Supply Chain

The future of sustainable farming comes to York

The event – “Profiting from Sustainability” to be held on December 10th - will connect supply chain partners in Yorkshire and open opportunities for farmers, growers and major brands to explore shared sustainability benefits that result in profitable outcomes for all.

Some of the world's biggest brands are sending speakers to “Profiting from Sustainability”, including: Dr Nigel Davies – Manufacturing & Sustainability Director – Muntons; Mark Pettigrew – European Agricultural Sustainability Manager – PepsiCo; Jan Reinier de Jonge – Farmer from the Heineken Skylark Project – Netherlands; David Paterson – Head of Public Affairs Heineken UK; Olivia Knight-Adams – Environmental Manager (NWEN) – Coca-Cola; and Patrick Charlton – European VP Alltech. Paul Rhodes from Future Food Solutions will also be speaking.

The seminar, organised by Future Food Solutions and sponsored by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, will also identify Farming Forum members who are interested in working collaboratively with supply chain partners, developing future plans based on direct communication, understanding each other’s needs and shared innovation.

Steve Cann, of Future Food Solutions, one of the organisers of the event said:

"We're urging delegates to grasp the opportunity, to be part of a new programme that will improve connectivity with customers, who happen to be some of the world’s biggest brands. We hope this event will be the start of supply chain partnering, based on a shared approach that will influence the future direction of the food and farming sustainability agenda.”

Barry Dodd, CBE, Chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership says: “It is vital that businesses respond to market demand. We’re backing this conference because it provides our farming community the chance to hear first-hand from global food brands, who have their finger on the pulse of the consumer. We will ensure that the opportunities that emerge from the conference are translated into greater profits and more sustainable practices.”

The event is for Yorkshire, East Riding and Humberside farmers, along with their primary supply chain partners.

There will be a feedback event in late Spring 2015 where a wider audience will be invited to attend.

“Profiting from Sustainability” will run from 9.30am to 2.00pm on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at York Sports Club, Clifton Park, Shipton Road, York YO30 5RE. 

Tickets to the event can be found here.

BITO creates more room in Bidvest’s freezer

BITO Storage Solutions has provided Bidvest Logistics with a space efficient push-back racking solution, which also accommodates marshalling to optimise available space in a coldstore.

Bidvest Logistics is the leading supplier of logistics and supply chain solutions to the UK hospitality and restaurant sector, which include items such a chips and burgers for distribution to leading restaurant chains across the country. It’s a fast moving operation and having taken over a distribution centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire at the beginning of 2013 Bidvest soon found that the existing racking in the specialised freezer unit did not offer quite enough capacity for the company’s growing frozen goods operation.

Bidvest turned to BITO to provide a system that would fit into a small area used for marshalling within the coldstore of approximately 150 square metres. It also has a lower ceiling height than the rest of the building and houses the coldstore’s fans.

Peter Gaunt, Operations Director at Bidvest, says, “Our challenge was a shortage of bulk storage locations, with a requirement to maintain our floor dispatch marshalling lanes. As we were operational we also required the solution to be built and installed without causing disruption to our picking and dispatch operations.”

BITO provided a competitively priced push back system to give a dense storage solution. Where standard pallet racking might get forty pallets within the allocated space, BITO’s solution accommodates over one hundred 1200x1000 mm pallets – which generally have a loaded 1800mm height and a 1 tonne weight.

“Following our visit to BITO’s test centre, where we reviewed many different options to solve our challenge, we decided upon the solution that is operational today. BITO’s solution provided us with the greatest number of bulk locations with an out of operational hours installation, along with the release of the working space following each phase of the build.”

To gain the density of storage locations within the area, BITO designed a 6.35 m high structure incorporating a simple push back system on two levels with 11 pallet lanes on each level. A third level provides four lanes between the coldstore fans at the top of the wall. The push back element of structure incorporates roller lanes that feature a brake roller for every pallet position. Bidvest’s pallets are handled within the push back system on their ‘longside’ at all times.

