PML promotes Richard Hoyte to Technical Director

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) has promoted Richard Hoyte to the role of Technical Director.

Richard, who first joined the company in 2010 as a Warehouse Manager, has progressed within the business during his 11-year tenure working his way up to the position of Production and Transport Manager prior to his promotion.

In addition to the vast experience gained at PML, Richard previously spent seven years working for another large fresh produce handler, a role which included overseeing the efficient distribution of produce for The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme in the South of England.

Originally from Barbados, Richard came to the UK in 1985 where he spent 15 years in the manufacturing sector.

The newly created position at PML will see Richard assuming responsibility for a total staff of 50 including the company’s transport and warehouse and packing managers. He will work alongside his fellow directors at a strategic level to maintain PML’s commitment to constantly improving the efficiency and standard of service for which the company is renowned.

A key priority for Richard will be ensuring the technical systems and procedures which are currently in place at the Heathrow HQ are seamlessly rolled out at PML’s new satellite operation in Kent – where he will be based one day a week.

Commenting on the promotion, Richard said, “PML has an excellent track record for developing its staff and I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity to further hone the company’s proven technical capabilities associated with its credentials as a leading player in the transfer of temperature-sensitive goods. PML’s is committed to investing in new technologies to offer best in class solutions to its customers and I’m
looking forward to playing an even stronger role in helping to identify, source and introduce further future proof innovations which will strengthen the company’s status as the global perishable cargo specialist.”

Response to HMRC Decision for Dover Lorry Clearance Park

Perishable Movements Ltd – the provider of world-class logistics and supply chain solutions – has responded to the recent news that plans for a 1,200-lorry customs clearance park in Dover have been overhauled.

HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC) has now made dramatic changes to the original scheme, resulting in a facility that is a quarter of what was originally anticipated (space for just 96 lorries and 20 extra spaces for reversing trucks) without the anticipated Border Control Post (BCP which would have covered out physical health checks on chilled and frozen food. HMRC will now only conduct the required customs paperwork checks at the site with the additional physical inspections being moved to a further site at Whitfield.

“PML wishes to reassure all those involved in the transfer of perishable cargo that while works at the Dover site have yet to begin (building is not due to start until February or March 2022), PML is already well underway with the refurbishment of its recently acquired 100,000 sq. foot site at nearby Lympne which will have the capacity to park up to 60 trailers in its first stage of the development, with scope for a further 40 in stage two.

PML will also be applying for remote HMRC / DEFRA approved BCP status at the site to enable physical checks and has the capacity to unload 14 lorries at any one time – whilst retaining temperature-controlled conditions – ensuring a streamline and seamless transit of consignments out of the Port of Dover.

The PML Lympne facility is sited on a business park, thus minimising disruption to residents and is being developed without any detrimental impact to any local heritage sites (the Dover lorry park would have originally destroyed an ancient Roman way). In addition to providing an efficient and smooth operation, with no breaks in the cold chain, the extensive development of the site will include superb additional amenities for HGV drivers, who for far too long, have been denied access to vital safe parking and general welfare facilities. We anticipate the site will be operational from the end of October although at this point, we are unable to advise of a date for confirmation of BCP status as this is out of our hands. However, rest assured, PML will be working tirelessly to progress this.

At a time when HGV drivers are under such tremendous pressure, PML is doing everything in its power to demonstrate a duty of care to these essential workers, enabling them to fulfil their driving responsibilities and offering a speedy, safe, and ultimately, comfortable route out of Dover.”

The Adoption of Big Data and Analytics in Logistics Companies

According to research from BluJay Solutions, customer experience is set to become the driving force for supply chain innovation, and with that logistics companies must undergo a technological transformation to improve their use of big data and analytics.

With the onset of the ‘now economy’, customer expectations surrounding product
availability, delivery times, and communication between buyer and seller are continuing to grow, straining the logistics industry, and pushing for a greater need to use big data to become elastic in their service offering.

Value to the customer can come from improvements made through the exclusive use of internal data. Tracking vehicle data is one internal source that can help unlock this value. Through tracking shipments, product availability can be improved across both brick-and- mortar and e-commerce settings, giving customers improved choices. In addition, last-mile delivery tracking can allow adaptive delivery time estimates to be provided to customers, helping them effectively plan for the acceptance of goods.
Internal data though is limited in both its volume and nature.

For companies to truly harness the power of big data they should consider pulling data from a diverse network of sources. By factoring in local weather, geopolitical, and social commentary data, logistics companies can more accurately predict demand and react elastically to this. Consider perhaps issues surrounding the performance of refrigerated delivery trucks in different weather conditions. Through big data, combining internal tracking data of vehicles and external weather data, companies can implement route plans for vehicles that maximise efficiency whilst ensuring products do not go over threshold temperatures.

Logistic companies can also use an elastic service offering if they can predict the peaks and troughs of demand, based on external consumer data, helping to reduce unnecessary expenditure. This complex network of external data requires collaboration between partners if a true end-to-end data set is to be established. Without this, the adoption of big data by logistics companies could become a cumbersome and inaccurate endeavour. A true network of data will allow manufacturers to fully integrate with suppliers giving them information about shipping status, inventory, demand, and capacity.

If suppliers know the demand of a manufacturer over the next quarter, they can scale up and down production, and if logistics companies know the demand, they can plan accordingly to ensure they provide the necessary services.

For businesses to achieve the success they must assure that the data they collect, and use is accurate. External data may provide some organisations with uncertainty as they may not be able to assess its accuracy. Based on this the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production have devised a framework for organisations to benchmark themselves against in their adoption of advanced technology and data. This has opened the door for new partnerships to be formed for data sharing and collaboration across the supply chain.