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Triple President’s Award As Palletforce Leads In Safety

EV Cargo’s express division Palletforce has received another prestigious award in recognition of its unrivalled commitment to health and safety in the workplace. It has been awarded the RoSPA President’s Award for the third time after achieving 12 consecutive Gold Medals in the internationally renowned Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

Palletforce’s achievement is a result of the company’s ongoing implementation of the latest health and safety procedures, allied with investment in driver welfare facilities, COVID-safe facilities and ground-breaking technology.

In a year when safety of personnel at the SuperHub took on a whole new significance, Palletforce was swift to invest in a wide range of sanitisation equipment and introduce a number of new procedures and practices to keep both its staff and the 500 daily visiting drivers from its members companies – helping to protect the operational integrity of its network during the worst of the pandemic.

It also invested in new driver welfare facilities including catering, shower and washroom facilities for visiting drivers.

Meanwhile its ongoing sector-leading investments in technology deliver a number of unique advantages for members and their drivers.

Patented forklift scanning and weighing software ensures Palletforce is the only express network to instantly weigh and image every pallet of freight passing through the SuperHub. The system advises forklift drivers the optimal way to load each trailer based on individual pallet weights and accurate weighing also highlights heavier pallets to boost driver safety when delivering using tail-lifts.

Palletforce launched artificial intelligence-led Alliance Sense technology last year, which helps to build a database of residential addresses and advises of deliveries that may require additional safety measures.

During 2019, Palletforce also received the ISO 45001 standard for improving employee safety, reducing workplace risks and creating better, safer working conditions.

Palletforce chief executive Michael Conroy said: “Ensuring the highest health and safety protocol at work remains our number one priority. Palletforce has been unwavering in its strive to operate the highest safety standards and that’s demonstrated with again being honoured with the President’s Award for the third time.

“Achieving these sector-leading safety standards is testament to our commitment to be the best and a tremendous achievement for everyone across Palletforce.”

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “RoSPA wants every employee, wherever they are, to work safe in the knowledge that they will be going home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day. The RoSPA Award winners are vital to help achieve this goal, as by entering they are driving up standards and setting new benchmarks for organisations everywhere. Currently, around 7million people are directly impacted by the RoSPA Awards, but the scheme’s influence is even wider.”

EV Cargo Commits to UN Global Compact to Drive Corporate Sustainability

EV Cargo has pledged its commitment to a worldwide corporate sustainability campaign to help deliver its environmental, social and corporate governance strategy.

The UN Global Compact is a voluntary initiative aimed at encouraging international businesses to implement universal sustainability principles and take steps to support the sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations in 2015.

More than 13,000 companies from 160 countries have now agreed to align their operations and strategies with the Global Compact’s Ten Principles, which cover human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

As a signatory, EV Cargo will adopt frameworks for driving strategy and making its business more sustainable – and commit to reporting annually on how it is implementing the principles.

An essential and mission-critical service provider to the world’s leading brands, EV Cargo already supports and assists customers in meeting sustainability targets by creating supply chain solutions which help reduce environmental and social impacts and protect company value.

And, with around 4,000 employees in the UK and 300 employees operating across 30 countries, EV Cargo prides itself as being a driver of economic growth and individual prosperity.

The company’s sustainability targets and performance objectives are grouped under three pillars: People, Planet and Profit. This translates as taking care of employees, improving the environmental footprint of operations, specifically focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and developing services for supply chains.

EV Cargo’s Executive Board of Directors and the Sustainability Committee play an important role in shaping and ensuring the long-term viability of the company’s strategy, including incorporating sustainable practices to business operations and measuring performance of objectives and targets.

Dr Virginia Alzina, EV Cargo chief sustainability officer, said: “Sustainability is key to EV Cargo’s operations and growth, with continual investment in market-leading infrastructure, technology and skills aimed at reducing energy, slashing emissions and cutting freight miles.

“Signing up to the UN Global Compact reinforces our commitment to upholding the highest standards of corporate governance, social responsibility and environmental protection at our operations and the communities we operate in.

“We look forward to being part of a global network committed to supporting and upholding corporate sustainability in all its forms.”

Palletforce Staff Rewarded For Dedication During Unprecedented Period

Palletforce chief executive Michael Conroy has revealed his pride in how employees have responded to an unprecedented year by giving every one of them a thank-you gift.

With Palletforce dealing with the pandemic, the disruption caused by Brexit and with record volumes, Michael said he has been incredibly impressed with the dedication and determination of the workforce.

In a message to staff, he said: “I feel it is only right that I record our special thanks for your exceptional efforts, flexibility, commitment, and dedication over the last 12 months, and, more specifically, the last six to eight weeks.

“The SuperHub has been dealing with record volumes and all of our ‘frontline’ colleagues have been going the extra mile to help – working every available shift, covering on weekends and operating flat-out, while at the same time working to maintain our exceptional standards and service levels.

“That work has been underpinned by our fantastic back-office support teams and colleagues working in the field.

“We know that it has been a hectic, difficult time, but be in no doubt that your hard work is appreciated by both me and the rest of the Palletforce team.

Volumes through the SuperHub were at times up by more than 30% at the end of last year and new volume records have been set in recent weeks, putting pressure on all Palletforce teams.

Michael added: “Palletforce could not be the sector-leading, trailblazing network it is without the invaluable contributions of our staff. Never has that been more evident than over the last few weeks when we have all pulled together as one to handle the record-breaking volumes.”