A novel part of installation is the addition of drive-in lanes on the ground level beneath the two main levels of roller lanes. Separated for safety by mesh, the drive-in lanes give Bidvest a marshalling area for fast moving pallets, which can be placed in to the lanes and accessed very quickly by ride-on lift trucks.

Dense push back racking is extremely beneficial in terms of space saving in a coldstore. Voice technology – another boon in coldstores - is used to inform Bidvest’s Warehouse Management System of the location of any pallet for picking. Being a LIFO (Last In, First Out) system - a couple of roller bed positions are kept empty for when goods with a lower date comes in.

BITO successfully met Bidvest’s need for delivering on a short leadtime: having received the order at the end of November, BITO completed the installation by second week in January. Quite an achievement, given the needs to build the racking in a working coldstore, with a temperature of minus 20 degrees centigrade, without holding up Bidvest’s normal operation.

Edward Hutchison, managing director at BITO Storage solutions, points to a trend for placing marshalling lanes beneath dense push-back and pallet live storage. He says, “This space efficient solution allows a mixture of slower and faster goods in a single system and allows ride-on stacker trucks to quickly drive into the lanes and pick up two or three pallets.

“It is particularly suitable where a lot of pallets need to be located into a small space. Cold stores are a prime example of such a space constrained environment because, ideally, you want the smallest possible space to freeze and to work in. All BITO components that form this solution are manufactured from pre-galvanised material so there will be no rusting when ambient pallets enter the system and the roller bearings are suited to working in a freezer.”

According to Peter Gaunt, BITO’s system delivers the key benefits of bulk storage to match Bidvest’s needs while also maintaining the company’s requirement for marshalling locations. “We found that working with BITO, the project was well planned and they delivered as per the agreed plan. The installation was a smooth process and each phase was delivered on time.”

Fraikin grows fleet management contract with Sainsbury’s

Fraikin has signed a two-year contract with Sainsbury’s to fleet manage all of the supermarket’s home delivery assets in southern England – accounting for more than 50% of its 3.5 tonne fleet. The new agreement means Sainsbury’s Online Grocery shoppers can be sure their orders will arrive at the agreed time.

Under the contract, Fraikin has grown its share of the Sainsbury’s fleet to 1000 vehicles operating from 120 stores, and covering an area of almost 52,000 sq km. This represents an increase in stores of 78% to Fraikin.

Key to securing a larger share of the business was Fraikin's proven ability to provide support 24/7 to the vehicles in a complex operating environment, where guaranteed delivery within the customer’s allocated time slot is essential – and vehicle downtime is simply not an option. This in turn gives Sainsbury’s customers a leading delivery service and high quality online shopping experience.

Fraikin’s team has tailored its offer for Sainsbury’s to include servicing via a combination of mobile technicians and Fraikin’s own branch network. Rigorous proactive maintenance is carried out every twelve weeks to ensure the fleet is maintained in line with Sainsbury’s exacting standards, whilst at the same time maximising fleet availability. Fraikin commits to immediately replace any vehicle which cannot be put back on the road, within three hours, no matter what the circumstances.

Simon Skeet, Head of Retail and Logistics Operations for Sainsbury’s Online, says, “Market leading customer service lies at the heart of our online shopping experience, and that means well-presented and punctual deliveries and value for money for our customers. Fraikin has consistently helped us to meet this requirement.”

A dedicated Fraikin team based in Coventry provides the supermarket with comprehensive around the clock fleet support for their specialised temperature controlled vehicles, putting Sainsbury’s firmly in the driving seat at getting deliveries quickly and efficiently from store to the door.

Peter Backhouse, Fraikin CEO, says, “Sainsbury’s has a commitment to delivering the highest quality of service and products to their customers to make them the standout choice for grocery home delivery. Meeting that commitment requires only the very best supplier partners. We are delighted that, having proved our capabilities since our first contract was signed in 2011, Sainsbury’s trust us to help to ensure they fulfil their promises every day to their customers.”

