Winners of Multimodal Awards 2021 Announced

Winners of Multimodal Awards 2021 Announced

20.10.2021 | Logistics

Winners of Multimodal Awards 2021 Announced

Maersk, Maritime and Fargo Systems triumph as the industry’s victors revealed.

The industry’s good and the great came together last night at the VOX Conference Centre as the winners of the Multimodal 2021 Awards were revealed.

Hosted by legendary footballer and England international Kevin Keegan, the gala dinner once again recognised industry innovators from across the modes and ports, pallet networks, and technology companies.

Excitement mounted as the winners were announced from a mixture of eight voted for categories, three independently judged categories, and two selected by the Multimodal team.

The full list of winners:

Voted for category winners:
Air Cargo Operator of the Year – Air Menzies International
Road Freight Operator of the Year – Speedy Freight
Rail Freight Operator of the Year – Freightliner
Sea Freight Operator of the Year – Maersk
Port Operator of the Year – DP World UK
3PL of the Year – Kuehne+Nagel
Pallet Network of the Year – The Pallet Network (TPN)
Technology Company of the Year – Fargo Systems Ltd

Independently judged winners:
The Shipper/Partner of the Year Award -Eurotunnel
The Sustainability Company of the Year – CMA CGM
The Young Logistics Professional of the Year – Sophie Berry (Howard Tenens)

Winners selected by the Multimodal Team:
The Multimodal Exhibitor of the Year – Maritime Transport
The Multimodal Personality of the Year – Aart Hille Ris Lambers (DP World)

The 2021 Multimodal Awards recognise excellence in air, road, rail, maritime, freight forwarding services and technology. They are voted for by the thousands of readers of the Multimodal newsletter and exhibitors and visitors to Multimodal.

Congratulations to all the award finalists and winners.

Woodland Group set to become a literary giant

Woodland Group set to become a literary giant

19.10.2021 | Logistics

Woodland Group set to become a literary giant

Woodland Group acquires 50% of
Worldwide Book Services.

Woodland Group and Worldwide Book Services (WBS) are delighted to announce the strengthening of their alliance with Woodland Group having successfully acquired 50% of the UK logistics company. This move marks the combined forces becoming the strongest supply chain suppliers to the media and publishing industry across the globe and their combined substantial volumes further improving their joint service offering across east and west Europe, and Russia.

Having forged a very close working relationship with WBS over more than 10 years, delivering book and media solutions to joint clients such as Amazon since 2007, Woodland Group was recently offered the opportunity to buy out Simon Taylor and acquire half the business. Managing Director David Burnham remains 50% shareholder and will partner with Woodland Group to develop and grow opportunities through their shared network, global coverage, and client database, strategically strengthening their already well-established presence in the media & publishing industry and further enhancing their international capabilities.

“Our vision is to combine the specialist skills and experience of Worldwide Book Services with the strength and quality of Woodland Group to become the ultimate leader in delivering international media logistics. Thanks to the involvement of Woodland Group, we now have the ideal combination of skills, experience, and resources to bring a new standard of service to booksellers, publishers, printers and the wider industry.”, David Burnham, MD of WBS, commented.

WBS and Woodland Group unite their considerable resources, assets and reach across warehousing and fulfilment, customs, air, ocean & European road freight capabilities. Together they will deliver true global coverage, developing opportunities through WBS’ strengths across Scandinavia with daily export consolidations and its owned services in and out of Russia and Woodland Group’s owned locations across the UK, Ireland, Asia, mainland Europe and USA, and dedicated media air solutions through its airport hub at Heathrow, London, UK.

Woodland Group recently invested considerably into dedicated customs teams across the two continents, who will be joined by the combined force of teams on the ground delivering local support and expertise. This will allow Woodland Group and WBS to deliver leading solutions on US to UK and EU routes in both directions and meet the growing demand for personalised supply chain management solutions post-Brexit.

