UK retail sales fall in September as shoppers buy less food

LONDON (Reuters) - A free-spending summer by British consumers came to an abrupt end last month with the biggest fall in sales in six months, raising questions about one of the main drivers of the economy ahead of Brexit, official figures showed. A shopper pushes a trolley in a supermarket in London, Britain April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall/Files Retail sales volumes in September dropped by 0.8 percent from August - a sharper fall than economists had expected in a Reuters poll - hit by the largest decline in food purchases since October 2015, the Office for National Statistics said. Annual sales growth slowed to 3.0 percent from 3.4 percent in volume terms, in contrast to the pick-up expected by economists. But looking at the quarter as a whole, annual growth was still the strongest for a calendar quarter since late 2016. The joint-hottest summer on record, combined with the World...
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DPD opens first electric parcel depot in London

DPD has opened an all-electric parcel depot in Westminster and set out plans for a further seven all-electric sites in London. The 5,000 sq ft facility on Vandon Street will be known as DPD Westminster and will have capacity to deliver 2,000 parcels a day using an all-electric fleet. The company will use electric Mitsubishi eCanter 7.5 tonners for the inward feed of parcels to the depot For deliveries it has bought Nissan eNV200 vans which it says are capable of making 120 stops a day. Seven of these are currently being used at Westminster. In addition, it has bought eight micro-vehicles from Paxster, a Norwegian manufacturer. These will be used for deliveries in the immediate area around the depot and can make 60 stops on one charge a day. It has a further 23 Paxsters on order. The Westminster site will also home DPD’s first owned Pickup shop where...
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Winners and losers in the grocery market

Grocery sales rose 3.2 per cent £26.3 billion in the 12 weeks to 7th October driven by strong growth at the discounters and online specialist Ocado. Figures from Kantar Worldpanel show that Aldi increased sales by 15 per cent on last year taking its market share to 7.6 per cent. However, the big four all underperformed the market. Tesco saw its market share fall 0.6 per cent to 27.4 per cent. Fraser McKevitt, Kantar’s head of retail and consumer insight, said: “Despite widespread interest in the September launch of its discounter concept, Jack’s, the small number of stores planned means it won’t impact on Tesco’s market share without a significant expansion.”   12 weeks to 07-10-18 Total till roll – Consumer spend       Share ( per cent)                   Change on Last year ( per cent) Aldi                                                   7.6                             15.1 Lidl                                                   5.6                             10.0 Ocado                                                1.2                               7.5 Co-op                                                6.4                               7.0 Iceland                                              2.1                               4.8 TOTAL GROCERS                    ...
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AAPA concerned by tensions between major trading nations

With Asian airlines carrying more than one third of global airfreight volumes, concerns over ongoing trade tensions are being closely monitored given the potential negative impact on trade flows and global supply chains, said the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). The association’s Assembly of Presidents is holding its 62nd meeting in Jeju, South Korea, to discuss a wide range of industry issues and long-term growth prospects. It reported that Asia Pacific air carriers have seen international cargo demand increase by 4.8% during the first eight months of the year, but “growth rates have moderated following the surge in 2017, with some concern over rising tensions between major trading nations”. The association said that rising fuel costs and currency fluctuations are putting margins under pressure although, overall, Asia Pacific airlines are expected to deliver substantial profits for the fourth year in succession. International passenger numbers grew by 8% in the first eight months....
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Metrans increases its market presence in Austria

18. Oktober 2018 08:50 👤Presseservice Artikel drucken Beitrag bequem vorlesen lassen: In the Austrian market of container operators, a strong European supplier is gaining momentum. It was only in mid-September that Metrans Group added four weekly import trains from Hamburg and Bremerhaven to Linz to its timetable. With this, the subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) underlines its position as one of the leading providers of hinterland transport by rail to Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. “We want to position ourselves as a high-performance container operator in Austria,” emphasises Peter Kiss, CEO of Metrans Group. This is reflected in their seven weekly rotations between the Container Terminal Salzburg (CTS) and the German seaports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven. Starting from Linz, in addition to the new import trains from Hamburg and Bremerhaven, four weekly block trains run to the Slovenian seaport of Koper. Moreover the operator provides services from...
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SaaS Platform for Last-Mile Delivery DeliveryCircle has introduced KrewZen, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that gives retailers, 3PLs and distributors the tools to build a local delivery network for same-day, last-mile delivery. The components of the DeliveryCircle platform include software tools for driver onboarding and payment; last-mile shipping and dispatch; courier routing, visibility, and reporting. DeliveryCircle’s new SaaS-based platform provides key functionality for: ● Dashboard SLA monitoring, reporting and driver schedule management ● Online logistics track and trace ● Route optimization ● Document and signature capture. DeliveryCircle   Related Original link

Port of Hamburg, Metrans Group Join for Intermodal

The Port of Hamburg and Metrans Group are intensifying their links with Lithuanian Railways. Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, and Egidijus Lazauskas, Deputy Director-General and Director Freight Traffic for Lithuanian Railways, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Vilnius to strengthen cooperation on the routes to and from the Port of Hamburg. In addition, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG - HHLA’s intermodal subsidiary Metrans, and Lithuanian Railways signed a Letter of Intent to promote and improve cross-border freight flows. For years, the Lithuanian economy has been experiencing a tremendous upswing. In the first quarter of 2018, the Confidence Index maintained by the Lithuanian Statistics Office reached its highest level for ten years. With extremely full order books and capacity utilization already at a high level, Lithuania’s companies will be steeply increasing their investments in new machinery, plant and buildings. In addition, there are the subsidies from...
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CitySprint introduces new freight service across the UK

October 17, 2018 Kylie Noble   Same-day courier company CitySprint has launched a new UK delivery service – Freight Desk – for oversized, heavy and difficult-to-handle items. Customers will be able to book the service for same-day deliveries and Paul Gisbourne, chief executive at CitySprint said: “We recognise that in today’s economy, speed, reliability and convenience are of the utmost importance to businesses in every industry, but that moving bigger items to support this can present logistical challenges. “Our new Freight Desk service is specifically tailored for […] Please login or create a FREE account to read the full article.   Related Articles Original link

On-demand delivery moving really quickly

By Gary Forger, special projects editor · October 17, 2018 Three men walk into a bar. Each of them has just purchased the same item. Before going to the bar, the first man went to a store and bought a shirt. It now sits in his car. The second man went to that store’s website, found the shirt and purchased it. Two days ago. It was just delivered to his home. It now hangs in his closet. The third man went to the bar minutes after ordering from his smart phone the same shirt as the other two. It will be delivered to him at the bar. Welcome to on-demand delivery. Oh, how far we have come in such a short time. The delta of supply chain change is getting much bigger as it compresses time. And on-demand delivery is the most recent incarnation of that.  Last month, we talked...
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NextGen Supply Chain Interview: Ben Harris

By Gary Forger, special projects editor · October 17, 2018 NextGen Supply Chain: We all seem obsessed these days with receiving our stuff from e-commerce companies in two days or less. In fact, that’s the genesis of on-demand delivery. Give us your take on this new NextGen supply chain practice. Harris: On-demand delivery is really coming into its own these days. So many people used to think three- to five-day delivery was good enough even as Amazon moved to two days with Prime . On-demand delivery makes two-days seem too long. On-demand is more in the three- to five-hour window. Some are even less than that. Let me explain. There’s no doubt e-commerce is making use of on-demand delivery. But so are grocers, local retailers, builders and restaurants. And for the restaurants, delivery in three to five hours doesn’t cut it. You’re talking here a matter of minutes. On-demand delivery...
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