Five year Morrisons renewal marks Norbert Dentressangle's silver anniversary at Bellshill
Norbert Dentressangle is celebrating 25 years at its site at Bellshill near Glasgow, with the renewal of its contract with Morrisons for a further five years.
Through its acquisition of Christian Salvesen, Norbert Dentressangle has operated the Bellshill Distribution Centre (DC) since it opened in 1989, initially for Safeway and, since its own acquisition of Safeway in 2004, for Morrisons.
Employing more than 1,000 people in total, 35 of whom have worked at the site since it opened, Norbert Dentressangle is responsible for managing Morrisons’ 575,000 square feet composite distribution centre, along with a further 85,000 square feet fresh produce distribution centre, both serving Morrisons’ stores throughout Scotland.
Norbert Dentressangle handles Morrisons’ complete range of food products covering ambient groceries, bread, fresh prepared and frozen products and fresh produce, with the warehouse team receiving, picking and despatching around the clock seven days a week to ensure the best possible freshness for Morrisons customers. The company also manages Morrisons’ Scottish delivery operations, along with the supply of frozen food to stores in the North of England.
Norbert Dentressangle also operates the on-site Resource Recovery Unit which collects 60 tonnes of plastic and 900 tonnes of cardboard for recycling and sorts 1.1 million trays every month, helping Morrisons achieve its environmental targets.
Norbert Dentressangle and Morrisons are also exploring opportunities to extend the relationship beyond Bellshill and find synergies between their wider distribution operations, in order to maximise vehicle utilisation for both companies.
Ross Eggleton, Morrisons Group Logistics Director said: “We are pleased to have agreed a contract extension with Norbert Dentressangle for our Bellshill site following positive negotiations. I’d also like to recognise the contribution that the colleagues and site have made to the Morrisons business as they celebrate 25 years, a fantastic milestone especially for colleagues who have been with us since day one.”
With more than 500 stores throughout the UK, Morrisons operates a nationwide distribution network comprising eight major centres, including seven multi-temperature composite distribution centres, complemented by additional satellite centres and three convenience store centres.
For more information about Norbert Dentressangle’s services, visit: www.norbert-dentressangle.co.uk
EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs
The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years.
It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC.
The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn.
In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products.
Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers
- The dispute began in 2004
- Tariffs suspended for 5 years
- $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
- $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date
- 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended
Both sides welcome end to tariffs
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.
“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.
Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”.
The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."
This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.
Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”