Southampton Port – Successes and Challenges

Southampton is the UK’s busiest vehicle handling port and Europe’s foremost turnaround cruise port, contributing £2 billion to the UK economy every year. Less that two miles from the M27, and with direct rail links to the UK railway network it is also served by Southampton International Airport.

New Asia to Europe route confirmed for Southampton Port

The port is also a substantial container gateway and its routes to Asia are about to be improved with a new service from Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) that offers a round trip route comprising Pusan-Shanghai-Ningbo-Kaohsiung-Shenzhen-Singapore-Colombo-Rotterdam-Hamburg-Southampton-Singapore-Hong Kong-Pusan. Whilst the service will comprise a mere Read More

How reverse logistics can help your SME

Reverse logistics might not be a phrase that trips off the tongues of the management team of the average British, small and medium enterprises (SME) retailer, but it’s a growing area of concern, especially with the influence of Black Friday and other American shopping trends that increasingly impact the UK marketplace.

What is reverse logistics?

Most of us are familiar with traditional logistics ie the process of planning and controlling a cost-effective movement of raw materials, manufacturing processes, finished goods and information to the consumer. Reverse logistics is defined as the process of planning, controlling and managing the cost-effective flow Read More

Felixstowe – developments to take the port into a profitable future

On 11th January 2018 the Secretary of State for Transport took part in a ceremony to launch the next phase of expansion at Hutchison Ports, Felixstowe.

For fifty years the port has been central to the UK’s import/export market, and the new developments are designed to keep the port abreast of the latest logistics trends.

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Logistics Predictions for 2018 tries to keep its finger on the pulse of our industry as a whole. We’ve looked at the key developments in 2017 and we’re going to suggest that the following will be crunch points for many logistics and supply chain 2018 managers:


Growth in trade volumes

Containerised trade volume is likely to increase in 2018, but projections vary from around 1.8% to 5.1%. What’s more, agreed on is that port volumes in Europe are likely to decrease by around half a percent while Africa’s port volumes could increase by as much as 25%.

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Top Logistics Stories – 2017 in focus

We want to start by wishing all our readers a Happy New Year!!!

At we watch our industry eagerly to find out what the emerging trends are, and to explore how we can best help our customers fulfil their logistics, haulage and warehousing needs.

Over the past year we’ve brought you lots of meaty stories, so here’s our roundup of the most interesting logistics developments in 2017…

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Heathrow cargo slots and warehousing

A visionary plan for warehousing near Heathrow is being approved and it could change the way that freight, cargo and warehousing are handled in the UK’s biggest airport.

Interestingly, the warehousing space isn’t the main reason that a vast underground construction is likely to begin in 2019, rather it’s the vast reserve of minerals to be found in the selected area.

The site which has just been given planning permission runs parallel to the A312 (The Parkway) and the A4 (Bath Road) This is significant because Bath Road is already a vital road link to Heathrow, much used by cargo Read More

Customs, borders and logistics – how to plan for Brexit on 29 March 2019

While the UK logistics industry has declared that it’s ready to work closely with the government to try to ensure Post-Brexit structures don’t ‘stifle supply chain efficiency’. The recently published Customs Bill Paper gave an outline framing for the UK’s customs, VAT and excise arrangements after 29 March 2019.

UK Customs after 2019

The framework includes the creation of more inland customs depots to try and create more freedom for port-based customs. What isn’t clear is where these inland depots might be based, how they might be staffed and what effect this might have on the warehousing and logistics sector.Read More

Perishables – the cutting edge of logistics and warehousing

Consumer concerns and expectations are driving substantial change in the field of perishables. How will this demanding area of warehousing and logistics need to alter to keep up?

Consumer concerns about perishable products

The refrigerated warehousing world is being shaken up by consumer concerns about health and safety – from the 2 Sisters Food Group through to worries about cross contact between organic and non-organic foodstuffs, the UK’s consumers in particular are asking difficult questions about the supply chain for their foods and perishables.

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Logistics insurance – is it right for you?

Operating a transport or logistics business can be complex enough, but add insurance to the mix and it can seem impossible.

Do you have logistics insurance at all? If so, how confident are you about your logistics insurance, and are you sure it is keeping pace with the increasingly diversifying world of logistics?

There is no such thing as a typical logistics organisation

Whilst logistics operations vary more from each other than almost any other business sector, there are some typical cover requirements, namely:

  • Liability for lost/damaged cargo
  • Liability for errors/omissions (including delays and unauthorised or failed delivery)
  • Third party
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White Glove Logistics and How to Engage Them

‘White glove treatment’ is the term traditionally used to describe a process where a person or thing is handled with extreme care and consideration. White glove logistics has risen rapidly to become a complex area of the supply chain, so what is it and who needs it?

What is white glove logistics?

White glove logistics is often seen as a ‘last mile’ area, but in fact there are nearly as many white glove services focusing on first mile logistics as on last mile and many dedicated specialists offering product handling for delicate or high value items. The proliferation in white Read More

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