New trade body launched to unite training providers

The Skills Group has announced the launch of a major new independent trade association for the UK’s specialist logistics training providers.

The Logistics Skills Network aims to bring together key organisations from the sector to develop and share best practices, knowledge, experience and resources, and offer a communication platform for the coordination of collective interests.

The network intends to work closely with government organisations such as the DVSA and DfT and will also receive strategic support from industry leaders.

The Skills Group is the umbrella company of Skills for Logistics (SfL), which was was founded in 2015 to address the skills gap within the sector. It now claims to be the industry’s leading end-point assessing organisation.

The not-for-profit initiative is a collaboration of SfL and Mantra Learning, a leading training provider to the logistics and automotive sectors offering apprenticeships and short courses.

Founding partners include David Coombes, chief executive of SfL and co-founder of the Logistics Skills Network; Mark Currie, chief executive of Mantra Learning and the National Logistics Academy; Paul Spink, development director, Skills for Logistics; and Richard Weston, strategic development manager, Mantra Learning and the National Logistics Academy.

“Provisional training has never been properly represented in logistics,” explained Coombes. “This allows us to be a collective voice with lots of training providers working together and will enhance how we’re seen and allow us to properly represent the training industry.

“The issue for me and the founders is that the training is very disparate with limited regulation. You have no real national providers, it’s all regional or local.

“We need a body to properly promote and deal with the government and the DVSA, but also a body that allows training providers to appreciate what they should be doing in this post-Covid world. And without wishing to dismiss what they do, to professionalise them.”

Mike Warner, senior external affairs manager at the DVSA, added: “The DVSA is looking forward to building on our new relationship to pioneer the development of the Logistics Skills Network. We will collaborate with it in our service development plans and ensure active engagement for member representation.”

Ruth Wallace of driver training provider Wallace School of Transport was one of the first to sign up for membership: “At last, a collective voice for vocational driver training providers,” she said. “Anyone who is frustrated with the present state of the industry should join this network. Together we can make a difference.”

Membership is available for independent training providers and in-house training departments of fleet operators. For more information email info@LogisticsSkillsNetwork.co.uk, call 0117 927 8807 or visit www.LogisticsSkillsNetwork.co.uk.

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The Skills Group has announced the launch of a major new independent trade association for the UK’s specialist logistics training providers. The Logistics Skills Network aims to bring together key organisations from the sector to develop and share best practices, knowledge, experience and resources, and offer a communication platform for the coordination of collective interests. The network intends to work closely with government organisations such as the DVSA and DfT and will also receive strategic support from industry leaders. The […]
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CM Show 2020: Electric cargo vehicles offer clean last-mile solution

E-Cargo Vehicles are pleased to announce their product availability into the UK logistic sector.

We fully understand the world of logistics are changing . The last mile delivery brings with it its own challenging problems. Emission levels, congestion, cost and reliability, and ever demanding client deadlines.

We can offer a range of last mile purpose designed, all electric, articulated three wheeled cargo vehicles. Various body options serve a number of sectors, from parcels, fresh and chilled foods, take aways, flowers, drinks, medicines, and even frozen foods. Its new drop side body is ideal for the recreational maintenance sector.

With its 18 degree articulation, tight turning circle and under one meter width, contribute to a highly manoeuvreable inner city vehicle.

With a payload of 245kgs, 1.4cu m cargo box, at a maximum speed of 45kph with a range up to 100km, and chargeable from a domestic power supply is a powerful alternative vehicle.

Additional features are front and rear disc brakes, LED lighting including daytime running lights, front screen wiper and screen wash, close proximity sensors, reversing facility with reversing camera . A flat 7” led instrument screen keeps the operator fully informed of the vehicle performance, and all as standard fitment.

