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Industrial and logistics news: September 2013

Round-up of recent market news...

Planning permission granted for Tesco dark store in Didcot
Planning permission has been granted to UK supermarket giant Tesco for a dark store in Milton Hill, near Didcot in Oxfordshire. The 120,000 ft sq facility will support Tesco's home shopping services for the Oxfordshire region.

Date for KNDL industrial action announced
Kuehne & Nagel Drinks Logistics (KNDL) will see nearly 1,000 employees stage industrial action on 11 September 2013, the Unite trade union has announced. Unite and KNDL are in disagreement over proposals that would see the system for UK-wide beer and cider deliveries changed. Read more...

HGVs face daily charge in London to help improve cycling safety
New plans have been announced by transport minister Stephen Hammond and London Mayor Boris Johnson to introduce a £200 daily charge to enter London for HGVs lacking equipment to protect cyclists. Cycling groups have called for action to address high wheel based vehicles, which have been linked to a disproportionate number of fatalities.

Norbert Dentressangle wins £100m logistics deal with ASOS
ASOS, the online fashion retailer, has awarded a £100m three-year contract to Norbert Dentressangle. As per the contract, Norbert Dentressangle will manage the retailer's 1.1m sq ft global DC in Barnsley, West Yorkshire, which manages over 60,000 product lines. Read more...

New e-booking solution unveiled by City Link
A new online e-booking solution has been unveiled by City Link, a UK express parcel carrier, allowing customers to pay with debit and credit cards without being required to create an account in the initial step. Read more...

Tesco will keep Chesterfield distribution facility open
The UK supermarket chain Tesco has announced that it will keep its Barlborough distribution facility open as a general merchandise centre. It had planned to close the site, which is located close to Chesterfield, as part of a distribution network review but has changed its mind. Read more...

Reef Estates working on planning bid for Didcot logistics park
Reef Estates hopes to submit a formal planning application for a new logistics park in Didcot, Oxfordshire, by the end of 2013. The park would have 955,000 sq ft of business space, largely made up of around 850,000 sq ft of logistics space. Read more...

New M&S hub suffering technical problems

Marks & Spencer's (M&S) Castle Donington depot is experiencing a number of technical problems. The 900,000 sq ft site opened in May 2013 and is one of three that the UK-based retailer's chief executive Marc Bolland wants to use, instead of a 110-strong network of smaller hubs. Read more...

ND renews warehousing and packing contract with Kellogg's
Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has renewed its Kellogg's UK warehousing and packing contract. The logistics firm was able to prove that it created a more integrated supply chain over the past five years. Read more...

Saint-Gobain agrees lease on distribution centre
Saint-Gobain has agreed a lease on a new warehouse unit close to Newcastle-under-Lyme. The construction materials group will use the 63,600 sq ft Parkhouse Industrial Estate unit as its Midlands distribution hub. Read more...

Growth in home shopping unifying parcels market
The growth in home shopping is unifying the parcels market, according to Apex Insight, a research firm. The entry of carriers such as City Link, UPS and UK Mail in the business-to-consumer segment is resulting in the convergence of the business-to-consumer, business-to-business and consumer-to-consumer segments. Read more...

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