Sainsbury’s is recognised in the industry for its commitment to ensuring the highest fleet standards and is an accredited member of the Van Excellence programme, operated by the Freight Transport Association. Its home shopping fleet travels around 43 million miles per year, making 190,000 deliveries per week and providing coverage to 96% of UK households.

A-SAFE claim double eureka moment

Halifax-based A-SAFE, inventors of the world’s first fixed polymer safety barriers, have enjoyed double success with the new iFlex RackGuard.

Their RackGuard rack protection system was already a "Eureka!" product, installed in factories and warehouses around the world, protecting racking from the heavy impact of machinery. It was flexible, visually prominent and capable of absorbing impact, therefore reducing damage to the racking and, just as crucially, protecting stock and personnel in the process.

The new iFlex RackGuard takes an already fantastic product and improves it by implementing a whole host of new and unique benefits. In comes a Compression Hinge to ensure the rack leg is in a constant state of compression and is securely gripped. Then, a Centralising Rubber Lug ensures the RackGuard fits centrally to any rack leg. Finally, ten Frictional Grip Points provide an improved overall grip to any rack leg.

Add these features to the built-in memory properties of the material Memaplex, which allows the RackGuard to return to its original shape after repeated impacts, and include the fact that RackGuard will now fit around any leg size, and you are left with a product that is an improvement on an already truly outstanding design.

The Sure Chill Company shortlisted for two awards

The Sure Chill Company has been unveiled as an Institution of Engineering and Technology Awards finalist in the two categories of Healthcare Technologies and Sustainability.

The IET Awards seek to recognise the best innovations in engineering, science and technology.

The Sure Chill Company was selected as a finalist in both categories in recognition of how its technology is changing the face of refrigeration. Described by a Nobel Prize winning scientist as ‘simple but ingenious,’ the technology has been designed to harness a unique property of water that leads to the creation of a constantly chilled environment of 4ºC around a refrigeration compartment.

This is the optimal temperature for ensuring the safe transportation and storage of vaccines. Furthermore, the system creates its own energy store meaning that it can provide a constantly chilled storage environment where power is intermittent. If there is no power source, the system can even use solar power.

The company has also received recognition from UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and the Global Alliances for Vaccines and Immunisations.

Marc Evans, CEO, The Sure Chill Company, says: “At the heart of our technology is a very simple concept. But to take that concept and to turn it into a reality that has the potential to transform millions of lives around the world requires a healthy dose of vision and determination. These are characteristics that each and every one of our team has. Being shortlisted for such a prestigious set of awards is testament to their dedication and commitment.”

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Innovation Awards recognise excellence across 16 categories from sustainability and transport to communications and healthcare technologies. Now in their 10th year, the awards are renowned for raising the profile of winners and bringing them to a wider audience.

Barry Callebaut Group to switch European CBEs to RSPO fully segregated

The Barry Callebaut Group is switching its sourcing of core Cocoa Butter Equivalents from RSPO mass balance to RSPO fully segregated material across its European operations. With this sustainable approach, the company aims to lead the confectionery market in offering fully traceable solutions to its customers.

CBEs are used in specific recipes for confectionery products. They contain a variety of oils such palm and shea and are comparable to cocoa butter in terms of physical properties. Segregation ensures that certified palm is physically kept apart throughout the supply chain and is fully present in the end product.

Massimo Garavaglia, President Western Europe, says, “The demand for food products produced in a responsible way continues to grow, and we’re seeing an increasing number of customers requesting sustainable and traceable ingredients. With this move to fully RSPO segregated CBEs, we are taking another pro-active step in meet ing customers’ needs and at the same time supporting sustainable agriculture that safeguards the environment in equatorial regions.”

The Barry Callebaut Group is committed to making its supply chain more sustainable, primarily in cocoa farming but also in the sourcing of palm oil and palm oil derivatives. The Barry Callebaut Group has been an approved member of RSPO since 2011, and in 2013, the Group announced the switch to sourcing fully segregated RSPO-certified palm oil across Europe. Since then, the company has certified almost all of its manufacturing operations worldwide to be able to offer products with segregated RSPO palm oil.

