The team have worked tirelessly over the weekend to ensure the Jigsaw stand was finished today in readiness for the opening day tomorrow. Come and see us on stand 6070, Hall 4, NEC Birmingham for a coffee and to find out what’s been happening over the last 12 months at Jigsaw – all positive and exciting developments, which we would love to share with you. We also have some fabulous goody-bags to give away, be sure to come and get one.
Join us for a coffee to find out about how we approach the temperature controlled sector to provide scaleable and efficient fully managed transport solutions. Our association with global logistics leader, EV Cargo, adds even more value and offers greater synergies to our services making us so much more than just a transport company. Find out how we could add efficiencies to your supply chain over probably the best cappuccino you will find in the NEC.
IF YOU’RE ONE OF OUR PARTNER HAULIERS – OR WOULD BE INTERESTED IN CHATTING ABOUT JOINING OUR NETWORK – COME AND HAVE A COFFEE TOO.
We are a very friendly bunch and if you simply want to come and say hello, rest your feet and have a fabulous cup of coffee, then why not pop along to our stand, we’re always glad to see you for a catch-up.
Jigsaw is undertaking a number of transport trials to determine the best options to help its customer ABInBev meet its environmental targets – including the use of alternative fuel trucks and longer semi-trailers.
In a bid to boost its green credentials, the world’s largest brewer recently set new environmental targets and asked suppliers to help in making the supply chain even more sustainable.
Partner haulier, CM Downton, and Jigsaw combined forces and came up with a number of options which are currently being trialled to assess which has the greatest benefit to both cut transport miles and reduce emissions across the ABInBev contract.
We have finished piloting a bio-diesel fuelled Mercedes Actros. The unit was used continuously, making short-haul customer deliveries during the day and undertaking longer internal stock trunks at nights.
In association with Gasrec, we are also set to assess an LNG-powered truck over the next four weeks, running primarily between the ABInBev brewery at Magor and its warehouse in Tilbury.
Alongside alternative fuel options, together we are also exploring fleet optimisation opportunities to reduce carbon emissions. A number of bespoke 15.6m longer semi-trailers have joined the fleet, mainly used for the repositioning of drinks kegs back to breweries, to help increase load capacity and cut road miles.
Jigsaw is also working in conjunction with EV Cargo company Palletforce to develop a reverse logistics solution to efficiently collect smaller shipments from customers and suppliers to feed back into the ABInBev supply chain.
Andy Humpherson, Jigsaw managing director, said: “The ethos of the EV Cargo group is to deliver sustainable logistics solutions leveraging the latest technology and competencies of the wider group companies. This is a great example of how we can work together to help our customers meet their environmental targets while providing new opportunities to improve fleet utilisation and enhance network operations for ABInBev.”
Irina Gerver, ABInBev Transport Planning Supervisor UK & Ireland, said: “We rely on our partners not just to play a key role in the supply chain for ABInBev products but also to take the lead when it comes to new ideas to help ensure minimal impact on the environment. This study will provide us with accurate data to make informed decisions on how we can move forward with Jigsaw to reduce our environmental footprint and enhance sustainability.”
In a historically male dominated industry, Jigsaw take great pleasure in celebrating International Women’s Day. We have 33 ladies across the business providing key operations and support functions at all levels. We are proud to say that we select individuals based on their skills, ability and potential not their gender and have always offered parental support equally to males and females. In a small management team we have two ladies heading up HR & Personal Development as well as Finance & Post Delivery, similarly we have two ladies holding key positions in our Senior Leadership Team.
We are a rapidly growing organisation and if you think you have what it takes to join a thriving equal opportunities organisation, please get in touch.
EV Cargo, the UK’s largest privately-owned logistics business, is playing a significant role in delivering Christmas to the UK. Created just last month, after specialist investor EmergeVest consolidated six of its UK logistics businesses, EV Cargo is ensuring the UK retail shelves are well-stocked with a range of consumer items this festive period. Providing mission-critical supply chain services to a portfolio of great customers and leading brands, EV Cargo is currently delivering impressive amounts of festive food and drinks. Over 8 million bottles of tonic water, 16 million cans of lager, 3 million bottles of spirits and 1.5 million bottles of wine are currently being delivered by EV Cargo companies every week!
The business also distributes over 7 million Christmas TV guides, 7 million bars of chocolate and 25,000 Christmas trees leading up to the big day. And a mammoth 2 million ‘pigs in blankets’, 700,000 Yorkshire puddings and 800,000 pots of gravy will be delivered to food retailers during the final frantic three days before Christmas.
EV Cargo manages entire supply chains from logistics management software to freight forwarding and delivery to all postcodes in the UK and, in addition to distribution of festive goods, EV Cargo also imports 800,000 Christmas crackers and 800,000 LED lights.
EV Cargo was created in November by consolidation of Adjuno, Allport Cargo Services, CM Downton, Jigsaw, NFT and Palletforce. Managing supply chains for key food and beverage manufacturers and retailers in the UK, the businesses are reporting festive volumes typically more than 20% higher than normal.
