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Wincanton secures home delivery contract renewal with Wickes for HIAB items

Wincanton, the largest British third-party logistics (3PL) company, has secured a three-year contract renewal with Wickes,

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Wincanton, the largest British third-party logistics (3PL) company, has secured a three-year contract renewal with Wickes, the home improvement retailer, to provide efficient home delivery of HIAB items to customers across the UK.

The contract renewal will see Wincanton continue to deliver Wickes’ heavier items, such as sandbags and plasterboard, to homes and trade customers using its own fleet and sub-contractors via an innovative route planning system developed in conjunction with Wickes. Wincanton will continue to oversee the management of the vehicles and drivers across the UK to make sure vehicles make the most efficient delivery routes.

At the heart of the deal is the desire to collaborate, and to build on a strong existing three-year relationship and a commitment to helping Wickes meet the needs and expectations of its customers in an efficient way.

The relationship between Wickes and Wincanton was awarded the ‘DP World Award for Retail Innovation’ at the Supply Chain Excellence awards on 5th November 2019.

Paul Durkin, Director of Home and eFulfilment at Wincanton, said:

“The opportunity to continue our award-winning relationship with Wickes is an exciting one. We have worked over the last three years to evolve Wickes’ delivery solution and we will continue to build on these developments over the next three years, with a route map of further developments already in place.

“Our position in the marketplace, our operational experience and our commitment to safe practice means we are well placed to ensure Wickes meets its customers’ needs.”

Mike Mills, Director of Customer Fulfilment at Wickes, said:

“I’ve been delighted with our partnership over the last three years.  Wincanton have delivered fantastic results in all key areas such as safety, cost management and customer service. Our recent industry award win and this contract renewal underlines these achievements.”

 

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Convoy and KeepTruckin partner on freight visibility integration

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Convoy, the nation’s most efficient digital freight network, and KeepTruckin, the leader in fleet management technology, today announced a new technology partnership to help carriers simplify daily tasks and grow their businesses.

Convoy will integrate with KeepTruckin’s freight visibility API to access location data for en-route shipments—generated by consenting carriers in its network who use KeepTruckin’s Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)—to provide additional visibility and eliminate the need for additional driver check-in calls. Carriers will have total control and must consent for their data to be shared between the two companies.

Convoy relies on its industry leading mobile app to track the location of a load. Carriers on a Convoy shipment turn on their mobile app prior to pick up, enabling GPS to identify their location throughout the trip and communicate progress towards an on-time delivery.

However, if the carrier’s mobile phone loses battery or if they enter an area with poor cell reception, GPS is unable to send precise location information to Convoy’s platform, requiring check-ins with the carrier to confirm the estimated arrival time.

Convoy and KeepTruckin’s freight visibility integration will provide a secondary location proof point to augment Convoy’s shipment tracking capabilities, using data from the carrier’s KeepTruckin ELD.

As a result, carriers in Convoy’s network who consent to share KeepTruckin data with Convoy will benefit from enhanced shipment tracking— eliminating check-in calls, and gaining the ability to manage their Convoy integration easily through the KeepTruckin platform.

This partnership also lowers costs for carriers by offering a 15% discount on KeepTruckin’s ELDs and other fleet management technology. KeepTruckin’s Electronic Logbook App and ELD system have more than half a million users nationwide. When compared to other fleet management vendors, carriers can use the newly offered discount to save up to $1,000 per year on each truck in their fleet.

“We are excited to kick off a strategic, multifaceted partnership with a fellow industry leader in KeepTruckin, starting with the integration of their freight visibility API and offering discounts on critical fleet management products,” said Brooks McMahon, VP of Partnerships at Convoy. “Ensuring carriers in our network have access to high-quality ELD devices, and powerful fleet management tools at reasonable pricing is core to our commitment to help carriers earn more with less hassle.”

“At KeepTruckin, we have a relentless focus on driver experience—it’s in our DNA,” said Jairam Ranganathan, SVP of Product at KeepTruckin. “We’re excited to create a best-in-class experience for carriers in Convoy’s network that gives them complete control over their data. We envision many opportunities in the weeks and months ahead to help carriers leverage their data to grow their businesses with a platform they’re already using to be compliant and with information that is already being generated. Now drivers can use that data for a competitive advantage—without any additional work besides opting in — to eliminate headaches, access more load opportunities, and make more money.”

