News: UK fashion retailer ASOS has contracted UK supply chain services firm Norbert Dentressangle to manage its fulfilment hub in Barnsley, Yorkshire . The three- year deal is worth more than GBP100mn (US$156mn), as the e-commerce firm hopes to take advantage of Norbert Dentressangle ' s knowledge of the online sector, the Journal of Commerce reports. The facility in Barnsley handles ASOS ' s orders from across the globe and employs 1,200 people.
BMI View: In terms of freight mode, the picture is mixed for 2013, as the UK contends with global economic headwinds, particularly in the eurozone, where the country is heavily reliant on trade. Whereas rail freight is expected to perform relatively well in 2012 and over the forecast period to 2017, the road freight sector is set for a poor 12 months.