Author: Emma Hampshire

Emirates turns pax A380 into 50-tonne uplift ‘freighter’

Emirates SkyCargo has introduced a first A380 ‘mini-freighter’ for select charter operations in response to a surge in demand for capacity required for the transportation of life-saving goods. The first A380 charter service has already successfully airlifted medical supplies between Seoul and Amsterdam, via Dubai. Working with its engineering and flight operations teams, the UAE airline plans to further optimise the capacity availability of the big, long-haul passenger aircraft –

Port of Tyne wins two maritime clean energy awards

The Port of Tyne won two brand new Clean Energy Awards last night at the Maritime UK Awards. Announced during a virtual ceremony hosted by Dee Cathari MBE, Port of Tyne was named as the winner in both the Maritime UK 2020 Clean Energy Operator and Clean Energy Enabler categories. Winning these two awards highlights the huge progress the Port has made towards meeting the ambitious Net Zero targets outlined

Get Brexit ready with Logistics UK online conference

With just two months until the end of the Brexit transition period, logistics businesses must ensure they are as prepared as possible for the new trading environment on 1 January 2021. To help hauliers get ‘Brexit ready’, Logistics UK is holding a virtual conference on 25 November 2020, sponsored by Port of Dover. The half-day event, also sponsored by DDC FPO, will provide hauliers with practical advice on how to prepare for the

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Mark Stokes joins United Trust Bank as Chief Commercial Officer

Mark Stokes, formerly Managing Director – Commercial Banking at Metro Bank, has joined United Trust Bank in the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer. Mark has over 20 years’ experience at executive committee level working with several established and challenger banks including Metro Bank, Lloyds Bank, RBS, Black Horse, and Chartered Trust. Under his leadership, Metro Bank’s commercial business balance sheet grew from £1.2bn to £3.5bn in the four years

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TT Club and BSI cargo theft report confirms upward trends in 2019

Cargo in transit by road remains the dominant risk Food & beverage cargo increases share of commodity profile Thefts confirmed from unsecure truck parking average 8 per day globally South America ranks highest in median value of cargo per incident in unsecured locations The second annual report on cargo theft worldwide, issued today by leading international transport and logistics insurer, TT Club and global provider of supply chain intelligence, BSI

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J&M Murdoch drives business growth with PODFather

J&M Murdoch, the transportation, waste management and skip hire specialist, is seeing the benefit of implementing PODFather’s delivery tracking and proof of delivery system into the transportation division of its 70-vehicle strong operation. Murdoch’s vehicles run 24 hours a day, 363 days of the year and the team needed a software solution to automate and streamline several business-critical tasks. PODFather was selected as the supplier of choice for Murdoch’s haulage division and


UK economy cannot operate without vital logistics workers post-Brexit

Vital logistics workers must be excluded from the government’s restrictive post-Brexit immigration policy, according FTA, the only business group representing all of the logistics sector. Following the policy announcement today, FTA is calling for government to realise how reliant the industry is on EU workers; the sector is already suffering from a severe labour shortage and the loss of these workers could cause business to come grinding to a halt. 

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Supply-chain concerns deepening for auto industry

Dr Ralph Speth (Jaguar Land Rover) recently made remarks which suggested that the company is to face a shortage of key components which are needed for its UK car plants due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. David Leggett, Automotive Editor at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view: “The news from JLR isn’t surprising. It is an inevitable consequence of the economic impact of

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UK exporting had record-breaking 2019, according to figures

2019 was a record-breaking year for UK exports, according to new figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The UK has now experienced 45 consecutive months of annual export growth on a rolling annual basis. Companies in the UK exported £689 billion worth of goods and services across the globe – up by 5.0% on 2018. Goods exports to non-EU countries grew by 13.6% year on year.


February US retail imports to see larger drop amid coronavirus

With coronavirus causing longer Lunar New Year shutdowns of factories in China, imports at major US retail container ports are expected to see a sharper-than-usual drop this month, according to the Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “February is historically a slow month for imports because of Lunar New Year and the lull between retailers’ holiday season and summer, but this is