NEWS AND ARTICLES

Older Trucks Charged At DP World

Next year, a charge will be imposed on older trucks calling at DP World's Southampton container terminal, encouraging hauliers to replace older vehicles.DP World UK released a letter to customers explaining that after Southampton City Council cancelled a plan for a...

Europe Needs Longer Trucks

Truck manufacturers have recently stated that they could reduce CO2 emissions by more than a quarter if there is an introduction of 32 metre (105 ft) long vehicles to Europe’s roads.Plans are already in place to bring down the total CO2 emissions from road transport....

EU To Cut Truck Emissions

Last week, legislation was approved to ensure truck and lorry manufacturers based in the EU will have to reduce CO2 emissions for new vehicles by 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030.The EU Parliament which approved the legislation, will also force manufacturers to ensure 2%...

No-Deal Brexit Plan Safe

Highways England has maintained its no-deal Brexit plan is safe and effective, after multiple accidents and criticism from ferry companies.The plan codenamed Operation Brock, was designed to ease congestion if traffic heading towards the port of Dover grinds to a...

Brexit Trucker Shortage

According to a study from the International Road Transport Union, Brexit could increase the shortage of drivers among UK haulage companies.With the UK’s trucking sector already short on drivers and being heavily reliant on workers from the EU, Brexit could have a...

Protests Cause Calais Queues

Protests over Brexit and working conditions this week caused lorry queues to stretch back for miles at the port of Calais in France.On Monday, French customs officials began strike action aimed to demonstrate how inefficient checks will be and what will happen if...

Brexit Truck Permits Creates Rush

With the possibility of a hard Brexit, the UK has been overrun with requests for permits giving truckers open access to the EU.The permits were originally created to help EU nations trade with neighbours like Turkey and Ukraine. However, with current negotiations at a...

Simplified Import Procedures For Brexit

On the 29th March 2019, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, large numbers of UK businesses have been expected to work apply the same procedures to EU shipments that exist when trading with the rest of the world.At the present time, under import processes for...

Autonomous Trucks Agreement

The first commercial autonomous solution, providing the transportation of limestone from an open pit mine to a neighbouring port, was signed in Norway by Volvo Trucks.The route which stretches 5km will see six autonomous Volvo FH trucks navigate through tunnels,...

Test Plans For No Deal Brexit

The Department for Transport held a recent exercise to test plans for border disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit, however it has been described as "too little too late" by hauliers.The disused Manston Airport in Kent was used as the location for the exercise,...

New Rules Could Attract Drivers

New rules covering the employment of truck drivers have recently been agreed by the Council of Europe, in an attempt to make the job more attractive.The vote which took place at beginning of December, approved EC proposals to reform the road transport sector, and will...

Seasonal Opening Hours

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Ireland Front Of The Queue

The Republic of Ireland has recently struck a deal with France to fast-track its commercial drivers crossing the Channel from Dover to Calais, which could force British truckers to face long queues lasting for hours. The agreement was made between Ireland’s Foreign...

Bums On Seats For Brexit

When Britain finally leaves the EU in March of next year, toilet paper in the UK could be in shortage – with only one day’s supply currently held in the UK right now. The United Kingdom is Europe’s biggest importer of the product, and on average each of us consume 110...

Leeds Charge Vehicles For Pollution

New plans, reportedly coming into force from January 2020, aim to cut down air pollution, costing drivers of the most polluting vehicles up to £50 a day to enter the Yorkshire city of Leeds. In 2016, five local authorities with the worst record on nitrogen dioxide...

Government Offer No-Deal Brexit Advice

A recent publication by the UK Department of Transportation (DoT) has suggested UK trucking companies will no longer be able to rely on automatic recognition by the EU of UK-issued Community Licences, but will be able to apply for a permit scheme. The DoT advised...

Routes Identified For Driverless Lorries

A recent report has suggested the M6/M74 between Manchester and Glasgow, is the most valuable route for driverless lorries in the UK, and it could reduce costs for companies. According to transport information firm Inrix, companies would be able to cut costs by using...

Checks To Catch Out Fake Truck Emissions

Enforcement staff from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have recently begun to check trucks for emissions cheat devices. The devices can cut the price of operating a vehicle whilst at the same time giving false emissions readings, which could mean that...

Dartford Crossing Closures Sparks Concern

A recent Freedom of Information ­request has revealed that traffic was halted on the Dartford Crossing more than a thousand times last year. The Dartford Crossing is used by around 140,000 cars and lorries each day and it is one of the UK’s most crucial freight...

New Industry Website Launches

Zenith group partners - CP Training Services - have just launched their new look training website, which provides an exciting range of supply chain training courses designed for managers and aspiring managers. CP Training Services have been the go-to supply chain...

No-Deal Brexit Risks Lorry Park

A recent report suggests that a “temporary solution” to handling cross-channel traffic, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, risks turning much of the M20 into a giant lorry park over the coming years. A recent assessment suggested that a 13-mile stretch of the...

