Two further high-street retailers have been dragged into the row over the penalties applied for untimely deliveries at retailers’ DCs. Last month, MT reported on fines of up to £1,000 being applied by Kingfisher group companies B&Q and Screwfix to firms supplying them for arrivals at their DCs outside of a fixed delivery window. Such penalties have led to considerable pressure on truck operators to justify untimely deliveries to customers and, in some cases, to pay for the fines themselves. […]
Around 2,000 drivers and warehouse staff across three Tesco DCs could be taking strike action in the run-up to Christmas, after union Unite began balloting them following what it described as a “pitiful” pay offer by the retailer.
Wincanton has extended its relationship with B&Q, in a deal that sees it handling inbound container logistics as well as planning deliveries across the DIY chain’s national network. The operator, which has managed B&Q’s horticulture distribution for several years, became its sole UK ports-to-distribution centre provider earlier this year. It will handle 15,000 containers a year for B&Q as a result, and by moving a quarter by rail, estimates a CO2 saving of 3,400 tonnes year. Wincanton has also since […]
TNT Express UK & Ireland has confirmed around 50% of TNT Fashion Group UK’s dedicated network of distribution sites will be integrated into existing TNT Express sites as part of the DC rationalisation announced in January.