Global logistics and technology business EV Cargo is set to benefit from worldwide brand exposure and innovative sustainability opportunities after partnering with FIA World Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans for the 2022 season.
British driver Evans is gunning for the world title in 2022 after finishing runner-up last season and continues with his Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team, who were recently crowned manufacturer world champions.
Aligned with EV Cargo’s company values of growth, innovation and sustainability, new technical rules for this season will usher in an exciting era of sustainability in the World Rally Championship.
Evans will drive an all-new hybrid powered rally car which recovers energy during braking and can run in full electric mode on non-competitive road sections.
For the first time, the cars will be powered by 100% sustainable, fossil-free fuel produced from biological waste from the agricultural industry and using carbon captured and removed from the atmosphere.
Motorsport events are also aiming to reach net zero emissions with energy provided from renewable sources.
The partnership with Evans will allow the EV Cargo brand to benefit from the championship’s impressive global promotional platform with over 500 million TV viewers across 150 global markets and 1.2 billion online impressions.
It will also create opportunities for EV Cargo to activate its sustainability initiatives by engaging with other brands and team sponsors, many of which have also committed to the UN Global Compact and its Sustainable Development Goals.
The season kicks off with the iconic Rallye Monte Carlo on 20 January 2022 and takes in 13 events across Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Dave Holland, EV Cargo executive vice president marketing and communications, said: “With this partnership, EV Cargo is not only benefitting from global brand building and media exposure but is investing to create new, innovative opportunities to activate its sustainability strategy.
“Like EV Cargo, the World Rally Championship is investing in new technology and pioneering sustainability initiatives to promote decarbonising transport. Elfyn is one of the world’s top drivers and he will be an exciting ambassador to represent the EV Cargo brand throughout the 2022 season.”
Elfyn Evans, rally driver for the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team, said: “It’s great to have EV Cargo’s support for 2022. With the new technical rules and completely new hybrid rally cars for next season, it’s set to be a thrilling and exciting spectacle that we can bring to even more fans and spectators.”
EV Cargo’s Palletforce had a virtually perfect evening at its annual Gala Awards ceremony as the network celebrated the fantastic achievements of it member companies during 2021.
The event – the jewel in the crown of the Palletforce calendar – recognises members who have delivered excellence in service and performance over the last 12 months.
Normally taking place with a glitzy celebration of more than 450 members and guests in London, for the second year running the event was held virtually, with members tuning in online to find out if they were among the winners.
The highest accolade of the evening, the Chairman’s Award 100% Club, was won by eight different members, each having delivered unrivalled service excellence and a 100% delivery performance record. Inducted into the club were Delamode Nidd Transport, MLH Transport, Evans Transport, Mitchell Storage & Distribution, Baynes & Son Haulage, Knowles Transport, Campeys of Selby, Q Delivery Services and Premier Logistics.
It was also a special night for Yorkshire’s HB Holt & Sons, which was voted Depot of the Year, picking up the prestigious Alan O’Leary Award. Evans Transport collected the Health & Safety in Operations Award, due to the exceptional performance of its drivers, while Star Transport from Thetford won the Member Services Committee Award for the second year running.
Q Delivery Services was also presented with the Sales and Marketing Award, and was included among this year’s 16 Networkers and Brand Ambassadors of the Year.
The brand ambassadors awards recognised members who had gone the extra mile to support the Palletforce SuperHub and the network.
It proved to be a great night for Ziegler (UK), which was named New Member of the Year from a nine-strong shortlist. The Essex firm, which joined Palletforce last year, has brought more than 100 years of experience to the network and was judged to have embraced the ethos of quality and customer service from the outset.
Telford’s WJ Capper picked up the European Export Sales Award.
Mark Tapper, Palletforce chief operating officer, said: “To be one of the winners is an amazing achievement as the standard of competition was extremely high this year, so congratulations to all the winners, and everyone who was nominated.
“This year, when the entire industry faced challenges, we wanted to recognise the exceptional efforts of our members to maintain the highest levels of customer service even while delivering record freight volumes.
“The combined expertise, resilience and operational acumen of our member companies is the bedrock on which Palletforce was built 20 years ago. It’s what carried us through the challenges of the pandemic, and it will continue to be the driving force as we move into a new and exciting era.”
Additional measures are being introduced from 1 January 2022 for goods moving between Europe and the United Kingdom. These will affect both imports to the UK and exports to the EU, however, there will be a temporary suspension of these arrangements for goods imported from the island of Ireland. Very specific regulations for food produce are being introduced in stages throughout 2022.
The six-month grace period for declaring imported goods to HMRC currently in place is ending; this has allowed goods to be imported without a customs clearance declaration. From 1 January, goods which have not been customs cleared or, in the case of imports, covered by a transit document consigned to an inland customs approved location, will not be able to enter or leave the UK.
HMRC will be using the GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement Service) at most short-sea ports to ensure goods are properly declared in advance. In most cases, it will be the responsibility of carriers to ensure customs declaration numbers are associated with the GVMS which will create a Goods Movement Reference (GMR), which will need to be presented at the port or terminal of loading.
It will be essential that documentation is produced, and customs formalities completed before goods arrive at the channel ports, which may have implications on supply chain lead times in many instances.
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EV Cargo’s Palletforce, the multi-award-winning express distribution network, has recently announced a number of people and organisational developments designed to provide the highest levels of quality to its member businesses and their customers.
The industry-wide challenges of 2021, compounded by Brexit, COVID and labour shortages have meant that Palletforce has become more intensely focused on, and committed to being, the best network in the sector.