Commenting on the product availability, Vernon Edwards, director of business development UK and Ireland, said: “ All our vehicles comply to the strict European Type Approvals requirement, and offer potential operators a, smaller footprint than traditional petrol or diesel vehicles, making a more efficient and less impact on the inner city environment. A number of deliveries have already been made, and a demonstration unit will be available from September for potential clients to experience. After sales support will be initially in North London, and from our operating centre in the Midlands.”

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Meet the MT Awards shortlists – Low Carbon Award sponsored by Fraikin

JLP

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has committed to a zero-carbon commercial vehicle fleet by 2045, with an interim target of fully fossil-free vehicles by the early 2030s.A plan spanning JLP’s 600 heavy trucks, 750 refrigerated trailers, 1,750 home delivery vans and light trucks and 20 farm vehicles has been developed.

JLP began trials of two Waitrose-branded, biomethane-fuelled Scania 4×2 tractor units in 2016. The successful pilot scheme was followed by the introduction of a further 83 biomethane-fuelled vehicles between 2017 and 2019.

This rolling replacement programme is now being accelerated with 143 biomethane trucks scheduled to enter service in 2020. By 2028, all 600 JLP heavy trucks will operate on biomethane.

Working with gas suppliers to establish a network of biomethane refuelling hubs is also a key focus, with all sites providing open access to other operators.

JLP has also taken steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by using telematics and aerodynamically optimised trailers to lower fuel consumption.

On its home delivery fleet, the operator is trialling electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival’s Generation 2 concept, with more vehicles in the pipeline.

On 13 of its refrigerated trailers, the operator is piloting an additional alternator on its biomethane artics to provide electrical power for the units.

JLP aims to begin the transition to electrically-powered heavy trucks in 2035, with full electrification completed by 2045, at which point a zero-carbon operation will be achieved.

The judges said JLP had shown truly exceptional commitment to road freight decarbonisation and innovation.

Hovis

Since 2015, Hovis has been focusing on four elements in its carbon-reduction strategy: reducing operating miles; improving mpg; reducing or removing the need for fossil fuels; and improving driving styles.

Since the initiative began, the bakery has removed around two million road miles through better route utilisation, adoption of the latest Microlise technology, and retiming customer deliveries.

It has also boosted mpg around 12% in the same period, introducing lighter vehicles and more aerodynamic trailers into its core fleet.

Driving style has been addressed through telematics training and monitoring, alongside a new CPC module being introduced.

One of its largest carbon-reduction gains has been through the adoption of new technology and fuels.

In November 2018, Hovis became one of the first UK operators to receive two new all-electric FUSO eCanters to trial. In their first 15 months of use, the zero-emission 7.5-tonners saved around 16.8 tonnes of CO2 compared with their diesel equivalents.

Hovis also made the decision to trial HVO (Green D) a drop-in fuel supplied by Green Bio Fuels in a 12-month trial to include both Euro-5 and Euro-6 vehicles. This saw a CO2 reduction of 5,713 cubic tonnes.

Hovis will now roll out Green D across all its fleet vehicles, with predicted savings by the end of 2021 of 19,364 cubic tonnes of CO2.

The judges said: “Very good example of what companies can do right now, with their existing vehicles, to get within touching distance of net zero.”

Royal Mail

With a 49,000-strong fleet and a universal obligation to deliver to
30 million UK addresses, six days a week, Royal Mail recognises the importance of reducing commercial vehicle emissions, as they generate 59% of the organisation’s carbon footprint.

Through a series of initiatives, the company has already beaten its target for a 20% reduction in CO2 by 2021 compared with a 2004 baseline, achieving 29% to date.

Fleet procurement ensures that the cleanest ICE models only join the fleet, alongside additional electric vans where possible.

Effective route optimisation and driving style analysis through telematics help reduce fuel consumption, alongside trials and fleet adoption of new technology.

These include aerodynamic nose cones which have been retrofitted to 130 double-deck trailers and achieve a 5.15% fuel reduction at 56mph; solar panels for battery charging; and a new moving roof design on double-deckers that can be lowered after loading to reduce drag. Trials are also taking place of CNG fuel and e-cargo bikes.

