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Viewpoint16th April 2024

Has the red diesel phase-out served its purpose?

Until recently red diesel accounted for 15% of all diesel used in the UK. Has the red diesel phase-out served its purpose, asks Marshall Fleet Solutions? Cambridge, UK: In April 2022 the UK government enacted restrictions on red diesel, aiming to reduce usage of the discounted but environmentally harmful fuel. Prior to the reform, a …

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Viewpoint10th April 2024

Big role for big data in the warehouse

Five examples of how big data can be used in warehouse management software to offer new insights and innovation giving competitive advantage, says Principal Logistics Technologies Dublin, Ireland: Big data offers potential benefits for warehouse operators through the analysis of information available from their warehouse management software (WMS). This is one of the five key trends …

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Viewpoint2nd April 2024

Five trends In warehouse management

Automation and better use of data are the buzz words for warehouse management software developers, says Principal Logistics Technologies Dublin, Ireland: Warehouse management software developers introduce new capabilities and concepts all the time to meet demand for improved performance, productivity, and efficiency. While many of the changes in any given period are incremental there are …

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Viewpoint21st February 2024

Cold Chain Federation chief executive Phil Pluck explains the Cold Chain Manifesto

Reading, UK: In business, in politics, and in households up and down the country the five years since the UK last went to the polls for a general election have been unsettled and frenetic. From global factors such as the Covid pandemic, war in Ukraine, and widespread economic fragility; to the UK’s uniquely national experiences …

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Viewpoint1st February 2024

Analysis: Brexit contradictions

London, UK: The Brexit dichotomy has got worse: Trade between the UK and Europe has become more complex and expensive while that between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK has got easier. Achieving a “hard Brexit” but maintaining a soft border between Ireland and Northern Ireland have proved an almost intractable problem. Now, …

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Viewpoint29th January 2024

How WMS helps manage peak returns

Dublin, Ireland: If the run up to Christmas represents the busiest time of the year for most retailers, January is likely the time of peak returns. Items bought as gifts in the quarter before Christmas and then handed over on the big day are going to be returned soon after if there is any kind …

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Viewpoint25th October 2023

The language of supply chain diplomacy

Professor John Manners-Bell, chief executive Ti Insight and GSCI on the new supply chain vocabulary. De-risking, not de-coupling; precautionism, not protectionism. Why are politicians devising a new supply chain vocabulary? The evolving language being used to describe the new global trade environment reflects the sensitivities involved in the increasingly complex and nuanced debate over the …

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Viewpoint13th October 2023

NewCold raises the bar for sustainability in the cold chain

Amsterdam, Netherlands: New Cold’s chief executive and founder Bram Hage (pictured above) and its chief project officer Hans Otto were recently interviewed for the Future Industry supplement to Dutch finance title Financieele Dagblad. SustainabilityCompanies must become more sustainable, and some are doing so even faster than the government requires. Such a company is NewCold, a …

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In case you missed it, Viewpoint12th October 2023

What the UK needs for hydrogen truck operation

Glasgow, Scotland: Hydrogen Vehicle Systems, a British based hydrogen-powered truck developer, has a five-point plan outlining the key steps required to realise the widespread adoption of hydrogen-powered trucks and a “call to action to drive the transition to a hydrogen economy”. HVS has identified and is calling for clarity on detailed timescales, supported by policy …

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Viewpoint19th September 2023

New trucks must be zero-emissions by 2035

Like cars, new trucks must achieve zero-emissions status, says Stuart Cottrell, head of energy services and government partnerships at zero emission truck maker Tevva. London, UK: Trucks equipped with batteries or powered by hydrogen fuel cells must constitute the overwhelming majority of new truck sales by 2040, in line with regulatory initiatives aimed at curbing …

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Viewpoint31st August 2023

How containers can boost cold storage capacity

Temperature-controlled containers are a neglected means of adding existing space and able to deliver high cooling capacity in combination with precise temperature control, says Ralph Howes, cold stores major account manager, ICS Cool Energy. Increased demand for frozen foods translates to increased demand for cold storage facilities. Traditionally many big producers have used third party …

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From the Magazine, Viewpoint11th August 2023

What’s best, a complete or phased approach to warehouse automation?

With labour hard to find and performance at peak under scrutiny, businesses may be tempted to opt for a complete, turnkey warehouse automation project to solve all their problems in one move. But might a stepped approach make more sense? Dan Migliozzi, head of sales at Invar Group, considers the options. There can be little …

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