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Fleet Services Management Summit – There’s still time to register!

There are a handful of delegate places still available at this autumn’s Fleet Services Management Summit – a unique event designed specifically for fleet management specialists.

11 & 12 November 2019 – Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire

Your personal two-day experience will be created based entirely on your own requirements and interests…

Receive a bespoke itinerary of 1-2-1 meetings with suppliers who match your business and upcoming projects

Choose to attend a range of insightful seminar sessions hosted by industry thought-leaders.

Meanwhile, we will provide all of our VIP guests with full hospitality, including overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment.

We have just 60 VIP places, so register today so that we can start creating your own personalised experience at the Summit.

Meet the partners you need at the Total Supply Chain Summit

Looking for new supply chain solutions? Start right here…

Sourcing new suppliers, solutions and innovations is time-consuming and, frankly, dull. Hours of Googling, arranging meetings and travel… but there is another way.

The Total Supply Chain Summit is our answer.

4 & 5 November – The Midland Hotel, Manchester

This two-day event will give you the opportunity to meet with innovative and budget-saving suppliers, face-to-face, based on your own individual requirements.

No time wasted. And no hard sell.

It’s free for you to attend, plus lunch, refreshments and ‘after show’ drinks are included.

But you should register now to avoid disappointment as we have a limited number of free VIP places.

The suppliers attending will cover the full range of solutions you may require, and include:

  • BITO Storage Systems – Storage Solutions
  • Ceva Logistics – Supply Chain Management
  • Opentext – Enterprise Information Management
  • Honeywell – Voice Directed Work Solutions for Warehouses
  • Kite Packaging – Packaging Solutions
  • Hermes Parcelnet – Parcel Delivery
  • mda – Fulfillment
  • Peak-Ryzex – Enterprise Mobility Integrator
  • TimoCom – Augmented Logistics
  • Reply Logistics – Logistics Solutions
  • Peak ai – ai Supply Chain
  • VolteQ – Voice Directed Work Solutions
  • Sage – Accounting Solutions
  • Dtt Logistics – Supply Chain Solutions
  • Pallite – Pallets & Temporary Storage

This is two days of ‘speed dating’ for business, and you’ll also have the opportunity to attend inspirational seminar sessions and network with like-minded professionals throughout the event.

Places are limited, so register today!

IBM and Chainyard unveil Trust Your Supplier blockhain network

IBM and blockchain services and consulting specialist Chainyard have announced Trust Your Supplier (TYS), a blockchain network designed to improve supplier qualification, validation, on boarding and life cycle information management.

Founding participants alongside IBM include Cisco, Anheuser-Busch InBev, GlaxoSmithKleine, Lenovo, Nokia, Schneider Electric and Vodafone. 

Trust Your Supplier is designed to eliminate manual time-consuming processes and help reduce the risk of fraud and errors, creating frictionless connectivity across supply chains.

“Blockchain has the ability to completely transform how companies onboard and manage their supplier network for the future,” said Renee Ure, Chief Supply Chain Officer for Lenovo’s Data Center Group. “Through Trust Your Supplier, both buyers and suppliers will the see the procurement benefits of blockchain through reductions in cost, complexity and speed.”

Trust Your Supplier creates a digital passport for supplier identity on the blockchain network that allows suppliers to share information with any permissioned buyer on the network.

The partners says Blockchain ensures a permissioned based data sharing network, helping reduce the time and cost associated with qualifying, validating and managing new suppliers, while creating new business opportunities among suppliers and buyers. 

Third-party validators, such as Dun & Bradstreet, Ecovadis and RapidRatings provide outside verification or audit capabilities directly on the network.

“Working with IBM and Chainyard on this blockchain initiative represents a great opportunity for Nokia to further enhance our suppliers’ experience and optimise the onboarding process,” said Sanjay Mehta, Vice President Procurement, Nokia. “Using the latest technology to address a classical challenge will be of benefit for everyone, and further increase the speed of using innovative solutions.”

With over 18,500 suppliers around the world, IBM will begin using the Trust Your Supplier network initially onboarding 4,000 of its own North American suppliers over the next few months. IBM Procurement projects a 70 to 80 percent reduction in the cycle time to onboard new suppliers, with a potential 50 percent reduction in administrative costs within its own business.

Looking for new supply chain solutions? Start right here…

Sourcing new suppliers, solutions and innovations is time-consuming and, frankly, dull. Hours of Googling, arranging meetings and travel… but there is another way.

The Total Supply Chain Summit is our answer.

4 & 5 November – The Midland Hotel, Manchester

This two-day event will give you the opportunity to meet with innovative and budget-saving suppliers, face-to-face, based on your own individual requirements.