Royal Mail is also participating in the world’s biggest trial of electric commercial vehicles, Optimise Prime, with investment in three LDV EV80s, 130 Mercedes e-Vitos and 60 additional Peugeot Partners in 2019 expanding its total EV fleet to 295.

The judges said: “It’s doing all the right things, but on a much bigger scale which is impressive.”

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JLP John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has committed to a zero-carbon commercial vehicle fleet by 2045, with an interim target of fully fossil-free vehicles by the early 2030s.A plan spanning JLP’s 600 heavy trucks, 750 refrigerated trailers, 1,750 home delivery vans and light trucks and 20 farm vehicles has been developed. JLP began trials of two Waitrose-branded, biomethane-fuelled Scania 4×2 tractor units in 2016. The successful pilot scheme was followed by the introduction of a further 83 biomethane-fuelled vehicles between 2017 […]
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CM Show 2020: Sort all your AdBlue requirements in the virtual world

The Air1 team are exhibiting at their first virtual show in September, the Commercial Motor Show. With face-to-face events on hold for the foreseeable, this event is the ideal exhibition for visitors to come along and still discuss their AdBlue requirements, via video calls, and to see what Air1 has to offer.

Air1 has developed a culture of working in partnership with our customers and suppliers ensuring that you get a competitive, reliable service that is both comprehensive and friendly – and we can’t wait to still show our customers and prospective customers how we can meet their AdBlue requirements.

The whole Air1 UK team will be available to talk to – whether a current customer, a new enquiry, technical queries or marketing support.

“The team is really excited to be taking part in a unique event like this and didn’t hesitate to sign up when we were approached. We have all missed our normal day-to-day visits and networking and believe an event like this is an excellent way to still keep in touch with the industry and to speak to our customers.” says Charlotte Friggieri, Air1 commercial and marketing support.

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The Air1 team are exhibiting at their first virtual show in September, the Commercial Motor Show. With face-to-face events on hold for the foreseeable, this event is the ideal exhibition for visitors to come along and still discuss their AdBlue requirements, via video calls, and to see what Air1 has to offer. Air1 has developed a culture of working in partnership with our customers and suppliers ensuring that you get a competitive, reliable service that is both comprehensive and friendly […]
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CM Show 2020: Come and meet the procurement experts

Given the current circumstances, it is even more important that transport operators are obtaining the best possible pricing from their suppliers for the goods and services they require.

Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) are experts in procurement and have been helping UK businesses and organisations for over 25 years to ensure that they receive best value on an ongoing basis.

ERA clients include leading industry operators such as Clipper Logistics, Lloyd Fraser, Breedon Aggregates, PD Ports, and many other fleet operators both own-account and hire and reward.

ERA are therefore participating at the CM Show in order to bring knowledge of their services to a wider Transport Sector audience.

ERA’s transport sector team leader Ken Rogers said: “We are really looking forward to this opportunity to talk with fleet decision makers about their purchasing needs. We have a successful track record in reducing many of the key costs in transport operations, including fuel, tyres, and insurance.

Today, with our help, businesses are releasing cash for investment or easing budget constraints.

We are a team of industry specialists within ERA, who focus on the costs of supplies to transport operators. It’s what we do day-in and day-out. We know the marketplace like no others and translate that into real significant cost savings for our clients.”

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Given the current circumstances, it is even more important that transport operators are obtaining the best possible pricing from their suppliers for the goods and services they require. Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) are experts in procurement and have been helping UK businesses and organisations for over 25 years to ensure that they receive best value on an ongoing basis. ERA clients include leading industry operators such as Clipper Logistics, Lloyd Fraser, Breedon Aggregates, PD Ports, and many other fleet operators […]
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DfT calls on delivery firms to pinpoint pothole hotspots

Tesco and Ocado are among a small army of companies recruited by the government to help map the road network and identify “pothole hotspots” to pinpoint where funding is needed most.

