NEWS AND ARTICLES

Uniserve Duo Celebrate 10 Years

Two loyal Uniserve Group employees are celebrating major anniversaries this week, with both serving the company admirably for the past 10 years. Deborah Tomlinson joined our Shenstone team as a European Operator on 22nd May 2008 and according to colleague James Jones...

UK Transport Network Manager Appointed At Uniserve

Uniserve are pleased to confirm another appointment in what has become an exciting week for the group. Rupert Kay has joined us as UK Transport Network Manager and will be working with our logistics teams to maximise the effectiveness of our distribution network....

Innovation And Productivity

Welcome to the ninth in our popular series of podcasts, where we regularly talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. The podcast included Professor Tazeeb Rajwani, Head of Executive Education at the...

Uniserve Appoint New Group COO

Uniserve are delighted to confirm the recent appointment of Kim Overman as their new Group Chief Operating Officer. The new position has been created to support the ongoing growth and build on the success of the UK’s largest independent logistics and global trade...

Bath Rugby – Our First Season

The first season, that Uniserve have officially partnered with Bath Rugby as sponsors, has just drawn to a dramatic close. So, following on from our mid season article (December), here's our review of the second half. When we last updated you, Bath were progressing...

Fog Delays China Ports

Recent fog and high winds have resulted in disruption to port operations at the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Ningbo and Qingdao. While operations are back to normal, a backlog has been caused by the adverse weather and is expected to continue for a few more days. The...

Brexit – Is UK Business Prepared?

Recent reports in the Lloyds Loading List, suggest that more than a third (36%) of UK traders are not yet preparing for post Brexit customs procedures, even though most rely heavily on just-in-time delivery of their import and export products.  The survey, of over 800...

Accelerate Innovation: Why Smart Executives Fail

Welcome to the eighth in our popular series of podcasts, where we regularly talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. The podcast included Adjunct Professor Viren Lall, Managing Director of Change School,...

Government’s Customs Union Stance

Ahead of a symbolic vote, the UK government has this week reiterated its commitment to leaving the EU's customs union, after last week suffering defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill. Prime Minister May, whilst on a visit to the West Midlands, said leaving the customs...

The Need For Supply Chain Education

Welcome to the seventh in our popular series of podcasts, where we regularly talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain Academy (SCA) Director, Alex Mortimer, we continue the series...

Global Shipping Make Climate Deal

The global shipping industry made a historic decision recently, as they agreed to cut their emissions of greenhouse gases, after holding talks in London at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The deal will reduce emissions by 50% by 2050 compared to 2008...

China Air Market to Rival US?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) have reportedly predicted that China will overtake America as the world's biggest aviation market in the next four to five years. The ambition being shown by China is evident in the plans for Beijing's newest airport...

Trump Spat Delaying COSCO Takeover?

Recent suggestions have indicated that the current spat between Donald Trump and China may be having an affect on COSCO Shipping's takeover of fellow steamship line - OOCL. The Chinese state-owned shipping line had moved closer to incorporating the publicly-owned Hong...

New UniOcean Schedule Released

The latest instalment of the UniOcean Lines Asian Service Directory has just been released, which includes all inbound and outbound loops and services currently available in the trade. In total, the in-depth schedule offers all 19 Asian origin loops, that are...

Latest Trends in British Manufacturing

Welcome to the sixth in our popular series of podcasts, where we regularly talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain Academy (SCA) Director, Alex Mortimer, we continue the series by...

Global Holiday News

Did you know Friday 6th April is/was a public holiday for Ching Ming Festival in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan? Or that it is also a holiday in Thailand for Chakri day? Uniserve have just published a new page on this website which highlights the national holidays in...

2018 Carrier Alliance Infographic

Since Uniserve first released our Ocean Carrier Alliance infographic last year, we have had another twelve months of change, culminating in the merging of the Japanese carriers into ONE. With this in mind Uniserve have prepared our 2018 version of the popular easy to...