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GEODIS partners commercially with Hellmann, expanding its operations within France-Germany axis

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GEODIS, a global leader in transport and logistics, and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, a global transportation provider head-quartered in Osnabrück, Germany announce the signing of a partnership agreement for the ground transport of goods between France and Germany, starting on September 1, 2020.

Already working together as partners in the UK market, the two companies aim to offer their customers a first-class level of distribution between the two countries.

Through this new arrangement with the Hellmann Group, GEODIS broadens its German distribution system, particularly in the central and northern part of Germany. For its part, Hellmann will entrust GEODIS with its French shipments.

The numerous branches of Hellmann’s network will be used on a daily basis to connect France with all major German industrial regions and will offer an average delivery time of 48 hours.

“This partnership positions GEODIS as industry leader in terms of trade between France and Germany. It will offer a unique cross-border grid that will allow our customers to enjoy attractive delivery times between both countries. We have been working successfully with Hellmann in Great Britain for several weeks. With our relationship now firmly established, we look forward to expanding this collaboration,” stated Stéphane Cassagne, Executive Vice President of GEODIS Distribution & Express.

France’s leading messaging network with 110 branches, GEODIS Distribution & Express offers express transport solutions, messaging, courier service, B2B and B2C delivery solutions, single or multi-package services ranging from 1 gram to 1 ton, as well as charter and pallet transportation services throughout France and Europe.

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DSV builds Europe’s largest logistics centre in Horsens, Denmark

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DSV plans to invest approx. 2 billion Danish Kroner in a new logistics centre, Europe’s largest with just one leaseholder.

The logistics facilities in and around the city of Horsens in Jutland, Denmark, can no longer accommodate DSV’s present and expected growth. Simultaneously, DSV wants to consolidate its warehouse and cross-docking terminals in the Horsens area to ensure increased efficiency and productivity combined with a greener profile and less CO2 emissions. Therefore, DSV will build a future-proof logistics centre on a 700,000 sqm area in Horsens.

“In DSV we focus on growing our business. As part of our growth strategy, we want to consolidate all our activities within Air & Sea, Road and Solutions in one location to ensure that our operations are efficient and that we provide the best possible solutions to our customers. Furthermore, Horsens is a strategic hub for transports between the Nordics and all other European countries. We also want to retain our many talented employees and with this new development we maintain our connection with the city,” says Simon H. Galsgaard, Managing Director for DSV Road A/S in Denmark.

Europe’s largest logistics centre

Our new logistics centre will be built on the plot next to our present facilities in Horsens. Not only will it be Denmark’s but also Europe’s largest logistics centre with only one leaseholder. The office will comprise 18,000 sqm office space, the cross-docking terminal will occupy approximately 50,000 sqm and the warehousing facilities will occupy between 200,000 and 269,000 sqm.

“To date, this is DSV’s largest construction project and we look forward to the new and huge potential it provides us with. It is part of our strategy to consolidate smaller sites and create larger, modern and future-proof facilities that will benefit both our customers and us. Among other things, the new logistics centre in Horsens will be characterized by a large degree of automated processes which ensure quick and efficient handling of large volumes,” says Simon H. Galsgaard.

The largest sale of land for industrial purposes

For the city of Horsens, this is a historically large sale of land for industrial purposes.

“As far as I know, this is the largest sale of land for industrial purposes in the history of Horsens and I am very pleased that DSV has chosen to place their new logistics centre in our municipality. Today, DSV employs around 750 people in Horsens; with the expansion the number is expected to increase to more than 1,000 – and probably even more. In addition to administrative positions, DSV offers employment within transport and warehousing. For that reason, also, I am very pleased that we have entered this agreement concerning sales of 500,000 sqm land to DSV,” says Peter Sørensen, Mayor of Horsens.

He emphasizes that the building project will mean more jobs available during the construction phase.

“Building a facility of this size will mean a lot of additional jobs available during the construction phase, something which local craftsmen and hauliers will benefit from. According to DSV’s estimates it may amount to 250 jobs,” says Peter Sørensen

 

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