International freight forwarding and transportation specialists Dimerco have stepped forward to assist in shipping vital medical supplies to COVID-hit India, which is currently facing a humanitarian crisis. Mr. Alexander King & Mr. Jeff Chen of Dimerco’s New York team partnered with the charity ‘Breath for Humanity’, to source and donate nearly 2 tons of medical devices. The life-saving supplies were shipped from Philadelphia in the US to Bangalore in India, with the collaboration of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, The Islamic Council of North America and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The shipment included 75,000 N95 & respirators, over 15,000 PPE gown and shields, and over 50 boxes of tracheostomy tubes. Mr. King explained, “When I was first introduced to the shipper, Ms. Noor Shaik and her organization, I was immediately touched by her passion to help India. Since our team in New York has experience handling urgent PPE shipments during the peak of the pandemic, I knew we would be able to apply our experience and expertise to help Noor’s efforts, offering our services free of charge.

I hope this story reaches and inspires others to help her and her organization’s initiative.”

The Dimerco teams in USA and India supported this charitable initiative by providing freight and transportation free of charge. Since May, Dimerco has continued to move more crucial supplies, such as oxygen concentrators.

Find out more about the Noor initiative by following the links below.

Photo Caption: Dimerco supports by transporting 2 tons of charitable medical devices to Bangalore, India, free of charge.

The Unified Water Label Association is calling on the European kbb industry to realise the importance of using water wisely on World Environment Day (Sat 05 June).  World Environment Day is an international event that encompasses global virtual gatherings, community clean ups, live social discussions, musical and film screenings.  A virtual gala is also taking place welcoming the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, comprising inspiring messages from world leaders, activists, celebrities, and musical performances as well as Pakistan’s host country programme.

UWLA MD Yvonne Orgill says, “The theme for World Environment Day is working together with a strapline of together we can be #generation restoration

“Working together is also a key theme of UWLA’s communication strategy.  We believe that everyone has a part to play in making responsible water-saving choices.  If those involved in designing, manufacturing, selling, installing and purchasing water using bathroom products, all work together to help each other, and consumers understand the issues around water scarcity, then we can drive home the message that for the sake of the planet we must use water wisely.

“We explored this at our recent Water Matters workshop, which was attended by an international audience of over 150 delegates representing manufacturers, associations, retailers, distributors and media from Europe as well as further afield from Australia and the USA.”

Carlos Velazquez, newly elected president of UWLA and Sustainability Director at Roca Group hosted the event.  He said, “There is an increasing awareness of the importance of using water wisely, which is generating interest in the Unified Water Label. The Water Matters event provided a fantastic opportunity to learn more about how to communicate with customers on water efficiency and environmental issues.”

“I am looking forward to sharing our message at the Water World Forum For Life event which takes place this weekend to mark World Environment Day in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal.”

“Those interested in finding out how they can become involved by supporting the UWLA or joining our campaign can find out more here.”

Pictured: Carlos Velazquez, president of UWLA


Peter Ward, CEO of UK Warehousing Association (UKWA), has announced his intention to step down after six years at the helm of the sector’s leading trade organisation. His successor will be named shortly.

Peter joined the Association in 2015, having held a series of major industry roles at director level with prominent companies within the sector. Since joining UKWA he has transformed the fortunes of the Association, substantially improving revenues, widening membership to encompass retail and manufacturing logistics users, and introducing significant new benefits to membership. During Peter’s tenure, UKWA membership has continued to grow strongly – even over the last twelve months, as the global pandemic and the impact of UK’s exit from the European Union created arguably the most challenging period since the Association’s inception during the Second World War.

Paying tribute to Peter’s contribution, Chair of the UKWA management board Nicola Ridges-Jones said, “As UKWA CEO Peter has been a passionate advocate for our industry, raising the profile of the Association within the sector and well beyond. His strong industry track record and undoubted leadership skills, combined with extraordinary energy and drive, have ensured that he leaves UKWA a thriving and successful organisation, ready to lead members through the fresh challenges ahead. We wish him every success as he steps into semi-retirement to pursue personal interests.”

As UKWA CEO, Peter has provided a ‘voice’ for the industry both at government and local authority level, ensuring the concerns and issues facing members and the wider logistics community have been recognised, understood, and acted upon. On his watch, UKWA has helped shape Government policy around the departure of the UK from the European Union and has guided members through the complexities of planned changes.

He has also fostered strong links with Transaid since taking on the role of CEO, and over the last six years UKWA has raised over £100,000, for the charity, including £75,000 pounds donated by members to mark the Association’s 75th milestone.
Commenting on his decision to step down, Peter said, “It has been my privilege to represent the warehousing and logistics sector as CEO of UKWA. I am proud to have been able to instigate change, drive improvement and help this great industry achieve the respect and recognition it deserves.”

He adds, “As we emerge from lockdown and adjust to the changes brought by Brexit, the world has changed. Having steered members through such turbulent times, I am ready to hand over the reins to my successor, who I am confident will continue to support members in negotiating the challenges of the ‘new world’ and seizing the exciting opportunities that now lie ahead.

In the meantime, I would like to express my thanks for the excellent support I’ve enjoyed from the UKWA management board, my hard-working executive team and, of course, the UKWA membership. I hope to ‘stay in touch’ with many friends and industry colleagues; and from the side-lines will continue to watch my beloved logistics industry, contributing wherever I can add value.”

Pictured: UKWA CEO Peter Ward

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UK Warehousing Association
The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) is Britain’s leading trade organisation representing the warehousing and third-party logistics (3PL) sector.  The association’s 800+ member companies operate some 12 million square metres of warehousing from around 2000 depots across the UK. For more details, visit or contact

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