Year: 2007

Post Office research: Over a third of UK workforce at work over Christmas period

This Christmas 40 per cent of the UK workforce will be at work for some or all of the Christmas period (25 December – 1 January) despite the fact that over half of them (52 per cent) will lose holiday entitlement as a result.

According to new research released today by Post Office® Travel Services, 25 per cent of people surveyed are working because they have too much work to do to take time off. A further 58 per cent couldn’t take annual leave because of shift rotas or other colleagues getting in there first. And a handful admitted they liked their jobs so much they would rather be there than at home or on holiday with loved ones.

It appears we are a truly a nation of workaholics. As well as those missing out on their holiday entitlement by working through Christmas, the research also showed nearly four in ten UK workers (37 per cent) won’t have taken their full annual holiday entitlement by the end of 2007, meaning a staggering 1.3 billion* days holiday will be lost.

People working for the government or public sectors are most likely to work over the Christmas period (75 per cent) as well as lose some of their holiday entitlement (59 per cent). Those working in the service industry are least likely to lose their holiday days (13 per cent) and those working in advertising, marketing or PR are least likely to be working over the holiday period (11 per cent).

Men are worse than women at booking their full holiday quota with 39 per cent of men losing out compared to only 32 per cent of women.

Of those who claimed to be losing their holiday entitlement, nearly half (49 per cent) will lose between four and seven days and seven per cent will lose three weeks or more (15 days). Regional differences show that over a third (36 per cent) of workers from East Anglia have a staggering three weeks or more holiday remaining, whereas only 25 per cent of those working in Lancashire have any holiday entitlement left to take.

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DHL wins Bahrainisation awards

DHL has been recognised for its training and development excellence and commitment to Bahrainisation with two national awards.

In a recent ceremony held under the patronage of Labour Minister Dr Majeed Al Alawi and organised by the Specific Council for Vocational Training, DHL was commended for its training programmes aimed at grass roots, vocational development of Bahraini nationals, particularly youth, as well as for its overall employee development programmes.

DHL’s investment in training during 2007 has increased by 58 per cent compared to 2006, and reflects the company’s commitment to providing service excellence through its people, in order to be the first choice for customers.

The investment is expected to increase in 2008, as a result of plans to develop Bahraini managers, and the introduction of several new training initiatives and programs to develop local skill sets.

Training in DHL is divided into three categories including technical skills training, developmental training, and management development training. In 2007, 190 staff were trained in various technical skills which included such elements as using freight handling and loading equipment.

Management development is also high on the agenda, with a series of new training programmes implemented this year, including “Your Way to Success: Supervisory Development” and “Bullet Proof Manager: Management Development programme”.

DHL plans to introduce an additional Management Development program in 2008 under the name “The Leader Within”.

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Ciblex launches "H Proximity" network

“H Proximity” involves 3,400 local computerised branches where packages are
available by 8:00 a.m. the next day: 3000 tobacco shops, 300 PartSpeed Sites with 3,200
locked boxes, 100 PUDO2 points (network made up of Ciblex branches and partner drop-off points),

With 80 pct of the French population less than 15 minutes from a point of delivery, this network offers unique geographical coverage. It has a wide range of business hours (some branches are open on Sundays) and even 24/7 access for PartSpeed sites (locked boxes).

The computer system makes real time tracking possible with verification of the correct allocation of the correct package at the correct local branch. In addition, secured package pick-up by the recipient is controlled by a personalised badge system.

This is a feature that guarantees the speed of operations. All outgoing packages are picked up during the day and delivered at the local branch by 8:00 a.m. the next day.

Return packages dropped off at a local branch before 12:45 p.m. are returned to a repair centre or any other site by 8 a.m., 9 a.m., or noon the next day.

Recipients (technicians, traveling sales representatives, medical visitors, traveling professionals, artisans, or individuals) are informed of the availability of their packages in real time by SMS. They can pick up the package at their chosen day and time, within the time limit determined by each package shipper.

The innovation lies in the proximity and accessibility of the network, but especially and above all in the feedback. Computer-equipped local branches, in the case of B to B, allow for automatic management of order and return transfers. Real-time tracking covers all of the steps of the package delivery and return process (from the acceptance of the package by Ciblex…to the pick-up by the recipient).

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Mory Group sets up in Asia

Mory Group keeps widening abroad, by directly opening wholly owned offices in Asia, through Mory Overseas Asia entity.

Mory Group strengthens its positioning as a major player in Overseas transportation, by being now settled in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Ningbo.

