How is logistics retaining talent after its pandemic success?

2020 was a milestone year in many ways, not least because of the global pandemic, which turned everyday life on its head. As bricks and mortar retailers closed their doors and panic buying gripped the nation, consumer shopping habits changed dramatically, with online retail as a proportion of all retail sales increasing from 19% to 36% in just a few short months.

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Local logistics keeps society ticking

Locating last-mile logistics facilities in urban areas is the key to powering sustainable local economies, filling crucial talent shortages and enabling the sector to continue its essential work.

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Time to Talk: Striding Forward with Youth Mental Health

The pandemic has been tough for everyone – and that includes young people. Since it started in March 2020, Childline has heard from thousands of children worried about their own mental health and wellbeing and feeling lonely.

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Shed transformations: Putting automation at the forefront of logistics

In recent years, consumer shopping habits have directly influenced the built environment; none more extreme than the increase in online purchases caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In the past 12 months, adoption of online retail has only accelerated, putting even more pressure on the sector.

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Could rail freight help the food industry get ahead of the carbon curve?

Food products already provide consumers with a host of information to help them make informed decisions around nutritional content: when it comes to sustainability, however, information is often limited or non-existent and a recent European survey revealed that this can lead to a lack of consumer confidence when making choices.

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Research reveals online shopping brings significant sustainability benefits

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the UK retail sector. In just seven short months between February and August 2020, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics, online sales as a percentage of overall retail sales leapt from 19% to 36% - growth that would normally take over a decade. In December alone, ecommerce sales grew by 61.4%, compared to the previous December, and accounted for 29.6% of sales.

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Why it’s time to prioritise UK logistics

Why it’s time for the sector to build on a new level of awareness created by the COVID-19 Pandemic In February, before COVID-19 struck, internet sales as a percentage of total retail sales in the UK stood at just 18% and few people understood (or cared) how the goods they ordered online, or picked...

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A Walk in The Park

How logistics parks and buildings are taking nature and employee wellbeing to their heart. The current crisis has thrust the logistics sector into the limelight and underlined the importance of key workers in this sector: from those picking and packing goods in the warehouse to the delivery drivers ensuring everything from food and medicine to...

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Here’s to the next 10 years with The Planet Mark and Cool Earth

Whole-life carbon emissions: it’s not a phrase which would have been front of mind for those working in the property and construction sectors 20 years ago. However, now, with pressure mounting on all areas of business and society to step up and do their bit for the planet, developments are increasingly being assessed on the...

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Biodiversity is flourishing at Lilbourne Meadows

The current crisis has really highlighted the need for a healthier relationship between human activity and the natural world and I’m proud that Prologis has a longstanding and enduring commitment to sustainable development. During National Biodiversity Week 2020, I caught up with Jane Pearman, from the Wildlife Trust BCN, for the latest update about life...

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Feeding the nation: How rail freight is keeping essential supplies on-track

Whilst the coronavirus pandemic has caused a sharp reduction in the number of passengers travelling by train, the role of the UK’s railways in transporting essential goods requiring distribution to supermarkets and national distribution centres has never been more important. In fact, for the first time in many years, rail freight is currently being prioritised...

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Prologis director helps charity partner stay fighting fit

This weekend, Mel Brand, a Director in the Investment Services Team at Prologis UK will take on the ‘2.6 challenge’ in aid of Cure Leukemia. Mel, a keen cyclist and fitness expert has been a long-standing supporter of Cure Leukemia and, over the past few years, has completed a number of cycling fundraising challenges, including Geoff ...

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The Magnificent (DC)7

Having an energy efficient building, on an established Prologis Park, close to junction 15a of the M1 is more affordable than you might think. DC7 at Prologis Park Pineham is available now and will save you money from the first day of occupation. And, as if that’s not enough, here are seven reasons that make

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Fitting the Pieces Together

Fitting the Pieces Together: how to solve London’s co-location puzzle. Recently, I found myself in a ‘Housing Conference for London’ workshop set-up by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. The section of the workshop I attended was predominately for people in the ‘industrial’ world to come up with ways to solve London’s housing problem: in essence...

