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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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Leading the way to a new logistics landscape

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LogiPoint set for phenomenal expansion, buoyed up by Saudi Arabia’s farsighted ‘Vision 2030’ ambitions

LogiPoint, operating a network of integrated Logistics Parks and notably the first and largest bonded and re-export zone Saudi Arabia, is all set to expand its investment base in the Kingdom by building capacities and broadening its presence and services in 2020.

2020 is slated to become a turning point year for LogiPoint as they seek to enlarge thier footprint, widen product offerings and expand operations across Saudi Arabia. LogiPoint strategy envisions the provision of a high degree of professionalism, high efficiency, high performance standards, streamlining systems, developing the IT infrastructure, building capacity and portfolio of services.

The multi-award winning LogiPoint is a subsidiary of Saudi Industrial Services Co– SISCO, a joint stock company listed on the Tadawul, the country’s Stock Exchange.  Thanks to rapid takeoff, the company is witnessing heavy demand for its warehousing solutions, both for pre-built and for the ‘Built-to-Suit’ facilities.

According to LogiPoint, this projected and cascading demand will drive LogiPoint’s investments to acquire additional warehousing space of about 55,000sqm and add substantially to the number and capacity of the warehouses.

LogiPoint further elaborated that in its quest to extend across the Kingdom, LogiPoint will invest considerably in developing new state-of-the-art Logistics Parks and completing the outstanding construction projects in The Logistics Park (Modon Jeddah) in 2020.

The company has recently signed a long-term agreement with Aramex, a leading global provider of comprehensive logistics and transportation solutions, for the construction of ‘Build-to-Suit’ facilities for Aramex’s Western Province ground operations.

LogiPoint currently has a total of 72,000sqm multipurpose warehousing area customised to client needs, fully equipped with sophisticated features such as: round-the-clock temperature monitoring with remote alert and battery back-up; redundant HVAC systems to ensure continuous operation; security systems with video surveillance and alarms; epoxy-sealed floors to ensure dust-free environment; full GMP and GDP compliance; pest control procedures; quality control processes and many more.

In addition, new buildings of about 55,000 Sqm are being built, which will be ready in 2020-21.

One of the landmark new services that LogiPoint introduced last year was the cross-border multimodal movement for shipments into the GCC. Eastbound shipments from the Western origins can now be discharged in Jeddah and moved via bonded trucking to their final destinations in the GCC.

This helps reduce the transit time for the imports into the region by approximately seven to 10 days and introduces unprecedented efficiencies for the regional logistics sector. On the flip side, West-bound shipments originating from the East can now be discharged on the regional ports in the Arabian Gulf on the East, and moved under bond to Jeddah for onward multimodal movement to final destinations in Africa, Europe and the Americas.

LogiPoint is constantly re-evaluating its value-added services for its clients to see how it can bring greater new efficiencies, cost savings and better profits to their business. The Regional exporters can now avail our value-added services to serve their export markets in the Mena region and beyond when they use LogiPoint as their regional logistics hub.

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LogiPoint’s contribution to the Saudi market has been remakable. Twenty years ago, when it commenced operations, the bonded zone was an unfamiliar concept to the logistics industry in the Kingdom. Today, the industry is able to plan, develop and deliver highly sophisticated logistics solutions to the market because of the initiatives the company has been pioneering and introducing over the years.

In this way, LogiPoint has attracted extensive new investments into the Kingdom, enabling the freight forwarding and logistics industry to offer cost-effective and efficient services to the market.

LogiPoint continue to see their role as one of making active contribution to the ‘Saudi Vision 2030’ through enabling the logistics and supply chain industries.

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Kuehne + Nagel to accelerate development in Asia Pacific

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Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics providers, sets path for further and accelerated growth in Asia Pacific. In order to target an even stronger role in logistics all over Asia, the company has decided to concentrate strengths and to combine its so far two Asian organisations into one strong region.

With immediate effect, the new Asia Pacific region with about 10,000 professionals will be headquartered in Singapore. The two current regional managers Mr. Jens Drewes and Mr. Siew Loong Wong will jointly lead the ambitious development of Kuehne + Nagel in Asia Pacific.

Dr. Joerg Wolle, Chairman of the Board of Directors Kuehne + Nagel International AG: „Kuehne + Nagel has shown great success all over Asia Pacific in the recent years and built up an already strong position in this remarkable region of the world.

We strongly believe that Asia Pacific will be the driver of the global economic development in the years to come. The joint leadership of the region by two proven executives will prepare the ground for a new dimension of organic and inorganic growth of our networks to even better serve our customers.”

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New brand, new services for Jersey Post Digital

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Jersey Post Digital has  announced its plans to adopt the trading name and brand, Vaiie. This new brand, together with new services, will place the organisation in a strong position to seize the current growth opportunities in the management of regulatory processes (RegTech) within the financial industry.

Jersey Post’s digital division has come a long way since its data-to-print roots, developing its services as the needs of the local market evolved. Having worked closely with the financial services industry during this time, it became clear that there were significant opportunities outside of this local market, and for the organisation to step away from any preconceived barriers imposed by its postal authority background.

This diversification led to the successful launch of Vaiie in Guernsey in April 2019, a joint venture with Guernsey-based communications and digital agency, TPA. This venture saw the latest digital processes and communication channels integrate effectively with traditional distribution techniques to optimise the speed, efficiency and cost of operational and marketing messages for clients located within the Channel Islands. Since April, the company has been successfully supporting financial services organisations to reduce costs and improve internal processes through the provision of three core services:

  • RegTech
  • Communication
  • Enterprise Portals

Tim Brown, Chief Executive of Jersey Post, said, “The introduction of Vaiie into the Guernsey market has been very successful. We have established ourselves as the largest data handler in the Channel Islands, and the Vaiie brand itself received fantastic feedback.  This enabled our global growth ambitions, and the next step in our digital strategy was to roll out this brand in Jersey where we will continue to improve our Channel Island offering, while also scaling this to meet the needs of other off-island jurisdictions.”

Along with the new brand and name, there is also a new website. However, what really sets the brand offering apart is the introduction of two new RegTech services which will increase the focus on solutions specific to regulated financial services businesses, and those businesses that have regulatory supervision.

  • Vaiie Client Onboarding enables a financial services business to use custom branded digital workflows to request, collate and validate the specific information they require from each client during the onboarding process. This solution allows teams to refocus their efforts on enhanced stages of due diligence, something which many businesses find difficult to achieve.
  • Vaiie Address Assurance can be built into Vaiie Client Onboarding or used as a standalone solution. It provides businesses with a simple, custom-branded portal that supports and accelerates the client verification process, saving businesses the time and cost involved with this important aspect of client onboarding.

Lee Bosio, Managing Director at Vaiie, stated, “Governance, Risk and Compliance represent some of the highest costs for financial services today, and we have worked hard to provide solutions that support each of these areas.  Not only do our services reduce high costs, centralise and overcome the burden of disjointed systems, but they also provide a seamless experience for both organisation and client. It’s an exciting time for digital services, and I’m delighted to be bringing this brand, its expertise and solutions to Jersey.”

 

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