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Steve Cosgrove has been appointed by UK based Entec International to lead a major MRO project in Africa for its client, a global leader in alcoholic beverages.

The project, known as Project Fulcrum, commenced two years ago for the leading distiller in Ghana, with Entec providing an MRO supply chain optimisation service; procuring MRO demand from multiple global suppliers, consolidating weekly shipments to their manufacturing operations and standardizing parts references. Now Entec are fully embedded as partners and the client is ready to transition from the ‘lite’ version to embracing the ‘full’ Project Fulcrum service.

Steve has been recruited as Project Manager: Implementation & Integrated Supply, to drive the project forward, moving Entec from operating as the single source for imported spares, to partnering with the client in managing its stores and optimizing held inventory. Entec will be responsible for driving best practices, introducing six sigma, 5S and ISO 55000 standard asset management processes as part of the service.

Steve will be working with the client to deliver the project to its own operational excellence team.   Commenting on his new role, Steve says, “Since joining Entec this summer, my primary goal has been to drive Project Fulcrum across the multiple sites in Africa.  This is a marked change for the relationship between us as we move from being a ‘simple’ supplier, to a fully integrated partner.  Project Fulcrum is designed to take the cost of the product away from being the focus when deciding on supply, looking at the overall cost of ownership by managing new spend and, even more importantly, stock control.”

He adds, “Quite simply, a supplier will sell a customer as much as they want to buy; whereas an integrated partner will work with a client to profile their stock to ensure that product is not purchased unless needed. This is particularly prevalent in markets such as Africa where stock on shelves can quickly deteriorate in the hot climate and become worthless despite the balance sheet showing millions of Euros of stock.”

“As well as P&L savings, Entec will ensure Fulcrum delivers millions in terms of cost avoidance and cash benefit for our client.  I’m looking forward to the coming months as we follow our comprehensive implementation plan at multiple sites across Africa and benefit all partners in this project.”

Director of Entec International Mike Robinson added, “This is an important development in our 25-year client relationship.  Under ‘Project Fulcrum’ Entec will move from a margin-applied business model to a fee-based service, as we increase our value to the client by improving cost of goods, optimising stock and matching supply and demand.”

Before joining Entec International, Steve spent 10 years with Brammer, Buck & Hickman, most recently as Director of Vendor Managed Services.





National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has completed work on Travelodge’s new £95million flagship hotel, London City Travelodge PLUS – the jewel in the crown of the budget hotel group’s UK portfolio, which now stands at
551 hotels.

Wakemans acted as tenant’s agent on the Aldgate property which, with 395 rooms across nine storeys, includes 142 Travelodge SuperRooms, the group’s ‘premium economy’ room option, featuring a power shower, in-room Lavazza coffee pod machines, irons and ironing boards, larger desks and USB power points throughout,  as well as the new look and fully licensed Bar Café serving breakfast and evening meals. London City Travelodge is the company’s largest new build hotel to date.

Wakemans Senior Associate Director Nigel Himpson said: “We’re delighted to be working with Travelodge to support its aims of generating extra capacity to meet the growing demand for affordable accommodation, especially in London.”

Situated in the heart of the Capital’s business district and within walking distance of famous attractions, including the Tower of London, London Bridge, Petticoat Lane Market and St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London City hotel is the flagship for Travelodge PLUS.

The hotel chain unveiled its new Travelodge PLUS ‘budget chic’ concept earlier this summer.  The budget chic hotel format is designed around the needs of the modern budget traveller who wants that little bit more style and choice. Travelodge PLUS hotels offer a distinctive choice of rooms as well as a new style Bar Café with touches to make it easier to work and relax outside the room.

Paul Harvey, Travelodge Managing Director – Property said:
“As London’s first budget hotel chain, we are delighted to mark our 30th anniversary of trading in the Capital by opening our new flagship Travelodge PLUS hotel in the City of London.  This opening, which is our 75th London hotel, celebrates how far the brand has grown and become symbolic in London for offering unbeatable value and making it affordable for business and leisure travellers to visit our Capital.

“London remains a key growth area for Travelodge as there is a desperate need for more good quality and low cost hotels, especially across the boroughs. We are currently building a further four hotels in London in the following locations: Beckton, Elephant & Castle, Manor House and Peckham.  Collectively these hotels represent an investment value of around £82 million and a job creation of 150. However, this is just the start, as we are also actively looking for a further 100 sites across London, where we can open a Travelodge hotel over the next ten years.”

Drive Vauxhall, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned automotive retail groups, has reported substantial cost and time savings resulting from the roll-out Car Delivery Network’s (CDN) vinDISPATCH cloud-based software across its 11 dealerships nationwide.

According to Michelle Beasley, Group Administration Manager, Drive Vauxhall use vinDISPATCH every day at every dealership. “It has delivered major cost savings for us; what’s more we are able to move vehicles more quickly, improving our customer service,” she says.

Previously, Drive had their own in-house trade plate drivers, but also used local transport companies, calling around by phone to arrange a vehicle pick up and delivery, then often having to wait several days before the vehicle could be moved.

With CDN’s vinDISPATCH, Michelle says vehicle movements can be arranged quickly and efficiently, invariably with visibility of the entire job from pick up to delivery. All details of the journey can be captured by the software in real-time, including damage codes and images if appropriate.

“We first trailed vinDISPATCH in 2013 and were so impressed that within a month we’d rolled out the software to all our sites,” Michelle recalls. “Three years into the contract we were approached by another company offering to manage our transport and trade driving, but having looked at their proposal, frankly they couldn’t get anywhere near Car Delivery Network. We’re very happy with vinDISPATCH and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that all transport companies and drivers on the system have been pre-vetted by CDN and have the necessary insurance.”

vinDISPATCH is a simple way for Dealers, OEM’s, Rental, Remarketing, Auction, Fleet and Leasing companies to match and control vehicle delivery requirements with a network of their approved transport companies. It was the first online and networked platform for vehicle delivery logistics to market and provides complete visibility and control over the vehicle movement delivery process. Today, the CDN remains the only networked and open connectivity platform in the automotive industry.

Drive Vauxhall has a turnover of approximately £250 million per annum and over 900 members of staff employed in 11 dealerships across the UK. It is one of a growing number of major dealership groups to recognise the benefits and adopt vinDISPATCH for their online vehicle logistics management.


Pictured: Michelle Beasley, Group Administration Manager, Drive Vauxhall

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