Uniserve Staff Help For Heroes

Uniserve Group staff raised almost £400.00 to support the Help for Heroes charity last week by arranging an Easter raffle during a sponsored dress down day. The money donated will support Help For Heroes so that they are able to offer comprehensive support to those...

Best Practice in Global Trade

Welcome to the fifth in our popular series of podcasts, where we are regularly talking ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain Academy (SCA) Director, Alex Mortimer, we continue the...

Final Weekend For Bath Rugby

Uniserve Group are looking forward to a major rugby match this Easter weekend, as Bath take on Exeter Chiefs in the final of the Anglo Welsh Cup Final. The two West Country rivals lock horns on Good Friday, and as proud sponsors of Bath Rugby we are hoping the boys...

New Trends in Supply Chain

Welcome to the fourth in our popular series of podcasts, where we are regularly talking ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain Academy (SCA) Director, Alex Mortimer, we continue the...

New Supply Chain Event

Uniserve Group member, the Supply Chain Academy, have confirmed two new thought leadership events this week that are focused around innovation in the supply chain. The first of these events, being held in May at the IOD's prestigious Pall Mall headquarters, is aimed...

A View of the UK from China

Welcome to the third in our popular series of podcasts, where we will be regularly talking ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain Academy (SCA) Director, Alex Mortimer, we continue...

An Evening with Blackadder & Co

Bath Rugby recently hosted a Uniserve Group event at their prestigious Farleigh House training headquarters, which was attended by staff, customers and a number of their own familiar personalities. Speaking at the dinner were Bath's Director of Business Development...

The Old Man and The Sea

Further to the milestone we brought you earlier this week,  the marketing team have learnt of another important anniversary, this time for Uniserve Group's Seafreight Director - Steve Ireland. In the week that Steve started with Uniserve, the Beatles were in the...

New Development for Tilbury Port

P&O Ferries announced this week that a £150m river berth is to be built for ferries sailing between the UK and mainland Europe. The plans for the Thames berth are at Tilbury, where P&O currently run a ferry service between the port and Zeebrugge. This development will...

Ten and Counting for Scott

Consolidation man, Scott Arnott, celebrated a major milestone in his Uniserve career last week, after completing 10 years with our award winning ocean freight team in Tilbury. When Scott joined us, back in February 2008, Amy Winehouse was in the music charts with...

Innovation and Productivity

Uniserve Group member - the Supply Chain Academy - have just launched their second in the already popular series of podcasts, where they are regularly now talking ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including their own faculty members. Hosted...

Social Media & Uniserve Group

As some of you will be aware, we have recently stepped up our efforts to ensure industry, company and global news is circulated regularly through our social media channels. Social media provides the opportunity for sharing more content easily and also offers a more...

Bangladesh Security Ban Lifted

The UK government has withdrawn the ban on Dhaka-London direct air cargo, which had been imposed due to poor security at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The announcement was made recently at a press conference jointly organised by the UK High Commission in...

Uniserve Confirm SCM Degree

Uniserve Group are very proud to announce that the Degree Apprenticeship in supply chain leadership has now been approved by the 'Institute for Apprenticeships', and will be deliverable by the middle of this year. Uniserve, supported by the Supply Chain Academy and...

Orchestrating Competitive Advantage

Uniserve Group member - the Supply Chain Academy - have just launched their first in a new series of podcasts, where they will be regularly talking ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including their own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain...

Group MD Discovers Falklands Rose

During a recent trip to Buenos Aires, Uniserve Group Managing Director Iain Liddell, and wife Fiona, were amongst the first to handle one of the roses of peace crafted by famous Argentine goldsmith - Juan Carlos Pallarols. Juan Carlos is known for crafting the...

Asian Holiday Dates By Country

As we approach the Chinese New Year period once more, and as factories across Asia are expediting products prior to national close downs, now seems a good time to share the public holidays throughout the region. Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in...

Be Lucky This Chinese New Year

With Chinese New Year upon us, tradition will see many of Asia's people considering their chances of a prosperous year ahead, and maximising the chance of one that is full of good fortune. This year's Spring Festival begins Friday, when the current Year of the Rooster...

