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NewCold, the deep-frozen storage and logistics specialists, have recently introduced a fully-automated handling solution which, says the company, sets new standards in maintaining temperature integrity and efficiency in the cold chain.

Designed in close partnership with Gray and Adams and produced at the trailer builder’s Doncaster manufacturing facility, the aptly-named ‘Pod’ draws on the latest automated loading technology and according to NewCold is a first for the UK.

The Pod’s key function is to bridge the gap between the deep-frozen production or storage environment and NewCold’s auto-loading 44-pallet double-deck trailers – also designed and manufactured by Gray and Adams. 

For example, as soon as the product leaves the production line at minus 22 degrees, it is automatically loaded through a sliding door at the back of the 60-pallet-capacity Pod, which itself is pre-cooled to the same temperature. From here, following a brief temperature-stabilising period the pallets are automatically transferred into the double-deck trailer, docked to the front of the Pod.

Initial loading into the Pod is completed in around 5 minutes, with the whole cycle taking less than 30 minutes. Meanwhile, 3 x Carrier TRS refrigeration systems hold the temperature at a constant minus 25 degrees and being electric, keep harmful emissions to a minimum.

Effectively, every deep-frozen package or pallet remains at a constant set temperature of minus 22 – minus 25 degrees, and at no time during its journey from the production line to completed loading in the trailer is any pallet exposed to the ambient environment or touched by an operative. This not only ensures absolute temperature integrity but virtually eliminates product damage.

Newcold’s Logistics Advisor Tom Cassells sees a key role for the Pod going forward:

“Automated handling and loading are bringing a host of benefits to the deep-frozen supply chain and this new advancement represents a big step forward for NewCold and their customers – in terms of energy saving, faster turn-round and overall product quality.”

The Pod recently won an Innovation Award for Gray and Adams at the annual TCS&D dinner, which was attended by operators and suppliers to the temperature-controlled storage and distribution industry.

NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics added a final phase to their Wakefield plant in the spring of 2018. Now considered to be the UK’s largest facility of its kind and with around £100m so far committed, the facility handles 3,000,000 pallets annually.  Plus, with a total volume of over 4 million cubic metres, it has the capacity to store 143,000 pallets – at a constant, minus 23 degrees. So successful has business been for the company that they are actively seeking a second UK site.

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A combination of climbing nearly 13,000 feet, and cycling into headwinds of 35 km/hr over three days, were the main themes of the toughest but most memorable of the six TIP charity bike rides so far. In May, the team of 45 cyclists from the UK and Ireland transport industries successfully completed this year’s TIP ‘Man o War’ tour of Portugal in aid of two deserving charities, the Stoke-based Donna Louise Trust and the world-famous Christie’s cancer hospital.

The test started in Faro on the Algarve and traversed to the western edge of continental Europe, Sagres, before turning north to finish in Lisbon three days later.

Thanks to the determination of the team and the support of the transport industry, the FBB&G team of 2019 has currently raised £70,980.83, once again successfully breaking through their £70,000 target. Indeed, the FBB&G team has now raised in excess of £300,000 for deserving charities over the past six years.

“Having completed more than 70 different legs over a six-year cycling period in aid of charity, we had never experienced anything like the three days of this year’s tour. The hills were steeper, the wind blew harder, and fatigue was probably the most painful cycling experience ever encountered by the majority of the riders,” said Mike Furnival, Managing Director, TIP Trailer Services UK&I.

Mike continues, “This year’s team of cyclists will be remembered for their good humour, persistence and determination throughout three tough days. Moreover, the pain has been rewarded by the support of our industry, families and friends in the amazing amount of money raised for our two chosen charities.”

Donations can still be made by simply clicking on the link below which will take you to the TIP FBB&G Charity Bike Ride donation page.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TIPFBBandGsManoWarTour

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The Department for Transport in the UK has published its Road Safety Statement and supporting action plan.

