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4th December 2018

Why we run W2 Labs and what we look for in a start-up technology partner

By Marcos Hart, Group Transformation & Risk Director. Innovation, collaboration and action are at the heart of W2 Labs. The programme embodies these aspects to turn great ideas into genuine propositions that benefit our customers and the start-ups themselves. We think it’s important to identify your own strengths and opportunities to outline what you can and …

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19th November 2018

Start-ups shortlisted for Wincanton W2 Labs programme

Following a full day of pitches on Friday, Wincanton has shortlisted six start-ups to take part in its W2Labs programme. This is the second year that the Wincanton programme has run in partnership with LMarks, the corporate innovation specialist and early-stage investor. Success stories from the 2017-18 programme include retail returns specialist ZigZag, which has …

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11th September 2018

Start-ups challenged to address supply chain issues under Wincanton innovation programme

Wincanton, the largest British logistics company, is once again challenging start-ups to pitch their solutions for industry challenges, as part of its W2 Labs innovation programme. Run in partnership with L Marks, the corporate innovation specialist and early-stage investor, this is the second year that the programme has run with start-ups invited to demonstrate the value …

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27th July 2017

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

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 the supply chain. Routeique is a cloud-based logistics and delivery …

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14th July 2017

Selling our capacity online with Storekat

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 the opportunities available to businesses such as Wincanton. Storekat …

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7th July 2017

Collaboration is key

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 process it’s clear to everyone involved that there is …

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16th June 2017

Driving innovation: the road so far

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 they can deploy their ideas. I’m excited to open Wincanton’s doors and …

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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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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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26th May 2017

Making the most of spare capacity through online brokerage

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 the supply chain, have become increasingly popular and …

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