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Sensible acquisition will add £6m a year to Autologic

April 3, 2012 Christopher Walton

Autologic says its acquisition of the assets of Sensible Transport will add £6m a year to its revenue, but warns that automotive customers remain “focused strongly on price”. For the year ending 31 December 2011, Autologic saw its UK revenue rise 4% to £114.5m (2010: £110.6m) but operating profit in its UK arm fell from £3.2m a year ago to £3.1m. It says that contract pricing in the automotive sector remains competitive, with customers focused strongly on price. The company […]

Contract Wins

Every little helps for TNT Post in Tesco deal

March 23, 2012 Christopher Walton

TNT Post says it has secured a “great coup” after revealing details of a contract it began work on in February  to deliver mail for Tesco. As a result TNT Post, which demerged from parent TNT NV in May 2011, will deliver all of Tesco’s communications with its customers – totaling some 180 million item a year – including its Clubcard scheme and Tesco Bank. Nick Wells, TNT Post chief executive, says: “Winning Tesco as a client is a great […]

Contract Wins

Culina Logistics wins cheese distribution deal

March 22, 2012 Christopher Walton

Culina Logistics has won a contract with cheese specialists Dairy Partners to store, pick and distribute its retail product range using its shared user model. The contract is managed from Culina’s Stafford depot and relies on its 10 depots across the UK and Ireland in order to maximise vehicle fill and supply chain efficiency. Dairy Partners says it awarded the distribution deal following a trial, adding that it switched suppliers after Culina demonstrated it could operate “an economical, flexible and […]

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Increase in fuel duty is a disaster, says Hermes

March 21, 2012 Christopher Walton

Home delivery specialist Hermes has branded the Chancellor’s decision to implement a 3ppl rise in fuel duty as “a disaster for the haulage sector”. Jon Tobbell, commercial director at  Hermes, says: “Whilst we welcome the freeze in Vehicle Excise Duty, it pales into significance when compared to the pain being experienced by hauliers as a result of the rising price of fuel. “At Hermes we have seen a 30%  increase in fuel costs and now spend well over £10m annually. […]

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Hellmann targets Iberian growth

March 21, 2012 Christopher Walton

Hellmann UK  has launched a freight partnership with a Portuguese logistics company that increases the number of round trip road freight services to the country each week. The partnership with Rangel Express and Logistics enables Hellmann to undertake three direct level departures to Oporto and Lisbon and the company says it also strengthens its European network. “We are always looking for ways to improve, strengthen and widen the scope of our service,” says Hellmann UK commercial director Matthew Marriott. “Finding […]

Industry News

Tell us your view of the Olympics – and win £100

March 21, 2012 Christopher Walton

With a little over four months to go before the Olympics starts, Motor Transport and Commercial Motor want to know how prepared you are for the disruption the Games will cause to deliveries. How much impact do you expect the Games to have? What actions have you taken to prepare your operation? As part of our monthly Trucking Britain Out Of Recession survey, we also want to know about your relationship with your bank, and whether you’re finding it difficult […]

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Ian Jones retires from Mercedes Benz

March 21, 2012 Christopher Walton

Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles MD Ian Jones has retired with immediate effect. In a statement the Executive Board of Mercedes-Benz UK says it wants to offer Jones “best wishes for the future”. Under Jones’s reign the Sprinter won the Motor Transport Award for Fleet Van of the Year for four consecutive years. The firm adds that under Jones’s leadership Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles had “a number of notable successes, including putting Mercedes-Benz on the top spot for the UK tractor market”. A […]

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Former Cert Octavian chief executive joins Eezehaul

March 20, 2012 Christopher Walton

Former Cert Octavian chief executive Anthony Finlayson-Green has joined Crawley-based operator Eezehaul as a non-executive chairman. Finlayson-Green , who is currently chief executive at storage firm Apex Linvar, joins Eezehaul as its looks to strengthen its position in the contract logistics market. Eezehaul MD Mark Duggan says: “Anthony will play a key role as we push forward with our strategy for continued growth of managing more complex supply chain and warehousing solutions.” The firm sold its interests in parcel network […]

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DX Group buys Nightfreight

March 15, 2012 Christopher Walton

Nightfreight has been acquired by DX Group in an undisclosed cash deal that creates a mail, courier and distribution business with a combined turnover of approximately £290m. As part of the acquisition former City Link MD Stuart Godman will join the combined managerial board as chief operating officer. His former Target Express and City Link colleague, DX chief executive Petar Cvetkovic, remains in his current role while Nightfreight chief executive Ian Smith becomes DX strategy director. Cvetkovic says the acquisition […]

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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 […]