The statement sets out a number of steps to help reduce the number of people killed or injured on UK roads. It focuses on four main groups; young road users, rural road users, motorcyclists and older vulnerable road users.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but we are not complacent and continue to look at how we can make them safer.”

“Today’s action plan is a key milestone in our road safety work and sets out the important steps we are taking to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

The Department for Transport is also considering the report from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) on seatbelt use. This report analyses which drivers and passengers are least likely to wear seatbelts, what prompts their behaviour and which interventions would be best to reduce the number of casualties.

Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis said: “Far too many people are not wearing a seatbelt while traveling in a car, needlessly putting their lives at risk.”

“ Increasing penalties for people who disregard the simplest of way of protecting themselves is just one of a long list of actions this government is taking to help keep people safe on our roads.”

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A group of employees from Paragon Software Systems, has successfully finished a 150-mile cycle ride to raise more than £3000 for local children’s charity Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. The team of seven travelled to Northern France to take part in the two-day ride that spanned the regions of Pas-de-Calais, Picardy and Normandy.

Velo France was created by the Paragon team to replace last year’s 100-mile Velo South cycle ride in West Sussex that was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather. Paragon’s own cycle challenge took place last weekend. The riders started with a 50-mile scenic route from Calais to Saint-Omer on day one – through the Regional Natural Park of the Caps and Opal Marsh – and then completed the challenge with a 100-mile cycle to Dieppe on day two.

The funds raised will help Shooting Star Children’s Hospices provide care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and support to their families. The charity’s care service includes short breaks at two hospices in Hampton and Guildford, as well as Hospice at Home, day care, symptom management, end-of-life care, bereavement care and a range of therapies and support groups for the whole family.

William Salter, Managing Director of Paragon Software Systems commented: “We are immensely proud to be able to support a charity that is making an amazing difference to peoples’ lives in our area. This was the first major ride for many of the team, but everyone was willing to dig deep and get stuck in to raise much needed funds for such a worthwhile cause. Shooting Star Chase needs £10 million a year just to maintain its current level of care, with only 10 per cent coming from government funding, so every donation really can make a difference.”

While the team are now back in the office, the Paragon Velo France JustGiving site is still open for donations to this very worthy cause. Please help us raise every penny we can to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is engaging in a strategic review of the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT) System. The review, which will be conducted by BearingPoint will consider a number aspects of CVRT including: assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the current testing arrangements in relation to road safety, quality and consistency of testing, service quality, and the accessibility of the existing network for customers.

The review will aim to identify improvements needed in the system to deliver on the RSA’s road safety strategy, will consider enhancements required in the future, due to EU regulations, technological advancements etc and look at options for future delivery of CVRT services.

The success of this review is dependent on the input of all CVRT stakeholders.

Therefore, BearingPoint is offering opportunities to provide feedback: If you are a commercial vehicle owner /operator, you are invited to respond to a survey:

·   Commercial vehicle owner/operator survey is available here

·   Test centre operator survey is available here

·   Test centre tester survey is available here

Bearing Point will be hosting public consultations, to which anyone is welcome to attend.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to provide feedback on the above areas to the project team.

These will be taking place at the following:

·        16th of July: Great National Hotel, Limerick. 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

·        17th of July: Westgrove Hotel, Naas. 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

·        18th of July: Clayton Hotel, Sligo. 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

If you would like to attend one of the public consultation sessions, please RSVP before the 10th of July by emailing sarah.keane@bearingpoint.com, with your name and the location of the consultation you would like to attend.

 

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The Irish Road Haulage Association has congratulated Mairead McGuinness, MEP on her re-election as First Vice-President of the European Parliament.

Pictured at the IRHA Conference: Marian Harkin MEP, Verona Murphy, President IRHA, Mairead McGuinness, Vice President, European Parliament, Simon Murray, ProVision

Ms. McGuinness secured over 93 per cent (618 votes in a valid poll of 661) of the votes in the parliament in Strasbourg this week.