Asia Market Outlook – Ocean

Varying reports in the media this month are suggesting a levelling out of rates may occur during 2018 for ocean freight from Asia. We have summarised some of the observations being reported. The capacity outlook had previously revealed an industry facing an...

Approved Apprenticeship Provider

Uniserve Group had some exciting news this week when it was confirmed that CP Training Services – the training and qualifications arm of our Supply Chain Academy - have now been approved as an apprenticeship training provider. The Education and Skills Funding Agency...

Supply Chain Offer for Customers

Uniserve Group customers and friends are able to benefit from an exclusive 30% discount on a brand new course from the Supply Chain Academy, held in partnership with the University of Essex.  This is a great opportunity to secure one of the last remaining places on...

Asia Market Outlook – Airfreight

A number of reports this month are suggesting that recent high airfreight rates from Asia could be maintained, or even continue to rise for the foreseeable future. Space has been at a premium over recent months, which has resulted in a sharp increase in costs....

China E-commerce Drives Airfreight

Airfreight volumes to China are continuing to be driven by the demand of the e-commerce market, which was reflected in the growth of Uniserve's air export volumes during 2017. China continues to be the world's largest and fastest growing e-commerce market, with its...

Alex Joins IOD Committee Board

Uniserve Director Alex Mortimer was recently elected to serve on the Institute of Directors (IOD) committee board, representing the Essex and Herts region. With a membership of over 30,000 leaders, the IoD is British business’s leading voice and campaigner on a vast...

The Ocean Carrier Merry-go-round

During the past few years, in the often manic world of container shipping, we have witnessed a major transformation of carrier alliances and steamship line businesses, which appear to be showing signs of a return to order during 2018. We've witnessed a major carrier...

Brexit May Mean VAT Upfront

Tens of thousands of UK businesses could be forced to pay VAT upfront post Brexit, on goods imported from Europe, in controversial new legislation being considered by MP’s on Monday. The chair of the Treasury select committee has urged MP’s to investigate the matter...

Uniserve EGDC Website Relaunched

A new year and an updated website has been launched by our Singapore based business - Uniserve EGDC. Uniserve EGDC (Express Global Distribution Centre) was established in 2013 to facilitate our Group’s natural organic growth and directly support our customers to grow...

ONE Line Gearing For Launch

ONE Line (Ocean Network Express) are gearing up for their official April launch with a recent order of new containers and a new website. The newly branded shipping line, being created by the merging of the three major Japanese carriers K-Line, NYK and MOL, have...

Merry Christmas from Heathrow

As we prepare to lock down for the festive season, and with only three sleeps to go until the big day, our guys at Uniserve Heathrow are mid way through their annual Christmas jumper day. We brought you the Christmas jumper pictures from Tilbury earlier in the week...

Bath Rugby – Season So Far

This is the first time that Uniserve have officially partnered with Bath Rugby as sponsors, so with the season almost half complete, and only a few sleeps until Christmas, what better time to have a mid term review of how the team are doing. European Champions Cup...

Our Holiday Opening Hours

Please be advised of our Christmas and New Year opening hours. Merry Christmas to all of our friends and colleagues from everyone at Uniserve. We are very much looking forward to another successful year together in 2018. Please follow us on social media. PLEASE FOLLOW...

And All For A Good Cause

The Christmas spirit was on display at our Tilbury Super DC last Friday, when members of the Uniserve team turned up for work  dressed-to-impress in support of charity. Dressed in christmas jumpers, shirts and dresses for the day, our boys and girls made Santa's nice...

Lewis Hamilton Makes Podium

Formula One World Champion - Lewis Hamilton - was recently pictured on an  'All-British Winners Podium' that also included Uniserve's Iain Liddell (centre) and Darren Baker (left). Our guys recently met with Lewis at an exclusive gathering in the City of London, which...

