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Waitrose To Open New Fulfillment Centre For Online Groceries Sales
Waitrose is continuing to build capacity in its online grocery business with the opening of a new bespoke dot.com fulfilment centre in Coulsdon on 3 March 2015.
This facility will employ 450 Partners by the end of January 2016.
Waitrose is proposing to close its existing fulfilment centre in Acton in Spring 2015. The centre will almost certainly be the subject of a compulsory purchase order for HS2 in 2017. Waitrose is consulting Partners about this now so they can take advantage of the job opportunities created by the opening of Coulsdon.
This new centre will have twice the capacity of Acton and so, along with vacancies in nearby branches, there will be enough employment opportunities for all Acton Partners.
Waitrose.com customers in London will continue to receive the same level of service.
Ice Cream, You Scream, LPR Screams For R&R Ice Cream!
LPR, Europe’s second largest pallet pooling provider, has confirmed its ongoing relationship with R&R Ice Cream, celebrating a successful 12 month partnership.
R&R became Europe’s largest private label manufacturer of ice creams and lollies after the acquisition of Fredericks Diaries in July 2013 and appointed LPR to deliver pallets across three UK sites. LPR already works with a number of R&R’s distributors and retail customers which has aided the smooth transition of the contract.
The relationship has so far seen LPR handle 215,000 pallets across a network of 196 drop-off locations. This has resulted in R&R receiving a 12% cost saving, as well as an 80% reduction in time spent on administration and pallet reconciliation. Overall, R&R has also benefitted from a superior pallet quality.
Throughout Europe, LPR handles more than 53 million pallet movements a year; making the pallet pool operator a leading player within the FMCG sector.
Jill Browning, head of logistics at R&R, said: “Working with LPR is a dream in terms of administration and reconciliations because I don’t have to do any! The contract is so straightforward and LPR has been incredibly professional throughout the whole changeover. They worked closely with us to ensure a smooth process, especially considering the huge number of pallet movements required.”
Managing director of LPR UK, Jane Gorick, added: “By building a strong working partnership and embracing a collaborative approach, we were able to find the optimum approach for R&R’s logistics operation. Because of this, we have been able to deliver an efficient and effective solution that meets the company’s specific needs. This demonstrates that our flexible, high quality and reliable manner is essential in the modern business environment.”
In what is described as its most ambitious initiative to date, the Fork Lift Truck Association is spearheading a nationwide drive to improve safety at every site that uses fork lift trucks: be it one or one hundred.
The Safer Site Programme is a free, online, step-by-step safety programme that anyone can implement.
The idea is simple: each month the FLTA will publish on its website a new step in the programme. Each step will contain advice, guidance, resources and a series of practical tasks that must be completed to move through the process. The aim of the programme is threefold: 1. to actively drive down the number and frequency of fork lift truck accidents – and near misses – in the UK 2. to share successful safety initiatives between companies who operate fork lift trucks and to improve the general level of safety precautions on UK fork lift truck sites 3. to encourage open, blame-free incidence reporting so that everyone feels able to highlight dangerous practices freely and without recriminations
To find out more, or to take your first step on the programme, visit the FLTA website where you will find all the information you need. To add an element of fun and competition, the Association is also asking everyone taking part in the programme to take a ‘selfie’ photograph of the most important safety feature on their site. Called a ‘Safety Selfie’, the photo should include both the safety feature AND the person responsible for implementing that safety initiative on the site.
Ten lucky winners in the competition will each receive a Kindle Fire HD tablet thanks to generous sponsorship from Rivermore Asset Finance, who are marking a decade supporting the materials handling industry.
The competition will run until 31st December 2014 and is open to anyone who works on or around fork lift trucks (full details are on the FLTA website). To check out the entries so far, head to the special ‘Safety Selfie’ gallery on the website. How to save a life: a roadmap to a safer site
The FLTA would urge every person reading this, and every company whose work involves fork lift trucks, to participate in the Safer Site Programme and take this simple first step for their colleagues’ benefit, and their own.
If you want to know how to save a life, now or in the future, this is it. The Fork Lift Truck Association is the UK’s independent authority on fork lift trucks. For more information, please visit www.fork-truck.org.uk or call 01635 277577.