Posts Tagged ‘Delivery
Historically it is thought that early machines existed that could have been described as vending machines but the modern machines did not come into wider use until the industrial revolution. The first vending machine was used in London in the 1880’s to dispense Post Cards, closely followed in the USA to dispense gum in the New York Train stations.
Now vending is being taken to new heights, with vending of non-food consumables for large organisations in place of costly stock control and requisition processes. Bespoke vending with Wurlitzer machines means that configuration is now performed by Bishopsgate to the customer’s exact requirements to dispense their chosen fast moving repeat use products.
E-Tradeways’ www.e-tradeway.co.uk, as Wurlitzers’ UK distributor of consumable vending, USP is the addition of real time telemetry capturing critical data on usage and stock levels which is invaluable to E-Tradeways’ customers and replaces the traditional “stock room control” function.
Bishopsgate provide the full logistics function of E-Tradeway from collection in Europe, storage, configuration and final delivery, placement and set up of all machines.
Items vended to date include; Medical consumables, Solvents, Glues and adhesives, Batteries, Hacksaw blades, Stationary, and H&S personal protection.
Card readers are fitted to facilitate relevant members of customers’ staff to vend as they require.
Following complete configuration and final delivery and placement at the exact location of the end users site, Bishopsgate connect the card reader and Wi-Fi Ariel cable before testing the complete vending operation as well as the live telemetry.
Bishopsgate have configured and delivered machines for Sigma Aldrich into the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research, The London Underground and the MOD to date with many more orders underway.
So if you need more than just a delivery service then the solution is Bishopsgate.
One of our experienced London based porters, Lee Simmons, recently suffered a motorcycle accident which left him unable to carry out his usual duties as a Bishopsgate road crew member. Bishopsgate recognise the skill involved in carrying out our deliveries and the wealth of experience that Lee has, having been with us since 10 December 2007 and so took the decision to re-locate Lee to our Swindon Head Office, to work in the Customer Services Department.
This gave him time to recuperate whilst gaining experience with the Customer Services team allowing Lee to understand how a delivery starts and finishes its journey alongside some of the intricacies associated with each of our customers.
Happily, Lee is now fully fit and back to his usual duties, armed with his experience in the Customer Services position. When Lee recently carried out a job delivering an ice cream freezer on behalf of Unilever to the Café in the Square, Trafalgar Square, London WC2 Lee thought ‘what a fantastic photo opportunity’, something he admits that probably would not have crossed his mind before his work within the office.
After the success of having Lee in the Swindon office Bishopsgate are now creating a training rotation to have each member of road crew work within the office for a week at a time, as it has proved so invaluable for the crews understanding of customer needs.
Specialising in the transportation and assembly of sensitive electronic and medical equipment in the UK, Bishopsgate has seen an increased demand for providing an express service into Scotland that competes directly with dedicated courier vehicles…but at a much lower price point.
With such sensitive and valuable equipment, our clients have always relied on the quality of our box sided vehicles and security checked crews and can trust that their goods will get there safely and on time. But this new daily service affords our clients much more flexibility as it shortens the delivery window.
We can now collect a piece of medical equipment from Germany on a Monday, ship it overnight to the UK on Tuesday and deliver into a Glasgow hospital on Wednesday morning. This service competes with air freight and as the goods travel unpacked it is very cost effective too.
Bishopsgate’s Sales Manager John Winter adds, “And it’s not just when it gets there but how it gets there. This is not a ‘groupage’ service where it sometimes seems that the objective is to cram as much product onto the vehicle as possible” He adds, “Our secure, tagged and boxed line haul service only carries high quality technical and clean goods…and often they are ‘naked’ and unpacked too!” When you consider that the cost of packaging can sometimes be disproportionate to the value of the goods, the savings that can be made can be quite impressive”.
For more information on the new daily line haul service to Scotland, Bishopsgate or TENESO Europe SE, please contact:
John Winter. Telephone: 0208 267 6250
Bishopsgate, have introduced a two tier training programme to increase crew’s awareness of the dangers of asbestosis.
The word Asbestos is from Greek meaning ‘unquenchable / inextinguishable’.
Asbestos was first found to have been used 4,500 years ago in cookware due to its strengthening and heat resistant properties and was mined as long as 4,000 years ago. In history Asbestos was woven into cloth which allowed the cloth to be placed in fire for cleaning as with the napkin of Parviz the King of Sassanian (531-537).
The use of Asbestos in the UK started during the early 18th century but became more widespread during the industrial revolution when it was used within buildings.
Asbestos is present in drywall & joint compounds, plaster, gas mask filters, vinyl tiles, adhesives, roofing tars/felt/siding/shingles, countertops, pipes, fireproofing/clothing/internal fire doors, brake pads, stage curtains, fine filters, thermal insulation. In fact you would be amazed how many things do contain Asbestos.
As Asbestos became widely used it is believed that some factory owners may have noticed that some of their employees were suffering health issues, although no direct link to Asbestos was made at the time and the first case of Asbestosis was not officially diagnosed until 1924. The ban on Blue & Brown Asbestos in the UK was passed in 1985 which followed with the ban of White Asbestos in 1999. Asbestos only becomes a health issue if airborne so in 2012 the Control of Asbestos Regulations came into effect. All non-domestic buildings have to manage the Asbestos present within their buildings. All companies (mainly construction industry) who have operatives that may come into contact with Asbestos must provide training to their employees.