Uniserve Sponsor The Big Match

Uniserve have recently confirmed their third time sponsorship of the Fence Club's bi-annual charity football match, which is being held in Hong Kong in January. The event pits a team of 11 Toy Importers against a Hong Kong Club Select XI and is being sponsored by...

China Cuts Import Duties

China announced a new round of cuts to their import duties recently, which include products such as foods, pharmaceuticals, health supplements and clothing. The finance ministry’s announcement came very close to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, where copious...

SKU Join Uniserve Group

Uniserve recently welcomed a new member to the Group after acquiring a 50% share holding in the SKU Logistics. Southern based SKU Logistics currently provide retail led fulfilment and e-commerce online operations from three locations around the M3/M4 corridor. In...

New Man for One World

As part of our continuing development of the exclusive highly sophisticated One World global operating platform, Uniserve have employed the services of retail expert Paul Miller. Paul connects with the team after previously spending 13 years in senior supply chain and...

Award for Hunter & Gather

Uniserve customer Hunter & Gather Foods have been celebrating recently, after winning a sought after industry award in a ceremony hosted by 'Food Matters Live' at London’s ExCeL last week. Hunter & Gather won the main event, the prestigious Innovative...

Plastic and Our Oceans

Liz Watson – Sustainability Project Leader – at Comply Direct  (a Uniserve Group partner company) – recently posted the following article on their website, and it makes very interesting reading. Comply Direct offer a host of compliance services, now in their 11th year...

Zenith and the Chocolate Factory

Last week saw a 'magic moment'  for Group partners Zenith, as the first delivery for a new trailer unit was made to the village of Rode, near Bath, home of chocolate retailers - Choconchoc. The Somerset based confectioners, who specialise in luxury hand made British...

New Futuristic Electric Truck

Electric carmaker Tesla unveiled a sleek futuristic electric truck prototype at its design studio in California yesterday, which has been making headlines through global media channels today. The truck will offer 400 miles of range with just a 30-minute charge from a...

Seasonal Demand on Asia Airfreight

The current demand for airfreight shipments from a number of key locations across Asia, including Hong Kong and mainland China, has resulted in a shortage of space, and in some cases a sharp increase in freight costs over recent weeks. An increase in demand leading up...

The Choice for Retail Customers

Uniserve Group recently transferred the entire fulfilment operation for high street and online fashion brand - Blue Inc - to our Tilbury DC, in under 48 hours. The move, completed over one weekend, was in itself an incredible team achievement, but it signified a more...

New Look Insights Website

Uniserve Group member Customs Insights have a new look and feel to their website this month and will be venturing into the world of social media to keep us up to date with customs Brexit developments and new legislations. Customs Insights Managing Director Terry Clear...

Leading Apprenticeship Change

Uniserve Group and the Supply Chain Academy are leading the drive to change the government’s approach to supply chain apprenticeships and to enable business to spend their apprenticeship levy on a single unified methodology for developing carrier paths in our sector....

Hijacked Ship Cost Ruling

In a landmark decision last week, the US Supreme Court upheld an original ruling that ‘General Average’ should apply to costs incurred when ships are hijacked by pirates. The dispute relates to the vessel ‘Longchamp’, a petroleum gas carrier, that was taken by Somali...

Academy Partners University of Essex

The Supply Chain Academy has this week confirmed a new partnership arrangement with the University of Essex, which will include the development and delivery of a unique new programme designed for supply chain leaders and their teams. Working in partnership, the Supply...

Felixstowe Rail Scheme Approved

A new £60m scheme to improve rail links from the Port of Felixstowe has been given the green light by UK Transport Minister - Chris Grayling. The multi-million pound scheme will dual part of the Felixstowe-Ipswich branch line to increase its rail freight cargo...

Storms Damage Port Infrastucture

Extreme storms in South Africa last week have caused major damage to the port of Durban and its infrastructure, which have inevitably resulted in carriers adjusting schedules. According to the Transnet Ports Authority it is still too early to assess the full extent of...

