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EV Cargo Launches Eco-Air To Combat Port Congestion

Technology-enabled logistics provider EV Cargo has launched an expansion of its Eco-Air freight service to combat global supply chain disruption and transport stock quickly and efficiently.

EV Cargo’s innovative solution is designed to ease customers’ concerns over stock availability levels and get around the huge pent-up demand for ocean freight exports from China in the wake of recent Covid lockdowns.

Eco-Air combines a short ocean freight leg to one of EV Cargo’s global hubs with a ‘block space backed’ inbound air leg. This unique combination means the goods avoid congested destination ocean freight container ports completely and provides customers with a trusted alternative option to build their stock.

The service, operating from all of China’s main line ports plus South East Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent, builds on EV Cargo’s existing offering, expanding it to make it the perfect solution for businesses in the UK, continental Europe and North America. It offers supply chain security without the premium air price-tag or lengthy ocean freight delivery times.

EV Cargo Global Forwarding CEO Clyde Buntrock said: “We are really excited to be launching our peak season congestion-busting Eco-Air product. It is the service some of the world’s leading brands are already using and many more are planning to rely on it to deal with stock availability this season.

“Eco-Air offers cost competitive, reliable, flexible solutions to meet business’ specific requirements, ultra-secure transhipment hubs and faster transit times. We work with premium carriers to ensure we give our clients peace of mind and stock level security.

“It is a best-of-both-worlds solution – with lower costs than premium air freight and much shorter transit times than traditional ocean freight, all with the added, crucial benefit of avoiding what many are predicting to be a ‘peak of peaks’ particularly at destination container ports come July.”

For more information on the Eco-Air product please contact [email protected].

EV Cargo Palletforce Celebrates 50 Million Pallet Milestone

EV Cargo Palletforce, the multi-award-winning express distribution network, is celebrating after having reached the significant landmark of delivering 50 million pallets of freight since the network’s inception in 2001.

Palletforce’s powerful UK and European distribution network is underpinned by the quality of its 110 member businesses, all local logistics experts delivering to every UK postcode every day and trusted by over 15,000 daily customers.

Reaching the milestone of 50 million pallets of freight has been made possible by ongoing investment across the Palletforce network, including its state-of-the-art SuperHub, market-leading technology and building a network of the best-performing member businesses.

Mark Tapper, Palletforce chief operating officer, said: “The continued success of the Palletforce network is due to the expertise and operational acumen of our member businesses and our combined ability to react and innovate.

“We have all worked together and collaborated successfully over the years to become the UK’s leading network, delivering a quality service that’s trusted by thousands of SME businesses, the beating heart of the UK economy, as a cost-effective and sustainable solution to connect business and get products to market.

“Reaching the milestone figure of 50 million pallets is a fantastic achievement, but it is a testament to the hard work, professionalism and expertise of our members.”

On its first night of operation, at a former aircraft hangar at Fradley Park, Lichfield, on 31 August 2001, Palletforce handled 524 pallets of freight from the initial 36 founding members.

Now part of global logistics and technology provider EV Cargo, Palletforce operates from a state-of-the-art central SuperHub in Burton upon Trent, delivering five million pallets a year.

“The Palletforce membership is relentless in its efforts to maintain our quality and market-leading position – our growth and success is due to the network being driven by unwavering customer service and exceptional delivery performance,” added Mark.

“We have added six new members already this year and have plans to further strengthen Palletforce’s position as the leading freight distribution network, and that includes our focus on delivering unrivalled service quality, strengthening our membership and leveraging the innovative technological advances our IT team has been making.”

EV Cargo CEO Updates Bloomberg On Status Of Global Supply Chains

EV Cargo Founder, Chair and CEO Heath Zarin represented the international logistics industry when he discussed the challenges facing global supply chains during an appearance on international business channel Bloomberg.

Speaking to David Ingles and Yvonne Man on Bloomberg Markets: Asia, Heath said the impact of lockdowns in China had exacerbated existing supply chain constraints on a global basis, but the fact the country was gradually reopening was good news for the sector.

However, he also pointed out that while more ocean freight volume had actually left China this year than in the previous 12 months, as many as 300,000 container units had still to leave the country.

“That is something that needs to be worked through, and so the likelihood is that disruption to ocean freight this summer will be similar to what we saw last year,” he said.

“The world needs to be prepared for more volatile and expensive global supply chains, and there is a need to have other markets to source from in addition to China. While China will always continue to play an indispensable role in global manufacturing, we are seeing increasing ‘dual-sourcing’ from other parts of South-East Asia – and a shift from ‘just-in-time’ to ‘just-in-case’.”

Heath also updated on EV Cargo’s business growth strategy to surpass $3 billion of revenue through a combination of organic expansion, mergers and acquisitions.

“We are planning for US entry for EV Cargo in the next 12 months and reviewing a pipeline of more than 10 acquisition opportunities,” he added.

The full interview can be viewed here: https://bloom.bg/3GCzZRb.

EV Cargo Manager Selected As Chair Of Logistics Conference

As it continues to promote career opportunities across the international logistics sector, global logistics provider EV Cargo has announced that its UK south west general manager Rebecca Hicks has been chosen as the chair of a prestigious new conference.

Rebecca was selected after an extensive search by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport [CILT(UK)] for candidates and she takes up the post of inaugural Next Generation conference chair.

CILT(UK) said the selection process was designed to highlight emerging talent in the logistics and transport sector and empower and inspire people to bring in new ideas and innovations to its annual conference.

