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New products dominate this year’s TCS&D

Coventry, UK: New product developments will dominate this year’s TCS&D, the biggest exhibition of its kind to date now it has moved to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

Some of the industry’s most well-respected brands will showcase innovation and efficiency at the dedicated cold chain exhibition on the 13th and 14th September, complemented by a comprehensive free-to-attend seminar programme providing expertise, advice and Q&As with industry experts.

For more about exhibitors and show activities see the special show preview page.

To register for the exhibition or for more information and the seminar programme please visit www.tcsdshow.com.

DHL starts work on Avonmouth site

Avonmouth, Somerset, UK: DHL Supply Chain has started work today (18 July) on a new 14,000sq metre cross-dock warehouse at Avonmouth scheduled to be completed in January.

The site extends DHL’s existing capacity at Avonmouth and includes a 2,700sq metre tri-temperature cross-dock chamber and an ambient cross-dock chamber.

The Avonmouth site will also support deliveries into Bristol and Bath using electric vehicles.

Phil Roe, managing director, transport, engineering, energy and chemicals, DHL Supply Chain, said: “We are delighted to be starting work on our new site at Avonmouth today. This project represents a key step in our ability to provide better service to customers in South West England and Wales.

“The new site means that customers no longer have to serve regional locations direct from a national distribution centre and can benefit from vehicle types optimised for final mile collection and distribution.

“With dock-levellers capable of handling double-deck trailers, the new site also means we can trunk goods on the largest and most efficient trailer size available, reducing the number of miles run and reducing congestion and noise pollution.”

Kuehne+Nagel expands perishables trade

Schindellegi, Switzerland: Kuehne+Nagel has bought US-based Commodity Forwarders, and airfreight forwarder of perishables products, and Trillvane, a perishables transporter in specialists in Kenya, for undisclosed amounts.

CFI, now part of Kuehne+Nagel, operates from 14 US locations handling seafood, agricultural products, and flowers

CFI operates from 14 US locations handling seafood, agricultural products, and flowers.

The acquisition of Trillvane strengthens Kuehne + Nagel’s trade between Kenya and Europe, in particular to the UK. Trillvane, based in in Nairobi, exports flowers and vegetables.

Yngve Ruud, Kuehne + Nagel International boartd director, says: “These two transactions further strengthen and expand our fresh chainnetwork connecting key production countries to major consumer markets.

“The business potential in the steadily growing global perishable sector is huge. Based on our dedicated network – by now the largest in the logistics industry for perishables – and globally integrated IT systems we can scale business opportunities and accelerate our growth in this sector with end-to-end transparency.

“At the same time, we improve our global and national positioning in airfreight. Together with CFI Kuehne+Nagel becomes the number 2 airfreight forwarder in the United States and the acquisition of Trillvane confirms our leading position in Kenya.”

Kuehne+Nagel first half profit flat, turnover up

Kuehne+Nagel reported its first-half earnings were £285m, the same as last year.

Earnings before interest and tax dropped slightly to £362m from £365m a year ago. The operational result improved 1.3% from last year to £444m.

Gross profit grew by 3.7% to £2.7bn.

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