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Norbert Dentressangle opens £1m NDC

April 3, 2012 Hayley Pink

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) says it has invested more than £1m in a new shared-user site at Rugby, to serve as an NDC for Continental Tyre Group. The new 212,000ft² facility, located in Prologis Central Park just off J1 of the M6, will also  store products from fellow ND customer Bridgestone UK, which currently occupies around 60% of the available capacity. ND has worked with Continental since 2006 and handles storage and distribution of tyres to retailers and fitters throughout the […]

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Wincanton hit by decline in volumes

April 3, 2012 Hayley Pink

Wincanton has warned that a decline in customers’ volumes and a reduced demand for warehousing will “adversely affect” the business in the next 12 months. In a trading update issued today (Tuesday 3 April), the group says that while it has successfully retained and won new contracts across all sectors, market conditions in retail, FMCG and containers have been challenging. It adds that a number of its customers are seeing a decline in volumes, which is resulting in reduced demand […]

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TNT Post reveals second end-to-end postal trial

March 28, 2012 Hayley Pink

TNT Post is to conduct a second end-to-end delivery trial from mid-April in west London, following the successful conclusion of a final-mile trial in Liverpool. The private postal operator has held long-term ambitions to roll-out a complete end-to-end service rivalling Royal Mail, but says it has been unable to achieve this goal due to the national incumbent’s exemption on final mile deliveries. Nick Wells, TNT Post chief executive, says: “TNT Post has built an excellent reputation for quality, innovation and […]

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Yearsley to offer global logistics service

March 20, 2012 Hayley Pink

Yearsley Group has introduced a new global logistics and freight-forwarding service. The group says it can now offer customers a complete logistics operation from pick-up overseas (via partners) and import via air or sea, to delivery through its UK distribution network. The Lancashire firm says the new service will enhance its domestic port-side collection and delivery operation. It anticipates high demand from its UK manufacturing customers wishing to reduce the number of operators they use throughout a product’s journey. Tim […]

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City Link rolls out Sameday-branded fleet

March 20, 2012 Hayley Pink

City Link has rolled out a dedicated new livery for its Sameday fleet, featuring the strapline ‘when tomorrow is too late’ to help strengthen the operation’s brand. The parcels firm says the Sameday service has expanded rapidly in the past 12 months, with new contract wins across multiple business sectors, and that “this trend shows no sign of slowing down”. Two new depots were opened in Bristol and Newcastle during 2011 to cope with customer demand, with further sites earmarked […]

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UPS agrees TNT takeover bid

March 19, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS is set to acquire TNT Express NV in a deal that will create a €45bn (£37.4bn) global logistics firm. The deal values the Dutch firm at approximately €5.16bn, following its increased offer of €9.50 per ordinary share. UPS says that in acquiring TNT it will fulfill its long-standing aim to expand its European operations. According to the  Motor Transport Top 100 the combined business will generate a UK turnover of approximately£1.3bn – placing it level with Wincanton as the […]

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UPS to bid again for TNT

March 16, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS says it is still in talks to buy rival TNT Express, despite its initial bid on 17 February being rejected by the Dutch parcels giant. “UPS remains in constructive discussions with TNT Express NV regarding a potential transaction to acquire the entire issued share capital of TNT Express,” a statement from the US parcel giant says. A bid of €9 per share was offered by UPS last month, worth €4.9bn, but this was rejected by TNT just five days […]

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Culina shortens Tesco’s ambient supply chain

March 13, 2012 Hayley Pink

Culina Logistics has shortened ambient supply chains for supermarket giant Tesco, with the roll-out of a new ‘Day 1 for Day 2’ delivery service. The logistics firm will consolidate suppliers’ deliveries at its multi-user facility in Wolverhampton, for onward trunking to Tesco’s NDC network on a six-day Monday to Saturday cycle. Culina says the ambient grocery market has traditionally operated with orders being placed on Day 1 for delivery on Day 3 across a five-day Monday to Friday cycle, but […]

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Harlequin wins first contract with Kellogg’s

March 12, 2012 Hayley Pink

Haulage consortium Harlequin Logistics  has injected some snap, crackle and pop into its five members after revealing that its first contract has been signed with Kellogg’s. Harlequin will deliver some 15,000 Kellogg’s loads a year from the cereal manufacturer’s depot in Manchester to retailers’ RDCs, wholesalers and cash and carry outlets nationwide. Founder Paul Smith told MT earlier this month (6 Feb) that it was also set to start work on a second, as yet undisclosed, contract, later this month, […]