No time wasted. And no hard sell.

It’s free for you to attend, plus lunch, refreshments and ‘after show’ drinks are included.

But you should register now to avoid disappointment as we have a limited number of free VIP places.

The suppliers attending will cover the full range of solutions you may require, and include:

  • BITO Storage Systems – Storage Solutions
  • Ceva Logistics – Supply Chain Management
  • Opentext – Enterprise Information Management
  • Honeywell – Voice Directed Work Solutions for Warehouses
  • Kite Packaging – Packaging Solutions
  • Hermes Parcelnet – Parcel Delivery
  • mda – Fulfillment
  • Peak-Ryzex – Enterprise Mobility Integrator
  • TimoCom – Augmented Logistics
  • Reply Logistics – Logistics Solutions
  • Peak ai – ai Supply Chain
  • VolteQ – Voice Directed Work Solutions
  • Sage – Accounting Solutions
  • Dtt Logistics – Supply Chain Solutions
  • Pallite – Pallets & Temporary Storage

This is two days of ‘speed dating’ for business, and you’ll also have the opportunity to attend inspirational seminar sessions and network with like-minded professionals throughout the event.

Places are limited, so register today to find out more.

The Fleet Services Management Summit: An event created just for you

This autumn we are hosting the Fleet Services Management Summit – a unique event designed specifically for fleet management professionals like you.

11 & 12 November 2019 – Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire

Your personal two-day experience will be created based entirely on your own requirements and interests:

  • Receive a bespoke itinerary of 1-2-1 meetings with suppliers who match your business and upcoming projects.
  • Choose to attend a range of insightful seminar sessions hosted by industry thought-leaders.

Meanwhile, we will provide all of our VIP guests with full hospitality, including overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment.

We have just 60 VIP places, so register today so that we can start creating your own personalised experience at the Summit.

RHA implores Gove to act on ‘no deal’ Brexit safeguards

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has called on the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, to act urgently so that goods can continue to flow across borders in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

In a letter to the cabinet minister in charge of Brexit arrangements, RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett set out the measures he says would ensure high volumes of freight could continue moving if customs controls are introduced on 31 October.

He urged Gove to press government departments to:

  • Produce clear guidance on how the whole end-to-end journey will operate
  • Open and authorise new and substantial customs facilities for transit
  • Introduce consolidated and simplified import safety & security declaration system
  • Launch emergency and free online customs training for traders
  • Make lorry holding facilities such as Operation Brock fit for purpose
  • Abolish the 22 percent tariff on new trucks

Burnett said that the Association is frustrated with the previous government’s lack of progress in its Brexit preparations and believes that Whitehall officials have underestimated the complexities of international road haulage.

“We need to focus on the immediate action required for our industry to be prepared… the priority is very simple – to maximise the number of freight vehicles that can cross the border quickly to ensure the supply chain everyone is reliant upon can continue,” added Burnett.

Quick progress on the RHA’s six actions would minimise delays in the supply chain as customs sites and logistics firms face overwhelming bureaucracies, the Association said.

Future fleet fuel mix in flux

Fleets of the future will use an increasingly diverse range of fuels – but there remains a mixed picture for diesel company cars despite new technology that is making them more environmentally friendly.

That’s according to new research from Arval, which asked fleet managers how the availability of new diesel vehicles with equal NOx and fine particle emissions to petrol models would impact on their fleet.

44% said they would continue to buy diesel cars and 5% said they would increase their share. However, 29% said they would continue to reduce the number of diesels they operated and 7% that they would persist with their current policy of not buying diesels.

The findings come from the 2019 edition of Arval Mobility Observatory, which covers 3,930 fleets and asks a wide ranging set of questions about fleet and mobility trends.

The research also looked at how diesel vehicles would be replaced in this scenario. Interestingly, just 4% of respondents said they would opt for petrol cars while 22% planned to swap their diesels for alternative fuels.

Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said: “RDE2 diesels are starting to become available and some of them are comparable with petrol on NOx emissions while also offering better CO2output and fuel economy.

“However, it appears that diesel has become so inherently unpopular as the result of recent emissions controversies that there will be no large scale resurgence in its popularity, despite this development.

“Against this backdrop, it is important to note that around half of fleets are planning to continue to operate diesel cars, recognising their suitability in certain situations.”

Sadlier added that it was noteworthy that businesses planning to replace their diesel vehicles are more often intending to switch into alternative fuels rather than petrol.

“Roughly six times as many fleets will be replacing their diesels with hybrids or EVs as with petrol, and this should give a strong push to alternative fuel adoption over the next few years,” said Adler. “Certainly, we see many fleets swapping their diesels for hybrids.