In what the Department for Transport (DfT) called a “first-of-its-kind audit”, data will be collated on current potholes identified by businesses and combined with roads imagery from highways mapping firm Gaist to make journeys as smooth and safe as possible.

The DfT said Uber and Deliveroo were also on board to help spot holes in the road and paint a comprehensive picture for funding priorities.

The government has already committed £2.5bn for pothole repairs and it is keen for commuters, parents and school children to cycle or walk to help ease demand on public transport and travel safely as the country attempts to recover from the pandemic.

Figures from the RAC show that the breakdown company had to come to the aid of 1,766 drivers who had fallen foul of potholes between April and June this year.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We’re teaming up with delivery companies, who know the roads well, in order to map out where remaining potholes exist and then relentlessly target them with our record £2.5bn pothole repair fund.

“Better road surfaces benefit motorists and cyclists alike ensuring the back to school and work environment is safer for everyone.”

A Deliveroo spokeswoman said: “We will be having discussions about the best way to feed in the knowledge we have as a company with the government and other companies participating in this initiative. We work with 30,000 riders in the UK and so will discuss how we can best engage with riders on where they consider the need for road repairs to be most urgent.”

To aid the provision of repairs, Roadmender Asphalt said it had recently developed a new approach using recycled materials including end of life tyres: “The problem with pothole repairs is they are carried out using a process built around materials designed for building roads rather than fixing them,” explained Roadmender chief executive Harry Pearl.

“As a result the process is more costly, inefficient and ineffective than it needs to be, rather like playing squash with a tennis racquet.

“You can do it but it’s far from ideal.”

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Tesco and Ocado are among a small army of companies recruited by the government to help map the road network and identify “pothole hotspots” to pinpoint where funding is needed most. In what the Department for Transport (DfT) called a “first-of-its-kind audit”, data will be collated on current potholes identified by businesses and combined with roads imagery from highways mapping firm Gaist to make journeys as smooth and safe as possible. The DfT said Uber and Deliveroo were also on […]
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RHA begins National Lorry Week campaign

The RHA has begun ramping up the industry’s profile as it embarks on a 13-week campaign culminating in National Lorry Week between 16-22 November.

The event will showcase logistics as being innovative, inclusive and sustainable and follows the HGV Heroes campaign, in which the trade association celebrated the very best of the industry after staff went above and beyond to keep goods moving during lockdown.

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National Lorry Week champions the vital role road transport plays in everyone’s lives and highlights the career opportunities it offers.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “This is our opportunity to raise the profile of the haulage and logistics industry in the UK ahead of National Lorry Week in November.

“It’s vital we keep up the momentum we generated with HGV Heroes and show once again that this is a great industry to work in.”

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The RHA has begun ramping up the industry’s profile as it embarks on a 13-week campaign culminating in National Lorry Week between 16-22 November. The event will showcase logistics as being innovative, inclusive and sustainable and follows the HGV Heroes campaign, in which the trade association celebrated the very best of the industry after staff went above and beyond to keep goods moving during lockdown. Read more Love the lorry, it would be a poorer world without them National Lorry […]
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Risk firm offers workshops post-Covid health and safety training modules

A range of e-learning training modules that advise commercial vehicle workshops on health and safety rules and regulations in light of Covid-19 has been announced by Inspire International UK.

The risk management company said statistics show that half of companies expect an increase in their risk profile as more staff return to work and 71% expect to invest in legal compliance, with the largest anticipated risk being health and safety.

To address this, Inspire is offering a ‘Covid-19 Return to Work’ programme, which it said will explain the changes that have been introduced in the workplace and what employees must do to protect themselves and others from the spread of infection.

Jagjeet Singh Virdee, Inspire International UK MD, said: “In light of Covid-19 and the challenges this presents commercial vehicle dealerships now and over the next few years, we have worked with senior commercial vehicle leaders to ensure they can maximise workshop hours and utilisation whilst complying to the health and safety regulations that are applicable to their operations.