“It’s easy to regard each pallet as just freight but your efforts are helping rebuild the UK economy after the impact of COVID-19 and helping hospitality and retail businesses get back open and trading again.

“I am proud of every single one of you – thank you.”

EV Cargo Commits to UN Global Compact to Drive Corporate Sustainability

EV Cargo has pledged its commitment to a worldwide corporate sustainability campaign to help deliver its environmental, social and corporate governance strategy.

The UN Global Compact is a voluntary initiative aimed at encouraging international businesses to implement universal sustainability principles and take steps to support the sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations in 2015.

More than 13,000 companies from 160 countries have now agreed to align their operations and strategies with the Global Compact’s Ten Principles, which cover human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

As a signatory, EV Cargo will adopt frameworks for driving strategy and making its business more sustainable – and commit to reporting annually on how it is implementing the principles.

An essential and mission-critical service provider to the world’s leading brands, EV Cargo already supports and assists customers in meeting sustainability targets by creating supply chain solutions which help reduce environmental and social impacts and protect company value.

And, with around 4,000 employees in the UK and 300 employees operating across 30 countries, EV Cargo prides itself as being a driver of economic growth and individual prosperity.

The company’s sustainability targets and performance objectives are grouped under three pillars: People, Planet and Profit. This translates as taking care of employees, improving the environmental footprint of operations, specifically focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and developing services for supply chains.

EV Cargo’s Executive Board of Directors and the Sustainability Committee play an important role in shaping and ensuring the long-term viability of the company’s strategy, including incorporating sustainable practices to business operations and measuring performance of objectives and targets.

Dr Virginia Alzina, EV Cargo chief sustainability officer, said: “Sustainability is key to EV Cargo’s operations and growth, with continual investment in market-leading infrastructure, technology and skills aimed at reducing energy, slashing emissions and cutting freight miles.

“Signing up to the UN Global Compact reinforces our commitment to upholding the highest standards of corporate governance, social responsibility and environmental protection at our operations and the communities we operate in.

“We look forward to being part of a global network committed to supporting and upholding corporate sustainability in all its forms.”

EV Cargo Ladies Triple Finalists At Everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards

Three women from EV Cargo have reached the final of the prestigious Amazon everywoman in Transport & Logistics awards.

Danielle Owen, Jo Duncan and Kate Lovatt have all been recognised as leading women in the UK transport and logistics sector, which employs 17 million people in the country.

Danielle is in the running for the Freight Award – Above & Beyond honour, while Kate has been nominated for the Tech Innovator Award and Jo is in the final of the Freight Award – Leader category.

The everywoman awards celebrate the vital contribution women make to the transport and logistics sector and have a special significance this year. For the first time – thanks to the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic – there has been an increase in the number of women entering the industry and Danielle, Jo and Kate are seen as inspirations to others in a sector where essential workers helped distribute critical supplies, food and everyday essentials during the lockdowns.

Danielle is Head of Marketing & Communications and was at the forefront of the pandemic response, creating and managing a nationwide digital marketing campaign for EV Cargo Express after freight volumes fell dramatically when the first lockdown was imposed. Her swift actions helped volumes not only recover but saw them rise to record levels. She also led the rebranding of five EV Cargo divisions – all while home schooling her young son.

Jo has been recognised for her work during an unprecedented year. She is the General Manager of the Express division’s Palletforce SuperHub, in Burton upon Trent, which deals with 24,000 pallets of freight, delivered by 500 trucks, every night. Her work ensuring that freight kept moving, while also looking after the physical and mental health of her team and helping to keep the 500 daily visiting drivers safe, has singled her out as one of the industry’s star performers.

IT Director Kate has spearheaded the development of EV Cargo’s award-winning technology, which has been instrumental in the company being able to handle the record volumes of freight in the past year. She helped introduce artificial intelligence technology to improve service and sustainability, while at the same time boosting contactless delivery to keep workers safe during the pandemic.

EV Cargo Chief Executive Heath Zarin said: “EV Cargo believes that being a diverse, equitable and inclusive industry is key to our success. It’s incredibly important to encourage women to enter the sector and to provide opportunities to rise to the levels that their talents deserve. Thanks to their leadership, ingenuity and professionalism, Danielle, Jo and Kate have reached the finals of these prestigious awards and we wish them the best of luck for the final.”

New Global Role For Senior Finance Leader

Nav Sidhu, a valued colleague within the Technology division since 2017, has been promoted to Finance Director, Corporate UK – a newly created role within the EV Cargo global finance team to support the development of global function projects.

In her new role, Nav will report directly to Ben Armstrong, EV Cargo Chief Financial Officer.

She will offer support to the company’s heads of global functions, working closely with company executives to support central projects, areas of investment and decision making to deliver strategies around people, IT and marketing.

Ensuring the correct financial structures are in place, these activities will link into EV Cargo’s values of growth, innovation and sustainability.

Alongside this, Nav will also help to further develop the management of the global finance shared service centre team.

Ben Armstrong said: “In the last four years Nav has excelled with management of finance for EV Cargo Technology, the implementation of NetSuite, and development of the EV Cargo finance shared service centre.

“As Finance Director she will work with and support the heads of global functions, mainly the IT and marketing functions, to support global projects, undertake investment appraisals and monitor spend, budgets and projects.

“On behalf of everyone in the company I would like to congratulate Nav on her appointment and wish her well in her new role.”

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