Helping children with cancer this Christmas

For the second year running Palletline are supporting the Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance with their Cycling Santas festive endurance.

Allports, a commercial vehicle supplier to Palletline will be providing the van and Palletline will be supplying the driver. This support vehicle will accompany the Cycling Santas throughout their five day journey and will carry essential kit including spare bike parts, first aid, food and drink and presents for the children undergoing treatment for Neuroblastoma cancer this Christmas.

The cyclists' journey makes stops at London, Oxford, Birmingham, Chester, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast visiting and handing out presents to children with Neuroblastoma.

This year Palletline will have their own Cycling Santas as staff from head office and the member network have volunteered to give up their time, cycle hundreds of miles and deliver presents to these children.

If you would like to sponsor Palletline’s own Cycling Santas, visit their Justgiving page and give as much or as little as you can.

DHL’s call to build the environmental supply chain

The environmental supply chain has been revealed as an untapped opportunity to capture value and drive topline revenue, according to a new whitepaper.

Where the supply chain was formerly the weakest link from a sustainability perspective, the new, closed loop environmental supply chain is a business imperative that can reduce carbon, deliver significant cost savings and improve favorability with consumers.

“Closing The Loop: Building the Environmental Supply Chain” the new whitepaper by Lisa Harrington, President of the lharrington group LLC, has been commissioned by DHL, the world’s leading logistics company.

It makes the case for businesses to think differently about their supply chains and the ‘costs’ attached to going green. The paper argues that best-practice businesses - such as P&G which recently reported nearly $1billion in cost savings from its environmental supply chain - no longer perceive sustainability as a cost, but recognize it as an opportunity to create value.

Lisa Harrington, President, lharrington group LLC, says: “A great shift in attitudes is currently underway across industries. Gone are the old and dated misconceptions that ‘green’ means higher costs. Where the environmental supply chain model is executed correctly, companies are capitalizing on increased revenue and social kudos from customers, while also ensuring their business is operating in line with necessary compliance measures.

“The recipe for success is to get the four principles right. These are reduce, reuse, recycle and recapture. Reduction is all about eliminating waste by injecting efficiency, reusing involves product refurbishment, while recycling is ensuring that your waste becomes opportunity. Recapturing is the process of breaking down end-of-life products to harvest residual value such as precious metals.”

Faced by driving market trends such as escalating consumer pressure, the need to improve efficiency and reduce cost, the compliance squeeze enforced by legislators, and rising expectations of corporate responsibility; companies are reevaluating their approach to environmental supply chain management. Leading companies are creating value by modifying their supply chains to manage their key inputs and outputs such as energy, carbon, water, materials and waste in a way that can reduce the environmental footprint of a business and generate new sources of revenue from residual value.

The whitepaper identifies solutions that will enable companies to realize the four principles of the environmental supply chain. A Lead Environmental Partner (LEP) fulfills a control tower role by monitoring the forward and reverse flows of the supply chain to identify opportunities that make environmental and economic sense. The next solution is the closed loop supply chain management approach which integrates waste recycling, value recovery and environmental protection compliance through an LEP that manages collection, sortation and recycling streams. Finally, the LEP provides visibility through its detailed carbon reporting that allows progress tracking better management.

Chris Jackson, Vice President, Envirosolutions, DHL Supply Chain says: “The environmental supply chain has fast become an opportunity and necessity for companies. Companies demonstrating best practice are driving down costs and saving millions while also ensuring their business is up to the standard of modern compliance measures which can potentially incur damages if not.

“LEPs help make the cost savings even greater with their ability to act as a single vendor for a company’s waste management, ensuring the best recyclable rates are achieved and the process is simplified as much as possible. For example, the integrated partner approach is now at the forefront of waste management with companies receiving their shipments and having their recyclable waste collected by the same vehicle. Having a partner that can fulfill this role saves companies hundreds of thousands in land fill tax savings and reduces carbon emissions significantly as well.”

