NEWS AND ARTICLES

Relating to the Group and our Industry.

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...

Uniserve Lead 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...

Jon Becomes ‘Face of APM’

Back in April, Uniserve property project manager, Jonathan King, completed a day of filming and photography to become a ‘Face of APM’ for the Association for Project Management (APM); the Chartered body for the project profession. On Thursday 27th April 2017, Jonathan...

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...

Felixstowe Site Steams Ahead

Since the February start, building work on Uniserve's Felixstowe development is now in full swing, with the completion of the first part of the project; Plateau C, expected this July. Plateau C will see the installation of a container storage and HGV parking...

Most Valuable Partner Award

Uniserve clinched another award when Group Managing Director, Iain Liddell, received the Most Valuable Partner Award from THI Logistics, during his recent visit to Shanghai. The accolade, presented by THI's president David Yen, was awarded for the...

Game-Changing New Indian Tax

Effective from 1st July 2017, the Indian government are introducing a Goods & Service Tax (GST) which will be a single tax on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods throughout India. The tax will work similarly to VAT, being collected at every stage of sale or...

Queens Award For Chelsom

Uniserve customer Chelsom have just received the prestigious 'Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade', in recognition of its outstanding export achievements over the past three years. The Blackpool based decorative lighting manufacturer won Britain's most...

40 Strong Trailblazer Meeting

More than 40 participants attended a Trailblazer Group meeting last month (April 26), which was held and chaired by the Universe Group at the Supply Chain Academy in Upminster. Attendees came from a broad cross section of business, higher education and professional...

Shanghai Port Congestion

The world's busiest container port, Yangshan in China's business hub of Shanghai, is battling heavy congestion brought about by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and reportedly the shake-up in shipping alliances. Numerous container vessels have been delayed outside...

Supply Chain Executives Offer

The Supply Chain Academy are offering a promotional opportunity to executives for May; to try one of their leading edge masterclasses at an introductory price. The Leading Complex Change Through The Supply Chain masterclass would be extremely beneficial  to...

Thames Crossing For Tilbury

Last week saw the chosen route for the new Thames Crossing announced, which will connect Tilbury and Gravesend, meaning journey times to Dover and mainland Europe will be reduced. The new route, which will be some years in construction,  will bring much needed relief...

UK Easter Opening Times

For our overseas visitors: Please be aware that the UK has two public holidays over the Easter period, therefore our opening times are as follows: Good Friday 14th April - Closed Saturday 15th April - Closed** Easter Sunday 16th April - Closed Easter Monday 17th April...

Indian Sub Air Market Update

Air freight market conditions from the Indian Sub Continent are currently extremely busy, with demand often exceeding the uplift capacity. As with any squeeze on capacity, carriers are having to prioritise shipments, pricing is fluctuating and the industry is...

First Train To China Departs

The first rail freight service from the UK to China departed from London Gateway yesterday, commencing a 17-day, 7,500-mile journey to Eastern China. 30 containers left the Essex terminal with British produce, including whiskey, soft drinks, vitamins and...

New Faces For Customer Team

In a recent restructure of our award winning customer service and development team, Uniserve have added two new faces to the starting lineup. We are pleased to welcome Gary Haynes (left) to the team as Strategic Customer Development Manager based in the Midlands. Gary...

Puma Brand Secured for EGDC

  Uniserve EGDC recently added Puma to its list of globally recognised brands operating through our multi country consolidation hub in Singapore. Working on behalf of Star Group 360, Uniserve EGDC are consolidating products from all around the world for regional...

Spring At The Academy

Its Spring at the Academy, so Michael Hurcum, our Group Marketing Manager, felt that was a great reason to get the camera out and take a tour of Upminster Court, home to the Supply Chain Academy and Uniserve Group Headquarters. If you would like to know more about...

David Decides On Tokyo

International table tennis player, David Wetherill, had to make an important decision recently after representing Great Britain in last year's Rio Paralympic Games. For the Uniserve sponsored Olympian it was time to decide whether to go for Tokyo and a fourth...

