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Roses are red, violets are blue... How are flowers transported to you?

Roses are red, violets are blue... How are flowers transported to you?
Kerry-Ann Holleyman, February 26, 2019

Flower Power!

Flowers are a major part of many events all year round, including birthdays, weddings and funerals, but findings show that sales spike in the UK at this time of year thanks to Valentine’s Day in February and Mothers’ day in March. As with all perishables, a great deal of care must be taken in the transportation of the flowers from the field to a loved one's hands – so how do logistics professionals deal with the increased demand for this fragile package this time of year? 

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Coping with Christmas: Thank you Logistics Professionals!

Coping with Christmas: Thank you Logistics Professionals!
Danielle Williams, December 14, 2018

Christmas is coming…

Christmas is fast approaching, and the general population are getting ready to sit back with a mince pie in hand, to order their festive shopping online, but do we ever stop to think about the logistics involved in ensuring that our parcel arrives on time for Christmas?

Logistics companies start planning months in advance of the big day; this involves hiring additional warehouse staff, longer working hours, early promotions, superfluous warehouse space and extra delivery vehicles driving more routes.

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Supply Chain Stages: where do our products come from?

Supply Chain Stages: where do our products come from?
Emma Bray, June 25, 2018

In an age of online shopping it’s very easy to forget the processes involved in getting products delivered to your door or local shop - one click of a button and the next day you can be enjoying your new purchase… But what steps do our goods go through to get to us? There are 4 main stages to the supply chain model; from the initial manufactured products, through to the transportation of goods ready for distribution, and finally, to the retailer ready for sale to the consumer. 

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Weathering the storm! The Logistics Industry

Weathering the storm! The Logistics Industry
Gabriella Vianello, March 20, 2018

With regular storms sweeping the USA, logistics companies across the states will need to consider contingency plans and take precautions to ensure that their operations do not come to a standstill. Although bad weather will always create difficulties, by taking certain measures, it is possible to minimise the level of disruption to logistics processes and ensure that shipments are received as quickly as possible despite the unforgiving conditions.

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Logistics drones: invasive or innovative?

Logistics drones: invasive or innovative?
Katie Smith, October 24, 2017

Garden Voyeurism

Last weekend whilst enjoying some relaxed autumn gardening I was startled by a strange buzzing sound from on high. I looked up expecting an obnoxious insect but instead spotted a drone hovering above my back garden. This was the first time I had been visited by a drone and I wasn’t sure what to make of it, so I waved. The drone, seemingly appeased by this, scooted away, but it got me thinking… Realistically, what useful purposes do drones actually serve?

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Categories: International, Shipping

Preventing Illegal Immigration

Preventing Illegal Immigration
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 27, 2017

Illegal immigration is a huge topic right now across the globe. Every year, thousands of migrants attempt to travel between countries illegally, hitching a ride on various different freight vehicles. For freight companies this can lead to serious problems and costly fines if vehicles aren’t secured against these illegal immigrants. 

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Categories: Shipping, Trucks

Why Online Shopping Delivery Fails

Why Online Shopping Delivery Fails
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 3, 2017

Every year the number of purchases made online continues to increase, and as of 2017, online shoppers in the UK spend more per household than in any other county, an average of £4,611 per year. Yet, amongst all of these purchases are many deliveries that fail to reach their consumers…buy why?

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Categories: Shipping

First UK Rail Freight Service to China

First UK Rail Freight Service to China
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, May 18, 2017

The first rail freight service from the UK to China departed last month from the rail terminal at DP World’s London Gateway port in Essex and has now completed its 17-day, 7,500-mile journey. 

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Categories: Shipping

The Effect of Brexit on Global Supply Chains

The Effect of Brexit on Global Supply Chains
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, October 31, 2016

The effects of Brexit are far reaching for a wide variety of industry sectors around the globe, and the logistics sector is by no means exempt. There are severe implications for supply chain, logistics and distribution sectors as a result of Brexit, both positive and negative. 

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Categories: Commercial, Shipping

CSCL Globe

CSCL Globe
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, January 25, 2016

CSCL Globe began its maiden voyage just over a year ago and the shipping monstrosity still remains one of the largest container ships in the world. Measuring more than 400m in length, longer than the Shard is tall, the cargo ship can hold around 19,000 standard sized containers and arrived in Felixstowe on Wednesday 7th January 2015 as the first ship of its kind to transport that many goods in a single journey.

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Categories: Shipping

Apple iPhone Logistics

Apple iPhone Logistics
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, November 27, 2015

Apple logistics must always run smoothly, and for a company that brands itself as accessible, attainable luxury it’s no surprise that the iPhone logistics operation is one of the shining examples of a well-organized supply chain.

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Operation Stack and M20 Traffic Delays

Operation Stack and M20 Traffic Delays
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, June 30, 2015

Operation stack has now reached phase four with the M20 closed coastbound between junctions 8 and 11, and Londonbound between junctions 9 and 8. The queue of freight traffic is the result of a strike by MyFerryLink workers, which began on 29th June, after DFDS promised to save only 202 of the 600 jobs at risk from the company’s liquidation.

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Categories: Shipping, Trucks

How Safe is Your Freight?

How Safe is Your Freight?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, April 30, 2015

Safety is a big issue for logistics companies. The goods you transport from A to B have to remain safe to keep both insurance premiums low and clients satisfied. But what mode of transport is safest?

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Goods Lost in Transit

Goods Lost in Transit
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, March 5, 2014

Goods Lost in Transit (GLIT) is a big problem for ecommerce companies. Before any investigation, the average operational cost is already over £40. As a result many companies are accepting losses to save time and money but people are taking advantage of this. Goods Lost in Transit is becoming the new retail fraud.

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Categories: Shipping, Tracking