The white paper can be downloaded in full at

Sharwood’s serves up excitement with new Pastry Bakes

South Wales pastry manufacturer Peter’s Food Service has struck a licensing deal with Asian cuisine brand Sharwood’s to launch a new range of Sharwood’s chilled pastry bakes.

Working in partnership with Sharwood’s brand owner Premier Foods, Peter’s will manufacture, market and sell a new range of naan-shaped pastry bakes so that consumers can ‘serve up some excitement’ to their day with a new way to enjoy their favourite Sharwood’s curry sauces at any time, in any place.

Filled with the authentic Sharwood’s flavours that curry fans know and love, the new range of 150g pastry bakes will be available in Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Madras, Chicken Balti and Chicken Korma.

With a recommended retail selling price of £1.50 the pastry bakes offer great value for money.

They can be enjoyed either hot or cold at any time, in any place.

Delphine Grauf, Marketing Controller Sharwood’s says: “Sharwood’s is renowned as the UK’s number one brand for Asian cuisine, allowing consumers to create delicious curry and Chinese nights at home. Our Indian products are particularly popular, accounting for 63% of total retail sales”.

“With the introduction of these products, consumers can now enjoy our flavoursome Indian curries any time.

“Coupled with the strong consumer equity of the Sharwood’s brand, we are confident that the products will have wide market appeal and attract new consumers to the chilled pastry category.”

The category extension marks a new era for Sharwood’s, with the brand currently ranging cooking sauces, naan breads, crackers, noodles, poppadoms and mango chutney.

Clare Morgan, Marketing Director for Peter’s Food Service says: “Consumers are already familiar with Indian cuisine in the chilled pastry category.

“We believe the rich, delicious flavours of the Sharwood’s curry sauces, encased in a naan-shaped pastry bake with sprinkles, will resonate with avid chilled pastry consumers and new consumers alike.

“We are delighted to be working with such a well-loved brand to bring this new range to market.”

The Sharwood’s chilled pastry range will launch exclusively in Asda in October.

The launch will be supported by an integrated PR and marketing campaign.

Mobility conference hailed a success

The fifth Annual Enterprise Mobility conference saw 160 delegates and sponsors packed out Peak-Ryzex headquarters, with 76% of delegates attending the event for the first time.

The event attracted a range of industries including retail, manufacturing, T&L, utilities and many more. Delegates ranged from IT directors, business analysts, project managers and consultants, all looking at learning the latest trends from industry experts, sharing experiences and meeting with suppliers under one roof.

The conference series has gained momentum over the years and is now firmly established as a must-attend event for those involved in enterprise mobile projects. This year’s theme, “Enterprise Mobility: The Unstoppable Wave”, reflects the way mobile technology has transformed the way we interact, exchange information and connect in our personal lives and changed the way we do business.

Keynote speaker Kim Gasson, CTO of BT Global Services, Fieldforce Automation, identified some of the emerging trends in mobile technologies namely M2M, Internet of Things and EMM. He discussed what companies can do now to prepare for the influx of data to their operations brought about by IoT and how can they turn it into advantage.

Following a greatly received presentation by Padraig Regan, CTO of B2M Solutions, about using data for business intelligence, Peak-Ryzex customers TNT Express, EDF Energy and Environment Agency provided a candid dialogue of lessons learned when rolling out mobile projects and suggested deployment best practices.

Jessica Davies, Marketing Manager at Peak-Ryzex and organiser of the event, says, “Mobility isn’t going to disappear so our goal for the event is to help organisations stay apace of technology developments and get ahead in their respective markets. The feedback we have received has been extremely positive and with 90% of delegates expressing an interest to attend next year’s conference.”

Special thanks goes to Headline sponsor Motorola Solutions, conference lounge sponsor Samsung, evening sponsor Wavelink, and the other sixteen sponsors who exhibited at the event.

Preceding the conference, a charity golf and karting day took place at Castle Combe Golf Club and Castle Combe Circuit raising over £10,000 in total for two chosen charities, SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity) Swindon and Megan Baker House.

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