The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) is proud to be the lead sponsor for Transaid’s 2021 UK fundraising event, ‘Way of the Roses’, a 170-mile coast-to-coast cycling challenge, which will take place from 24-26 September 2021.

The international development organisation’s sixth UK cycling event challenges logistics and transport professionals to take part in the Morecambe to Bridlington adventure and raise money in support of Transaid’s work in sub-Saharan Africa, improving logistics safety and healthcare supply chains for communities across the region.

UKWA CEO Peter Ward said, “We are pleased to be able to support our chosen charity yet again this year by sponsoring the ‘Way of the Roses’ UK cycling challenge – an event more important than ever to Transaid this year as planned fundraising activity during 2020 was cancelled. In 2019, our own 75th Anniversary year, UKWA members raised £75,000 for the charity and we look forward to helping Transaid achieve a bumper year in 2021!”

This year’s challenge will involve two days of scenic cycling through the beautiful Lancashire countryside and Yorkshire Dales, before culminating in a much-deserved celebratory dinner for participants on the final night.

Riders will begin their adventure in the seaside town of Morecambe, setting off along the River Lune on a 77-mile journey to Harrogate, for a well-earned overnight stop. Day two will take the 95-mile-long leg through the historic walled city of York towards the final finish in Bridlington.

Speaking on behalf of Transaid, Head of Fundraising Florence Bearman, said “Our cycle challenges are always a sell-out, with a real sense of camaraderie among the riders – but most importantly because they are a fantastic chance for supporters to raise essential funds for our lifesaving programmes – a cause close to all our hearts. We are delighted to have long-time supporter UKWA on board as lead sponsor and cannot wait to welcome participating cycilsts back to the saddle in September.”

Entries for the ‘Way of the Roses’ challenge are encouraged from individuals and teams although space is limited and places are expected to fill up fast, so participants should sign up quickly to secure their place.

There is a registration fee of £99, with participants asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,000 to take part.

For more information about the challenge, and to sign up, contact Nicola Parkes on 07909 009568 or via email at



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Kbb and merchant service provider Simon Acres Group (SAGL) has launched a series of podcasts, showcasing views and thoughts from young people making a mark in the industry. The first interview is with designer Amanda Jayne Gow, currently Interior Design Assistant at Neptune Home, moving to Brayer Design in Surbiton shortly.

Amanda is an industrial design and technology graduate from Loughborough University who moved into residential interior design after working as a design intern for a commercial design and build company.

“Amanda has tremendous enthusiasm and passion for design,” says SAGL director Simon Acres. “She represents a new generation of talented people that are building successful careers and bringing new ideas into showrooms.”

Amanda said that she had benefited from fantastic support and training from the senior team at Neptune when she joined eighteen months ago. She said, “The customer journey has changed so much since I started because of the impact of COVID but we have adapted and developed new ways to engage with customers.

“Communication has become much more frequent. We now utilise many different channels, text, WhatsApp and Zoom for example, at different stages to keep the project on track and keep our customers informed.

“It is important when we can’t have face to face meetings to ensure that as a designer, we really listen to what our customers want. Getting to know them and how they will use their kitchen is the key to success. With most people spending more time at home, the kitchen and living spaces have to work even harder, and it’s our job to deliver a room that will meet their needs.

“I am excited about showrooms re-opening again soon, as it provides the perfect environment to inspire customers, with well-designed displays and show stopping pieces.”

The Amanda podcast can be heard here.


Pictured: Amanda Jayne Gow

Global freight transportation specialist Dimerco has commenced operations at Indonesia’s first and only eCommerce Bonded Logistics Center (BLC). The 10,000+ sq m bonded warehouse is the first of its kind in the region and will provide an integrated, multimodal transport service to customers and deliver significant benefits, including faster eCommerce fulfilment and reduced costs.

The new facility utilizes eCommerce+ for rapid clearance and manages domestic deliveries, typically with a lead time of 1-3 days, compared to direct B2C deliveries where standard lead time is up to 14 days. In a bonded warehouse such as Dimerco’s BLC, B2B2C shipments achieve faster customs clearance and there is no requirement to pay duty and tax in advance, which is a major cash-flow advantage for customers.

Commenting on the new operation, Dimerco Chief Executive Management Mr. Jeffrey Shih says, “We are proud to be leading the market in providing best-in-class eCommerce fulfilment services in Indonesia. Dimerco is the only logistics company licensed to handle eCommerce cargo in this region and our vision is to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ solution at this first bonded logistics center.”

Dimerco will be able to move goods faster than standard B2C eCommerce operations as they will already be in the BLC warehouse ready for local delivery, while fully automated processes ensure maximum efficiency and keep costs low. The BLC operation has a potential throughput of over 150,000 units per day and is operated with the support of Dimerco’s local strategic partner (Uniair Cargo).

Dimerco has over 30 years’ experience operating in Indonesia and a strategic partner with a domestic network in including over 100 branches and agents, delivering to more than 3,000 districts and destinations.



Photo Caption: The 1st and only eCommerce *Bonded Logistics Warehouse in Indonesia by Dimerco’s strategic alliance partner (Uniair Cargo) starts operation.

* Bonded Logistics Center (BLC) stands for PLB (Pusat Logistic Berikat) in English

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