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Recent News & Updates

27th July 2017

What happens when you ask start-ups to challenge your business?

By Marcos Hart, Business Optimisation and Transformation Director, Wincanton Like many others in the logistics industry, there are still parts of our operations that are yet to be digitised. One W2 Labs start-up participant, Routeique, provides a platform which could allow us to utilise new technology to overcome these barriers and enable further digitisation of […]
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What happens when you ask start-ups to challenge your business?

14th July 2017

Selling our capacity online with Storekat

By Marcos Hart, Business Optimisation and Transformation Director, Wincanton The team behind Storekat was one of the stand outs from W2 Labs pitch day, presenting an idea which was innovative with strong commercial potential. It was clear from our discussions with them that their proposition was backed by a team with a real understanding of […]
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Selling our capacity online with Storekat

7th July 2017

Collaboration is key

By Marcos Hart, Business Optimisation and Transformation Director, Wincanton With the W2 Labs demo day fast approaching we took the opportunity this week to gather our start-ups and sponsors to discuss the exciting progression of the programme so far. We began working with the start-up teams back in June and one month in to this […]
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Collaboration is key

16th June 2017

Driving innovation: the road so far

By Marcos Hart, Business Optimisation and Transformation Director at Wincanton plc We launched our W2 Labs start-up programme in March this year with the aim of finding and developing innovative solutions to supply chain challenges. We’ve now entered the most exciting part of the process where our selected start-ups join our business to explore how […]
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Driving innovation: the road so far

8th June 2017

Seven start-ups selected for Wincanton’s W² Labs Programme

Wincanton’s commitment to driving innovation has continued apace as the biggest British logistics firm confirms that seven start-ups have been selected to participate in the W² Labs programme, having showcased their proposals to an expert audience at a recent pitch day in London. The seven start-ups will work with the company over the summer to […]
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Seven start-ups selected for Wincanton’s W² Labs Programme

30th May 2017

Wincanton celebrates start-up spirit as W² labs programme gears up

Wincanton’s commitment to driving innovation stepped up a gear as some of the brightest start-up firms from around the world pitched their proposals to work with the biggest British logistics firm this month. Some 24 start-ups from Europe, Asia and North America were shortlisted and invited to present their proposals to Wincanton’s experts in one […]
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Wincanton celebrates start-up spirit as W² labs programme gears up

26th May 2017

Challenging the way we think about our industry

By Tim Lawlor, Group Financial Officer at Wincanton PLC As the largest British logistics company, providing supply chain services to some of the world’s most recognised names, we have over 17,500 colleagues, operate more than 3,400 vehicles and six million square foot of warehouse space and generate annual revenue of over £1bn. Our size and […]
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Challenging the way we think about our industry

26th May 2017

Making the most of spare capacity through online brokerage

By Nick Eades, Chief Marketing Officer at Wincanton PLC Many logistics providers across the industry operate with spare capacity, including shipping lines and road freight operators. Within our competitive market, finding ways to make physical assets work as hard as possible is an ongoing challenge. Online brokerage platforms, those which match shippers with available capacity across […]
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Making the most of spare capacity through online brokerage

12th May 2017

How data can fuel the engine of business

By Jane Davies, HR Director at Wincanton PLC Supply chains consistently produce massive amounts of data. Finding ways to effectively collate, analyse and use this data remains a challenge for many logistics providers. That’s one of the reasons we’ve a dedicated a category to data in our W2 Labs start up programme. With 3,400 vehicles, […]
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How data can fuel the engine of business

11th May 2017

Making smarter use of vehicles, warehouses and people through W2 Labs

By Liam McElroy, Managing Director, Retail & Consumer at Wincanton PLC We operate thousands of “assets” – whether that’s our 17,500 people, 3,400 vehicles or over 200 sites –  both for our own business and on behalf of our customers. We want these to work as effectively as possible for the benefit of all involved. […]
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Making smarter use of vehicles, warehouses and people through W2 Labs

28th April 2017

Driving the future of vehicle automation with W² Labs

By Chris Fenton, Managing Director of Industrial and Transport at Wincanton PLC Much has been made of the potential autonomous vehicles in the transport sector. On-board computers may be trusted on the most straightforward motorway journeys, however it is likely that drivers will continue to hold a safety-critical role for more complicated driving and manoeuvres […]
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Driving the future of vehicle automation with W² Labs

28th April 2017

How can the digital generation help our industry?

By Marcos Hart, Business Optimisation and Transformation Director at Wincanton PLC Watching my daughters grow up is a constant reminder of how much, and how quickly, our environment is changing. Our children seem to have devices in their hands from an early age and naturally embrace the digital world with ease. It’s a world with […]
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How can the digital generation help our industry?

7th March 2017

Wincanton Launches Disruptive Innovation Programme: W2 Labs

WINCANTON LAUNCHES DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION PROGRAMME: W2 LABS Wincanton, the largest British logistics company, has launched W2 Labs – a new programme aimed at challenging start-ups from around the world to develop innovative solutions to industry challenges defined by the Wincanton Group. Run in partnership with L Marks, the corporate innovation specialist and early-stage investor, start-ups are invited […]
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Wincanton Launches Disruptive Innovation Programme: W2 Labs