Graduate Lands In Singapore

Uniserve Group Graduate Management Trainee - Lauren Liddell - has entered the last leg of her 15 month induction program, after touching down in Singapore last month to start her 3 month overseas placement. The scheme has been extremely successful over recent years,...

Diwali, Festival of Lights

We are fast approaching the Diwali (or Deepavali) festival season, which will mean a public holiday in some Uniserve Group global locations during the next week. Diwali is otherwise known as the festival of lights, and is celebrated every year by the Hindu religion...

Major Brexit Event Success

In conjunction with the IOD (Institute of Directors), the Supply Chain Academy hosted a major Brexit focused dinner last week, which was enthusiastically attended by numerous UK supply chain leaders and experts. Speaking at the major industry event was Uniserve Group...

Largest Container Ship Race

Owning the world's largest container ship has been a sought after accolade for many years, and the universally accepted measure of this is the maximum number of TEU's (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) that the vessel can carry. The past 12 months have seen the prize...

China Crackdown Affecting Waste

Recent factory closures and stricter import controls on waste paper and plastics, driven by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), are believed to be having a detrimental impact on the waste product industry. China has recently been taking radical steps...

Luck of the Ireland

Uniserve Seafreight Director Steve Ireland, is gaining a reputation as a major trophy magnet when it comes to awards, as the Lloyds List Global Awards 'Containership Operator of the Year' was presented to APL last week. Steve was a guest at APL's table during the...

Moving Floors Join Fleet

Uniserve Group's technologically advanced fleet received some exciting additions recently when group member Zenith Logistics took delivery of five new ‘Legras’ 13.5m tri-axle moving-floor trailers. The new equipment will be largely servicing a newly secured wood-chip...

China Factory Closures

Factories throughout China are preparing for shut down during the country’s National Holiday next week, but many have already been forced to close by government officials enforcing anti-pollution regulations. Northern China has seen thousands of businesses shut down...

Miss Brexit Presents at Academy

Renowned Brexit expert, Allie Renison from the Institute of Directors (IoD,) will speak with business leaders at a thought leadership dinner to be held at the Supply Chain Academy’s Headquarters, Upminster Court on Thursday 5 October. Allie Renison, fondly known as...

Uniserve Sponsor Bath Rugby

The UK’s leading international logistics and supply chain management company, Uniserve, have teamed up with Bath Rugby in a sponsorship agreement to coincide with the new 2017-18 season. The multi award-winning, global British business will feature on the back of the...

Bangladesh Delays Continue

Delays from Bangladesh are set to continue with an increase in backlogs since work stopped during Eid al-Adha (The Sacrifice Feast). Congestion at Chittagong port has heightened considerably in recent months, with the average time in port for vessels rising to almost...

Port Update Post Irma

Hurricane Irma ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, wreaking havoc across the US South Eastern States and The Caribbean. While there may be some delays to logistics in the region, the major US ports and airports are all expected to be back...

Uniserve Avoid Turkish Delays

Recent track subsidence on German railway lines has wreaked havoc with some logistics routes from Southern Europe and Turkey into the UK. The majority of intermodal services utilise the ro-ro ferry service from Istanbul to Trieste (Italy), before transferring to a...

Providing a Noble Service

Energetic, Honest, Passionate, Loyal, Hardworking, these are all words that could easily be associated with the one and only Uniserve team. However, they are also words that describe one of our well known recent customers; West Ham captain Mark Noble. We were recently...

US Storm Update

Ports in and around Houston have reopened in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, despite ongoing reports of flooding and damage to roads and rail lines.   With one destructive storm now in the past, Texas are among many southern US states bracing themselves for any...

The Holding Centre Completed

Uniserve's new container storage facility, The Holding Centre (THC) - formerly Plateau C - is now complete and ready for operation. The facility will provide container storage for new and existing customers at the Port of Felixstowe. Spread over five acres, The...

Weather Update: Typhoon Hato

Please be advised that Typhoon Hato is approaching Southern China, and is expected to make landfall in Guangdong province tomorrow. The tropical cyclone has continued to intensify in the past few hours and may pass within 100 kilometers south of the global financial...

