VIDEO: Norbert Dentressangle to recruit another 100 apprentices in 2015
Coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March 2015), Norbert Dentressangle has announced that it plans to recruit a further 100 apprentices this year.
Following the successful launch of its first scheme in September 2013, Norbert Dentressangle has recruited more than 170 apprentices to date, many of whom are nearing completion of their first 12 months.
With a guaranteed job for every apprentice at the end of the scheme, Norbert Dentressangle is now talking to these individuals about what happens next, including the provision of further learning and development opportunities to allow them to further their careers and fulfil their potential.
Chris Dolby, Learning & Development Manager for Norbert Dentressangle Logistics UK Ltd said: “We couldn’t be more pleased with how the scheme has worked, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from our sites, customers and the apprentices themselves.
We are now working hard to ensure that our apprentice scheme continues to attract quality candidates and that our current crop of apprentices develop and progress into highly skilled colleagues, in line with Norbert Dentressangle’s ‘You Grow, We Grow’ philosophy.”
Five of the current cohort have also applied for places on Norbert Dentressangle’s Fast Track Talent programme, in which both graduates and talented internal candidates complete four six month management placements in various parts of Norbert Dentressangle’s business, with the opportunity for one of these to be overseas.
Based on feedback from both the apprentices and their managers, Norbert Dentressangle is relaunching the scheme for 2015, including an increase in rates of pay and the introduction of dedicated apprentice development programmes, including regional development days. Norbert Dentressangle will also be increasing its focus on local school and community engagement to raise awareness of employment and career opportunities in the logistics industry.
The success of the scheme is borne out in the experience of Kishan Patel, whose father also works for Norbert Dentressangle. He said: “When I left school, I started a university course but found that the formal style of study really didn’t suit me. I wanted to learn in a more hands on environment and, from what my Dad told me, Norbert Dentressangle’s apprenticeship scheme seemed to tick all the boxes.
“It’s been a really positive experience; everyone’s been really welcoming and supportive and my manager has taken time for regular one-to-one chats to discuss how things are going and what else I can do to continue to develop my skills. I’m keen to carry on learning and am now hoping to work towards a management role in the future.”
Norbert Dentressangle currently offers a number of different opportunities for apprentices to earn while they learn, leading to NVQ Level 2 qualifications in either Storage & Warehousing, Traffic Office, Customer Services or Business Administration as well as NVQ Level 3 qualifications in Finance, HGV Fitters, Driving Goods Vehicle, IT.
With more than 14,700 employees across 195 sites, 1,700 vehicles, and around 3.5 million sqm of warehousing, Norbert Dentressangle is one of the UK’s largest and transport and logistics companies. The wider Norbert Dentressangle group is an international player in logistics, transport and air & sea freight with 43,200 staff and a presence in 25 countries. At 31 December 2014, its turnover was €4,669 billion, including 60 percent generated outside France.
For more information about Norbert Dentressangle’s services, visit: www.norbert-dentressangle.com
FedEx is Reshaping Last Mile with Autonomous Vehicles
FedEx is embarking on an expanded test of autonomous, driver-less delivery vehicles to develop its last-mile logistics.
The US logistics firm piloted autonomous vehicles from Nuro in April this year, and the pair will now explore that further in a multi-year partnership. Cosimo Leipold, Nuro’s head of partnerships, said the collaboration "will enable innovative, industry-first product offerings that will better everyday life and help make communities safer and greener".
FedEx will explore a variety of on-road use cases for the autonomous fleet, including multi-stop and appointment-based deliveries, going beyond more traditional applications of the technology in single-route movement of goods from A-B. Exponential growth in ecommerce is spurring its broader experimentation in new autonomy solutions, Fed-Ex says, both in-warehouse and on-road.
“FedEx was built on innovation, and it continues to be an integral part of our culture and business strategy,” said Rebecca Yeung, Vice President, Advanced Technology and Innovation, FedEx Corporation. “We are excited to collaborate with an industry leader like Nuro as we continue to explore the use of autonomous technologies within our operations.”
The changing role of couriers
Unlike structured delivery networks, operating under long-term partnerships and contracts, agility is where couriers deliver true value - and their ability to deftly solve last-mile fulfilment has most acutely been felt during the pandemic. For the billions of people around the world forced to stay at home to protect themselves and their communities from the spreading COVID-19 virus, couriers have been a constant. They may have been the only knock at the door some people experienced for weeks or months at a time.
But the last-mile has been uprooted by a boom in ecommerce, a shift that has been most apparent in the UK, US, China and Japan, according to the Global Parcel Delivery Market Insight Report 2021 by Apex Insight. These are markets with dominant economies and populations used to running their lives with a tap of a screen or double-click of a mouse.
“Getting last mile delivery right has long been a challenge for retailers,” says Kees Jacobs, Vice President, Consumer Goods and Retail at Capgemini. “In 2019, 97% of retail organisations felt their last-mile delivery models were not sustainable for full-scale implementation across all locations. Despite increasing demand from customers, companies were struggling to make the last mile profitable and efficient.”
Jacobs says that the pandemic alleviated some of these stresses in the short term. With no other option, consumers were understanding and tolerant, if not entirely happy, with longer delivery times and less transparent tracking. “But, as extremely high delivery demand continues to be normal, customers will expect brands to contract their delivery times,” he adds.
Last mile's role in ESG
Demand and volume weren’t the only things that have changed during the pandemic - businesses looked closer to home and as a result became more sustainable. Bricks and mortar stores were transformed from mini-showrooms to quasi-fulfilment centres. Online retailers and other businesses sought local solutions to ship more faster. In densely populated London, UK alone, Accenture found that delivery van emissions dropped by 17%, while Chicago, USA and Sydney, Australia saw similar emissions savings.