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Wincanton hopes tanker drivers will end dispute

April 30, 2012 Hayley Pink

Wincanton says it “regrets” Unite’s call to members to reject proposals over tanker driver terms and conditions,  and is hopeful that its drivers will recognise the progress made during the past eight days of negotiations between fuel distribution firms and union chiefs by voting to end the long-running dispute. The company says the new proposals are a positive step in bringing the wider industry up to the same high standards of training, health and safety provided by the six tanker […]

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DBL Logistics plans second DC with £1.8m HSBC backing

April 25, 2012 Hayley Pink

United Pallet Network member DBL Logistics has secured £1.8m of funding from HSBC to expand the business with a new 50,000ft² Sheffield DC. Due for completion in January 2013, the new site will run in tandem with DBL’s existing 25,000ft² facility in the Sheffield Business Park, and the company hopes additional volumes will boost its annual turnover, currently £3m per year. The company holds an O-licence for 15 trucks and trailers, but will look to increase the authorisation to 25 […]

Industry News

Acas hopeful new proposals will end tanker driver dispute

April 25, 2012 Hayley Pink

The threat of a tanker driver strike could now be averted, as the Unite union and fuel distribution companies reach agreement over a new set of proposals. Unite has also been given an extended industrial action mandate of 21 May to allow it time to discuss the new proposals with its 1,200 tanker driver members. Peter Harwood, Acas chief conciliator, who has been heading up the negotiations, says: “Following a further two days of intensive discussions, a final set of […]

Contract Wins

Culina acquires Cert Octavian’s supply chain operations

April 23, 2012 Hayley Pink

Culina Group has acquired the supply chain activities of Cert Octavian for an undisclosed amount, as it continues with its strategy to double the business in the next five years. The deal will see Culina Logistics’ parent taking over Cert Octavian’s distribution and warehousing contracts, facilities and staff, which will expand the group’s network to eight ambient DCs across the UK. The wine specialist will retain its cellarage business. It is expected around 300 staff will transfer across to Culina […]

Contract Wins

Clipper Logistics wins Swedish clothing contract

April 23, 2012 Hayley Pink

Clipper Logistics has won a new contract with Swedish children’s clothes retailer Polarn O. Pyret. It sees Clipper provide logistics from its Ollerton facility, as well as a warehousing arrangement that will allow expansion of Polarn’s current product range and offer store replenishment it its second phase, reducing the lead time of stock from Sweden. Leeds-based Clipper will handle around 5,500 SKUs, which will fulfill clothing orders in the UK and Ireland. The company says it was awarded the contract […]

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Store Twenty One saves on fleet costs with Paragon

April 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

Fashion and homeware chain Store Twenty One has reduced its fleet size by 27% since implementing Paragon routeing and scheduling software in December 2011, which its says will lead to around £500,000 in annual cost savings. The retailer says it has been able to remove three 18-tonne rigids from its fleet, as the software has driven efficiencies in its logistics operation through better planning of optimised peak and off-peak delivery schedules to its 220 stores from its Solihull DC. Martin […]

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UPS adds dual-fuel Mercedes Axors to Olympics fleet

April 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS has added 10 new dual-fuel Mercedes-Benz Axors to its dedicated London 2012 fleet, the first of their kind in the logistic giant’s global 2,500-strong alternative fuel fleet. The long-wheelbase Axors feature a 4×2 drivetrain with a 360hp six-cylinder diesel engine, which has been modified by the Handstaff Group to enable them to run on a dual-fuel blend of biomethane and diesel. Modifications include the fitting of additional injectors to allow the injection of biomethane. UPS says the new Axors […]

Operator News

Myhermes delivers two millionth parcel

April 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

Myhermes.co.uk has delivered its two millionth parcel just 10 months after reaching the one million mark in June last year. Following high levels of demand over the Christmas period, which saw volumes double during the busiest shopping week to more than 60,000 parcels per day, the company says the service is rapidly gaining business from online traders and niche retailers. John Tobbell, commercial director of myhermes.co.uk, says: “The growth of myhermes.co.uk is really gathering pace as more and more consumers […]

Contract Wins

Culina scoops Gu Desserts contract

April 16, 2012 Hayley Pink

Culina Logistics has won a chilled warehousing and primary distribution contract with Gu Desserts, part of the Noble Foods Group. The Shropshire logistics firm says it won back the Gu Desserts business, which was a previous customer of Culina, due to a collaborative arrangement splitting operations between the food manufacturer’s Walthamstow site and its own Haverhill DC. Simon Grant, supply chain manager at Gu Desserts, says: “Culina was able to demonstrate the various positive opportunities available in the redesign of […]

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Yodel to raise rates to handle e-commerce boom

April 13, 2012 Hayley Pink

Yodel has revealed it will raise its rates as part of a wider strategy to cope with the demands of a rapidly growing e-commerce sector. The courier firm says the surge in internet shopping is leading the need for a highly flexible infrastructure to keep pace with the shifting parcels market, leaving the delivery sector at “saturation point”. As a result, the parcels giant says it will be moving to a six-day a week service as standard, removing a premium […]