With common activities of Sea Freight and Air Freight, the Mory Overseas Asia offices also offer you logistics services as well as extra-services (purchase / sale of textile quotas, managed by the Hong Kong office, which is also an accountant centre Hkg / China), and guarantee you an optimal service level (Class A International license).

Mory Overseas Asia also provides you the physical presence of professionals and experts, who perfectly know the cultural and administrative habits of each country, in each of our offices.

You hence have the guarantee that each transportation order is managed by a known contact, who has the expertise of his sector, and who is available and reachable at any time.

Finally, Mory Overseas Asia gathers a whole network of Agents in China, in the main ports and airports.

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Mory Group strengthens its positions in North Africa

In order to strengthen its position in North Africa, Mory Group –which is already managing a logistics warehouse in Tunisia- just opened a new warehouse located in Casablanca, Morocco.

The Governor of the Moroccan King as well as numerous local officials was there, in order to inaugurate with the CEO Alain Beau, on the 14th of June, this new tool which is at the state of the art.

It is a real bet on future that is done today, which becomes reality trough the opening of additional 10,000 square meters. This customs-friendly warehouse allows Mory Group to offer its customers (from the textile industry, as well as pharmaceutical and automotive ones) services such as accustoming, transit and goods moving.

Mory Group thus offers its customers, through its Mory LDI subsidiary, a global offer, in the scope of an integrated network, which will guarantee to pursue the 30 to 40 pct growth from latest years.

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Mory Group: Press release from Alain Breau

This very important financial operation shows the desire of all Mory Group shareholders to support the group’s national activity to carry on its very active business development and its growth strategy.
With a global turnover in excess of 550 million euros, Mory Team is France’s leading national integrated parcel and groupage delivery network, operating 75 sites and employing over 3,700 people.
Mory Group, whose size doubled between 1999 and 2007 and which now operates in 15 countries, expects its subsidiary to increase its turnover by 8 pct and profit by 1 pct in 2008.

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Pallet-Track AGM, Gala Evening & Awards Ceremony

Pallet-Track held its first combined AGM and Gala Evening at the Alton Towers Hotel Stateroom on Saturday 10th November 2007. A full day event commenced during the afternoon for the AGM and General Meeting followed by over 260 attendee’s at the formal evening event which included an 8-category Award Ceremony.
Former Bond Girl Helene Hunt hosted the awards which culminated in Norfolk based Lynn Star Distribution and Logistics (Depot 28) taking the Hub depot of the year award and Hampshire Freight Services (Depot 27) of Eastleigh the member’s depot of the year. Managing Director Nigel Parkes presents the award to Roy Dowen (second picture) and Network Director Chris Flynn (third picture) to Iain Sands.
Other Categories and Winners:
Trunk Driver of the Year:
Depot 52 – CFT Services Ltd (Paul Russo)
Best Delivery Depot:
Depot 61 – ELB Partners Ltd
Best New Depot:
Depot 91 – Courier Connections (Scotland) Ltd
Directors Recognition Award:
Depot 52 – CFT Services Ltd
Most Improved Sales:
Depot 71 – PGS (Birmingham) Ltd
Hub Employee of the Year:
Charlotte Newton – Network Support Manager

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Palletways acquires Italian operation

Palletways Europe Ltd, the parent company of Palletways UK has acquired the Italian operation it licensed out in 2002.
The development forms part of Palletways strategy to provide a dedicated and integrated pan-European network for the express delivery of small consignments of palletised freight and now means that the company controls all its networks in the UK and mainland Europe, which today comprise some 250 plus depots and 8 hub facilities, handling circa 20,000 pallets every day.
Palletways Italia has gone from strength to strength in the last five years and now has over 60 depots and two hub facilities in Bologna and Naples. As part of the acquisition Palletways has purchased land near the Bologna facility in order to construct a major new hub, which will accommodate future growth in volumes. The 15,000 sq metre hub facility will be fully operational by early next year and will be designed to handle express deliveries across Italy and to other parts of Europe served by Palletways. Said James Wilson, Chief Executive of Palletways: “This acquisition further reinforces our position as Europe’s largest network for the express delivery of small consignments of palletised freight and supports our expansion plans to create the first pan-European operation of its kind.
Palletways Europe Ltd has appointed Roberto Rossi and Bernardo Cammarata as Chairman and General Manager of Palletways Italia respectively. Both have extensive logistics expertise. Rossi was previously President of TNT Traco, in Italy and more recently world wide Chief Executive of TNT Logistics. Cammarata held senior operations posts for both TNT and DHL. Dr Antonio Giambrone has also been appointed as Director of Finance.

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