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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.

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.”

EV Cargo Partners With Budweiser Brewing Group On HVO Switch To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Global supply chain management and logistics provider EV Cargo is enabling long-term customer Budweiser Brewing Group to introduce a new sustainable transport initiative to cut vehicle emissions by over 90%.

A champion of sustainable logistics, EV Cargo has seized the initiative to introduce a range of innovative solutions across its customer base to help reduce the environmental impact of distribution operations and is leading the introduction of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as a direct replacement to traditional diesel fuel at Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, part of AB InBev.

HVO is a sustainable fuel derived from vegetable and animal oils and an initial fleet of 20-25 distribution trucks at Budweiser Brewing Group’s Magor brewery in Wales will switch to the replacement fuel, delivering an immediate 92% reduction in CO2 emissions. The number of trucks using HVO will double later in the year.

The scheme will form a key driver in reducing the brewer’s carbon footprint and in its ambition to reach net zero at UK breweries by 2026.

Virginia Alzina, EV Cargo’s Chief Sustainability Officer, said: “As a member of the Science Based Target Initiative and a signatory to the UN Global Compact and its sustainable development goals, EV Cargo has powered the introduction of sustainable initiatives for many of its key customers to help reduce carbon emissions associated with their distribution operations.

“We are proud to help Budweiser Brewing Group and AB InBev further decarbonise its supply chain as part of the net zero strategy.”

As an important transport and warehouse partner to AB InBev for over 10 years, EV Cargo has introduced a range of initiatives to help reduce the environmental impact of distribution operations. These include technology and neural learning-led route planning to reduce delivery miles and emissions, alongside load optimisation to enhance fleet utilisation.

Mauricio Coindreau, Director of Procurement & Sustainability, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I said: “We are excited to be pioneering the use of HVO at our Magor brewery, which will result in significant reductions in CO2 emissions across our UK operations, highlighting the importance of green logistic initiatives.

“The theme of this year’s Earth Day is investing in our planet, and as a leading brewer, we’re proud to continue investing in sustainability initiatives that also protects our planet and the people in it.’

Alongside its ambitious global sustainability goals, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I aims to brew the UK’s most sustainable beers. The company already brews every single can, bottle and keg in the UK with 100% renewable electricity from its own wind turbine and two solar farms.

Palletforce Supporting Life-Changing Mission to Africa

Palletforce, the UK’s leading express freight distribution network, is delighted to be supporting a local project which aims to raise money and change lives in Ghana.

This month the Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) has despatched a 15-strong team from the local community to the African country for a 10-day expedition to the Volta region.

The group includes pupils from local schools, organisations and other community members as well as young people from BACT’s NCS programme and BACT volunteers.

The trip is being funded by local businesses and organisations who adopt a member of the volunteer team, and sixth-form student Amber Butler will be representing Palletforce.

They will be supporting a government-administered primary school which provides education to 550 children between the ages of four and 20, from kindergarten up to the final year of junior high school.

The trip – the fifth undertaken in partnership with African Adventures – will raise funds for those children in Africa who don’t get clean water to drink or food on the table each day, or even have the chance to go to school and learn.

The volunteers will be teaching in schools, coaching sports and building a new community library to help provide resources and materials to create a lasting legacy.

Jo Duncan, Palletforce Hub Operations Director, who also oversees many of Palletforce’s charity initiatives, said: “The Burton Albion Community Trust does tremendous work to improve the lives of people in Africa, and when they approached us for support we were delighted to do our bit to help.

“We set a challenge every year to raise thousands for good causes in the Burton area, but this is an example of local people reaching out across the world to help others.”

John Widdowson, Community Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust, who is also travelling to Ghana as part of the team, said: “We are extremely grateful to Palletforce for their support of our African Adventure.

“This trip has been a long time in the planning due to Covid. It feels great to be going back to Ghana and we couldn’t do this without the support of sponsors and supporters like Palletforce.”

Palletforce Unveils Focus On Service As Members Raise £16k For Charity

Palletforce’s annual Members General Meeting attracted a record attendance as the leading express freight distribution network revealed its strategy for 2022, with members helping raise £16,000 for local charities on the night.

Palletforce, which has more than 100 member transport companies in its network, showcased presentations from all of its directors at the event, the first held since before the pandemic in January 2020.

Directors laid out plans for a renewed focus on service quality, new member growth and innovative technology and IT advances, as Palletforce reinforced its position as a member-centric network.

And, at a charity auction during the MGM, members raised £16,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance and the When You Wish Upon A Star charities. Items including sports memorabilia were auctioned off as Palletforce continued its significant commitment to charity and community initiatives as part of its wider sustainability strategy.

Mark Tapper, Palletforce’s chief operating officer, was delighted to see the meeting return to the company’s schedule with a record member attendance.

“The combined expertise, resilience and operational acumen of our member companies is the bedrock on which Palletforce has been built and it’s what underpinned our agility and carried us through the challenges of the pandemic.

“However, as focus on the future, we were pleased to outline our plans to further strengthen Palletforce’s position as the leading freight distribution network. That included our focus on delivering unrivalled service quality, recruiting and strengthening our membership and leveraging the innovative technological advances our IT team has been making. Our overriding focus is on customer service levels and it was great to have a full commitment from our members.

“Getting to talk to members and working together towards a shared success is invaluable. To see how generous everyone was in the charity auction was a source of great pride too ¬– Palletforce and our members take our community responsibilities very seriously and everyone put a lot of effort into helping two very worthy causes,” he said.

EV Cargo Celebrates 40 Years As Bangladesh Supply Chain Leader

Global logistics, supply chain and technology provider EV Cargo is celebrating 40 years as the leading local operator of origin logistics and supply chain services in Bangladesh.

It was the first supply chain provider to be authorised and licensed to operate a large-scale quality control (QC) facility within a container freight station in Bangladesh and has continually pioneered innovation to deliver efficiencies across the supply chain.

Now an industry standard, EV Cargo broke the traditional mould by deploying the innovative solution over a decade ago and has continued to operate that ground-breaking solution ever since, with both dedicated and shared user QC models in operation.

The model has helped reduced quality control operating costs for customers by up to 20% compared to traditional destination QC and reduced product quality control failure rates by as much as 15%.

Clyde Buntrock, EV Cargo Global Forwarding Chief Executive, said: “Over the last 40 years, EV Cargo has developed a range of innovative solutions for garment manufacturers in Bangladesh and has become the market-leader in origin logistics, freight and supply chain services.

“Operating under license, our container freight station is set up to physically handle garments through origin compliance and Quality Control (QC) programmes. As a result they are meticulously maintained, dust free, garment friendly environments adhering to the most stringent of audits. Coupled with extensive garment on hanger capability, including box to hang, our QC programmes manage out variability and simplify the supply chain for our customers.

EV Cargo manages the flow of goods for 25% of all exports from Bangladesh to the UK as well as other key global markets and with over 100 colleagues based across Dhaka and Chattogram, offers an unrivalled local expertise and experience.

Services include hanging garment consolidation including box to hang, compliance and quality control, pick, pack, labelling and ticketing right through to multi-destination item picking and palletisation. Mature freight products in air and ocean coupled with significant volumes also mean a robust port to port freight solution for customers to all markets.

“As one of our guiding company values, EV Cargo continues to invest in sustainability across its business activities,” Clyde added. “We prioritise our commitment to corporate responsibility by providing ethical and sustainable solutions and supporting communities in Bangladesh, which includes in the past the building of a maternity hospital ward.

“Our experience and expertise in this key market puts us in the best possible position to manage the global supply chain for our customers ”

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