To support this, and further drive operational excellence, it recently announced a number of promotions within its senior management team.
Formerly Operations Director, Mark Tapper has been promoted to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer, with expanded responsibility and authority to deliver operational excellence. Supporting Mark will be Jo Duncan, who has been promoted to a new role of Hub Operations Director, and Simon Gibbard, who has been promoted to Network Operations Director.
With a successful history of strengthening the network by attracting high quality, new members, David Breeze takes on the role of Network Development Director. Deb Wallbanks has been promoted to Commercial Finance Director and Simon Bradbury has been promoted to the newly created role of Sales Director.
Earlier this year EV Cargo welcomed Paul Coutts as Global COO. Paul has extensive experience across all aspects of global freight and logistics, having most recently served as the Global CEO of Singapore Post. As part of EV Cargo’s continued focus on service and quality, Mark will report to Paul going forward.
The changes will also see Chief Executive Adam Leonard depart from the business and the Palletforce board would like to thank Adam for his previous contributions and wishes him well.
Mark Tapper, Palletforce Chief Operating Officer, said: “Overall, these changes strengthen Palletforce’s operational focus and capability and enable Palletforce to increase its focus on member recruitment to strengthen delivery capability and ensure that it continues to deliver the highest levels of service to its member transport companies and their customers.
“The combined expertise, resilience and operational acumen of our network is the bedrock on which Palletforce was built over 20 years ago and it will continue to be the driving force as we move into a new and exciting era.”
Headquartered in Hong Kong, EV Cargo, a leading global freight forwarding, supply chain and technology company, has announced the hiring of a new CFO of Global Forwarding & Technology, one of the leading services within the firm. Mr. David Edley will be based in London and will be responsible for leading EV Cargo’s Global Forwarding & Technology finance functions. It follows the announcement of Ms. Chia Min Tan as Global CFO of EV Cargo on November 3rd.
Mr. Edley brings significant and highly relevant global and industry experience to this important role. Prior to joining EV Cargo, Mr. Edley was based in Jersey as the Group Financial Controller at CPA Global, the world’s leading IP software and tech-enabled payment services group, where he was responsible for group reporting across more than 100 international subsidiaries. He also helped guide CPA Global through a successful private equity exit transaction and post-acquisition integration/restructuring project.
Before that, for eight years, Mr. Edley was Group Financial Director of Santova Limited, an international supply chain consulting and logistics business listed on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and operating from 20 offices in eight countries. Having completed his chartered accountancy training with Deloitte in his native South Africa in 1992, Mr. Edley has held a number of senior financial positions in commerce, both in South Africa and the UK, including roles with Credit Suisse and Investec. Mr. Edley holds a Post Graduate Diploma and Bachelor of Commerce from University of KwaZulu-Natal, and is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
EV Cargo, which manages supply chains for the world’s leading brands, is targeting to grow from its current base of $1.4bn and surpass $3bn of revenue by 2025 through organic growth and M&A. With an active pipeline of acquisition candidates and well-developed M&A capabilities, EV Cargo plans to build on its strong existing geographic footprint in Asia and Europe, as well as expand into the USA. With ongoing opportunities and challenges across global supply chains, EV Cargo continues to invest in building a global team positioned for growth and resilience.
Clyde Buntrock, CEO of EV Cargo Global Forwarding, said: “David brings significant financial experience within both PE-backed and listed multinational groups. I have no doubt his strong leadership and technical skills, as well as his ability to focus on strategic direction whilst being both hands-on and detail focused, will prove a huge asset to EV Cargo.”
David Edley, CFO of EV Cargo Global Forwarding & Technology, added: “I am delighted to join EV Cargo at this exciting stage in its growth journey and I look forward to contributing to the expansion of our global platform.”
Global logistics and technology provider EV Cargo has endorsed an ambitious Global Memo of Understanding announced at COP26 to achieve an interim goal of 30% zero-emission new bus and truck vehicle sales by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2040.
The move marries with EV Cargo’s increased focus on environmental issues and to decarbonise its operations as part of the Science Based Target initiative commitments and UN Global Compact.
The first-ever global agreement on zero-emission trucks and buses aims to put net zero carbon emissions by 2050 within reach. The Global Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by 15 countries and a host of top manufacturers at the COP26 conference in Glasgow in a coordinated effort to reduce transport emissions, mitigate climate change, improve air quality, reduce the use of fossil fuels and cut energy costs.
It is the first time that a unified target, supported by both national governments and industry, has been put in place.
The transition to 100% zero-emission technologies for trucks and buses will require massive investments in battery and electric component manufacturing and charging infrastructure as well as cross-collaboration between countries and the public and private sector.
Virginia Alzina, EV Cargo’s chief sustainability officer, said she was delighted that industry and government were working together and that there was a recognition that investment in technology was the way forward for the logistics sector.
“No one in the logistics sector can do this alone,” she said. “It is crucial that there is a global response to a global problem and setting ambitious targets in stone is a vital part of the efforts to avert a climate crisis.
“At EV Cargo we understand that there is no time to lose. We recently committed to the UN Global Compact which ensures international businesses implement universal sustainability principles and take steps to support the sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations. We are putting the environment at the centre of our decision-making process.”
The MOU has been organised by CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program and the government of the Netherlands.
“For the first time we have a unified target, supported by leading governments and industry, for when new trucks and buses should fully transition to zero-emission technologies,” said Dr. Cristiano Façanha, CALSTART’s global director.