Gist has 12-year Marks & Spencer contract

London, UK: Marks & Spencer has awarded Gist a 12 year warehousing and distribution services contract, with the first year of the contract estimated to be worth some £300m.

Allowing for the growth in the M&S food business, the contract could be worth more than £3.6 billion over the full period making it one of the largest logistics contracts ever signed in Europe.

This new agreement is a continuation of the long-standing relationship between the two businesses. Gist will continue to provide daily food deliveries from its national network of regional distribution centres to M&S stores across the UK, Eire, France & the Netherlands.

The agreement also sees an extension to Gist’s work in M&S’s primary logistics network – collecting M&S food products from suppliers and delivering to regional distribution centres – and delivery services to M&S’s expanding network of owned and franchised stores in Western Europe.

Steve Rowe, M&S executive director for food said: “Our supply network has helped us deliver market leading growth, delivering our customers fresh, innovative and special foods every single day. With more stores, new products and expansion in Europe, we’re growing and Gist will play a major role in helping us deliver our ambitious plans over the next 12 years.”

Martin Gwynn, chief executive, Gist, said: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Marks and Spencer to 2027. I would like to thank all of the people who have been involved over many years in making this relationship such a success; we greatly look forward to supporting the excellent M&S foods business into the future”

Waitrose distribution centre sets unprecedented air permeability standard

Milton Keynes, UK: Waitrose’s new National Distribution Centre in Milton Keynes has achieved an air permeability figure of 0.51m3/hr/m2 at 50Pa; the lowest for any building of its type.

The figure is one sixth of the Part L minimum requirement of 3.0m3/hr/m2, and almost half the value achieved for a similar project recently constructed using a built-up system.

The improved energy efficiency that results from this achievement is expected to save Waitrose £7,400 per year in energy costs, and reduce CO2 emissions by 39,000kg annually. This means savings of £222,000 and well over 1,000,000kg of CO2 emissions over the lifetime of the building.

The new distribution centre is spread over 45 acres at IDI Gazeley’s Magna Park development. High air permeability is usually a big challenge in such large buildings, particularly given the need to keep different temperature controlled areas at set temperatures. Loss of heat from main buildings, or chilled air from cold stores, results in higher running costs and less environmentally-friendly operations. Recognising this, Waitrose and IDI Gazeley specified an air permeability target of 1.0m3/hr/m2.

In order to meet this target, installer FK Group convened a supply chain team including representatives from Kingspan Insulated Panels: its products are used extensively in the new building. The team aimed to develop an improvement on the existing standard panel fixing method used in buildings of this type.

Following extensive testing, the end laps between the roof panels were identified as a potential area for further work to improve air tightness. Recognising the importance of a holistic approach to ensure optimum efficiency, the team made a series of design and specification adjustments to improve the end lap details.

The eventual solution involved adjusting the purlin widths, the number and position of fixings per panel, the position of the lap tail, the use of a saddle washer at the 4-way lap, and the development of a bespoke mastic sealant.

“The end lap fixing detail produced for the new Waitrose facility at Magna Park is a real leap forward in the construction of this type of building,” commented FK Group Research, Development & Pre-construction Manager Chris Burgess. “We are constantly looking to improve the quality of our products and processes and it’s an approach that is greatly appreciated by clients, especially when we can produce results like this for them.”

“The result of this unique collaboration is clear; lower energy costs for Waitrose, a better building for IDI Gazeley, a reduced impact on the environment, and a first for the industry” explained Chris Wallis, Business Development Manager at Kingspan Insulated Panels. “This just goes to show the efficacy of insulated panel systems, which can achieve unparalleled performance compared with old-fashioned, built-up systems technology.”

The distribution centre is due to open in summer 2015, when it will begin handling the 25,000 product lines needed for Waitrose’s stores and online operations. It is expected to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating once assessed. McLaren Construction is the main contractor on the project.

Dubai: Hellmann Calipar expands temperature controlled warehouse

Dubai, UAE: Hellmann Calipar Healthcare Logistics has expanded its operation in Dubai World Central with an  additional 10,000 square metres to its existing 10,000 square metre  site making it the largest healthcare logistics site in the Middle East.

The expansion introduces capacity for an additional 12,500 temperature and humidity controlled pallet positions along with a mezzanine floor of around 600sq metres, bringing the total warehouse capacity to 21,500 pallet positions.

The building sets high standards for the environment and safety of the products stored, with unique features including cooling walls and floor as well as modern chiller units.

Hellmann Calipar is a joint venture between Hellmann Worldwide Logistics of Germany and Calipar Integrated Logistics (part of the Parekh group) of India.

Reed Boardall helps nursery go for gold at Chelsea

Boroughbridge, UK: Reed Boardall has taken on an unusual assignment this week – in the name of floral excellence.

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Robin Graham (left) owner of Drointon Nurseries with Sam Walton of Reed Boardall

The temperature-controlled distribution company is transporting 300 potentially prize-winning plants for a specialist nursery in Ripon which is going for gold at Chelsea this weekend.

Family-run Drointon Nurseries, one of only two specialist growers of Primula auricula in the country, is entering RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the second year running, and, having won a silver medal at last year’s show, it has its sights on gold. It will also be using the show to exhibit its new variety ‘Charlotte’, named in honour of the new princess.

“What began as my wife’s hobby has turned into a thriving business over the last 15 years or so and having won prizes at a number of shows including Harrogate and Malvern, we were persuaded to try our hand at Chelsea for the first time last year,” said nursery owner Robin Graham.

“Unfortunately, auriculas do not cope well in warm temperatures and the hot spell of weather last May meant that our plants were looking rather stressed by the time they reached the judging and we felt that this cost us the gold medal.

“This year, we decided we would only enter if we could be confident that the plants would not suffer on the long journey from Ripon and would arrive in London in perfect condition. Thanks to Reed Boardall, our auriculas will be in show-ready condition for the judging – no matter what the weather.”

Reed Boardall has transported 300 auriculas to Chelsea, 180 of which will be selected to be showcased on Drointon Nurseries’ stand in the Great Pavilion.

Howard Gill, managing director of Reed Boardall Transport, said: “Transporting prize-winning auriculas is an unusual assignment for us as the majority of our business is in the food sector, but the principles remain the same – the plants need to be kept at their optimum temperate to ensure they reach their destination unspoiled, much like ice-cream or frozen chips.

“It’s great to be able to support a local business and see them gain national recognition in their field; fingers crossed that they return to North Yorkshire with the coveted gold medal.”

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