May 17, 2020

Colliers identifies best logistics hubs in Europe

Freddie Pierce
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The 'Blue Banana' (C) Colliers International
Antwerp, Rotterdam and Dusseldorf are the best logistics hubs in Europe, according to the latest report by global property consultants Colliers Interna...

Antwerp, Rotterdam and Dusseldorf are the best logistics hubs in Europe, according to the latest report by global property consultants Colliers International.

In their recent report, Logistics Cities, a European Comparison, Colliers ranked both mature and emerging logistics and industrial centers in Europe and ranks them based on two criteria which play a crucial role in the choice of locations for manufacturing and distribution activities.

The report identified the ‘Blue Banana’; a discontinuous corridor of cities that are strategically located in the economic heart of Europe, as the dominant locations from a distribution perspective, in addition to highlighting Kiev, Istanbul and Bratislava as the top three ideal locations for emerging markets.

Erik Barnekow, Head of EMEA Industrial and Logistics at Colliers International, said: "What is known as the ‘Blue Banana’ is the most densely populated and wealthiest part of the region, which makes them a logical choice for companies who want to reach as many customers as possible in the fastest time possible. They also benefit from the proximity to major European ports and airports, the largest consumer markets, as well as an extensive and relatively skilled pool of labour."

Among cities of the report reveals that Liege in Belgium and Lille in northern France offers a very good compromise between maximum access to market and low cost. Northern Italy also offers excellent growth potential for the distribution activities with Milan and Bologna in a top 20 position, particularly given the expected increase in freight traffic through the northern Adriatic ports.

To read the full report, click here.


Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services with more than 13,500 employees in 482 offices in 62 countries. As a subsidiary of First Service Corporation, the Colliers International a full range of services to tenants, owners and investors worldwide, global business solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel sales and advisory, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage credit financing and insightful analysis. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second most recognized commercial real estate services in the world.

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Jul 23, 2021

UK Food Supply Chain to be Exempt from COVID-19 Isolation

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Emergency measures will allow workers in the UK’s food supply chain to continue working after potential contact if they test negative

Vital workers in the UK’s food supply chain will be exempt from isolating after contact with COVID-19 under new emergency measures announced by the British government. 

More than 10,000 people working in supermarket distribution centres, manufacturing plants and other food logistics services will be affected by the initiative. Staff who are told to isolate by test and trace or are notified by an official app will be allowed to continue working as long as they test negative. 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the scheme would undergo a limited trial this week after consultation with the country's biggest food retailers. It plans to extend the measures through a wider roll out next week, impacting around 500 sites dedicated to stocking supermarkets and producing staple foods such as bread and milk. 

“Food businesses across the country have been the hidden heroes of the pandemic,” said Environment Secretary George Eustice. "We are working closely with industry to allow staff to go about their essential work safely with daily testing.”

Speaking to Sky News, Eustice added that the exception would not be extended to other sectors. 

"The reason we have made a special exception for food is for very obvious reasons,” he said. "We need to make sure that we maintain our food supply. We will never take risks with our food supply."

UK Supply Chains Under Strain

The news follows reports of empty shelves and widespread shortages in British supermarkets after a record number of people were told to isolate via the NHS app. Branded the ‘pingdemic’, more than 600,000 alerts were sent out to phones and mobile devices in the week beginning 8 July, warning people that they had come into contact with those infected by the virus. 

It left already strained food supply chains under staffed and unable to cope. The mass alert has also caused disruption in other supply chains, exacerbating a prevailing shortage of drivers and other essential logistics professionals. 

READ MORE: Driver shortages: Why the industry needs to be worried

Savid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who was appointed last month following the departure of MP Matt Hancock, said: “As we manage this virus and do everything we can to break chains of transmission, daily contact testing of workers in this vital sector will help to minimise the disruption caused by rising cases in the coming weeks, while ensuring workers are not put at risk.”


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