EV Cargo expands in Europe with acquisition and merger of Fast Forward Freight Group

Key Highlights

EV Cargo, a global technology-enabled supply chain management and logistics execution platform for the world’s leading brands, today announces it has acquired and will merge with Netherlands-headquartered Fast Forward Freight, as part of its previously announced corporate strategy to expand its worldwide footprint and grow its freight forwarding and supply chain services business.  The transaction builds on EV Cargo’s successful track record of M&A execution that created its platform and enhances growth opportunities in European freight forwarding as well as trade lane development and expansion.

As part of the transaction, EV Cargo has become the sole shareholder of Fast Forward Freight (and its trading subsidiaries), with the current owners of Fast Forward Freight becoming shareholders of EV Cargo.  Fast Forward Freight will be rebranded as EV Cargo and operations will merge to create new and greater opportunities for the combined workforce and solutions for customers.

Commenting on the transaction, Heath Zarin, Founder and CEO of EV Cargo, said: “EV Cargo is committed to its core values of growth, innovation and sustainability.  Fast Forward Freight shares our commitment to providing innovative technology-enabled solutions and has a strong history of providing supply chain control towers to its customer base of world leading brands.  This transaction helps us  grow the EV Cargo global network, adding excellent colleagues, capabilities and customers.  We look forward to welcoming Fast Forward Freight to the EV Cargo family.”

Marc Terpstra, Founder and CEO of Fast Forward Freight, added: “EV Cargo is focused on providing an innovative technology platform, blending proprietary and industry leading technology based on a deep understanding of its customers.  Fast Forward Freight shares this same focus.  Our combination with EV Cargo will provide increased opportunities for our people and expanded solutions for our customers.  We are very excited to join the EV Cargo journey.”

Zarin added: “EV Cargo and Fast Forward Freight share a unique range of capabilities and value-added services enabling the creation of innovative and tailored customer solutions.  Customers increasingly want end-to-end logistics solutions that improve supply chain resilience, transparency, reliability and effectiveness.  This combination will unlock a further step-change in EV Cargo’s global service proposition.”

EV Cargo Partners With Budweiser Brewing Group On HVO Switch To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Global supply chain management and logistics provider EV Cargo is enabling long-term customer Budweiser Brewing Group to introduce a new sustainable transport initiative to cut vehicle emissions by over 90%.

A champion of sustainable logistics, EV Cargo has seized the initiative to introduce a range of innovative solutions across its customer base to help reduce the environmental impact of distribution operations and is leading the introduction of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as a direct replacement to traditional diesel fuel at Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, part of AB InBev.

HVO is a sustainable fuel derived from vegetable and animal oils and an initial fleet of 20-25 distribution trucks at Budweiser Brewing Group’s Magor brewery in Wales will switch to the replacement fuel, delivering an immediate 92% reduction in CO2 emissions. The number of trucks using HVO will double later in the year.

The scheme will form a key driver in reducing the brewer’s carbon footprint and in its ambition to reach net zero at UK breweries by 2026.

Virginia Alzina, EV Cargo’s Chief Sustainability Officer, said: “As a member of the Science Based Target Initiative and a signatory to the UN Global Compact and its sustainable development goals, EV Cargo has powered the introduction of sustainable initiatives for many of its key customers to help reduce carbon emissions associated with their distribution operations.

“We are proud to help Budweiser Brewing Group and AB InBev further decarbonise its supply chain as part of the net zero strategy.”

As an important transport and warehouse partner to AB InBev for over 10 years, EV Cargo has introduced a range of initiatives to help reduce the environmental impact of distribution operations. These include technology and neural learning-led route planning to reduce delivery miles and emissions, alongside load optimisation to enhance fleet utilisation.

Mauricio Coindreau, Director of Procurement & Sustainability, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I said: “We are excited to be pioneering the use of HVO at our Magor brewery, which will result in significant reductions in CO2 emissions across our UK operations, highlighting the importance of green logistic initiatives.

“The theme of this year’s Earth Day is investing in our planet, and as a leading brewer, we’re proud to continue investing in sustainability initiatives that also protects our planet and the people in it.’

Alongside its ambitious global sustainability goals, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I aims to brew the UK’s most sustainable beers. The company already brews every single can, bottle and keg in the UK with 100% renewable electricity from its own wind turbine and two solar farms.

Palletforce Supporting Life-Changing Mission to Africa

Palletforce, the UK’s leading express freight distribution network, is delighted to be supporting a local project which aims to raise money and change lives in Ghana.

This month the Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) has despatched a 15-strong team from the local community to the African country for a 10-day expedition to the Volta region.

The group includes pupils from local schools, organisations and other community members as well as young people from BACT’s NCS programme and BACT volunteers.

The trip is being funded by local businesses and organisations who adopt a member of the volunteer team, and sixth-form student Amber Butler will be representing Palletforce.

They will be supporting a government-administered primary school which provides education to 550 children between the ages of four and 20, from kindergarten up to the final year of junior high school.

The trip – the fifth undertaken in partnership with African Adventures – will raise funds for those children in Africa who don’t get clean water to drink or food on the table each day, or even have the chance to go to school and learn.

The volunteers will be teaching in schools, coaching sports and building a new community library to help provide resources and materials to create a lasting legacy.

Jo Duncan, Palletforce Hub Operations Director, who also oversees many of Palletforce’s charity initiatives, said: “The Burton Albion Community Trust does tremendous work to improve the lives of people in Africa, and when they approached us for support we were delighted to do our bit to help.

“We set a challenge every year to raise thousands for good causes in the Burton area, but this is an example of local people reaching out across the world to help others.”

