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LaFarge/Tarmac joint venture executive team announced

November 30, 2012 Chris Druce

LaFarge and Tarmac owner Anglo American have revealed the executive team that will oversee their UK joint venture. Jamie Pike has been named as the venture’s non-executive chairman, Cyrille Ragoucy as chief executive and Guy Young as chief financial officer (CFO). Pike was chief executive of Foseco, a business serving the foundry and steel making industries. Ragoucy is senior v-p of health and safety for Lafarge, while Young is CFO at Tarmac. The joint venture will combine Tarmac’s and Lafarge’s […]

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Hermes opens 1,000th ParcelShop

November 30, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Hermes has opened its 1,000th parcel shop, five months after the service was launched. The firm plans to expand the network to 2,500 sites by the end of 2013, following the opening of the milestone ParcelShop in Stockport. It launched the service in June with 500 stores nationwide, which offer an alternative for SMEs to send parcels and allow online retailers to offer consumers a convenient returns service. It plans to expand the service next year to allow parcels to […]

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UPS and TNT Express submit remedies to addess competition concerns

November 30, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

UPS and TNT Express have submitted remedies to the European Commission to address its competition concerns, extending the review period further. The submission extends the EC’s review period by 15 business days to 5 February 2013. The proposed remedies involve the sale of the business activities and its assets. UPS needs to ensure the long-term viability of these activities and the continuity of service already provided by TNT Express.  In order to receive approval, the EC will market-test the remedies. […]

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Eddie Stobart faces third strike at Doncaster DC

November 29, 2012 Chris Druce

Eddie Stobart is facing a third strike by its drivers based at Tesco’s Doncaster DC. Although the operator and Unite had been in talks via Acas in a bid to resolve the long-running jobs dispute, efforts to find a way forward have failed. The 183 drivers, of which 180 are Unite members, have now rejected an improved redundancy offer from Eddie Stobart, and announced they will commence continuous strike action from the 6 December. The union believes this will be […]

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Burdens in administration

November 29, 2012 Chris Druce

Burdens, the civil engineering products and construction materials supplier, has been placed into administration. The company, which has 20 operating centres across the UK and an O-licence to run up 127 vehicles plus trailers, is in the hands of administrator Duff & Phelps. “We will continue to trade the company as a going concern whilst we continue discussions with those parties interested in acquiring some, or all of the remaining branches,” said administrator Philip Duffy. WTB Trading, the main trading […]

Contract Wins

Global Garden Products extends Wincanton contract

November 29, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Plymouth-based Global Garden Products (GGP) has extended its contract with Wincanton, which will take the partnership to a decade. Wincanton has provided warehousing and distribution for the manufacturer’s powered garden products since 2003, delivering to the main B&Q DCs, and direct to GGP retailers nationwide. The contract is run from Wincanton’s Rothwell depot in Leeds. Wincanton manufacturing MD Chris Kingshott said: “This latest contract extension will bring our partnership up to the 10 year mark- a tremendous milestone of which […]

Industry News

Vosa ceases testing at Gillingham and Grantham stations

November 29, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Vosa plans to stop testing at its Gillingham and Grantham sites by the end of March 2013. Although the stations in Gillingham, Kent and Grantham, Lincolnshire, will not close, Vosa has taken the decision to cease testing at these sites. Operators will instead be able to test their vehicles at one of four authorised testing facilities (ATFs) in the Lincolnshire area, located in Newark, Lincoln and Boston. Testing is also carried out at six ATFs in Kent, at Maidstone, Sevenoaks, […]

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Plastic Omnium extends Bibby Distribution contract

November 29, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Plastic Omnium Auto Exterior has extended its contract with Bibby Distribution for a further three years. The contract has grown to include transport from the firm’s new facility in Edison Road, Hams Hall, in addition to warehousing and transport between its manufacturing plants in Measham, Derbyshire, and Faraday Road, Hams Hall. Bibby Distribution also delivers finished products to car manufacturers across the West Midlands and Cheshire. The operator runs fifteen vehicles on behalf of Plastic Omnium Auto Exterior. It also […]

Contract Wins

Total Sweet contract win for Culina

November 29, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Culina Logistics has won a national distribution contract with natural sugar alternative firm Total Sweet. The contract, which began in September, will be operated out of Culina’s warehouse in Leighton Buzzard and will see it deliver pallets to retailers such as Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Holland & Barrett, using its shared user network across ten sites. Total Sweet selected Culina as it was able to offer the firm greater flexibility in case picking costs than its previous logistics provider. Total Sweet […]

Contract Wins

Meachers lands Carnival UK contract renewal

November 28, 2012 Chris Druce

Meachers Global Logistics has won a major contract renewal with cruise ship operator Carnival UK, following a competitive tender process. The Southampton-based operator’s relationship with Carnival stretches back 14 years, and Meachers already manages the company’s supply chain for its vessel fleet. This includes providing inventory control, warehousing, consolidation, pick and pack, and back office support services. As part of the renewal, Meachers will now incorporate the consolidation of food and beverage supplies and receipting of all products into the […]