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EV Cargo Technology’s Duncan Grewcock speaks at LogTech Asia Hybrid Summit

On 18th March 2021, EV Cargo Technology’s Chief Commercial Officer Duncan Grewcock is a speaker at the LogTech Asia Hybrid Summit. The event is being held virtually and on-demand – available anytime and anywhere.

The event is focused on the fast changes in the Asia supply chain due to the influx of logistics start-ups, technology and innovation. The jam-packed agenda includes keynote presentations, interactive panels and virtual networking sessions with the latest disruptors and leading practitioners.

Duncan Grewcock joins the event as an expert in business process re-design and software implementation in international retail supply chains. He will be speaking about the ‘Top Trends to Watch in the LogTech Sector’ at the summit.

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The Top Five Trends to Watch in the Logistics and Technology Sector

EV Cargo Technology’s Chief Commercial Officer Duncan Grewcock recently joined industry professionals at the GSCC LogTech Hybrid Asia virtual Summit to discuss the top trends to watch in the LogTech sector.

During his keynote webinar, Duncan highlighted the importance of keeping supply chains up to date with the latest technology, and shared examples of how to implement technology to ensure the best possible outcome and the fastest, most streamlined service for customers.

Substantial investment in technology has been a common theme for many businesses over the past 12 months, with digital strategies fast-tracked to embrace the evolving digital world and to keep up with customers’ expectations. The world’s leading research and advisory company, Gartner, has found 63% of enterprises expect they will achieve financial payback in three years for their innovative technology projects and it is predicted that throughout 2024, 50% of supply chain organisations will invest in applications that support artificial intelligence and advanced analytic capabilities.

During the event, Duncan identified five key digital trends to look out for in the logistics and technology industry, and gave actual examples of each:

1. Internet of Things: Automated Pallet and Container Pictures
2. Artificial Intelligence: Delivery Sensing
3. Big Data & Analytics: Optimising Stock Flow
4. Transparency & Traceability: Packaging Compliance
5. Digitalisation: Digitalisation of Origin Processes

With 87% of senior business leaders saying digitalisation is a company priority (Gartner), there has never been a better time to enhance your current offering and provide technology-led solutions.

At EV Cargo we are working hard to upgrade logistics into a technology industry and provide unrivalled world-class supply chain solutions which are underpinned by the latest technology. Optimise your processes and get in touch with our experts to add intelligence into your supply chain, to remove complexity and to enhance operational efficiency.

Watch Chief Commercial Officer Duncan Grewcock’s keynote speech at the GSCC LogTech Asia Hybrid Summit below:

Victory In Portugal For EV Cargo Supported Driver

EV Cargo brand ambassador Elfyn Evans scored his first victory of the season after mastering the tough gravel roads of Rally de Portugal. Winning the event by 28.3 seconds, the result sees him move to within two points of the FIA World Rally Championship lead.

Based close to Porto on the west coast of Portugal, Rally de Portugal was the first gravel event of the season, and the first time Elfyn was to use Pirelli’s loose surface tyre on his Toyota Yaris WRC rally car.

His gravel challenge started strong, even though colder weather conditions meant he had to use a mixture of soft and hard tyres to find the maximum grip on the slippery mountain roads.

Running third on the road also meant an element of road sweeping, with the cars coming behind benefitting from a cleaner surface and faster conditions.

The first day also saw a full leg of action, with competitors having to tackle eight stages and over 120km of action without the safety and assistance of a mid-day service halt.

Elfyn racked up a series of solid times, especially on the second pass when conditions were cleaner, but acknowledged that a few improvements could be made to help boost his confidence in some sections. Despite that, he moved up from fifth to hold second overnight, just six seconds off the lead.

Day two was one of consistency. Again, using mixed tyre compounds for most of the day, he battled through and set strong times on the event’s longest stage, the 38km run through Amarante.

However, leader Ott Tanak succumbed to mechanical problems on the penultimate test. That elevated Elfyn to the top spot and he held a slender overnight lead of just 10.7 seconds going into the final day’s action.

He doubled that margin on the opening stage on Sunday and cruised to victory over the final five stages, including the iconic Fafe test which was lined with tens of thousands of fans.

With just a short 10-day break, the championship resumes in Sardinia for round four on 3 June.

Elfyn Evans said: “It was great to take the victory and it comes at a really good time for the championship. We weren’t the outright fastest all weekend, but we did deliver a consistent performance and made no mistakes.

“We pushed hard to try and build a gap and then it was just a case of maintaining it. It was a tough weekend but a pretty decent result in the end.”

Next year’s WRC will reach the highest levels of sustainability with cars powered by hybrid technology for the first time and fossil-free, 100% sustainable fuel being introduced.

EV Cargo Targets Further Growth With Launch Of New Solutions Division

Global logistics and technology business EV Cargo is targeting accelerated growth after expanding and strengthening its service offering with the creation of a new business division. EV Cargo Solutions will offer a range of flexible and on-demand services by combining and integrating the global capabilities across all EV Cargo business divisions.

EV Cargo’s existing and highly successful 4PL managed transport product Jigsaw will be at the heart of the Solutions division and current Jigsaw managing director Andy Humpherson will lead the new and expanded business.

In addition to the well-established Jigsaw proposition, EV Cargo Solutions will offer three new products: on-demand warehousing and consolidation, logistics and supply chain consultancy and integrated end-to-end supply chain solutions for global key accounts.

