May 17, 2020

Neil Ashworth announced as new CCO of Yodel

Neil Ashworth
Yodel CEO
Yodel UK
Logistics
James Henderson
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Yodel UK has appointed Neil Ashworth as its new CCO
Independent UK parcel carrier Yodel has appointed Neil Ashworth as its chief commercial officer, with immediate effect.

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.

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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.”

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May 17, 2021

Suez Canal expansion plans greenlit by Egyptian president

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Logistics
riskmanagement
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Work to begin on two-year project that will enlarge narrow sections and extend second lane near the Suez Canal’s southern stretch

The Suez Canal is to undergo a two-year expansion project, following the weeklong closure of the channel by the stranded Ever Given container ship in March.

Plans set forth to expand narrow sections of the Suez Canal have been greenlit by the Egyptian president to safeguard against future blockages.

Dredgers will widen and deepen the single-lane stretch close to the southern mouth of the canal, near where the 400m container ship got wedged earlier this year, while a second lane opened in 2015 will be extended to promote two-way traffic and alleviate the impact of bottlenecks. 

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gave the order to “immediately start implementing the proposed development plan and put in place a timetable for completion as soon as possible”, according to reports. It is understood he expects the work to be fully completed within two years. 

Ever Given negotiations rage on 

The Ever Given left hundreds of ships stranded and disrupted an estimated $9.5bn in goods each day when it became wedged across a narrow passage of the trade route in March. After a week of dredging, towing and manoeuvring, it was eventually freed from the banks of the Suez Canal in the early hours of 29 March and set course of the Bitter Lakes holding area. 

There the vessel, its crew and its cargo have remained ever since, while legal action between Egyptian authorities and the ship’s owners rages on, though SCA chairman and Managing Director, Admiral Osama Rabie, refutes allegations that crew have been detained. 

“[There] is no truth in the allegations of detaining the ship crew, pointing to that the SCA does not mind the departure or recrew operations provided the presence of the sufficient number of sailors to secure the vessel and in the light of the presence of the ship captain as he stands as the juridical guardian of the ship and the cargo aboard,” Rabie said in a statement

The SCA initially sought $916m in compensation to cover refloatation costs, including repairs where the channel was damaged to move the vessel, bonuses for the rescue crews who worked throughout the jam, and a package for “loss of reputation”. 

Now the SCA and its chairman and Managing Director, Admiral Osama Rabie, have agreed to reduce the bill by a third. The authority has reportedly offered payment terms for the $600m to the Ever Given’s owner Shoei Kisen. Shoei Kisen has also declared a general average on the goods on board, with shippers liable to shoulder a significant outlay to get the 18,000-plus containers aboard to their final destination in the Nertherlands. 

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