Business News February 2010
Thursday 4th February 2010
Business News – February 2010
The company which makes Sugar Puffs, Honey Monster Foods, has introduced a real-time mobile computing system from logistics IT specialist Belgravium at its facility West of London. The RF system consists of Monaco 7100 forklift truck-mounted and Geneva 6100 hand-held units and is intended to improve traceability, reduce picking times and increase transparency across warehouse operations.
The Food & Drink Logistics Show opens at the Birmingham NEC on the 21st of March and runs for four days. The new exhibition is aimed at all those who work in the unique supply chain environment that exists in the food and drink industry. Organisers William Reed say the event will showcase all that is new in the sector and help operators to improve efficiency and cut costs. The event is co-located with Foodex and other related exhibitions.
Shoppers in the UK spent a staggering £5.46 billion online in December according to IMRG Capgemini’s e-Retail Sales Index. The research showed that the second week in the month was the busiest - a week later than in 2008 - and attributes the delay to a combination of factors, chiefly concerns over the postal strike, customers waiting for further reductions, growing confidence in delivery services and Christmas Day falling on a weekday.
Wincanton is creating substantial new capacity within the food sector after winning a major contract with ‘one of the fastest growing foodservice companies’. The distribution giant has identified the sector as one of a number with the potential to have a ‘transformational impact’ upon its business. Defence is seen as another growth area after business gains and contract renewals from clients such as AgustaWestland, BAE Systems and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.