“Our position is very much that the fleet of the future will use a diverse range of fuels, with the emphasis being placed on matching the needs of the driver to the right vehicle, and we are doing a lot of work in helping fleets start to make these decisions.”

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Logistics employees among most likely to suffer relationship breakdowns

Workers with a background in healthcare and transport & logistics are among the most likely to have experienced a work-related break-up.

That’s according to research from WMB Logistics, which polled 3,000 retired Britons about how their previous career choices and working lives had affected their personal relationships, particularly with their partners.

89% of retirees agreed that issues relating to their careers had affected their day-to-day lives outside of the workplace, with ‘a pressure to hit targets’ (29%), ‘long/unsociable working hours’ (24%) and ‘poor relationships with co-workers’ (16%) emerging as the most likely reasons why. 

When asked if their career had been a contributing factor in the breakdown of a long-term relationship or marriage during their working lives, almost one third (31%) admitted that it had been. 

All participants taking part in the study, whether they’d experienced a relationship breakdown or not, were asked to state the industry or sector they’d worked in to determine any patterns.

Subsequently, the five industries in which workers were most likely to have experienced relationship breakdowns were found to be:

  1. Healthcare – 65% (the number of relationship breakdowns in this sector alone)
  2. Transport & Logistics – 61%
  3. Social care – 56%
  4. Hospitality – 56%
  5. Sport & Fitness  – 54%

Those who cited that long or unsociable working hours were the main reason their work-life balance failed stated it had affected their relationship as they typically either ‘drifted apart’ from their partner (36%) or one or both of them had gone on to be unfaithful (24%). 

When looking at the industries found to be the most successful at maintaining a long-term partnerships, those working in Administration (5%), Hair and Beauty (7%) and Retail sectors (8%) all had very low percentages in terms of the number of failed relationships.

Just 5% attributed relationship/marriage counselling to their success, with over half (56%) disclosing how they and made time for their partner and left their working lives outside of the home.

A senior spokesperson for WMB Logistics said: “The majority of us spend a significantly larger portion of our waking hours at work than we do at home with our spouses and families, so what little time we do get should be spent wisely; talking, enjoying each other’s company and leaving work at the office. That being said, in many industries there are pressures and deadlines that will mean work spills into the evenings and weekends, and sometimes that simply can’t be helped. 

“As our research indicates, a lot of people are experiencing failed relationships due to the pressures of work creeping into their personal lives. In order to avoid this happening to you, try making a conscious effort to leave work behind as much as you can and focus on staying present in the moment with your loved ones. Relationships naturally breakdown sometimes, but you should never let your job be one of the reasons why.”

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Confirm your place at the Total Supply Chain Summit

We have a free VIP place reserved for you at the Total Supply Chain Summit – Can you join 60 of your fellow professionals?

4 & 5 November 2019 – The Midland Hotel, Manchester

This unique event is entirely FREE for you to attend – simply reserve your place here.

  • Source new innovative and budget-saving suppliers
  • Learn from inspirational seminar sessions hosted by industry thought-leaders
  • Network with like-minded senior education professionals
  • Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments
  • Attend our networking dinner

RSVP now to avoid disappointment!

Join our A-list line-up of fleet management professionals

The Fleet Services Management Summit is taking place this autumn and we’d love it if you could join 60 of your peers.

11 & 19 November 2019 – Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire

This VIP pass will give you the opportunity to meet with suppliers based on your own unique requirements, attend a series of seminars and network with like-minded senior fleet management professionals.

Overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments are complimentary – and you can also attend our networking dinner.

Unlock your priority pass here and join representatives from:

  • Arcus
  • Atalian Servest
  • ATM
  • BrightHouse
  • British Red Cross
  • BUUK Infrastructure
  • City Plumbing Suppliers Holdings (Travis Perkins)
  • Computacenter UK 
  • Culina Group
  • Dixons Carphone
  • DX (Group) 
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Eric Wright Group 
  • Idom Merebrook 
  • Liberty Group
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • London Borough of Newham
  • Luton Borough Council
  • Ministry of Defence
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • NIC Services Group Ltd
  • North Lincolnshire Council
  • Novo Nordisk
  • O’Connor Utilities 
  • OCS
  • Poundland
  • Princebuild
  • Restore Technology
  • Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
  • RSPB 
  • Sainsbury’s Supermarkets
  • Scottish Water
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wates Group
  • Whistl
  • Willmott Dixons Holdings 
  • Xerox

Confirm your VIP ticket here to avoid disappointment!