Park Logistics take gold in Olympic bid
Park Logistics from Nottingham will spend the coming moths processing furniture, fittings and equipment from the Athletes Village and other Olympic venues, following an online memorabilia auction.
Sports fans are able to purchase anything from Usain Bolt’s bed, to Jessica Ennis’ desk lamp through a website run by Remains of the Games. The sale is run in conjunction with parent company, Ramler Furniture UK Ltd, the firm responsible for sourcing and renting more than a million pieces of furniture, fixtures and equipment to Locog, the organisers of London 2012.
The once in a lifetime sale gives Olympics enthusiasts the chance to buy more than 11,000 beds, chairs and tables form the vast dining hall, designer coffee tables, sofas or one of the 6,500 bright green bean bags used by the athletes for relaxing.
The colossal clear out has already begun, but will not start in earnest until the Paralympics has finished. From the Olympic site in Stratford, the memorabilia will be taken to Ramler’s huge warehouse in Tilbury Docks, Essex, before Park Logistics sorts it for despatch.
The company, which has taken on new staff to help it cope with demand, will then package and despatch the goods direct to buyers' homes, as well as hosting a collection service for those who want to pick their purchases up themselves.
Stephen Gibson, of Park Logistics, said: “We were selected to participate in this exciting project ahead of competition from much larger companies by the Remains of the Games organisation.
“They were particularly impressed by our 'can do' attitude and the enthusiasm of our people at the prospect of being linked to the success of the 2012 Olympics.
“We worked quickly to bespoke a logistics solution to the demanding requirements of the organisers and were rewarded by winning this contract.
“Response from the public has been tremendous and we have had to take on extra staff, which is great news for everyone.”
Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China
Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel.
The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018.
KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management.
"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive.
After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected too trip 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total.
"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”
Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme
Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners.
Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”.
As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030.