Degree Apprenticeship News

The world’s first apprenticeship route to supply chain leadership roles, which has been developed by an employer group consisting of around 25 organisations and a number of Universities, and is led by the Uniserve Group and the Supply Chain Academy – is set to launch...

Dhaka / Bangladesh Update

We have recently advised you about the challenges in the Bangladesh air freight market, as a result of the security restrictions imposed by European authorities. A lack of confidence in the security processes and non-compliant screening facilities continues to result...

Logistics Awards Finalists

The 2017 Logistics Awards, organised by SHD Logistics, has announced the Uniserve Group as a finalist for the prestigious ‘Future Skills’ Award - in recognition of its work creating a first-of-its-kind Degree Apprenticeship in supply chain management. The Logistics...

OOIL – Cosco Announcement

As part of Uniserve's ongoing committment to keeping our clients fully informed of market changes, we would like to share some important industry news about Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL). The company has announced that COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co.,...

Classic DB4 Incredible Journey

Uniserve recently imported a rare 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Special Series Vantage classic car from New Zealand. The DB4 was headed for restoration work in South East England after its 12,000 mile ocean journey from the port of Lyttelton, near Christchurch, in New...

Maersk Cyber Attack

The world’s largest container shipping group, Maersk, has been hit by a major cyber attack that is affecting a number of major companies around the world, with Maersk’s IT systems down across multiple sites and business units. In a statement last week, parent company...

Blue Inc Tilbury Move

High street & online retailer, Blue Inc, recently made the transition to the Uniserve Super Distribution Centre in Tilbury, with the entire move being completed over one weekend. The complex operation - which included transferring their web operation - was up, running...

Bangladesh Security Ruling

  A new ruling by the European Union has led to an increase in security for all flights from Bangladesh, which has resulted in additional costs being imposed by all airlines. Security procedures for traffic moving into the EU were stepped up after recent...

New Partners in Italy

Uniserve have signed a new partnership with international forwarders EuroLogisco - further strengthening their scheduled services to and from Florence and Italy as a whole. The new partnership means Uniserve now have wet and dry bonded warehousing in both Florence and...

New Japanese Joint Venture

Following an initial announcement in October last year, Japan’s big three carriers Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) have announced today (Wednesday 31 May) that their new joint venture will...

Lunch With Rugby Legends

Uniserve recently hosted a small private lunch event for customers and suppliers to meet some of England's rugby legends and to network to discuss global supply chain developments. The lunch event was an open table discussion with some of the players from yesteryear;...

UniOcean Lines Asian Schedule

The much anticipated UniOcean Lines Asian Service Directory has just been released, which includes all inbound and outbound loops and services currently available in the trade. In total, the in-depth schedule offers all 16 loops, that are otherwise marketed by the...

London Wine Fair Update

The London Wine Fair has been in action this week and as usual it's one of the busiest times of the year for our Drinks Logistics team. The fair, held annually at Olympia in London, is the UK wine industry’s main trade fair and provides an opportunity for agents and...

Gary Presents at BenchBuy

Commercial Director Gary Cobbing recently presented how Uniserve deliver value into end to end supply chains at the launch of the new Benchbuy club in London Bridge. The Benchbuy club, an invite only club, has been formed to assist senior executives and business...

Hapag And UASC Complete

In a joint announcement today, Hapag Lloyd and UASC (United Arab Shipping Company) have confirmed that their much anticipated merger, to be one combined company, has completed. For the immediate future the two companies will continue to operate independently as they...

THI Taiwan Join UniOcean

THI Group and UniOcean Lines reached agreement last week for THI to represent the 21st century global carrier as their official liner agent in Taiwan. UniOcean are globally served by a hand picked collective of independent liner agencies, including Uniserve...

Asian E-commerce Opens Up

Uniserve's e-commerce logistics portfolio received a massive boost this week, with the strengthening of one of our key networks across China, Hong Kong and South East Asia. For many years, our multi-award winning airfreight products, to and from Asia, have been...

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