Tim Bloch, Bishopsgate MD says, “It is a part of our everyday business to install and to remove safes and ATMs. It is essential that our crews have a greater understanding of the risks involved before working in any area of risk. This comprehensive training programme ensures that our crews are fully aware and protected”.
Our TENESO Europe SE partner in Sweden, MTAB, has alerted us to a new law regarding winter tyres in Sweden that took effect on the 1st January 2013. If you are using a UK courier to deliver into Sweden in a Luton or a Transit van then this new requirement may affect you. We understand that all vehicles over 3.5t are being checked when entering Swedish borders and many are simply not being allowed to continue without the correct tyres. We can provide an alternative low cost solution taking full advantage of our our TENESO Sweden partner. If we can help, please do not hesitate to contact us.
22 November 2012
Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications
Winter tyre requirements for heavy vehicles
The Swedish Government today has decided new provisions for winter tyres for heavy vehicles. The new regulation will enter into force on the 1 January 2013. This means that all heavy vehicles using Swedish roads must be equipped with winter tyres, or equivalent on the vehicle’s driving axle during the period 1 December to 31 March when winter road conditions prevail.
In recent winters we have had accidents that have stopped traffic for long periods, even though most heavy vehicles have had tyres with currently adequate tread depth. More stringent requirements will therefore now be introduced.
“Today s decision means that one more piece of the jigsaw is in place for safer roads and better accessibility for both the business sector and the individual. The requirements apply to all heavy vehicles regardless of nationality and thus contributes better to safety as well as to equality in competition terms,” says Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, Minister for Infrastructure.
There were no fireworks at The Nuffield Health, Brighton Hospital this past November 5th, when Teneso executed a challenging specialist delivery of a GE CT scanner.
Mitsafetrans, the Italian shareholder of Teneso, teamed up with Bishopsgate, the UK & Irish shareholder of Teneso and collaborated successfully to complete this placement and final positioning of this two ton scanner which had come direct from Italy on behalf of Alliance Medical.
Giulio Chiaia, Operations Director from Italy worked with Jake Bloch, IT & Quality Manager from UK to provide all the necessary Risk Assessments and Method Statements to ensure that the relevant stakeholders in this project were satisfied and that the delivery on the day went smoothly, efficiently and with no surprises!
The careful planning was necessary because of the challenging environments, floor levels and distances involved.
The system had to be craned from an upper car park level, 25 metres across a grassy bank and down 5 metres onto a lower level door way access.
It was a UK truck with an Italian made Fassi mounted crane, supplied by Bishopsgate which was utilized to lift the CT through the top of the Mitsafetrans truck with a roll-top roof.
The goods were guided carefully to the landing platform at the door way from where the European Hi Tech installation crews worked together to carefully position the CT into its final resting place ready for commissioning.
SO DO NOT FORGET WHEN YOU HAVE THAT DIFFICULT DELIVERY, OFF-LOADING & POSITIONING OF EQUIPMENT TO BE CARRIED OUT WHETHER THE DELIVERY IS WITHIN THE UK OR IN EUROPE BISHOPSGATE HAS THE SOLUTION.
We had Ricky and Mark from your Park Royal, London depot here to collect a large safe this morning. I needed help moving another even larger safe up some steps to a different room and asked for their help. Just to say they were really helpful and moved it for me without any bother at all – a big pat on the back for them! We would have been stuck without them as we don’t even have a trolley on site, so thank you guys for going the extra mile.
Rose Murphy, Shine Group
I wanted to provide you with some feedback from one of our customers Hayley Rail.
They complemented E-Tradeway on the delivery to Griffith’s house made on Wed 30th November. On arrival the doors were not wide enough for the machines, your boys helped with good spirits and enthusiasm to resolve the problem. Paul from Hayley Rail wanted me to pass on his thanks on a difficult job well done.
In the last year your companies support help and assistance has brought professionalism and certainty to our logistics. We no longer hire vans we call our friends from Bishopsgate as we know you will get the job done.
I would also like to say thank you to Nathan for his support which has been very much appreciated.
Best wishes to all at Bishopsgate
It’s out with the not so old and in with the very new for Wiltshire based, Bishopsgate Specialist Installations. Bishopsgate have just seen delivery of 4 Mercedes Benz trucks to add to their existing modern fleet. 12 new vehicles have been acquired in 2011 and each and every one of them has been equipped to a very high and impressive specification that includes full height tail lifts and rigid box sides.
managing director, Tim Bloch states, “ The decision to expand our fleet at this time will allow us to extend our delivery capability and will directly benefit our customers with faster transit times. A modern fleet in our new distinctive livery is helping us to promote our brand to a wider audience, and increase our delivery capability, our reliability and the modern Euro 5 engines are providing us with excellent economy too
The company will continue investment in network expansion, ground infrastructure, personnel development and improved processes to support our business growth”.
Our 2 man delivery crews often face some real challenges getting customers machines up stairs. Often the only way to achieve a delivery would be to use a magic carpet! But the next best thing in the real world is to use a stair climber or a stair robot. They come in many different guises and sizes and while they are not the panacea for all deliveries our crews could not operate fully without them.
To support Bishopsgate Specialist Logistics & Installation’s growth we have invested in 30 new machines. Magic carpets they are not but they will enable the crews to deliver Safes, UPS Machines and other oversized equipment in the tightest of locations more easily.
If you need help with a particulalry awkward installation, then contact us to see if we can help