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A 100% recyclable pallet, which slashed one customer’s C02e by 9000 tonnes, bringing commercial savings of around £5 million over a year, was just one of the innovations showcased at the Multimodal show.

The Alternative Pallet Company demonstrated its lightweight pallet, known as the Pallite and made from paper and glue, by lifting a one tonne load as part of the Multimodal Seminars, which included insight from 64 industry thought leaders over three days of workshops.

Multimodal 2015 was a record breaker for the eight-year-old show, with over 8500 supply chain decision makers visiting over 290 exhibitors, including the likes of DSV, DHL, IAG Cargo and DB Schenker at the Birmingham NEC.

Robert Jervis, Director, Multimodal, says, “We are proud to have expanded and developed the show and to continue to provide a platform for our industry to grow business, meet, learn and network. We are very pleased that so many people have already signed up to exhibit next year and we are already looking forward to welcoming even more logistics buyers in 2016.”

Hundreds of shippers, including Marks and Spencer, Jaguar Land Rover, and Boots, visited the show, and many took advantage of the Shipper’s Village, a private space for freight buyers to meet suppliers.

This year’s Multimodal Awards featured two new categories, Young Logistics Professional, won by Joanne Dolan, and Woman of the Year, won by Bethany Forvargue. The Co-operative Food was recognised for its carbon-busting switch to rail with the Award for Environmental Contribution given in conjunction with the Freight Transport Association. Malcolm Logistics won Exhibitor of the Year, whilst John Williams, CEO, Maritime Transport, was honoured as Personality of the Year.

This year saw Multimodal refresh its image with a new logo and launch a new registration system, which harnesses the power of social media, and LinkedIn in particular, to help visitors, speakers and exhibitors to network and pre-book meetings.

As well as the 24 workshops, supported by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the show facilitated committee meetings and summits for some of the industry’s leading associations, including Leaders in Supply Chain, ELUPEG, and the Rail Freight Group. Keith Bradley of the Marine and Coastguard Agency, Chris Welsh of the FTA and Capt Richard Brough pf ICHCA, pictured, took part in a seminar to explain how the UK is leading the way in interpreting the new rules in a way that will keep sea freight flowing. The UK Warehouse Association also returned to host a pavilion, which included representation from Potter Logistics, Miniclipper and AV Dawson.

Multimodal 2016 will take place from 10th to 12th May at the Birmingham NEC. For more information, or to book a stand, visit

Paragon helps Noble Foods deliver 72 million eggs a week

Noble Foods, supplier of fresh eggs to the UK’s major retailers, has selected Paragon Software Systems’ Integrated Fleets planning solution as its strategic modelling tool of choice. The Paragon software will be used to help Noble Foods streamline its distribution operation which sees 72 million eggs being delivered every week.

In a retail egg market worth £900 million a year, Noble Foods operates seven days a week out of seven sites, collecting eggs from more than 470 locations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Each week at its two packing centres in Lincolnshire and Fife, Noble Foods grades, packs and delivers more than 72 million eggs to major retailers and regional distribution centres.

With its fleet of more than 160 temperature controlled vehicles covering eleven million kilometres every year and consuming three million litres of fuel, Noble Foods needed to upgrade its manual fleet scheduling system which was managed locally for each region.

Following an intensive evaluation and decision process, Noble Foods selected Paragon’s Integrated Fleets planning solution, with INRIX-based road speed data and HERE map content, which includes bridge height data.

Paragon Integrated Fleets enables vehicles at multiple sites to be treated as a single integrated transport resource, so that movements to and from different depots can be combined into efficient routes that reduce overall empty running. It generates route plans with efficient backloads, which increases asset utilisation, improves productivity and reduces empty mileage.

The system enables Noble Foods to feed information into the Paragon routing and scheduling solution and make informed decisions about where each vehicle will be based, which vehicles will collect from which locations, and which will distribute to which outlets. It creates schedules for each region and it also allows the company to run theoretical models, taking into account its planned move to a new depot in Oxfordshire.

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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.

Double win for Partner Logistics at FSDF Awards

Partner Logistics is celebrating after winning the Best Contribution to Health & Safety and Best Individual awards at the recent Food Storage & Distribution Federation Health & Safety Awards.

The company won the award for their focus on health and safety leadership in the workplace, increased use of technology to improve reporting and engaging representatives in health and safety from all areas of the business.

Richard Bufton, UK Health, Safety, Environment & Quality Officer at Partner Logistics was also honoured at the event, picking up the gong for Best Individual Contribution to Health & Safety. Starting his career at Partner Logistics in 2009 as a forklift truck driver, he won the award in recognition of the significant commitment he has made to the health and safety culture at Partner Logistics.

Duco Bujize, CEO at Partner Logistics, says, “We are thrilled to have received these awards from the FSDF in recognition of our contribution to health and safety. It is testament to how our team go beyond expectations to uphold the highest safety standards for the benefit of our employees and customers.”

Partner Logistics is a market leader in Europe for the provision of highly automated warehousing primarily for frozen foods. The company employs 260 people and operates six state-of-the art facilities – two in the UK, three in the Netherlands and one in Belgium.

The FSDF Health & Safety awards are held annually to identify organisations and individuals whose performance in health and safety has been outstanding.

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