Last week Palletforce experienced record volumes after handling nearly 20,000 pallets at its central SuperHub in a single night. Adopting a cargo-centric approach, EV Cargo focusses on customer needs across the entire supply chain by bringing together the best people, processes, technology and networks.
Heath Zarin, EV Cargo chief executive, said: “I am proud to report that EV Cargo is playing a significant role in delivering Christmas to the UK. Managing supply chains for some of the world’s leading brands, our mission-critical supply chain services powered by the best people, technology, and innovation will ensure that festive food, beverages and products keep retailers’ shelves stocked during the Christmas period.”
Bret Armstrong (a former member of the Queens Royal Lancers Regiment) a Transport Planner at Jigsaw, recently took part in an 8K run at Guildford Army Vehicle Training Ground and raised £270 for a charity very dear to his heart, Combat Stress.
Bret joined the armed forces in 2007 and was sent to Afghanistan in 2010 for three years where he was part of the Formation Reconnaissance Regiment (behind enemy lines), which significantly impacted him and many of his comrades. Bret is now a Transport Planner at Jigsaw and is very focused on developing his new chosen career. “We are so proud of Bret’s achievements, particularly bearing in mind the challenges he and many ex-army, front line personnel are faced with and we a delighted to continue supporting him on his journey with us.” Said Claire Taylor, HR Manager.
Bret said, “I am so pleased to be able to give something back to Combat Stress, who continue to help me through a long recovery period. Their support and patience has been endless. I would also like to thank Jigsaw from the bottom of my heart for all their support and guidance as well as those that generously sponsored my run and enabled me to support this incredible charity.”
- Jigsaw is one of six EmergeVest-backed companies forming EV Cargo
- EV Cargo is a £850 million business focused on intersection of logistics and technology
- Cargo-centric model delivers mission-critical supply chain services
- Business will manage supply chains for world’s leading brands.
The UK’s leading provider of 4PL managed transport solutions Jigsaw is one of six premier logistics companies which have joined forces to form EV Cargo.
Created by private equity investor EmergeVest, and with £850 million of revenue, EV Cargo is the largest privately-owned logistics business in the UK, providing mission-critical supply chain services to a portfolio of leading brands. EV Cargo is one of the UK’s largest providers of transport, logistics and freight forwarding services and logistics technology – created by consolidation of Adjuno, Allport Cargo Services, CM Downton, Jigsaw, NFT and Palletforce into a corporate structure under a new single brand. All six companies are part of a platform of British logistics firms operated by global investment company EmergeVest.
Individually, the six companies are acknowledged experts in their respective fields with deep logistics heritage, strong recognition and market goodwill. Each will retain its own identity and continue to manage supply chains for the world’s leading brands.
EV Cargo includes four main operating segments: Express, Global Forwarding, Logistics and Technology. Operating under the group structure, EV Cargo will adopt a cargo-centric approach, focussing on customer needs across the entire supply chain by bringing together the best people, processes, technology and networks. Championing innovation and sustainability, EV Cargo will maximise opportunities for efficiency and growth across existing and new markets. Continued investment across the network will fuel growth, drive acquisitions and ensure EV Cargo is powered by the best technology.
A key benefit of the increased scale of EV Cargo will be new opportunities for employees with enhanced career development paths across the group. Andy Humpherson, Jigsaw managing director, said: “Being part of EV Cargo will give Jigsaw considerable strength to offer an enhanced range of new and integrated services to our customers. The partnership, and working alongside the other five companies, will provide Jigsaw with unique opportunities for growth and allow us to drive customer service even further.”
Heath Zarin, EV Cargo chief executive, said: “We are excited to announce the creation of EV Cargo, bringing together our UK logistics and technology platform into a unified £850 million corporate structure. EV Cargo will continue our existing strategy of delivering mission-critical supply chain services powered by people, technology, innovation and sustainability. By working closer together and creating additional capabilities, we will provide new and existing customers with access to a wider range of leading-edge integrated solutions.”
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EV CARGO OVERVIEW
- A core asset-based UK logistics network totalling 9 million sq ft of warehousing space and 20,000 trucks
- A team of 5,000 UK based logistics professionals including 2,200 truck drivers
- 175 UK operating centres and 18 overseas operations
- An asset-light and technology-enabled global pallet delivery network comprising over 100 members
- A multi-temperature 4PL freight-management service in the UK underpinned by 200 partner carriers
- International supply chain management service powered by industry leading systems
- International logistics operations managing c 200,000 TEU of sea-freight and c 60 million kg of airfreight
- Multi-temperature storage and handling capability including hanging garments
- Pallet, case and item level order fulfilment capability for B2B and B2C channels.
THE COMPANIES INVOLVED
Adjuno provides cutting-edge B2B cloud software solutions and supply chain management software that unites trading communities in the retail and consumer product industries.
Allport Cargo Services is one of the UK’s largest freight forwarders with a global network and deep expertise in retail supply chain.
CM Downton is one of the UK’s leading providers of ambient contract logistics services on behalf of many large-scale manufacturers across a range of industry sectors.
Jigsaw is one of the UK’s market leaders in 4PL managed transport solutions through a network of partner hauliers.