With access to over 175 UK operating centres, including the current Jigsaw partner haulier network and the Palletforce member network, EV Cargo Solutions’ on-demand warehousing will offer customers short-term storage and handling solutions from an extensive network of ambient, chilled and bonded facilities across the UK and Europe. It will also enable the development of agile, urban last-mile distribution solutions through a flexible network of out-of-town consolidation and sortation centres.

Harnessing the deep pool of logistics and supply chain knowledge and experience within EV Cargo’s global business, EV Cargo Solutions will offer a comprehensive range of technology-enabled consultancy services for both existing and prospective customers including network and flow of goods optimisation, customer service strategies, transport mode selection, fleet and load utilisation and initiatives to reduce carbon footprint.

Leveraging the combined global capability of EV Cargo across all divisions and operating markets, EV Cargo Solutions will orchestrate and deliver highly integrated and bespoke end-to-end logistics solutions. Underpinned by technology and data analytics, it will provide seamless visibility and control of shipments and inventory from source to shelf or final user.

Heath Zarin, EV Cargo chief executive, said: “The creation of EV Cargo Solutions is a key part of our long-term global growth strategy. Over the last 18 months, we have focused on both integration and growth and the Solutions division will deliver a range of new services aimed at adding value for our key customers and creating additional agile and responsive revenue streams. The combined capabilities across EV Cargo and its partners provide a powerful network of global resource with unrivalled local expertise.”

EV Cargo’s Downton Looks To Future Growth As EV Cargo Logistics

CM Downton, the award-winning distribution business built on family values, is set to enter an exciting new chapter in its distinguished history by rebranding to EV Cargo Logistics.

Operating as EV Cargo Logistics, one of six business divisions within global logistics and technology business EV Cargo, it will offer a full UK-wide service, covering both chilled and ambient logistics, across the same operational structure.

The rebrand will provide Downton with the platform for sustained growth as it takes advantage of the opportunity to operate under a single global brand, allowing the company to expand its customer offering and take a seamless approach to operations.

Leveraging award-winning technology and focusing on delivering a new digital strategy, EV Cargo Logistics will provide customers with a fantastic experience. It will be a powerful single entity for road-based logistics and warehousing, sharing best practice and resource.

Renowned for its family values and ability to deliver the highest levels of customer service, CM Downton was formed in 1955 by Conrad Michael Downton, the owner of a small Gloucestershire farm.

Conrad’s son Andy became managing director in 1985 and in 2018 the business was acquired by EmergeVest – becoming part of EV Cargo later that year. Andy remains within the business as an advisor to both Downton and EV Cargo Logistics.

The Downton brand will not disappear from the UK’s roads, however, with trailers continuing to have an element of Downton branding in the future.

Zac Brown, CM Downton managing director, said: “We have a fantastic workforce across the Downton business and, even though we will now operate as EV Cargo Logistics, the legacy of the Downton name and the culture of quality and customer service upon which the brand was built will still remain. The move will signal an exciting new chapter in the company’s history, helping to secure long-term growth and success under a global brand.”

Duncan Eyre, EV Cargo Logistics chief executive, said: “The Downton name is synonymous with service and an ethos to go the extra mile for its customers. Rebranding to EV Cargo Logistics will allow it to build on that legacy and help secure a bright future for the business by expanding its customer offering. It will create advantages for customers in terms of operations, service and the ability to minimise cost increases by operating a lean structure as part of the global EV Cargo business.”

EV Cargo Technology’s e-Doc Webinar Showcases Speed To Sale Improvements For Retailers

Following on from its debut webinar, which detailed significant supply chain savings for retailer Marks & Spencer, EV Cargo Technology will host a second webinar entitled ‘Vendor e-Documentation: Speed to sale improvements for retail’ – highlighting the speed to sale benefits of its new e-documentation functionality and partner collaboration portal.

Responding to demand from global retail clients, EV Cargo Technology’s e-documentation functionality is set to enhance efficiency and visibility for EV Cargo Technology’s clients, transforming how they work with their vendors.

The key features and benefits, along with a new partner collaboration portal, will be demonstrated and outlined during the free-to-access online webinar.

Supporting the generation of packing lists, carton labels and advance shipping notices, the system simplifies at-origin formalities driving optimization and cost savings at destination.

Customers benefit from reduced touchpoints and handling at destination warehouses, improving distribution centre turnaround times by up to five days. Earlier visibility of inbound stock and enhanced accuracy also results in improved planning and quicker access to retail stock.

The partner collaboration module has also been developed in response to customer demand and allows retailers to easily share business documents, news and videos across their vendor community. Creating an efficient solution to distribute, track and monitor information the platform improves engagement and significantly reduces admin time.

Duncan Grewcock, EV Cargo Technology chief commercial officer, said: “Our e-documentation features functionality that will provide significant supply chain benefits for our global retail clients. Simplifying and speeding up activities at both origin and destination, it enhances stock visibility, planning and ultimately improves speed to sale.

“Partner collaboration and vendor communication can also be streamlined, creating time and people power efficiencies.

“The webinar is the ideal opportunity for interested online and traditional retailers to see a full demonstration of the features and learn how other retailers are benefitting – especially those who want to increase collaboration with their vendor base during these challenging times.”

The Asia webinar will be held on 2nd December 2020 at 13:00 AEST, and interested parties can register here.

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