Contract Wins

Great Bear says Hello Kitty after Conair deal

September 28, 2012 Derren Hayes

Great Bear has won a contract to manage distribution and warehousing for high street brands Hello Kitty, Tresemmé, Babyliss and Cuisinart. As part of the deal, the Tattenhall-based company is to manage the UK distribution centre for Conair, the US firm behind a range of brands in the personal care products and small appliances sectors. Once fully operational, the 230,000ft² Conair centre at Chorley in Lancashire will expect to handle 11 million units per year for delivery to major high […]

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Royal Mail gets green light to revamp final mile deliveries

September 28, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Royal Mail has received approval to  revamp its final mile delivery service, and will roll out its Delivery to Neighbour initiative next week. It has received regulatory approval from Ofcom to launch the programme on Monday 1 October, allowing the firm to  deliver large items or items that require a signature to a neighbouring address if no one is home to receive them. Until now it was  the only major delivery company in the UK who did not offer the […]

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Norbert Dentressangle expand La Palette Rouge facilities

September 28, 2012 Derren Hayes

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has moved the Warrington hub of its specialist fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) pallet pooling operation La Palette Rouge (LPR) to a new 50,000ft² facility, injecting £750,000 and doubling the workforce. ND is spending £600,000 on new equipment including pallet inverters, conveyors, spray booth and drying kiln, along with £150,000 to refurbish offices at the site near junction 20 of the M6 in Stretton. The investment will make the depot the largest of eight LPR facilities operated […]

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Turners (Soham) wins five year contract with Omya UK

September 28, 2012 Derren Hayes

After unveiling double-digit rises in turnover and profit, Turners (Soham) has continued on the upward curve by securing a new five-year contract with Omya UK, one of the country’s leading producers of calcium carbonate. The deal for the management and movement of fine powder products, includes a Turners’ team based at Omya’s site at Melton near Hull operating a specialised fleet of 30 trucks and 40 pressurised tankers. The Newmarket, Suffolk-based operator has been working with Omya since 2006, delivering […]

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Hermes opens Coventry and Carlisle depots

September 28, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Hermes has opened two depots in Coventry and Carlisle, bringing its network of depots and hubs to a total of 24. The parcel firm says the new sites are necessary to accommodate the expected growth in parcel volumes ahead of the Christmas peak. The new depot in Coventry is expected to handle around 24,000 parcels per day, with this total rising to 43,000 over the Christmas period, while the Carlisle  site will handle 6,500 parcels each day for the firm. […]

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Suttons Group appoints former Norbert Dentressangle man

September 28, 2012 Robin Meczes

Suttons Group has announced the appointment of Gilles Letard as head of commercial, Europe & Americas. Letard was formerly commercial director in the road tanker division at Norbert Dentressangle. Commenting on the new appointment, Suttons Group MD Andrew Palmer said: “Gilles brings a wealth of commercial experience to this key role. “He has a strong track record of putting into practice high levels of compliance and safety in the area of specialist services and will greatly assist our growth in […]

Industry News

Wincanton says Lorry Road User Charge too low

September 27, 2012 Christopher Walton

Wincanton has slammed the government’s forthcoming Lorry Road User Charge (LRUC) for not doing enough to level the playing field between UK and foreign operators. In a blog on its website the largest UK-owned operator said that the widely reported charge of £10 per day for foreign lorries to run on British roads “ought to be four or five times that amount” to “have any real impact”. Later this month the government will publish draft legislation containing details about the […]

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Turners (Soham) sees turnover and profit leap

September 27, 2012 Robin Meczes

Turnover and profit both rose by some 12% last year at Newmarket, Suffolk-based Turners (Soham), as a prudent approach to rates and new business continued to pay off. In the 12 months to 31 December 2011, turnover jumped 11.9% to just under £235m (2010: £210m); while pre-tax profit rose 12.5% to £24.3m (2010: £21.6m). All three of the firm’s divisions enjoyed a significant boost during the period, with turnover up 7.69% in the temperature controlled division, 10.63% in the general […]

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Culina to reduce amount of missed deliveries for Redwood

September 27, 2012 Robin Meczes

Culina Logistics has won a new contract with food manufacturer The Redwood Wholefood Company to distribute its products to leading multiples and independent retailers. The contract is being managed from Culina’s Milton Keynes depot. Corby, Northamptonshire-based Redwood decided to change supplier in order to address a number of operational issues – in particular, to improve service levels and ensure consignments were delivered at the times agreed with retailers, said Culina. The logistics services supplier is providing a combined stockholding and […]

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RHA welcomes new driver standards framework

September 27, 2012 Chris Druce

The RHA has said the publication of a new framework document defining the skills, knowledge and understanding required by new truck drivers, by the DSA is a welcome step in formalising the profession and improving its image. Jack Semple, director of policy at the RHA, said: “As we have discussed with the DSA, we are keen to see a high standard of training for all new entrants to LGV driving, so that they start in the industry with a clear […]