Royal Mail and DHL top the Motor Transport Top 100 once again, with acquisition activity in 2016 by Culina Group and Turners (Soham) seeing both rise up the annual ranking of road transport operators by turnover.
Turners (Soham)’s decision to expand its container haulage interests with the purchases of Macintyre Transport and Goldstar Transport last year has seen significant increases in turnover and profit at the acquisitive operator.
DHL said that it remains satisfied with the performance of its Supply Chain subsidiary, despite a 23% year-on-year fall in turnover caused in part by a change in the way its NHS Supply Chain contract reports revenue.
DPD topped £1bn of turnover for the first time in 2016 and the Motor Transport Award multiple winner said it is aiming for £2bn of turnover by 2025.
Kuehne + Nagel said that the performance of its contract logistics division “continues to be impressive” after a “game-changing” contract with the Ministry of Defence saw turnover rise 33% year-on-year.
The availability of UK warehousing stock could come under increased pressure should the UK default to WTO rules in the wake of failed Brexit negotiations.
Maritime Transport saw pre-tax profit rise almost 10% year-on-year despite the collapse of “significant customer” Hanjin Shipping last year.
Yusen Logistics has won what it describes as a “major” contract with Hoover Candy for UK-wide supply of its entire product range to independent retailers.
Expect Distribution, winner of the Business Excellence Award at the MT Awards earlier this month, has won a three-year extension to its contract with cleaning products manufacturer Astonish.
DHL Supply Chain will begin ground handling operations at London Gatwick Airport for EasyJet on 1 November, replacing Menzies Aviation.