May 17, 2020

Materials handling conference success to benefit entire forklift industry

Materials Handling
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Materials handling conference success to benefit entire forklift industry
Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.Leading workplace transport training accrediting body, RTITB, enjoyed huge success with its inaugural Part...

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Leading workplace transport training accrediting body, RTITB, enjoyed huge success with its inaugural Partner Conference, held on 21 January 2015 at the Birmingham Crowne Plaza. From the huge network of RTITB accredited organisations, individuals from more than 80 companies travelled from all over the UK and Ireland to attend.

Operations Director of RTITB, Laura Nelson, opened the event with the organisation’s vision for workplace transport, which states: ‘By 2020 we would like all materials handling equipment training to be delivered by accredited training organisations. This will protect employers, help the HSE/Investigators when things go wrong, make the industry safer and make the industry more efficient. How we are going to get there is through working in partnership with our accredited organisations and really educating those purchasing training.’

“Through the partner conference, we have introduced our accredited organisations to a new way of thinking.” explains Laura Nelson. “It’s a way that involves working in partnership with each other.”

Laura Nelson also spoke about the opportunities available to the accredited organisations, presenting delegates with valuable market research and demonstrating the size of their business opportunity.

Accredited organisations were engaging with each other throughout the day, both at the event and via social media. Delegate, Phil Harvey, of Icetec Training, tweeted on the day: “I have been here an hour, I have already met new friends and been inspired”.

As well as Laura Nelson, speakers in the programme included: Andrew Wetters of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); Richard Dainty of RTITB accredited organisation, Peter Hird & Sons; Director of Molokini Marketing, Nik Webb; Peter Swanson who works with the Cranfield University School of Management; and bestselling author, Nicola Cook.

Another delegate, Tim Purkis, of TMH UK Ltd, said of the conference “A well run event, excellent content with some very good speakers”.

Award-winning entrepreneur and international best-selling author, Nicola Cook, presented a session titled ‘Secrets of Success’. Having worked with big companies such as American Express, Procter & Gamble, Gucci, and Disney, Nicola shared her 20 years’ experience in the field of professional selling and personal and business growth with RTITB’s accredited members.

“I found the conference both interesting and worthwhile,” says conference attendee, David Roberts, Business Development and Curriculum Manager of Buxton & Leek College. “There was a good mix of speakers and information. Congratulations to the organisers!”

The Partner Conference was a great opportunity for these select companies to network with fellow RTITB accredited organisations and to discuss shared issues within the industry. RTITB also shared insider knowledge about business plans for the next five years. RTITB confirmed that this will become an annual event.

To find out more about RTITB visit or contact +44(0)1952 520200.

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Jul 27, 2021

UPS Posts Record Second Quarter with Revenues of $23.4bn

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UPS enjoys consecutive quarters of record profits with growth across all segments, and completes divestiture of UPS Freight

Growth across each of its core segments resulted in record results for UPS in the second quarter, with group revenues climbing 14.5% year on year to $23.4bn. 

The global logistics outfit achieved consolidated operating profit of $3.3bn, up 47.3% compared to the same period in 2020. It is the second consecutive quarter of record profit, and a significant rise on Q1’s $2.9bn. 

UPS Q2 Revenues in Brief

  • Consolidated revenues: $23.4bn (+14.5% yoy)
  • Domestic: $14.4bn (+10.2%)
  • International: $4.82bn (+30%)
  • Supply Chain Solutions: $4.2bn (+14.3%)

The US company’s domestic segment performed steadily with 10.2% revenue growth to $14.4bn. But it was its international and supply chain solutions segments where UPS saw the biggest gains. Strong demand in Europe led an increase in international revenues of 30% to $4.82bn. UPS’ supply chain solutions division saw revenue growth of 14.3% to $4.2bn, driven, the company said, “by strong demand in nearly all businesses”. 

UPS’ steady growth throughout the pandemic has been led by the overarching vision of its chief executive Carol Tomé to do “better not bigger”, focussing on efficiency and high margin deliveries through its network over pure scale and volume. 

“I want to thank all UPSers for executing our strategy and delivering high service levels, which fuelled record financial results in the second quarter,” she said. “Through our better not bigger framework, we are moving our world forward by delivering what matters.”   

UPS Completes Sales of UPS Freight 

The second quarter also saw UPS complete the divestiture of UPS Freight in a deal worth $800m - with a surprise result for the division, now called TForce Freight, under new owner TFI International.

“The second quarter was historically significant for TFI International, with the closing of our UPS Freight acquisition and record performance across the board,” said Alain Bédard, chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, TFI International. “Particularly gratifying is the performance of TForce Freight, which has exceeded our operating ratio targets far ahead of schedule, and we have only just begun our work.”

In it first two months of ownership TFI reported that adjusted operating ratio (OR) was 90.1% for TForce Freight, far outperforming its forecasted OR of 96-97%. 

“I wish to thank our entire team for their hard work and remarkable efforts, and officially welcome aboard our new TForce Freight colleagues who have seamlessly come under the TFI umbrella and are already making stronger than expected contributions,” Bédard added. 

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