News / MIQ Logistics wins five-year French Connection contract

first_img One of the UK’s leading fashion brands French Connection has signed a five-year inbound logistics contract with MIQ Logistics, worth around £6m.MIQ executives said the deal shows the growing attraction of medium-sized 3PLs to retail shippers, in comparison to the largest multinational logistics operators, due to higher customer service levels.Andrew Martin, managing director of MIQ Logistics UK, told The Loadstar: “We think we can offer better service levels than the multinational companies because our approach is based on the feel of a local company.“We are not constrained by the ratios that the larger corporates are, and our core value is trying to do more for the customer than anyone else,” he added. The contract sees MIQ providing an end-to-end global supply chain solution, managing inventory from French Connection factories across Asia to their European and North American stores, and on to wholesalers in 50 countries.The contract will also see MIQ Logistics take responsibility for providing global visibility of all product and management of French Connection’s 150,000sq ft primary UK distribution centre in Purfleet, Essex.And in a linked development, existing MIQ customer Long Tall Sally, the specialist fashion brand for tall women, will take 38,000sq ft of dedicated space within the French Connection facility for its European retail operation.Operating under another five-year contract, MIQ will manage the warehouse and distribution operations for 15 Long Tall Sally stores and concessions across the UK and Germany.The contract represents something of a culmination of MIQ’s transformation from a freight forwarder to a supply chain solutions provider.“We are winning customers who want their logistics partner to provide value through vendor management to final delivery and perhaps are not the right fit for the larger multinationals,” Mr Martin added.“The transformation to end-to-end supply chain management was more evolution than wholesale change.”MIQ itself has undergone a series of ownership changes over the past couple of decades, although operationally executives stressed they concentrated on maintaining a consistent level of service and stable management. In 2010, a well-established private equity firm, Austin Ventures, purchased MIQ Logistics, transforming it from dinner to diner.The following year later MIQ acquired The Logistics Company (TLC), which greatly increased its warehouse capacity in the UK and Europe and its capacity to serve the fashion industry, and propelled turnover, which this year is expected to reach $80m.And further acquisitions may be on the menu, Mr Martin said. “Our growth plans are ambitious, but controlled and may include acquisition to expand our capabilities in new markets such as pharma, project forwarding and possibly more, perhaps European final mile solutions.“We are positively ‘paranoid’ to ensure that our development continues to improve the value delivered to our current customer base. At the same time that new business is added we need to be increasing material value too,” he said. © Murdock2013center_img By Gavin van Marle 24/06/2016last_img read more

HydroVision International offers entire track on ocean/tidal/stream

first_imgIn addition to a rich program of content, the HydroVision International event features an exhibit hall with more than 320 companies doing work in the hydroelectric market. HydroVision International offers entire track on ocean/tidal/stream Linkedin The seven sessions are: Previous articleHydroVision International gains support of six hydropower associationsNext articleTexas panhandle’s wind power capacity set to double over next two years chloecox As the largest hydroelectric event in the world, HydroVision International will be attended by more than 2,600 hydro industry professionals. The event is being held July 23-26 in Denver, Colo. Linkedin Facebook — Coastal Grid Connection: Challenges for Marine Projects?; By chloecox – TAGSNationalGrid “There will be no question too simple, and this session will provide a perfect opportunity for people in the hydro industry to learn more about all aspects of wave and tidal,” says Tim Mundon, senior engineer at Kleinschmidt Associates and co-track chair for the Ocean/Tidal Stream track. — All about Wave, Tidal and In-Stream Hydrokinetics; — Wave Energy Technology and Project Status; — Opportunities and Constraints for Small and Rural Applications; and Each of the sessions combines solid content with perspective from industry experts such as Jason Busch, executive director of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, and Robert Thresher, research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, who will speak on wave and tidal energy, respectively. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img — Technology and Project Status: Tidal and In-Stream; RenewablesHydroelectricNew Projects Twitter 3.20.2013 — All Things Environmental: Review, Compliance and Resources. Facebook For more information or to register, visit www.hydroevent.com. The HydroVision International 2013 event features an entire seven-session panel presentation track covering the ocean/tidal/stream power market. Twitter This year’s ocean/tidal/stream track is designed to provide a wealth of educational content to registrants, including the mechanics, current development and challenges in the fields of wave, tidal and hydrokinetic energy. In the  session that kicks off the three-day program, expert panelists and moderators will offer solutions and suggestions to advance the industry, while answering audience questions. — The Pathway to a Mature Marine Hydrokinetics Industry; Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas Avista considering RNG on way to net-zero carbon goals No posts to displaylast_img read more

Marlon Pack’s season card surprise

first_imgMarlon Pack revealed the good news this afternoon (March 1st) when he phoned Michael Smith from Bridgwater.Michael renewed his existing season card in the first few days they were on priority sale, entering him into the ballot to win his 2019/20 season card for free.It’s fair to say Michael was shocked when he answered the phone, to hear Marlon on the other end of the line.The next prize draw will take place live on the Bristol City vodcast, The Robins Nest, where the winner of a signed white away shirt will be revealed.The season card renewals period began online on Monday (February 25th), with phone sales available as of yesterday morning (February 28th).A new prize draw will be launched each week, with supporters who renew during that period having the chance to win. The earlier you renew your season card, the more prize draws you will be entered into.Find out more about our 2019/20 season cards and find a full list of FAQs here.Renew your season card todaylast_img read more

Richard Mueller

first_imgRichard MuellerRichard Mueller hopes to make progress in completing his triple double during Super Nationals XXXV.As the sail panels on his IMCA Modified attest, the Jackson Hole, Wyo., driver in shooting for 10 Wins, 10 Tracks, 10 Great Stories this season.He’s got more than 10 great stories to tell already about the season and he’s still got three or four more track to make 10, but a win at Boone this week would be his 10th of 2017.“I’ve been coming to Super Nationals for 10 years and I love it. I come to be part of the experience,” said Mueller, who has a heat race win at Boone on his career resume. “Driving down the front stretch with 10,000 people watching is amazing.A retired medical device engineer by trade, Mueller formerly drove the no. 37M Modified. He’s now in the 222X car, a 2016 Harris previously wheeled by David Brown.“It’s great to be part of Super Nationals,” he said. “There’s nothing like this place.”last_img read more