Rebecca impressed the panel of judges with her enthusiasm for logistics and transport and her understanding of the critical role of conference chair in being a role model for those that might follow in her footsteps. Judges included Bethany Windsor CMILT, CILT(UK)’s programme manager, and Helen Gallimore FCILT, associate lecturer at University of Derby and previous conference workstream host. 

Bethany said: “Rebecca’s passion for transport, her engagement with CILT(UK) and her desire to give back to the profession made her a stand-out ambassador for both logistics and for CILT(UK) itself. We are delighted to have her on board.”

Rebecca added: “It’s a real honour to have been chosen as CILT’s first Next Generation chair. It will be a great opportunity, and I am excited to put my own stamp on the role. I am thrilled to be a big part of a the CILT conference, especially during a pivotal time in the logistics and transport sector. I’m really excited for the conference, and I am looking forward to meeting more members of the CILT community.” 

Rebecca started her career in 2010 through a logistics graduate scheme and has been EV Cargo’s south west general manager for two years.

Andy Humpherson, chief executive of EV Cargo Solutions, said: “Everyone at EV Cargo is immensely proud of Rebecca. To be selected for such a prestigious role is a real testament to her abilities and determination. She has a passion for encouraging new talent and really moving the logistics sector forward. She is the perfect choice to showcase the next generation of talent in logistics.

“EV Cargo always provides its staff with the space to grow and thrive and ensure that they can make the most of their talents and we are delighted Rebecca is able to make her mark on a national stage.”

The conference’s theme is ‘Thriving in a changing world’, and aims to inspire, engage and motivate delegates to consider the future of their organisations.

It will be held at Warwick Conferences on 22 June.

Global Brand Ambassador Seals World Championship Podium in Portugal

EV Cargo’s global brand ambassador Elfyn Evans got his FIA World Rally Championship challenge back on track, scoring his first podium of the season by racing his hybrid-powered Toyota GR Yaris rally car to second place on Rally Portugal.

In this new season where sustainable technology has been incorporated into the rally cars, he got his challenge off to a perfect start by going quickest through the first main stage on Friday morning to storm into the lead. His rally car, which is powered by 100% sustainable fuel and runs in full electric mode on some of the non-competitive sections, was a match for the tough conditions on Friday and Elfyn continued to set a string of leading times to hold a 13.6 second overnight advantage.

Driving for the official Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team, Elfyn extended his lead with another fastest time on Saturday morning.

Locked in a battle with championship leader Kalle Rovanperra all weekend, he was a little too cautious during Saturday’s afternoon stages when rain made conditions extremely slippery and lost time, rounding the day off in second place, just 5.7 second adrift.

Despite a hard charge on the final day, Elfyn couldn’t overhaul Rovanperra and finished second to secure his best result of the season and move up to fifth place in the championship standings. The result also saw another fantastic 1-2 finish for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team, storming clear in the manufacturer title race.

Elfyn Evans said: “We did come here with the plan to fight for victory and, while it’s disappointing to have just missed out, second place is a strong result and helps get our season back on track after a slow start.

“It was a tough event and we were fortunate to have steered clear of any major problems. However, there are some areas we can focus on improving for the next event.

Akio Toyoda, Team Founder and President of Toyota Motor Corporation, said: “As we are competing with a new car from this season, Portugal was the first gravel event for the GR YARIS Rally1, and the team was not sure how well the new car would be able to perform on this surface.

“It was Elfyn who set the top time on the first gravel stage. His great run made us all relieved. He may be frustrated to miss the victory this time, but this great result for TGR was led by Elfyn and Scott. I really thank them.”

The action continues with Rally Sardinia on 2-5 June.

EV Cargo Drivers Excel At Industry Awards

Global logistics and technology provider EV Cargo is celebrating its ongoing investment in people and skills after two of its truck drivers roared to national success at this year’s prestigious Microlise Driver of the Year Awards in the UK.

Steve Lynch and Luke Tranter, who are based at the company’s Moreton Valance depot in Gloucestershire, were crowned Driver Hero and Young Driver of the Year respectively after impressing judges with their quick thinking, expertise behind the wheel and dedication to promoting logistics as a successful career.

The panel of industry experts heard how Steve, who has been with the company for seven years and an HGV driver for 17, attended to another driver who had fallen seriously ill, administering vital first aid and calling the emergency services to ensure an ambulance was on its way. The paramedics thanked Steve for his quick actions, which undoubtedly helped save his stricken colleague’s life.

Meanwhile Luke, 20, won the coveted Young Driver award due to his continued dedication to encouraging other young people to consider logistics as an exciting career option by representing EV Cargo at truck shows and public events.

After joining the company as an apprentice and completing his training in August 2019, Luke became an HGV truck driver covering nationwide routes across the UK.

The Microlise Driver of the Year Awards highlight the most talented logistics drivers working in the UK transport industry and acknowledge the vital work they do.

With categories based solely on telematics data, and others being nomination-based, the awards are open to all drivers and are a perfect way to reward outstanding performance and industry excellence.

In Steve and Luke’s categories, drivers and transport managers were invited to nominate their colleagues, with the nomination being supported by employers.  

Andy Humpherson, chief executive of EV Cargo’s road freight business unit, said: “Steve and Luke are skilled drivers and excellent ambassadors for the EV Cargo brand, successfully representing our business on a daily basis.

“We are delighted that, out of a high-class field, they have been recognised for their skills, awareness, and commitment to the company, the industry as a whole and their fellow driver colleagues.

“EV Cargo is continually investing in its people, not just in professional skills development, but in wellbeing and also in their position as company representatives.”

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