NFT is the UK’s leading provider of temperature-controlled logistics services for fresh foods on behalf of manufacturers and retailers.
Palletforce is the UK’s leading palletised distribution network consisting of a 100-strong membership of independent hauliers, based at the SuperHub in Burton upon Trent.
EmergeVest is a Hong Kong-based international private equity investor with expertise in investing in international supply chain businesses. It has more than $450 million in committed capital and its financial and legal expertise, combined with hands-on knowledge of the logistics sector, has helped its portfolio businesses grow to the next level as part of a worldwide network of operations.
Haulier partner Downton has won the inaugural Haulier Diversity Award at the Road Haulage Association’s annual lunch held in London on 12 July in recognition of the initiatives the company takes to promote equal opportunities for all its employees. The Award was one of two launched by the RHA as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations.
With these new awards the RHA aims to recognise transport operators that have taken commendable initiatives to promote career opportunities for people regardless of gender, age, physical ability and other factors in a bid to grow the industry by another 1.2 million people before 2022.
In its entry for the awards, Downton highlighted areas where it embraces and encourages diversity across its extensive business operations. This includes, for example, the family values ethos that helps new employees become part of a team of more than 1300 employees and develop their careers in the transport industry regardless of age, race, gender, religion or experience.
Downton’s commitment to diversity was demonstrated earlier this year when the company’s first Gender Pay Gap Report showed that male and female roles are paid equally. Although the majority of operational staff are male, female employees are well represented in head office and middle management roles. One of these is Janette Wallace, the Runcorn Depot Manager who last year was recognised as one of the most inspirational role models in the UK’s transport and logistics industry when she was awarded the FTA Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Freight Leader Award.
Downton is actively seeking to recruit more female drivers by drawing on the accomplishments of its existing team members. Gloucester-based Sue Hyde and Runcorn-based Annette Stagg were part of the company’s Truckfest team last year where in addition to promoting Downton’s business they discussed their experiences with a number of women interested in joining the industry.
Downton also understands the importance of attracting young blood into the industry. It hosts an annual apprenticeship open day and uses further education and industry events to promote the careers available. The company currently has ten active apprentices nationwide in HGV driving, technician and accountancy.
The RHA’s 70 Anniversary lunch was held at the London Hilton on Park Lane with guest speakers including its Chief Executive Richard Burnett, UK Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling and famous radio DJ Tony Blackburn. More than £20,000 was raised at the event for the Transaid transport charity.
Currie Solutions recently joined with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for Heavy Rescue Operator Training in Dumfries.
Over 27,000 people were killed or seriously injured in the UK during 2017 due to road traffic accidents therefore our rescue services need to be kept up to date with the latest features in our vehicles and develop the skills needed to deal with these situations.
The training involved setting the scene where a car had driven into the side of the trailer and managed to be wedged underneath the trailer bed. The team then had to safely remove the casualties from the vehicle, which included using hydraulics to remove the doors, lift the front dash and remove the roof to remove all 3 casualties who were trapped within the car safely.
Great to see a member of our Haulier Partner Team making public safety a key priority. Well done Team Currie.
Major building products manufacturer Knauf has awarded a new distribution contract to Jigsaw Haulier Partner CM Downton covering full loads from its factory in Sittingbourne to customers in the South East and throughout the M4 corridor. The three-year contract, awarded following a competitive tender process, started in April and is worth approximately £1.5 million a year.
Knauf manufacturers a range of plasterboard products and associated items at plants in Sittingbourne, Kent and Immingham, Lincolnshire. The Sittingbourne transport operation has historically been managed by a single supplier, however for the latest award the company decided to split the contract between four operators with regional strengths and expertise. Downton was awarded the component covering transport from Sittingbourne to customers in the South East and along the M4 corridor, the South West and Wales. The company, which is based in Gloucestershire, was able to demonstrate a highly competitive, versatile and cost-effective solution for this region to meet Knauf’s requirement. Another factor was the company’s FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) accreditation that is a pre-requisite for operating delivery vehicles in London and the South East.
Links between Knauf and Downton’s transport management systems enable load notifications to be transferred seamlessly from the manufacturer, based on the postcodes allocated to Downton. Downton is then able to plan and schedule loads to meet Knauf’s demanding next day delivery requirement, while integrating movements with its other operations. Delivery confirmation and other information is fed back to Knauf using the same links.
Downton will deliver an average of 18-20 full loads of Knauf product each day with seasonal peaks adding up to 25 per cent to the workload. The majority of loads are delivered to Knauf stockists including builders’ merchants, DIY retail groups and specialist suppliers although some will be delivered direct to major construction projects. The contract covers the complete range of Knauf products including plasterboard and other sheet materials in various sizes as well as bagged product, fixtures, fittings and accessories. Knauf will continue to manage shunting and loading operations for all four of its new transport operators at the Sittingbourne factory.
David Hutchings, Head of Business Development at CM Downton, said: “Knauf had a very demanding requirement and we were able to demonstrate an excellent track record of working with other building products manufacturers and offered a solution based on leveraging our geographic flows to drive best value and robust service delivery for the client. This new contract is part of the growing customer base we have developed across the building products sector by delivering innovation and value for money.”