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Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced its move into online shopping.
After months of talks, Morrisons has agreed a 25-year deal with online specialist Ocado to launch an online grocery service by the beginning of next year.
The website and delivery vans will be Morrisons branded, with logistical support by Ocado from its recently-opened Dordon distribution centre in Warwickshire. Morrisons will make an initial payment of £170m to Ocado to acquire the state-of-the-art Dordon centre and associated materials handling equipment, then a further £46m to expand it and establish a delivery network. Deliveries will be made by a fleet of Morrisons' own vehicles.
Following the success of it's first ever Ball in 2012, networking and support group, Women in Logistics UK, is holding another charity ball and awards night this September, but this time with three themes to celebrate.
It is only five years since Women in Logistics UK was founded by Ruth Waring, funds are being raised for the charity Transaid, which is marking its 15th year, and Women in Logistics UK is recognising even more achievements of the women and pioneering companies in the logistics sector with more award categories.
Packaging business Rigid Containers is set to make a multimillion-pound investment in an 11-acre site in the South West to transform a distribution hub into a manufacturing plant.
The Northampton-headquartered business has taken a ten-year lease on the 178,000 sq ft former Co-operative's regional distribution centre in Somerset. The property was closed by the Co-op as part of a restructuring of its national distribution centres in January.
Richard Coward, managing director of Rigid Containers, said: "The new site will be a multimillion-pound investment entirely funded by the group.
THE Port of Felixstowe has been named as the “Best Container Terminal in Europe” at the 27th annual Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (known in the inidustry as the AFSCAs).
The award, which was presented during a ceremony held in Beijing, recognises the high quality of service and levels of productivity achieved at the UK’s largest container port.
Clemence Cheng, the chief executive of Hutchison Ports (UK), which includes of the Port of Felixstowe, said: “We are very pleased to receive this award in recognition of our achievements.
One of the UK’s fastest growing parcel carriers, DPD has today (8th May 2013) confirmed that it plans to build a new £100m parcel hub at Hinckley Commercial Park in the East Midlands.
The French firm has appointed global integrated property group Goodman to develop the property on behalf of DPD: a 330,000 sq ft parcel hub on the site, close to J1 of the M69. Subject to planning permission being granted, the facility will create upto 1,000 new, permanent jobs in the local area when fully operational in 2015, providing significant employment boost. DPD hopes to begin building work in September of this year.
In a global competition of Air Cargo News, readers of the globally-circulated publication voted online for their best air cargo service providers.
At the final gala ball in London at the end of April, DB Schenker was awarded as Global Freight Forwarder of the Year.
The global competition of the number one newspaper in air cargo publishing – now 30 years old – is the longest-established and most cherished worldwide air cargo awards event of its kind.
Union Transport Group, an owner and operator of coastal dry cargo vessels, has entered administration with 11 job losses.
The company, based in Bromley, fell into administration on 25 April 2013.
Business adviser BDO announced that business restructuring partners Matthew Tait and Mark Shaw have been appointed to handle the affairs of the company.
The management services company employed 27 land-based staff, of which 11 have now been made redundant.
A buyer is now being sought for the business and its assets as a going concern.
Potter Logistics has made a significant investment into the fleet of its growing transport division.
The business has acquired ten Mercedes Actros tractor units and 22 SDC trailers.
Well known for its specialist warehouse, distribution and rail freight terminal services, Potter said the investment demonstrated its commitment to improving the quality of its transport and distribution service.
Northampton-headquartered builders' merchant Travis Perkins has become the third major occupier to sign up for space at the 'Omega North' development in Warrington.
The listed company has taken 700,000 sq ft for a new regional distribution centre after being linked with the site before Christmas.
The deal follows swiftly on the heels of consumer delivery specialist Hermes taking 153,500 sq ft for a £17m project.
The Travis Perkins development is subject to planning approval and is set for completion in mid-2014.
Mike Danby, CEO at Advanced Supply Chain, has been shortlisted in Ernst & Young’s coveted Entrepreneur Of The Year awards programme 2013.