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Courier Express Refrigerated Transport, one of the UK’s leading providers of specialised temperature-controlled transportation solutions, has continued its expansion across the UK after announcing a record set of results for 2015/16, increasing sales by 25% to £2m and employee numbers across the company.
A total of eight new staff were added in 2015/16, taking the total number of employees to 45 as of June 2016. Whilst, the business has added five new vehicles to its fleet in 2016, which will now be utilised in the Midlands and South East.
It is another consecutive year of growth for Courier Express, with record sales accompanied by an expansion in operational capabilities. Courier Express now has regional sites in London, Kettering, Bedford, Manchester and Leeds.
During 2015/6 activity increased in core markets of food and drink and pharmaceutical distribution, where the company has significant experience and expertise working on jobs across the UK, with substantial progress made in Kettering, Bedford and central London.
The refrigerated courier has also stepped up service levels in the food samples sector and completed numerous jobs for several leading food manufacturers, retail outlets and universities.
John Lee, Courier Express managing director said: “We are delighted to have once again delivered a record year of growth. Despite challenging conditions within the logistics industry, we have been able to not only sustain growth, but increase operations in new key regions such as central London, Bedford and Kettering. These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication put in by all members of the Courier Express team.”
BRC Publishes Revised Global Standard for Storage and Distribution
BRC Global Standards has published the third issue of its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution on 1 August 2016, and audits against Issue 3 will begin on 1 February 2017.
Originally introduced in 2006, the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was developed by a multi-stakeholder group including industry representatives, certification bodies and retailers, to provide the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing Standards and the end users; retailers and food service companies. The Standard is designed to ensure best practice in handling, storage and distribution of products and promotes continuous improvement in operating practices to ensure product safety, quality and legality. It also enables certification of a range of contracted services commonly operated by storage companies on behalf of their customers to take into account the often diverse operations and networks making up the distribution chain.
Issue 3 of this Standard has been developed by a multi-stakeholder group including retailers, food service companies, industry trade associations, independent experts and certification bodies, and builds upon the experience from the previous issue. In revising the Standard, the current requirements have been developed to ensure that they are robust enough to meet the industry needs. Where applicable, requirements have been aligned with those that feature in the other Global Standards to ensure consistency and confidence throughout the entire supply chain.
The development of Issue 3 followed a wide consultation to understand stakeholders' requirements. A review of emerging issues was also carried out in the logistics industry and the industries it serves. The information has been developed and reviewed by a working group composed of stakeholders representing different sectors of the logistics industry, retailers, brand owners, certification bodies and independent technical experts.
The focus for Issue 3 is:
* continuing to ensure consistency of the audit process * grading system to increase recognition for better performing companies unannounced options - full and 2 part to give even more confidence to customers that standards are constantly being applied * greater consistency with the requirements of the other BRC Global Standards vehicle and load security * more robust requirements for own-label wholesalers to reduce their exposure to fraud * increased supplier approval requirements * focus on companies providing contracted services in areas that have traditionally resulted in recalls and withdrawals (e.g. label and packing management)
Thomas Owen, BRC Global Standards Scheme Manager, said: "The development of Issue 3 has been based on the values of the previous issues while ensuring that the update reflects the latest best practices. The consultation with the users of the Standard set the main focus for the rewrite on improving product security and reducing vulnerabilities in the supply chain. A big thank you to all the members of the working group as well as those that provided feedback on the various drafts of the Standard."
The BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 3 will be available on BRC Participate, along with the Interpretation Guideline. BRC Participate offers immediate access to all documents relevant to a particular Standard, linking them clause by clause. Printed copies and PDF downloads are also available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop.
Expansion in the home food delivery market and increased regulation in the pharmaceutical industry is driving demand for thermal blankets needed to protect cargo during transportation.
German company EcoCool relies on Walki for insulation material used in its thermal blankets and insulated shipping boxes. Ecocool’s customers include logistics companies who ship pharmaceuticals, online food deliveries and other temperature-sensitive cargo during long-distance flights.
The insulation material, Isohood 2L2, is a double-layer bubble film coated with aluminium. EcoCool’s thermal blankets reflect IR-radiation so they restore heat for transportation of sensitive chemicals during winter, and keep the heat out when shipping pharmaceuticals that need to be kept below a certain temperature.
Ever-tightening regulation in the pharmaceutical industry puts Ecocool under pressure. Walki does continuous R&D efforts to help Ecocool comply with regulations.
“We are very happy with the partnership with Walki. It plays a vital part in our success, supplying us with a constant stream of sample materials to test. ” says EcoCool’s Florian Siedenburg.
“This product is a good example of innovation and cooperation within the Walki group,” explains Steven Verheul, Sales Manager at Walki’s Haarlem plant in the Netherlands. The Valkeakoski plant in Finland makes the lacquered aluminium which is then combined with bubble film produced in Haarlem.