Author: Stanford Ellis

FTA recognises work of Sutton’s Tankers Ltd with Roadworthiness Award

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the largest membership body in the UK logistics sector, has presented the Sutton’s Tankers Scunthorpe depot with a 2018 Roadworthiness Award to recognise its excellence in vehicle and trailer fleet maintenance and control of safety related defects. Announcing the award, FTA’s Senior Contract Manager Eric Higham said: “I’m delighted to present the Roadworthiness Award to Sutton’s Tankers Scunthorpe in recognition of the excellence it has achieved in vehicle safety and its commitment to maintaining the best standards of compliance and vehicle condition.  This award reflects the very high benchmark set by Sutton’s Tankers and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the efforts that are obviously being made to ensure the fleet is safe, legal and efficient at all times.” FTA’s Roadworthiness Awards highlight its members’ efforts in maintaining their fleets to the highest standards.  They also recognise excellent levels of vehicle safety, condition and maintenance and are designed to encourage and reward best practice in compliance with vehicle condition legislation. Sutton Tankers Ltd’s Regional Director Steve Hassall said: “As the UK’s largest bulk chemical logistics company, we are delighted to receive this award. We are incredibly proud of the high standards we maintain throughout our fleet and our track record of providing a flexible, reliable, and safe service. Our team makes an exceptional contribution to maintain our excellent safety record and this award...

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After a week of frenetic political developments, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is urging politicians to refocus on the needs of business if Brexit is to be a success for the UK economy. Ahead of this week’s publication of the government’s Brexit White Paper, FTA, which represents more than 17,000 logistics businesses nationwide, has called on both sides of the House to ensure that the final agreement will ensure that British business can continue to trade efficiently with its continental neighbours once the UK leaves the EU. “The time for talk is definitely over,” says James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive of FTA.  “Businesses urgently need a confirmed action plan for how a smooth and efficient Brexit is to be achieved, without the constant political posturing and power grabbing which has dominated the past few days.  Now is the time for positive moves to enable logistics businesses to plan, prepare and adapt successfully to new trading conditions after March 2019. “Despite plenty of hot air around the topic in recent weeks, businesses could still be faced with the risk of a highly disruptive “no deal” scenario, which could destroy the efficient UK/Europe supply chain which keeps our shops and businesses stocked and running.  Politicians owe it to companies to provide them with a workable White Paper that will allow positive plans to be made, to protect both trade and the...

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IFL Streamlines Customs Declarations Operations with Descartes e-Customs™ Solution

Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq: DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announces that International Franchises Limited (IFL) has ensured the efficient and compliant management of its clients’ customs declarations processes with Descartes’ e-Customs™ solution. Operating since 1936 and based in Gibraltar, International Franchises Limited (IFL) has been trading and franchising since 1985, helping a number of household names such as Debenhams to successfully franchise internationally. In a bid to optimise the export documentation process from the UK to Gibraltar, IFL selected Descartes to streamline the operation and bring the process in-house. George Russo, Director, IFL, comments, “Following a recommendation from one of our franchise partners we decided to contact the team at Descartes. The implementation of the Descartes e-Customs™ solution has helped to reduce costs and allowed us to better manage the information flow. It also gives us the additional capability to expand our franchise business as we can offer an export capability on behalf of our franchise partners. This is something that could become particularly valuable given the potential export challenges Brexit has yet to present.” Descartes’ e-Customs™ is a secure, web-based solution that helps shippers and logistics service providers submit data to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) anytime, anywhere. e-Customs™ has helped IFL to maintain a highly efficient customs declarations process, delivering an assured quality service at every step. Pól Sweeney, Vice...

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Karhoo today unveiled the news that it is now integrated with the largest UK Dispatch Management System (DMS) partners. Having signed with over 300 Taxi and PHV companies across the UK, representing a total of 51,000 cars, Karhoo is now one of the largest UK open networks. Karhoo announced integrations with Autocab, Cab Guru, Haulmont, iCabbi and Magenta Technology with others almost finished. Taxi and Private Hire (PH) fleets that use each of the DMS partners’ services will now be available on the Karhoo platform, expanding Karhoo’s operations further in the UK and Europe, and complementing existing territories across North America, Middle East and Asia. The news marks a significant expansion of Karhoo’s ride-hailing marketplace, bringing together even more regulated, licensed taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) fleets from around the world onto its electronic platform. The announcement enables Karhoo to progress its mission to empower the taxi and PH industry. The host of new fleets, large and small, now integrating with Karhoo will benefit from the increased demand provided by Karhoo’s platform, as well as the chance to secure access to major contracts through Karhoo’s demand partners. Karhoo is a subsidiary of Flit Technologies, an organisation formed in 2017 that provides on-demand urban mobility services. Headquartered in London, Flit Technologies brings together cutting-edge global platform services and payment technologies alongside urban data technology to create transparent and seamless mobility...

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New Statutory Pay Figures for 2018 -2019

The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay from April 2018. Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave Pay Increase The new rate of statutory maternity pay that has taken effect as from first Sunday in April which in 2018 is 1st April is: £145.18. Statutory Paternity pay and Statutory Shared Parental pay these will have also risen from £140.98 to £145.18 (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if less than the statutory rate). Statutory Adoption pay has increased from £140.98 to £145.18. Meaning that, as from 1 April 2018, statutory adoption pay is payable at 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings. This is paid for the first six weeks, with the remainder of the adoption pay period at the rate of £145.18, or 90% of average weekly earnings if this is less than the statutory rate. Statutory Sick Pay Increase The rate of statutory sick pay has also increased from £89.35 to £92.05. This increase comes into effect on the 6th April 2018. In order to be entitled to these statutory payments, the employee’s average earnings must be equal to or more than the lower earnings limit. From 6th April 2018, this has increased from £113 to £116. National Minimum and Living Wage Increas (Hourly) From 1stApril 2017 From 1st April 2018 Apprentices If...

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