Thursday 15th Nov 2018 - Logistics & Supply Chain

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New procurement chief for Tata Motors

Tom Flack has become chief procurement officer of Tata Motors, joining from Ford Motor Company, where he was most recently the global purchasing director, raw materials & stampings.

Time to press industry’s case on Brexit

Neutral observers must be thinking that British prime ministers have some kind of death wish. First we had David Cameron calling a referendum that he never needed to, losing, and then having to resign.

BMW opens biggest parts DC outside Germany

BMW has opened its biggest Regional Parts Distribution Centre outside Germany in Korea. The 57,000 sq m DC south west of Seoul is three times the size of the existing DC.

DSV plans 900,000 sq ft Venlo DC

DSV has bought 1.5 million sq ft of land opposite its existing facilities in Venlo, Netherlands. The new space is to be developed with a further 893,000 sq ft of warehouse.

Air cargo demand rises 8.5pc

Global air freight demand in April was up 8.5 per cent on a year ago, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Technology chief for ByBox

ByBox, the software and supply chain specialist, has appointed Simon Fahie managing director, global technology.

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Agility reaches deal over US food contracts

Agility has reached a deal with the US government over allegations of fraud relating to the $8.6 billion food supply contracts that the company held from 2003 to 2010.

BSI targets risk in food supply chain

BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions has released new food safety and fraud intelligence and assessment management modules designed to allow users to monitor and assess the threat of food contamination, food adulteration, mislabelling, recalls and otherwise deceptive food and beverage products.

Profits rise 32pc at Gefco

Gefco’s turnover rose 1.3 per cent to € 4.2 billion last year, while EBITDA was up 32.1 per cent to €172.8 million.

The 350 year old retail challenge

I must confess that I had never heard of William Lucas until today. But it turns out that Lucas is the person we must thank for the home shopping revolution. And the ramifications of his innovation are creating challenges for retail supply chains today.

UPS in joint venture with Chinese express operator

UPS is setting up a joint venture with and SF Holding, parent company of SF Express, to develop international delivery services from China to the US, with expansion plans for other destinations.

Ford reshuffles top management team

Ford has appointed Hau Thai-Tang executive vice president, product development and purchasing, as part of a reshuffle of its senior management following the appointment of Jim Hackett as president and chief executive.

SPAR signs deal for China stores

Yunnan Anning Jinfang Commercial Group (Jinfang) is to invest in converting 32 in south-east China stores to the SPAR brand in the coming months.

K+N to support Shanghai port link

Kuehne + Nagel has signed a strategic cooperation with Jiangsu Taicang Port Authority and Shanghai Port Authority Zhenghe Terminal to promote a sea link between the Shanghai and Taicang ports.

UK slavery referrals up by a third

The number of potential victims of labour exploitation referred as part of the framework set up to identify victims of modern slavery in the UK increased by 33 per cent from 2015 to 2016, according to analysis of National Crime Agency data by Kroll, the risk mitigation specialist.

Blockchain awareness on the increase

A study of blockchain use in the supply chain has found that one-third of respondents are already implementing the technology, while another quarter indicated they are knowledgeable about it.

Global supply chains increasingly disrupted

Lack of trust and transparency as a result of ideological and military conflicts are undermining the international supply chains, according to the CIPS Risk Index for the first quarter of 2017.

Container index down 3.6pc

Drewry’s World Container Index, which takes in freight rates on major routes, fell by 3.6 per cent to 1500.87/40ft container last week.

Global purchasers tackle deforestation

Eight companies including McDonald’s and L’Oréal have joined the newly-expanded supply chain platform of CDP, to tackle global deforestation.

Brexit talks to start next month

The first formal Brexit meeting between EU and UK negotiators could take place in the week starting 19th June, according to chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier.

Sogefi renews Ceva contract

Sogefi, the specialist automotive supplies business, has awarded Ceva a three-year contract renewal in Spain.

Strong growth for SPAR

SPAR International, which works with partners to develop supply chain and retail operations, increased global sales by 4.5 per cent to €33.1 billion last year.

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