“E-workshop is the UK’s first commercial vehicle specific health and safety e-learning solution that will help to ensure commercial vehicle dealerships remain compliant to applicable health and safety regulations through the use of e-learning.”

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A range of e-learning training modules that advise commercial vehicle workshops on health and safety rules and regulations in light of Covid-19 has been announced by Inspire International UK. The risk management company said statistics show that half of companies expect an increase in their risk profile as more staff return to work and 71% expect to invest in legal compliance, with the largest anticipated risk being health and safety. To address this, Inspire is offering a ‘Covid-19 Return to […]
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EFS Global buys Caistor Distribution

EFS Global has bought Lincolnshire-based freight company Caistor Distribution for an undisclosed sum.

The deal follows a string of other acquisitions made by EFS in recent years including Euro SDB, 747 Express Freight, Logictrans UK, RTS Refrigeration and FWD Freight Services.

Caistor Distribution provides specialised logistics services including pallet distribution, general haulage and warehousing, both in the UK and internationally.

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It holds an O-licence in the east of England for 40 HGVs and 30 trailers running out of an operating centre in Market Rasen.

Mark Jones, EFS Global MD, said: “Despite the challenges that coronavirus has thrown up, EFS Global has continued to look for acquisition and growth opportunities over the past few months.

“Caistor Distribution is a great addition to our business and will help to drive our service offering even further.”

EFS Global was founded in 1996 and employs around 325 staff across depots in Burnley, Manchester, Skipton, Bradford, Preston, Immingham and Liverpool.

Last year it joined the Palletways network.

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EFS Global has bought Lincolnshire-based freight company Caistor Distribution for an undisclosed sum. The deal follows a string of other acquisitions made by EFS in recent years including Euro SDB, 747 Express Freight, Logictrans UK, RTS Refrigeration and FWD Freight Services. Caistor Distribution provides specialised logistics services including pallet distribution, general haulage and warehousing, both in the UK and internationally. Read more Palletways welcomes EFS Global to cover parts of NW England It holds an O-licence in the east of […]
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CM Show 2020: ‘Gold standard’ for digi tach downloads

Since 2005, Lisle Design has been manufacturing the Digidown range of download tools for Digital Tachographs. Digidown has become the gold standard for such products; the Lisle Design name is synonymous with excellence and reliability. This reputation is built on three key tenets: reliable products, first class customer support and caring for our family of partners and distributors throughout Europe.

What’s new from Lisle Design at the CM Show 2020?
This year we are focused on a new remote downloading product called DigidownRDL and our card hosting product called Hyper. Hyper is a unique and brilliant solution which allows you to overcome USB limitations and host hundreds of company cards on a single PC.
Please visit our stand. You will benefit from finding out why!

We live to innovate and make useful products.
We were the first company to produce a digital tachograph download tool. Since then, our product range has gone on to include download tools, training cases, tools to enhance telematics equipment and support for enforcement and workshops.

We succeed because we know our partners.
We have partnerships in UK and Europe stretching from Dublin to Ankara, whilst also understanding the importance of a local economy. The majority of our materials is sourced from within 100km of our base in St Andrews and our products continue to be designed and assembled here. We are easy to find and even easier to talk to.

We know what we are talking about.
Our skills and knowledge of legislation and tachographs are second to none.  Lisle Design is about our people – employees and customers alike. Come and talk to us. You will see why we build partnerships which inspire solutions and make useful products.

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Since 2005, Lisle Design has been manufacturing the Digidown range of download tools for Digital Tachographs. Digidown has become the gold standard for such products; the Lisle Design name is synonymous with excellence and reliability. This reputation is built on three key tenets: reliable products, first class customer support and caring for our family of partners and distributors throughout Europe. What’s new from Lisle Design at the CM Show 2020? This year we are focused on a new remote downloading […]
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