Truck Sinks Due To Hot Weather

With the recent heatwave continuing in the UK and temperatures rising above 30C, drivers have been warned about potential sinkholes appearing in roads. Whilst many have been enjoying the hot weather the same cannot be said for a bin lorry in Newbury, Berkshire, which...

Concerns Over Potential Gridlocks

Logistics industry leaders have recently highlighted concerns that we could witness gridlock on roads, and shortages in shops, if frictionless trade is not preserved between the UK & EU after Brexit. When the EU single market was established in 1993, it was...

New System Delays Felixstowe

A new operating system at Felixstowe is reportedly responsible for current delays at the port, as drivers face queues to collect and deliver containers. Turnaround times on the quay have been ranging from 15 minutes up to 12 hours, despite claims on local radio of one...

Trucks Given Green Light

A new technology that is currently on trial in Sydney this month, will let trucks communicate with traffic lights in an effort to ease congestion. Trucks will be given more time to get through green traffic lights on important freight routes, by using wireless...

Seamless Driving In Europe After Brexit

This week it had been confirmed by the Government that British drivers will be able to continue using existing insurance policies in the EU without the need for extra paperwork after Brexit. The decision will be welcomed by the estimated 2.5 million private and...

Port Funding Needed Pre-Brexit

A recent letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, urged her for financial guarantees for new border infrastructure. UK Ports and terminals with connections to Europe, see 10,000 lorry journeys between the UK and the EU pass through each day, representing 22 percent of...

New Hydrogen Truck

UK firm ULEMCo has developed a truck that runs a modified internal-combustion engine on hydrogen gas. The technology, unlike electric, allows the trucking industry to easily adapt. Today's heavy truck engines need little modification to use hydrogen as fuel, the cost...

Social Media & The Group

As some of you will be aware, we have recently stepped up our efforts to ensure industry, company and global news is circulated regularly through our social media channels. Social media provides the opportunity for sharing more content easily and also offers a more...

Approved Apprenticeship Provider

Our group had some exciting news this week when it was confirmed that CP Training Services – the training and qualifications arm of our Supply Chain Academy – have now been approved as an apprenticeship training provider. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA)...

Zenith and the Chocolate Factory

Last week saw a 'magic moment'  as the first delivery for our new Zenith trailer unit was made to the village of Rode, near Bath, home of chocolate retailers - Choconchoc. The Somerset based confectioners, who specialise in luxury hand made British chocolates, are the...

SKU Join the Group

Zenith recently welcomed a new partner after Uniserve Group acquired a 50% share holding in SKU Logistics. Southern based SKU Logistics currently provide retail led fulfilment and e-commerce online operations from three locations around the M3/M4 corridor. In addition...

EGDC Website Relaunched

A new year and an updated website has been launched by Singapore based group members – Uniserve EGDC. Uniserve EGDC (Express Global Distribution Centre) was established in 2013 to facilitate our Group’s natural organic growth and directly support our customers to grow...

Sponsoring Bath – Season So Far

This is the first time that Zenith & Uniserve have officially partnered with Bath Rugby as sponsors, so with the season almost half complete, and only a few sleeps until Christmas, what better time to have a mid term review of how the team are doing. European...

Our Holiday Opening Times

Please be advised of our Christmas and New Year opening hours. Merry Christmas to all of our friends and colleagues from everyone at Zenith Logistics. We are very much looking forward to another successful year together in 2018. Please follow us on social media....

New Futuristic Electric Truck

Electric carmaker Tesla unveiled a sleek futuristic electric truck prototype at its design studio in California yesterday, which has been making headlines through global media channels today. The truck will offer 400 miles of range with just a 30-minute charge from a...

The Choice for Retailers

Zenith & Uniserve Group recently transferred the entire fulfilment operation for high street and online fashion brand – Blue Inc – to our Tilbury DC, in under 48 hours. The move, completed over one weekend, was in itself an incredible team achievement, but it...

Academy Lead Apprenticeship Change

Uniserve Group and the Supply Chain Academy are leading the drive to change the government’s approach to supply chain apprenticeships and to enable business to spend their apprenticeship levy on a single unified methodology for developing carrier paths in our sector....

Academy Partners University of Essex

The Supply Chain Academy has this week confirmed a new partnership arrangement with the University of Essex, which will include the development and delivery of a unique new programme designed for supply chain leaders and their teams. Working in partnership, the Supply...

Felixstowe Rail Scheme Approved

A new £60m scheme to improve rail links from the Port of Felixstowe has been given the green light by UK Transport Minister – Chris Grayling. The multi-million pound scheme will dual part of the Felixstowe-Ipswich branch line to increase its rail freight cargo...