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High Hopes for The High Street

2018 Christmas trading figures have been a mixed bag for UK retailers, with winners and losers on the High Street. One trend that continues though is the rise of online sales and the decline of physical retail sales. No surprise there then. However, look closely between the tabloid pages of doom and gloom and it’s...

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The Inside Track on Rail Freight

The logistics sector is a critical part of the UK economy, keeping the country’s goods flowing in-line with customer demand, servicing everything from grocery stores to delivering online shopping orders. However, the logistics sector as we know it is under immense stress, and there is a big focus on making the industry more sustainable. Whilst...

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Why we need to re-frame the conversation if we want to attract millennials into the industrial and logistics sector

I’ve been in the industrial and logistics sector for over twenty five years and, over the last few months,I’ve been reflecting on the challenges out customers face if they want to encourage more young people to consider a career within this rapidly growing area. Even writing the words ‘logistics sector’ made me stop and consider...

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How the need for flexibility is changing the relationship between landlords and 3PL’s

As e-commerce continues to grow in the UK, so too does the demand for third party logistics and, with that growth, come challenges and opportunities for the sector in equal measure. Finding the right logistics warehouse, with the right fit-out and the right lease terms and structure are key to helping 3PL’s deliver on their...

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Labour attraction is the new trend for logistics real estate

Labour attraction is the new trend for logistics real estate Access to qualified labour and its retention is one of the most talked about topics for logistics real estate operators today. Not only do labour trends impact recruitment and location strategies, but sourcing a loyal workforce is getting harder. The importance of labour in...

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Building for the future

Recruiting the right talent and skills is crucial to the ongoing success of our sector. At Prologis UK, investing in the future of the industry’s workforce is a key part of our commitment to social value and, together with our supply chain, we strive to create more opportunities for local employment, training and apprenticeships, in...

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Radio & Rail: bridging a link to the past at Prologis RFI DIRFT

As you travel up DIRFT Drive, the main route through the new phase of Prologis RFI DIRFT, you will notice a bridge spanning the road. Look closer and you will see that the bridge parapets are decorated in a delicate filigree pattern. These fine, cobweb-like panels might at first seem incongruous in the middle of...

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Riding the wave of sustainability

It was important to prove our commitment to sustainability through actions, rather than words – that’s why we chose to locate our main distribution centre in a Prologis building. Adam Hall, Internet Fusion As a property company that has put sustainability at the heart of its business for the past decade, we know that...

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Hermes hits peak with new, sustainable distribution depot

Hermes Hits Peak at Hemel Hempstead It’s always an exciting time when we handover a new building to a customer. It’s even more exciting, however, when the official handover ceremony coincides with the customer’s first day of peak operation. Hermes, the consumer delivery specialist, recently opened its purpose-built parcel distribution depot at Prologis Park Hemel...

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Electric Bus Trial at The Bridge in Dartford wins Green Apple Award

Sustainability is a core part of our business philosophy and we were pleased to support this trial to provide clean, green, public transport Steve Haddock, Prologis UK Less than twenty years ago, our development at The Bridge in Dartford was a derelict, overgrown site. Today, The Bridge, a joint venture between Prologis and Dartford...

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Internet Fusion has sustainability all wrapped up!

From the outside, it’s hard to imagine the sustainability revolution that’s going on inside Internet Fusion’s warehouse on Prologis Park Kettering. Here, 10,000 orders are shipped every day to surfers, snowboarders, equestrians and people who love spending time in the great outdoors: the very people who experience, first-hand, the effect that plastic pollution and global...

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Food for thought: why it’s important to consider everyone’s appetite when it comes to inclusion and diversity.

Food for thought: why it’s important to consider everyone’s appetite when it comes to inclusion and diversity We’re passionate about our people at Prologis UK and, as part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we recently appointed two Diversity Champions to promote the importance of diversity and equality across our business. Stuart Davies and...

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Looking forward to the next 70 years: Prologis at Hemel Hempstead

Prologis Hemel Hempstead is a perfect location for us, so we are delighted to have secured this building and we look forward to being part of the local business community David Judge, Cormar Carpets Dacorum Borough Council’s resolution to grant planning permission for our proposals at Maylands Gateway in June this year, marked a...