Clients and partners will benefit from the two companies’ continued investment into fully integrated IT systems and digital platforms, with WBS and Woodland Group looking to unite resources to further optimise respective offerings.

With WBS’ 50,000 sq ft distribution centre in Wickford, Essex added to Woodland Group’s existing fulfilment locations, they will now be able to rely on more than 1 million sq ft of dedicated warehousing across the UK, USA, and mainland Europe to become the ultimate leader in international media logistics and distribution.

Kevin Stevens, Chairman and CEO of Woodland Group, added: “WBS and Woodland Group are a great fit. We look forward to jointly furthering our purpose of creating opportunity for our teams, clients, partners and suppliers whilst focussing on delivering sustainable supply chains into the future.”

‘Better Breaks, Safer Stops’ campaign launches at Multimodal

‘Better Breaks, Safer Stops’ campaign launches at Multimodal

19.10.2021 | Logistics

‘Better Breaks, Safer Stops’ campaign launches at Multimodal

Demand for safe, secure stops across the UK for HGV Drivers.

The return of Multimodal 2021 sees the official launch of the industry’s new initiative to demand better welfare facilities for its drivers – the ‘Better Breaks, Safer Stops’ campaign.

Steve Jones of Goldstar Transport, initiators of the scheme, says: “Each week brings more depressing news of the issues currently affecting the haulage sector. The ongoing shortage of HGV drivers and the lack of safe and appropriate rest stops for drivers are exemplified by the Orwell Crossing closure on the A14 near Felixstowe.

“Rather than ‘Better Breaks, Safer Stops’ being a Goldstar led initiative, we want the whole industry, from its giants to its SMEs and suppliers, to get behind the campaign and work as one. Let’s discuss with Government how we can solve these issues and improve standards for existing HGV parking and rest facilities, as well as a commitment to new driver dedicated areas.”

Already VARTAN Consultancy, Fargo Systems and Porttalk have confirmed their support and are working with Goldstar Transport to get the initiative off the ground.

Steve Collins of Fargo Systems says: “As a company that delivers digital technology to help the sector to thrive, we’re equally keen to ensure that those working in the industry have the best possible experience. As a given, drivers should have access to the facilities they require to enable them to do the best job possible.”

Miles Vartan, founder of VARTAN consultancy, continues: “To be the well-oiled machine that it is, the logistics industry requires the regulatory compliance of its drivers. But, whilst they’re doing their bit and jumping through hoops to work within the regulations, they have to find safe places to park up overnight and access limited rest facilities.   Other sectors wouldn’t expect to be treated in such a manner, and neither should our drivers.”

Paula Bennet of Porttalk adds: “As a news platform for the logistics sector in the region, we’re committed to promoting and supporting this initiative.

The Government needs to work with the sector to make the role of HGV driver an attractive career choice for women and men.  Providing sufficient rest areas so that drivers don’t have to urinate in a bottle due to lack of facilities is a good starting point.”

If you’re interested in registering your interest in the scheme, head to Fargo Systems (stand no: 7010) or VARTAN Consultancy (BIFA village, stand no: B35) to scan the ‘Better Breaks, Safer Stops’ QR code.

Click here for further information.

Image credit: Google maps.

Multimodal Special – Delivering Effective Logistics Solutions

Multimodal Special – Delivering Effective Logistics Solutions

19.10.2021 | Industry matters

Multimodal Special

On The Swain Group’s second outing to Multimodal, we catch up with group managing director, Matthew Deer, who is looking forward to launching new services at this year’s show.

How did you get into the industry, and what keeps you in it?

I was very fortunate to have been given an opportunity at a very early stage in my career to operate my own trades when I joined Nedlloyd in 1993. This was a great time to be based in the UK because shipping lines were moving into new trade lanes, and most of the global container trade management made a move to set up in the UK. For the next 12 years, I worked with several other container companies, mainly in trade management and, for a short period, global accounts, until I decided to move to a global logistics provider. This then introduced me to other products – air, road, warehousing and supply chain management.