Zenith Adds Moving Floors

Zenith's technologically advanced fleet received some exciting additions recently when taking delivery of five new 'Legras' 13.5m tri-axle moving-floor trailers. The new equipment will be largely servicing a newly secured wood-chip distribution contract through...

Miss Brexit Presents at Academy

Renowned Brexit expert, Allie Renison from the Institute of Directors (IoD,) will speak with business leaders at a thought leadership dinner to be held at the Supply Chain Academy’s Headquarters, Upminster Court on Thursday 5 October. Allie Renison, fondly known as...

Holding Centre Completed

Zenith’s new container storage facility, The Holding Centre (THC) – formerly Plateau C – is now complete and ready for operation. The facility will provide container storage for new and existing customers at the Port of Felixstowe. Spread over five acres, The Holding...

Felixstowe Site Steams Ahead

Since the February start, building work on Uniserve's Felixstowe development is now in full swing, with the completion of the first part of the project; Plateau C, expected this July. Plateau C will see the installation of a container storage and HGV parking...

40 Strong Trailblazer Meeting

More than 40 participants are due to attend tomorrow’s Trailblazer Group meeting, which is being held and chaired by Universe Group at the Supply Chain Academy in Upminster. Attendees are arriving from a broad cross section of business, higher education and...

Supply Chain Executives Offer

The Supply Chain Academy are offering a promotional opportunity to executives for May; to try one of their leading edge masterclasses at an introductory price. The Leading Complex Change Through The Supply Chain masterclass would be extremely beneficial  to...

Thames Crossing For Tilbury

Last week saw the chosen route for the new Thames Crossing announced, which will connect Tilbury and Gravesend, meaning journey times to Dover and mainland Europe will be reduced. The new route, which will be some years in construction,  will bring much needed relief...

Spring At The Academy

Its Spring at the Academy, so Michael Hurcum, our Group Marketing Manager, felt that was a great reason to get the camera out and take a tour of Upminster Court, home to the Supply Chain Academy and Uniserve Group Headquarters. If you would like to know more about...

Academy Courses Head North

The Supply Chain Academy has recently launched a range of courses that will be great news for northern based supply chain professionals, as they are being delivered at Leeds Trinity University. In conjunction with our ongoing partnership with Leeds Trinity, to develop...

Hapag UASC Merger Update

While the merger between ocean carriers Hapag Lloyd and UASC (United Arab Shipping Company) was delayed last month, UASC have still deployed their ships as part of the THE Alliance network from April 1. The two steamship lines were originally set to merge during March...

Andreea Joins L&D Team

Uniserve Group and the Supply Chain Academy welcomed a new member of the team recently when Andreea Elefteriu joined as Training Manager. Andreea has over 20 years of experience in learning & organisational development (L&D) delivery and consultancy; gained...

New Largest Container Ship

The world's newest and largest container ship, capable of carrying over 20,000 twenty foot containers, has been completed and will make her maiden voyage during April. The MOL Triumph was received by MOL this week and is the first of six 20,000 TEU class container...

Michael Joins Marketing Team

The Uniserve Group marketing team received a welcomed boost recently when Michael Hurcum joined us as our new Group Marketing Manager. Michael is an innovative marketing and communications specialist with nine years' experience managing campaigns for the leisure...

Uniserve in Parliament

Uniserve attended parliament last week when Paul Stone, Group HR Director, met with MP's at the House of Commons to talk about, amongst other things, Uniserve's Degree Apprenticeship standard and the Supply Chain Academy's collaboration with Leeds Trinity University...

Degree Gets Green Light!

  The degree apprenticeship proposal, chaired by the Supply Chain Academy and Uniserve Group, was today given government approval and listed as the occupational qualification for Supply Chain & Logistics. In a letter to Paul Stone, Uniserve Group HR Director,...

Zenith Add Monster Trucks

Two new high spec monster trucks arrived at our Chepstow facility recently to enhance our South Wales & South West fleet. Zenith Logistics, our warehouse and distribution arm, received the MAN trucks last week to assist with increased local demand. The German TGX...

Help For Exporters

Uniserve and The Supply Chain Academy were both appointed as official partners of the governments 'Exporting is Great' campaign, which is a drive to encourage and assist new, occasional and regular British exporters, to develop and grow their overseas sales. The...

Weather Impacts Ports

Freezing conditions in the UK's South East are having an impact on airports and ports, with weather conditions set to continue over the next 48 hours. Dense fog has continued to disrupt London's runways with more than 100 departures from Heathrow and London City being...

Transport Secretary Visits

Last Friday we were one of the stops for Transport Secretary Chris Grayling when he visited our Chepstow operation along with other dignitaries including Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns. The visit was part of an announcement to half the toll prices on the Severn crossings...

New China Freight Train

The first ever freight train service has been launched from China to London, with the first products already on their way. The weekly service departing from Yiwu in China, with an 18 day transit to East London, is expected to help bridge the gap between the longer...

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