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DHL expands Unilever warehousing capacity

March 14, 2012 Christopher Walton

DHL Supply Chain has opened its expanded capacity warehouse for long-term customer Unilever, marking the end of a 21 month project. The Cannock, Staffordshire, centre has the capacity to house 100,000 pallets and will handle all of Unilever’s homecare and ambient food lines for the UK and Ireland – including brands such as Persil, Marmite and PG Tips. Expanding the Cannock site – designed specifically to bring both product categories under the same roof for combined customer orders- has also […]

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United Biscuits drivers complete CPC training

March 12, 2012 Christopher Walton

All 68 drivers at United Biscuits have now successfully completed their final 7.5 hours of Driver CPC training. Bill Hooton, national transport controller at United Biscuits, says he is “delighted and proud” that all drivers have completed their CPCs. “We are committed to ongoing annual training and recognise the benefits, as it helps focus and maintain high standards in safety and operation performance,” he explains. “Our training gets great feedback from the drivers and they help contribute to the training […]

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TDG buy puts ND UK logistics in top spot

March 12, 2012 Christopher Walton

The head of Norbert Dentressangle’s (ND) UK logistics believes 2012 will see the operation cement its number one spot in ND’s overall international operations as the business shifts into another gear following the integration of TDG. In ND’s latest results, the UK outperformed all other countries to become its logisitic division’s key revenue contributor in 2011, generating 41% of the total. ND Logistics UK MD Malcolm Wilson tells MT.co.uk: “We’re in a great place; the business has a renewed scale […]

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Maritime Transport appoints two new MDs

March 12, 2012 Christopher Walton

Maritime Transport has created two new director positions to handle distribution and container transport at the firm. Simon Smart and David Boomer, both previously operations directors at the firm, have become MD, container transport and MD, containers respectively. Maritime says the appointments were required to strengthen senior management at the firm and provide focus on two of its key areas of business. John Williams, group MD, says: “These promotions have been made to create the next generation of Managing Directors […]

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APN and TfL hold ‘productive’ pre-Olympics briefing

March 9, 2012 Christopher Walton

Transport for London (TfL) has held an Olympic briefing with members of the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) to build ties ahead of this summer’s Games. Despite APN representing eight networks consisting of more than 650 hauliers, chairman Paul Sanders has previously expressed frustration at a lack of engagement with Olympic organisers, which the event rectified. Sanders complimented TfL on bringing his members up to speed, and describes the meeting late last month as positive and productive, although he concedes […]

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Strong performance from the UK buoys Ceva profit

March 9, 2012 Christopher Walton

Ceva has singled out the performance of its business in the UK for having a “very strong year” in 2011 after the Netherlands-based logistics giant revealed a 10% rise in profit. Speaking to MT.co.uk, Leigh Pomlett, president for Northern Europe at Ceva, singled out delivery from the UK and Poland as “two countries that have performed” as, globally, the firm saw revenue rise just 0.7% to €6.8bn (£5.6bn)for the year ending 31 December 2011. EBITDA rose 9.9%, when accounting for […]

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City Link unveils recovery plan

March 9, 2012 Christopher Walton

City Link’s new MD has put in place a three-year turnaround strategy at the struggling parcels business in the wake of “disappointing” losses. The plan will see City Link break-even within the next four months, make a profit by Q4, and become a £500m business in the next three years, through a combination of improved customer service, reduced operational costs and a focus on winning profitable business, rather than chasing volumes. Speaking to MT.co.uk, new MD Dave Smith, who joined […]