Neil Ashworth announced as new CCO of Yodel
Ashworth has been CEO of Collec...
Independent UK parcel carrier Yodel has appointed Neil Ashworth as its chief commercial officer, with immediate effect.
Ashworth has been CEO of CollectPlus, a role which he will retain alongside his new position, since 2013. He became an executive board member of Yodel in January this year, following the change of CollectPlus’ status from joint venture to wholly owned subsidiary of the carrier.
In his new role as chief commercial officer, Ashworth will oversee Yodel’s sales, client and commercial development teams, including insight, innovation and customer service.
Ashworth joined CollectPlus, the UK’s largest independent store based delivery and returns service, as CEO in 2013, following a long career in retail. Since joining CollectPlus, Ashworth has presided over a 204% uplift in parcel volumes, 129% increase in clients and over 28% growth in network locations to over 6,500 stores across the UK.
His previous roles include six years at Tesco, where he was instrumental in designing and launching Tesco Direct and he has also held senior positions at Woolworths and Hallmark.
Ashworth was recently honoured with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sir Robert Lawrence Award, a lifetime achievement accolade that celebrates pioneering and innovative contribution to digital retailing.
Commenting on his new role, Neil Ashworth, CCO of Yodel and CEO of CollectPlus, said: “I am proud to extend my role within the Yodel family, at this exciting point in its transformation, and I look forward to the challenge that the CCO role presents.”
Mike Cooper, CEO at Yodel, said: “Neil brings a wealth of experience in retail and logistics which will be invaluable to the future growth of Yodel.
"He has a strong understanding of our business, having led CollectPlus for four years and served as an executive member of our own board since January, and we are pleased to announce his newly expanded position here at Yodel.”
DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.
This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go.
With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”.
Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats.
In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.
“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”.
How Do We Sustain Immunisation?
By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”.
Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared.
Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.