The MEP, who was the guest speaker at the 46th IRHA Annual Conference in April secured a massive 134,630 first preference votes topping the poll in her Midlands North-West constituency in May’s European elections, said she was deeply honoured to be re-elected as First Vice-President of the Parliament.Ms McGuinness said: “I am truly humbled by the size of the support I have received from my colleagues across the Parliament in different political groupings, particularly given that over 60 per cent of MEPs are new this term.

“Being firm and fair is the hallmark of the way in which I operate and I will continue to do that in this new Parliament.”IRHA President Verona Murphy said she had no doubt that Ms McGuinness would continue to act in the best interests of European citizens.

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Camera Telematics, the leaders in vehicle camera technology enabling fleet operators to achieve the highest standards of risk management strategies, today announced the launch of Street Angel Response, the most advanced accident and claims management app available to businesses operating fleets.

Once downloaded to an Android or Apple smartphone, Street Angel Response provides drivers with a full range of accident management services, including vehicle recovery, the provision of a courtesy car and expert legal assistance. Also, drivers can instantly activate any claims process resulting from an on the road incident by uploading pictures or a video from the scene to display images of damage to the vehicles involved, together with GPS positioning and access to a live advisor who can advise you and preserve best evidence.

There are no hidden costs with Street Angel Response and no administration fee. Also, users will not be charged per incident reported or have deductions made from any uninsured losses that are recovered on their behalf.

For fleet operators and commercial users, Street Angel Response delivers a range of benefits, including reduced vehicle downtime, third party cost control and straightforward implementation and ongoing account management.  

Additional benefits of Street Angel Response include:

·       We will notify the emergency services if required

·       Recovery of your damaged vehicle and any belongings inside to a place of safe storage

·       If you are not at fault, we can save you paying any policy excess or losing your no claims discount

·      Access to an extensive network of UK repairers with guaranteed quality

·      A like for like replacement vehicle where you are not to blame, from the smallest car to the largest   HGV

·      Access to courtesy vehicles if you are at fault, even if your insurer doesn’t provide one

·      Expert legal assistance from our solicitors on any claim for personal injury for you or any of your   passengers- no win, no fee guaranteed

·      Liaison between all insurers, brokers, recovery operators, garages and solicitors involved – simplifying paperwork, removing the unnecessary hassle, and looking after your rights

Commenting on the launch of the new Street Angel Response App, Simon Catt, Director of Camera Telematics said: “We are very excited about the launch of the app, which follows on from the successful launch of our Street Angel advanced onboard digital camera earlier this year. We believe Street Angel Response will be the most advanced accident management and claims app available to businesses operating fleets as well as commercial users. Not only does the app better protect drivers from any potential fraudulent claims resulting from an incident, but from an accident management perspective, the full suite of features provides drivers with complete peace of mind in the event of an incident on the road.”

 

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 ScS, the home furnishings retailer specialising in sofas, carpets, flooring and furniture, has enhanced its customer experience by adopting Paragon’s fleXipod electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) software. The solution has been implemented to support its two-man home delivery operation, which handles around 1,000 customer appointments each day. By gaining real-time visibility and control of delivery processes, ScS has been able to achieve a more standardised on-site service and faster problem resolution.

“The delivery experience can make or break a retailer by quickly losing the goodwill of customers, so we have invested considerable time and resource into this area of the business. By working with industry specialists such as Paragon, we are able to maintain the service excellence that underpins our successful brand.” explains Kelvin Bowes, Regional Distribution Manager – Northern at ScS. “fleXipod has already made a significant contribution by enabling us to provide a consistent on-site customer experience, dynamically speed up our issue resolution procedures and gain increased visibility of our two-man operation.”

fleXipod was initially launched at two distribution centres at the end of 2018, before being rolled out to ScS’ remaining nine sites this year. As a result, the ePOD software is now being used across 120 two-man crews that deliver to customers six days a week using a modern fleet of commercial vehicles. The retailer also plans for its third-party logistics partners to start using fleXipod during 2019 to ensure standard operating and reporting procedures, especially during peak operating periods in July and December when delivery volumes can increase considerably.

