from a Boeing 747 to the A340-600 operation has given the airline’s cargo division over four tonnes of extra capacity on each of its daily flights. The A340-600 is ... [+]

Logistics and academic brains get together

Panalpina has signed a knowledge transfer agreement with Cardiff Business School to develop lean practices in complex supply chains. According to Mike Wilson, Panalpina’s global head of logistics and himself a graduate of the university's MBA programme in 1993, the forwarder's focus is not on the storage of products but more ... [+]

On the rails from China

CEVA Logistics has launched a new China to Europe rail service following a successful trial. Total transit time from Suzhou in China, via Russia to the Netherlands is about 28 days. The service is cheaper than airfreight and 13-15 days quicker than sea, says Ceva, and it also offers the ... [+]

UK forwarder in liquidation

Hull-based Koring Freight Forwarders (UK) is to be voluntarily wound up, it was announced on 14 March. RSM Tenon Restructuring has been appointed liquidator - contact 01482 333 777  Koring Netherlands is not affected. [+]

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