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Local brick workers commemorated at Prologis Park West London

At Prologis, we believe it’s important to preserve links to local history, which is why we completed a memorial to local Hillingdon brick workers at Prologis Park West London. Designed as a decorative brick wall overlooking the Grand Union Canal at the southern end of the site, the wall was constructed using bricks that were...

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Prologis and Wittington announce 213,526 sq ft speculative development in the West Midlands

Prologis, the global leader in logistics real estate, and joint venture partner Wittington Investments (Developments) Limited, today announced that they will speculatively develop a 213,526 square foot distribution centre at Prologis Park Fradley in the West Midlands. Designed to achieve a minimum BREEAM ‘Very Good’ accreditation and the best possible EPC rating for its size...

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Developing the future

There is a strong sense of community at Prologis and that applies to the way the people within the business work together and how they work with the communities close to their logistics parks. Developing the future Every year we give two interns the opportunity to work within our Market Officer and Project Management...

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A workout with a view at Prologis Park Wellingborough West

A workout with a view We believe our network of over twenty Prologis Parks in the UK provide the perfect environment to encourage physical activity for both employees and the local community. That’s why, as part of our Parklife initiative, we regularly include walking and cycle paths on and around the parks and, in some cases...

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Gathering momentum: Progress at DIRFT

In March this year, the steelwork started at the 404,000 square foot distribution centre we are building for the Arcadia Group at the new phase of Prologis RFI DIRFT. On the same day, the foundations of the first houses were dug at Urban & Civic’s and Aviva Investors’ neighbouring residential development at Houlton. Together, the...

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Bridge to a new community

A Bridge to a new community Find out more about this landmark development and our strong relationship with Dartford Borough Council by watching our short case study video. In the early 2000s, Dartford Borough Council decided to regenerate a 264 acre brownfield site that was originally called Dartford Park and subsequently become known...

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Supporting Cool Earth in Papua New Guinea

Palm oil is the world’s most popular vegetable oil, but it is also one of main causes of rainforest destruction. When forests are cleared to make way for palm plantations, ecosystems that have taken millions of years to evolve can be destroyed in a matter of days. Demand for palm oil is rising and producers...

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Sustainability champions at Warwickshire College Group

Having cut its carbon footprint by 25% over the past three years, Warwickshire College Group (WCG) is planning to make further reductions during 2017/2018. This alone is a tremendous achievement, but the impact of the whole programme, which is sponsored by Prologis, is potentially even more far-reaching. It is inspiring students to become a new...

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From quarry to community

“What a brilliant course…has to be one of the best for years.” “A really enjoyable course, thanks for all the hard work.” These were just two of the comments from competitors in Kettering Cycling Club’s Mountain Bike event held at Linear Park in May this year. A 90 acre area of public open space that...

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Uncovering the past as we build for the future

The site has produced one of the best preserved Roman lime kilns in the country. Paul Clark, Associate Director of CgMs Archaeologists have discovered that Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead at Maylands Gateway, is building on a history of industrial activity at the site. Led by CgMs and Oxford Archaeology, the team has excavated a...

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Sustainability champions of the future

At Prologis UK we don’t just build industrial logistics buildings, we build lasting relationships with local communities. Recently, our sustainability champions visited Hayes Meadow Primary School in Rugeley with an Education Officer from the Eden Project to talk to the children about sustainability and how they can play their part in protecting the planet. Being...

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Why diversity in the workplace should be a culture, not a cliché

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak about gender diversity and inclusivity in the property industry at the very first ‘Women in Industrial Property’ conference. The event was organised by the Industrial Agents Society and was held at the headquarters of BAFTA in London. Hosting the event in a venue linked to...

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Delivering sustainability

We feel passionately that, as a property company, we should play our part in reducing average lifetime carbon in our buildings to bring the benefits of sustainability to our customers, the local community and beyond Simon Cox, Prologis UK There was great excitement at DSV’s new distribution centre on Prologis Park Sideway recently when...

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Progress on 562,000 sq ft Screwfix building at Prologis Park Fradley

Rosemary Wilkins, Director of Logistics and Martin Cole, Logistics Development Manager at Screwfix visited Prologis Park Fradley, to celebrate the progress of the company’s 562,000 square foot distribution centre that Prologis is developing on the site. The new facility, which started on site at the end of 2016, is due to complete in autumn 2017

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