John Widdowson, Community Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust, who is also travelling to Ghana as part of the team, said: “We are extremely grateful to Palletforce for their support of our African Adventure.

“This trip has been a long time in the planning due to Covid. It feels great to be going back to Ghana and we couldn’t do this without the support of sponsors and supporters like Palletforce.”

Palletforce Unveils Focus On Service As Members Raise £16k For Charity

Palletforce’s annual Members General Meeting attracted a record attendance as the leading express freight distribution network revealed its strategy for 2022, with members helping raise £16,000 for local charities on the night.

Palletforce, which has more than 100 member transport companies in its network, showcased presentations from all of its directors at the event, the first held since before the pandemic in January 2020.

Directors laid out plans for a renewed focus on service quality, new member growth and innovative technology and IT advances, as Palletforce reinforced its position as a member-centric network.

And, at a charity auction during the MGM, members raised £16,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance and the When You Wish Upon A Star charities. Items including sports memorabilia were auctioned off as Palletforce continued its significant commitment to charity and community initiatives as part of its wider sustainability strategy.

Mark Tapper, Palletforce’s chief operating officer, was delighted to see the meeting return to the company’s schedule with a record member attendance.

“The combined expertise, resilience and operational acumen of our member companies is the bedrock on which Palletforce has been built and it’s what underpinned our agility and carried us through the challenges of the pandemic.

“However, as focus on the future, we were pleased to outline our plans to further strengthen Palletforce’s position as the leading freight distribution network. That included our focus on delivering unrivalled service quality, recruiting and strengthening our membership and leveraging the innovative technological advances our IT team has been making. Our overriding focus is on customer service levels and it was great to have a full commitment from our members.

“Getting to talk to members and working together towards a shared success is invaluable. To see how generous everyone was in the charity auction was a source of great pride too ¬– Palletforce and our members take our community responsibilities very seriously and everyone put a lot of effort into helping two very worthy causes,” he said.

EV Cargo Celebrates 40 Years As Bangladesh Supply Chain Leader

Global logistics, supply chain and technology provider EV Cargo is celebrating 40 years as the leading local operator of origin logistics and supply chain services in Bangladesh.

It was the first supply chain provider to be authorised and licensed to operate a large-scale quality control (QC) facility within a container freight station in Bangladesh and has continually pioneered innovation to deliver efficiencies across the supply chain.

Now an industry standard, EV Cargo broke the traditional mould by deploying the innovative solution over a decade ago and has continued to operate that ground-breaking solution ever since, with both dedicated and shared user QC models in operation.

The model has helped reduced quality control operating costs for customers by up to 20% compared to traditional destination QC and reduced product quality control failure rates by as much as 15%.

Clyde Buntrock, EV Cargo Global Forwarding Chief Executive, said: “Over the last 40 years, EV Cargo has developed a range of innovative solutions for garment manufacturers in Bangladesh and has become the market-leader in origin logistics, freight and supply chain services.

“Operating under license, our container freight station is set up to physically handle garments through origin compliance and Quality Control (QC) programmes. As a result they are meticulously maintained, dust free, garment friendly environments adhering to the most stringent of audits. Coupled with extensive garment on hanger capability, including box to hang, our QC programmes manage out variability and simplify the supply chain for our customers.

EV Cargo manages the flow of goods for 25% of all exports from Bangladesh to the UK as well as other key global markets and with over 100 colleagues based across Dhaka and Chattogram, offers an unrivalled local expertise and experience.

Services include hanging garment consolidation including box to hang, compliance and quality control, pick, pack, labelling and ticketing right through to multi-destination item picking and palletisation. Mature freight products in air and ocean coupled with significant volumes also mean a robust port to port freight solution for customers to all markets.

“As one of our guiding company values, EV Cargo continues to invest in sustainability across its business activities,” Clyde added. “We prioritise our commitment to corporate responsibility by providing ethical and sustainable solutions and supporting communities in Bangladesh, which includes in the past the building of a maternity hospital ward.

“Our experience and expertise in this key market puts us in the best possible position to manage the global supply chain for our customers ”

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Palletforce Sets Highest Safety Standards For 13 Consecutive Years

Palletforce, the UK’s leading express freight distribution network, has once again been awarded the prestigious RoSPA President’s Award after receiving 13 consecutive gold awards for continuing to achieve the highest levels of health and safety.

Palletforce’s long-standing reputation for maintaining the highest possible safety standards in the logistics sector has been reinforced by the latest honour and is due to its unrelenting focus on the safety and wellbeing of its employees and visiting member drivers.

The 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.

Palletforce has retained the exceptional levels of safety set during the early stages of the pandemic, when it quickly invested in a wide range of sanitisation equipment and introduced a number of measures to protect both the staff at its SuperHub and the 500 drivers from member companies which visit every day.

Palletforce Health and Safety Manager Beverley Knight said: “I am delighted and extremely proud that we have been awarded the RoSPA President’s Award once again.

“Our staff have worked diligently to carry on the safety standards that have seen us gain a gold award for 13 consecutive years. Palletforce is an ethical and socially responsible company and keeping both our staff and our visitors safe is central for us and is a key part of our governance and sustainability strategy.

“It is rewarding that our sector-leading standards have been recognised once again and it’s another aspect that helps our members stand out in a competitive marketplace.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Achievements Director, said: “This is a fantastic and well-deserved accomplishment. All our award entrants demonstrate their unwavering commitment and passion for keeping people safe at work.

“By receiving this recognition Palletforce joins like-minded businesses and organisations worldwide, who represent the very best in their approach to health and safety.”

RoSPA, which administers the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK, issued the award for Palletforce’s work in getting staff, visitors and contractors home safely at the end of the working day.

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