Category: Industry News


SI enabling fines for HGV drivers

In response to today’s (22 January 2021) laying of the government’s Statutory Instrument on fines for HGV drivers without COVID-19 tests,  Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director at Logistics UK said: “Logistics UK remains extremely concerned that today’s decision to provide Ministers with the means to introduce fines against HGV drivers entering Kent without a negative COVID test will place unfair costs on the individuals working hard to keep the economy

‘Mini Yellow’ sortation robots help ZTO meet the demands of ‘Singles Day’

With a client list that includes such e-commerce giants as Alibaba, PDD and, ZTO Express’s share of the Chinese express parcel delivery market is approaching 20 per cent, which makes it one of China’s most significant parcel handling businesses. The company operates a highly scalable partner network model – in effect a ‘hub and spoke’ system ­­- that enables it to provide online retailers with cost-efficient, countrywide reach. ZTO’s

Pelican BioThermal Partnership with Asiana Airlines

Pelican BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging, announces its latest partnership with Asiana Airlines, which will see an extensive expansion of the company’s growing global network. In the ongoing rapid response to support the global fight against COVID-19, the new partnership provides Asiana Airlines access to Pelican BioThermal’s Crēdo on Demand rental program when shipping temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and pandemic payloads worldwide. The collaboration allows Pelican BioThermal to continue

FLTA launches new website

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has launched a brand-new website, complete with a modern look, fresh features and updated functionality, designed to support members and non-members better than ever before. The new site covers all the latest government advice on Coronavirus in the Covid-19 Resource Centre, including health and hygiene factsheets for managers and equipment users. There is even a new Knowledge Hub to answer FAQs on a range


ONS UK Trade update

David Lloyd, General Manager Alibaba, UK, Nordics and Netherlands, comments on today’s ONS UK Trade update: “A combination of the ongoing pandemic and uncertainty around Brexit created a challenging environment for businesses exporting during November. Unfortunately, these issues are likely to continue in early 2021, as the government races to vaccinate the public and businesses get used to new rules for trading with the EU. “In the meantime, it’s important

GEODIS expands and renames its specialist Project Logistics business

GEODIS is widening its range of worldwide project logistics services. At the same time, GEODIS is positioning this specialised offer with a new name in the market, changing from GEODIS Industrial Projects to GEODIS Project Logistics. The name change reflects the more diversified service portfolio of GEODIS in this sector which now goes beyond serving the industrial segment. In addition to GEODIS’ growing activity in the Renewable Energy market, as


Shippeo secures $32M investment from Battery Ventures and existing investors

Shippeo, the European leader in real-time transportation visibility (RTTV), today announces a $32 million investment. This new round is co-led by Battery Ventures, a global, technology focused investment firm and existing investors (NGP Capital, ETF Partners, Partech and Bpifrance Digital Venture). Shippeo will use the investment to strengthen its market-leading position and continue delivering on product innovation. The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the need for supply-chain visibility, with major shippers

BIFA’s 2020 Freight Service Awards to be revealed virtually

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is gearing up for the first ever virtual ceremony of its well respected Freight Service Awards, allowing finalists and winners to be celebrated by industry during the week starting Monday 25th January 2021. In Autumn last year, 21 freight forwarding companies were shortlisted as finalists for the eight service categories, with 12 individuals making the finalists shortlist in the Apprentice of the Year and


Brexit red tape is creating a sticky mess at borders, says ParcelHero

Brexit bureaucracy is now creating delays and pushing up costs, says international delivery expert ParcelHero. It says up to 20% of parcels and trucks are being stopped at some borders. Brexit delays and costs are escalating rapidly, warns the international courier services expert ParcelHero. The parcel comparison site says couriers and retailers are now struggling with the burden of complex new paperwork, with 20% of parcels and the same proportion


Freight forwarders get updated trading conditions

A new edition of the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) Standard Trading Conditions (STC) has been launched, replacing the previous version revised in 2017. The latest edition has been produced as a consequence of the UK’s exit from the EU and reflects changes to Direct/Indirect Representation with HMRC. Robert Keen, director general of BIFA says: “Over time, in the same ways laws must change, so do contractual rights and obligations