Academy Courses Head North

The Supply Chain Academy has recently launched a range of courses that will be great news for northern based supply chain professionals, as they are being delivered at Leeds Trinity University. In conjunction with our ongoing partnership with Leeds Trinity, to develop...

Hapag UASC Merger Update

While the merger between ocean carriers Hapag Lloyd and UASC (United Arab Shipping Company) was delayed last month, UASC have still deployed their ships as part of the THE Alliance network from April 1. The two steamship lines were originally set to merge during March...

New US Flights For Manchester

  Uniserve Manchester received a boost this week as Virgin Atlantic launched two new US services to and from the UK's busiest Northern airport. Virgin Atlantic have become the first ever carrier to provide direct flights between Manchester and San Francisco, which...

Andreea Joins L&D Team

Uniserve Group and the Supply Chain Academy welcomed a new member of the team recently when Andreea Elefteriu joined as Training Manager. Andreea has over 20 years of experience in learning & organisational development (L&D) delivery and consultancy; gained while...

Carrier Alliance Infographic

The first sailings of the new carrier alliances are fast approaching as we head into a new period for ocean freight. The alliances have been much publicised but Uniserve have prepared an easy to read pdf infographic for downloading, as a reminder of which carriers are...

New Largest Container Ship

The world's newest and largest container ship, capable of carrying over 20,000 twenty foot containers, has been completed and will make her maiden voyage during April. The MOL Triumph was received by MOL this week and is the first of six 20,000 TEU class container...

Michael Joins Marketing Team

The Uniserve Group marketing team received a welcomed boost recently when Michael Hurcum joined us as our new Group Marketing Manager. Michael is an innovative marketing and communications specialist with nine years' experience managing campaigns for the leisure...

Uniserve in Parliament

Uniserve attended parliament last week when Paul Stone, Group HR Director, met with MP's at the House of Commons to talk about, amongst other things, Uniserve's Degree Apprenticeship standard and the Supply Chain Academy's collaboration with Leeds Trinity University...

HK Fuel Surcharge Returns

Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department has given the green light for airlines to implement Fuel Surcharge again on airfreight shipments from the region. Air Freight fuel surcharge from Hong Kong was temporarily suspended early last year when oil prices dropped...

Arthur Calls It A Day

  Today is a sad day for Uniserve staff and customers as Arthur Latham is hanging up his boots and retiring after spending the last 17 years working for Uniserve. Arthur has been based in our Manchester Office since the turn of the millennium as a Client...

Storm Stella Impacts USA

Storm Stella has pounded the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast USA early on Tuesday, resulting in flight cancellations, closures, power outages and warnings from city and state officials to stay off the roads. The US National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings...

Degree Gets Green Light!

  The degree apprenticeship proposal, chaired by the Supply Chain Academy and Uniserve Group, was today given government approval and listed as the occupational qualification for Supply Chain & Logistics. In a letter to Paul Stone, Uniserve Group HR Director, from the...

Academy Partners Chamber

The Supply Chain Academy has officially partnered with the North London Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise (NLCCE) to equip members with end to end Supply Chain understanding through impartial advice and in the long term, training and consultancy. NLCCE are aiming to...

Drinks Team Germany Bound

Our Uniserve Drinks Logistics team is heading to Germany to attend one of the key events in the industry calendar, the ProWein International Trade Fair for Wines & Spirits. The fair takes place on 19th-21st March in Dusseldorf and this is the fourth year our dedicated...

Asia Export Capacity Squeeze

Some steamship lines have reportedly been refusing new bookings for containers from UK & European ports to the Middle East and Asia recently. The squeeze on capacity has been caused by cancelled sailings around the Chinese New Year period, largely influenced by the...

Property Team Expands

Our property team expanded recently with the appointment of Jonathan King as our new Property Project Manager. Jonathan is an experienced Building Surveyor turned Project Manager (MAPM and IPMA Level C), with over 10 years surveying, project management and...

Bangladesh Strike Update*

** UPDATE Thursday 2nd March - Indications are that the majority of transport workers have returned to work and the situation is returning to normal. There will be some backlogs to clear.   ORIGINAL POST: A nationwide indefinite strike by transport workers has entered...