I would encourage anyone to get into logistics. I’ve travelled worldwide throughout my career and had the privilege to see different cultures and different ways to do business. Training has always been available, which has definitely helped me grow. I had the honour to get sponsored in 2009 to complete my MSc in supply chain management and logistics.

It breaks my heart to see so many graduates come out of university with massive debts, which they’ll be paying for the rest of their careers. In my view, there is another way, and we should be selling a route into logistics at schools and colleges better.

With the return of Multimodal this year, what are your hopes for the exhibition?

This will be our second year as The Swain Group, and we are really looking forward to a successful exhibition. 2019 was a chance for us to demonstrate our diverse transportation businesses, all of which are very distinctive.

For this year, we have some new services we’re launching at Multimodal, and it’s always a great place to meet new customers and catch up with friends in the industry.

Experiencing some of its most turbulent times, if you could wave a magic wand and fix three issues facing the industry, what would they be?

• Recruitment – this has been a significant obstacle for a number of years.

• The pay across the industry can differ hugely, and we need to make candidates aware of all the opportunities available in logistics if they are to have the opportunity to grow.

• I often ask myself why I’ve continued to stay in logistics when we struggle to recruit. Do we have the same career development opportunities as we did ten or twenty years ago? The sector has definitely changed, but I feel there is more scope available now than before.

What lessons do you think the sector has learnt having kept Britain moving throughout the pandemic?

Firstly, we need to have stronger industry associations representing small to medium-sized firms that are still a major part of the UK logistics industry.

We also need to ensure we have the resources to remain agile to implement change with constantly evolving market forces.

Five years from now, will the future be bright for UK logistics?

With net-zero on all our strategic targets, this will be a huge challenge with the timeframe set by the government. As a significant UK transportation company, we recognise that the use of alternative fuel and electric vehicles requires infrastructure development, and we are already testing and closely monitoring how best to position The Swain Group.

Matthew Deer, The Swain Group

Visit The Swain Group on stand 8040, Multimodal 2021.

Multimodal  Special – The Man Behind Multimodal

Multimodal Special – The Man Behind Multimodal

19.10.2021 | Industry matters

The man behind multimodal 2021

Event director Robert Jervis, shares his passion for logistics and his aspirations for this year’s event.

How did you get into the industry, and what keeps you in it?

I fell into it. I was working for News International selling advertising space on The Times – and hating daily deadlines. So, I joined a small publishing company that also ran shows about port equipment – and have been “hooked” ever since. The first event I worked on was TOC – which is still going strong today.

With the return of Multimodal this year, what are your hopes for the exhibition?

That everyone enjoys themselves and wants to come again next year – be they, visitors or exhibitors. It was always going to be a bit of a challenge getting back in the saddle – I’m sure our customers understand that – but if everyone leaves the NEC feeling that their time was well spent and that they enjoyed the “family get-together” again, that would be great.

Experiencing some of its most turbulent times, if you could wave a magic wand and fix three issues facing the industry, what would they be?

The best companies in our sector waved their wand some time ago. They are already reaping the benefits of having an engaged workforce. They are recruiting apprentices, graduates, veterans and the like – offering worthwhile and fulfilling careers.
They are also investing in technology and superior kit. In turn, they retain loyal and valued customers. Relationships that aren’t win/win aren’t relationships at all.
But what would I fix? Poor truck stops, rail freight ‘bottlenecks’, and every bit of the M1 near Luton.

What lessons do you think the sector has learnt having kept Britain moving throughout the pandemic?

I’m not sure the industry needed educating as much as our politicians and population. This is a key industry with a highly skilled and dedicated workforce. Its role during the pandemic was as important as the healthcare sector. Of course, it always was – but now people are much more aware of it.

Five years from now, will the future be bright for UK logistics?

Yes. People will always hope to eat, buy stuff, travel, shop and do DIY. Our business makes that happen.

Robert Jervis, Multimodal 2021