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Image taken by Blue Cube of the ITT Hub, Farnborough, May 2022

The Future is Now. Logistics sector awash with excitement

  • May 13, 2022 /
Image taken by Blue Cube of the ITT Hub, Farnborough, May 2022

The ITT and Cold Chain Hubs joined forces for the first time to great effect this week. With our new MD Alan's recent background from the transport sector, the show was a fantastic opportunity for Alan and the wider team to put faces to names. Equally, there was plenty of buzz throughout the event with respect to the electrification of the industry. 

The Future Is Now

It became even more apparent that the industry has long since passed the dawn of the electrification revolution. Trudy Harrison, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport (DfT) exclusively announced a fresh £200m zero emission HGV Funding, whilst there was plenty of debate about the pros and cons of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in general. For anyone interested, our own Marketing Manager Pete wrote this blog post about this subject matter last year. 

Outside-despite the first day's washout, there was plenty of evidence of many British manufacturers embracing this revolution, including from industry stalwarts such as DAF, and exciting start-ups like Volta Trucks.

A future embraced by Blue Cube. 

 As Blue Cube operates our own fleet, these changes will affect us as well. Small, positive steps are already in place, including the installation of recharging points at both our Tuxford and Stafford sites. Keep your eyes peeled across our socials in the coming weeks for an official announcement on that front. 

Cold Chain Hub

A bold, strategic move was made to bring Cold Chain Hub into the ITT Hub. The synergies between the industry we directly support and the wider Logistics/Transport are natural. This synergy was clear as the many visitors attended both. Blue Cube are looking forward to working closely with the organisers for next year and beyond. We will announce our plans in the coming weeks, again across our socials.

Two images in one of the Cold Chain Federation Celebration event at London's Houses of Parliament, May 2022. Taken by Blue Cube's Alan Hunt
Cold Chain Celebration

Blue Cube has been purposely strengthening its relationship and reputation within the Cold Chain sector, including fostering a blossoming partnership with the Cold Chain Federation. It was therefore a great occasion last Tuesday (10th May 2022) to accept the invitation to attend the CCF's Celebration of the Cold Chain. Held at the Houses of Parliament, the event combined both members, MPs and the wider industry to celebrate its superb efforts during the Pandemic. Simply put, the industry kept us all fed. Why not read this engaging post from the CCF Policy Director Tom Southall?

For Alan, it was an ideal opportunity to meet the industry for the first time in his new role. 

Let us know what you think! 

What do you think about the electrification revolution? Where do you see the ultimate, final goal? Hydrogen/Fuel cell? We'd love to hear your thoughts. In the meantime, do follow us across our socials as we share, engage and opine about this topic. Remember, we have solutions tailored to benefit the logistics sector, so please contact us for advice, for any portable temperature control challenges you may be facing.

New Blue Cube MD Alan Hunt

New Financial Year; New MD: Blue Cube begins an exciting new chapter with key appointment.

  • April 29, 2022 /
New Blue Cube MD Alan Hunt

Blue Cube has begun the new financial year with a new Managing Director Alan Hunt, who most recently held the same role at leading trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull. This key appointment comes after a hugely successful tenure of Steve Blakemore. Blue Cube's Marketing Manager Pete caught up with Alan to enable the boss to share his initial thoughts, plans and what makes him tick.

1) "What are your initial thoughts about Blue Cube?"

"The pride and the quality of our team is exceptional. It was immediately clear to me that everyone is genuinely interested, fully committed and on board with our ambitious company's plans. This team all helped enable the business to report its two most successful years on record, concurrently. This is even more impressive given the well-reported challenges all businesses have had to navigate these past few years. This opinion is validated by our own customers, partners and suppliers."

2) "What excites you the most?" 

"The aspirations of our team. All want to achieve more; invest in themselves and the future of the business. This all-team aspiration forms the foundation for us to continue to offer the best possible product and service for all the expanding business sectors we provide solutions to."

3) "Aside from further strengthening our all-round customer experience, what is your vision for Blue Cube?"

"My vision is to expand and lead with our technology-based solutions, wrapped around a best-in-class service. This in turn will enable our team to have more intelligent, informed conversations with our customer partners. Conversations about their specific operational requirements; using the technology' our own team has created to provide evidence-based solutions. The success of our exclusive Ultra range was borne out of this approach."

4) "The business landscape and outlook remains challenging. What solutions do Blue Cube have in place to assist our existing and potential customer partners?" 

"We differentiate. We are increasingly well-known for offering a high quality, "more than just a box" solution that resonates with our customer partners. As one example, our proactive monitoring, which allows for real-time efficiencies to be reported our customers. One of our mantras is to increase "uptime."  

5) "Tell us a bit more about yourself:"
i) "Tea or coffee?" 

Tea (FYI Milk, no sugar!) 

ii)"Favourite tipple?" 

"Whisky!" (Scottish, single malt, should anyone wish to buy Alan a drink at a bar!)

iii)"Favourite pastime, besides family time?"

"Cycling and motorcycling. I am also a keen Crown Green Bowls player."

Alan (and Blue Cube) will be attending the ITT Hub in a few weeks' time. Blue Cube is also increasingly involved with the Cold Chain Federation, so keep an eye out across our socials for exciting news in this capacity.  

You can engage directly with Alan on LinkedIn, whilst the whole Blue Cube team is on hand to assist wherever, whenever, on 0333 320 26 20.