Zenith Add Monster Trucks

Two new high spec monster trucks arrived at our Chepstow facility recently to enhance our South Wales & South West fleet. Zenith Logistics, our warehouse and distribution arm, received the MAN trucks last week to assist with increased local demand. The German TGX...

Alex Elected to CBI Council

Alex Mortimer, our Supply Chain Academy Director, attended his first meeting this week since his recent election to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) council. Alex was appointed following a contested election in which CBI members across the region voted. In...

Pakistan Port Congestion

Major congestion at Karachi is currently causing heavy delays and short shipments, with Port Qasim possibly the worst affected. The recent tensions and subsequent slowing down of cargo at the Afghanistan/Pakistan border has impacted the movement speed of goods through...

Half a Century for Leighton

Leighton Bonnett, our Airfreight Director, reached a very special milestone this month as he celebrated his 50th birthday, with almost half of that time being employed by Uniserve. Leighton joined our sales team way back in 1994, before moving over to operations, and...

Asia Visit Market Update

Post Chinese New Year is usually a time when container space is readily available on the Asian inbound market, since very little is produced in the preceding fortnight. However, this year has not followed tradition, with the major shipping lines preparing to move from...

The Alliance Confirms Sailings

  The Alliance consortium has announced its schedule for their westbound loops from Asia to Europe this week, with the first sailing commencing on the 3rd of April. The Alliance includes the shipping lines Hapag Lloyd, K Line, MOL, NYK and Yang Ming and will be...

First Course at Leeds Trinity

CP Training, our supply chain staff development and qualifications arm, are hosting their first ever training course at Leeds Trinity University on 15th and 16th May. The two day Demand Planning course, is a first for CP delivered in Leeds, as we work with the...

Weather Impacts USA Flights

Current snow storms in the United States Northeast have resulted in over 2000 flights being cancelled and severe storm warnings being issued. Winter Storm Niko is largely affecting areas such as Boston, New York, and Philadelphia and snow is expected to continue at...

Help For Exporters

Uniserve and The Supply Chain Academy were both appointed as official partners of the governments 'Exporting is Great' campaign, which is a drive to encourage and assist new, occasional and regular British exporters, to develop and grow their overseas sales. The...

60,000 Views On New Web

The new Uniserve website went live in January and incredibly received over 60,000 views in its first month from 139 different countries around the world. We are delighted to have generated interest in the world's newest country, South Sudan, and even some of the...

One World China Expansion

Our One World technical team was boosted this month with the strategic agreement to add more members to our Tianjin team following the recent trip to China by One World Director, Steve Davies. The growth and success of One World, our highly intelligent and...

New Tax On Indian Exports

A surprise new ruling from Indian authorities means that all export shipments to the country will incur their service tax with immediate effect for Ocean Freight shipments to India. The service tax itself is not new, but had previously been collected from importers...

Dover Set for Expansion

The Port of Dover’s flagship capital building programme has received a major boost after receiving approval for a £200m package of loans from a consortium of UK & European lenders. The Dover Western Docks Revival project will create a purpose-built cargo and logistics...

Spring Festival Commences

As celebrations get underway for Chinese New Year what do we know about this major festival? The celebration is also known as 'The Spring Festival' and is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The new year begins on Saturday...

Degree Apprenticeship & Levy

Last year we told you how we are leading the design of the world’s first supply chain degree apprenticeship and the project is very much underway. The intention is for this to be ‘business led’, so there is still an opportunity for further participants to be involved...

Weather Impacts Ports

Freezing conditions in the UK’s South East are having an impact on airports and ports, with weather conditions set to continue over the next 48 hours. Dense fog has continued to disrupt London’s runways with more than 100 departures from Heathrow and London City being...

Sally Joins The Academy

The Supply Chain Academy’s team was strengthened this month when Sally Gale joined them as Operations & Events Manager. Sally has been with Uniserve Group for 19 years, 18 of which as Personal Assistant to our Group Managing Director, Iain Liddell. Iain commented...

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