Quiet deliveries

Sainsbury’s logistics director to be keynote speaker at Quiet Cities

October 14, 2014 Peter Steele

Richard Fleming, logistics director at Sainsbury’s has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the Quiet Cities global summit next month. Fleming brings a wealth of experience to the event, heading up a logistics business of 16,000 staff that runs 1,042 tractor units; 342 rigids and 2,371 trailers out of 22 RDCs. The company has been at the forefront of the quiet deliveries revolution, working with the Noise Abatement Society, Freight Transport Association and Wandsworth Borough Council during a pioneering […]

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Viewpoint from DHL: Transport’s challenge

October 13, 2014 Tim Slater

Consumers and businesses take freight and transport for granted. It an essential part of daily life and keeps the country running, writes Tim Slater, MD of transport, DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland While transport is ingrained in our routines – it would be fair to acknowledge that we are not yet close to a perfect system with a number of challenges still facing our industry on a daily basis. Congestion is a problem that every driver can relate to […]

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Hushing it up

September 29, 2014 louise cole

Out-of-hours deliveries were introduced for the London Olympics and, while not without challenges. were so successful that several firms have continued them. Louise Cole reports There are many reasons why urban deliveries should be conducted between late evening and early morning. Traffic levels are at their lowest, so the largest vehicles on the road can move without contributing to or being delayed by congestion. Some 80% of road fatalities in London are vulnerable road users, with cyclists the most affected […]

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Delivering in stealth

September 15, 2014 Steve Hobson

One of the biggest issues when making out of hours retail deliveries can be the rattle of roll cages as they are pushed to and from the vehicle.

Leading roll cage manufacturer K Hartwall plans to show a range of products at the Quiet Cities summit designed to minimise noise disruption when transporting goods to retail outlets, pubs, and restaurants… […]

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Working to keep the noise down

July 21, 2014 Peter Steele

There have been several milestones in the evolution of logistics: privatisation; the curtainsider; containerisation; palletisation. Then there has been primary and secondary distribution and, more recently, multichannel distribution. Now the industry is on the cusp of the next step change. Out-of-hours deliveries need to become the norm in the very near future, and the evolution is under way. […]

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Out-of-hours urban deliveries will be the focus of summit

July 7, 2014 Laura Hailstone

MT has partnered with TfL and DHL to launch a global summit to enable quieter deliveries of freight in urban environments. Quiet Cities will take place on 25 and 26 November 2014 at Twickenham Stadium. The two-day event will feature a full conference programme, a networking dinner, exhibition, and live demonstrations of the latest quiet logistics equipment. TfL will share London’s best practice on retiming deliveries and showcase its work on facilitating out-of-hours deliveries, while representatives of overseas cities will […]

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DHL gives out-of-hours deliveries the thumbs up

July 22, 2013

DHL said it would jump at the chance to expand the amount of out-of-hours deliveries it makes in line with customer demand, but London’s councils need to support the move. In response to the launch of The Roads Task Force (RTF) report earlier this month, Hugh Basham, director of transport strategy at DHL Supply Chain, said if the vision put forward was realised it would help tackle congestion in the capital. “The Olympics demonstrated the ability for London’s network to […]

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Quiet kit innovations will aid night-time deliveries

October 15, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Operators could slash the noise generated by moving roll cages by almost half if they used rubber matting developed by Surrey firm Impactafloor. Demonstrated in the Noise Abatement Society’s (NAS) Quiet Delivery Depot at Commercial Motor Live earlier this month, the top 2mm layer of the Roll Cage Floor features hard mineral corundum, while the rest is made from used truck tyres. “Each square metre of matting (costing £100/m2) weighs 24kg and is anti-slip. Tests have shown a noise reduction […]

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Drivers breaking quiet nights code

August 13, 2012 Laura Hailstone

One night last week in London, MT saw first-hand that many deliveries were being carried out as they would during the day, with no attempt to reduce noise. Operators need to focus on improving driver behaviour if night-time deliveries are to become a permanent way of working after the London Olympics. “It was disappointing that some deliveries we observed didn’t seem to be happening with more rigour; I was expecting it to be observable that drivers were really taking care […]