ScS’ customer service team has gained far greater visibility of deliveries, so they can quickly understand issues and take steps to resolve them. By having immediate access to specific delivery details and supporting photos through fleXipod, service staff can now proactively liaise with the delivery crews and the customer within moments. The retailer is able to make a decision, typically within one hour, about whether to organise spare parts, schedule a technician or reorder products, whereas it had previously worked to an SLA of contacting the customer and arranging a technician within the following week.

Using fleXipod, ScS is also able to capture a wide range of reporting data to gain operational insight and business intelligence. By measuring delivery success, installation times and planned versus actual performance, the retailer is using KPI data to identify and address any areas of improvement. In addition, bespoke reports within the ePOD software including daily vehicle checks and on-site incidents are enabling the tracking of operational compliance and liabilities, while an electronic customer survey is helping measure ongoing levels of satisfaction.

“ScS has undertaken our first eight-week review since introducing fleXipod and we are extremely satisfied with the results. It has been widely welcomed by our customers, driving teams and customer care team, and is already helping us provide a more professional and responsive service, while generating efficiencies and reducing paperwork. The ePOD software is a natural fit for us, dovetailing with our existing Paragon routing and scheduling software to create integrated and streamlined delivery processes,” adds Bowes.

William Salter, Managing Director of Paragon Software Systems commented: “Final mile delivery is a critical part of the customer experience. We are increasingly seeing retailers – and organisations from a wide range of other sectors – looking to advanced ePOD software to exceed expectations, gain competitive advantage and differentiate their brands. fleXipod is a highly flexible solution that works seamlessly with Paragon’s routing and scheduling software. This means it can be configured to meet precise business goals, improving delivery offerings and enhancing customer service.”

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The Transport Select Committee in the UK has called for a five-year fund to undertake pothole repairs.

A front-loaded, five-year funding settlement is the only way local authorities will be able to address a deteriorating local roads network and plan ahead, says the Transport Committee.

Reacting to the news Christopher Snelling, Head of UK Policy at FTA, commented: “As the business organisation representing the logistics sector, FTA fully supports the Transport Select Committee’s calls for a five-year pothole repair fund; the road network has been subject to chronic underinvestment for many years. Taxes on UK road transport are the highest in Europe, yet our roads continue to be underfunded; HGVs alone pay enough tax to pay for more than 90 per cent of the current amount spent on road maintenance in the UK. Large potholes are an all too common sight – costing businesses in the logistics industry millions of pounds a year in vehicle repair and hire replacement. Potholes are dangerous to cyclists as well as damaging to vehicles; it is ridiculous that we still have this problem in today’s Britain.

“While this funding would play a vital role in improving the nation’s road network, it would not offer a complete solution; estimates show it would cost£9.79 billion and take ten years for highways departments in England and Wales to catch up on the road repairs needed*. This investment must be viewed as part of a more comprehensive, long-term road improvement strategy.”

Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods.  With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.

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When technology introduced in the new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck trickles down into passenger cars, as inevitably it will, motorists trapped in a traffic queue can say goodbye to the fear that cyclists and bikers, when weaving a path to the front, will pass by without brushing into a wing mirror and bending it in a direction it was not made to go.
In the new Actros – to be launched in Ireland later this year – the traditional side-mounted, wing mirror has become a thing of the past, replaced by MirrorCam, a new invention that uses two cameras mounted on the pillars of the truck that project the view along both sides of the vehicle on to two screens fixed on the dashboard within easy and constant sight of the driver.

Working in tandem with another new system to improve all-around visibility, the cameras are said to offer better protection for pedestrian and cyclists by minimising the probability of dangerous accidents on the co-driver side during cornering or when changing lanes.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the new camera operated system brings ‘enormous improvements’ in safety, vehicle handling and aerodynamics whilst offering better protection to pedestrian and cyclists minimising the possibility of dangerous accidents.  Special distance lines are said to help drivers to better estimate following traffic and in manoeuvring, cornering or changing lanes.

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