Awards

Deadline extended for entries

March 20, 2012 Steve Hobson

It is not too late to enter this year’s Motor Transport Awards. The deadline for entering the 2012 Awards has been extended until 30 March, so go to the website, check the categories where you think you have a great story to tell and download an entry form now. The entry process is simple STEP 1 Tell us in no more than 1,000 words what you have achieved and why your firm/individual deserves an award. STEP 2 Download and complete […]

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Operator News

News extra: Kuehne + Nagel on growth track

March 13, 2012 Steve Hobson

International Swiss-based freight and logistics business Kuehne + Nagel  reaped the benefits of its long term growth strategy with record results in the 12 months to 31 December 2011. Globally, K+N saw net profit rise to CHF606m (£421m) on turnover of CHF19.6bn (£13.6bn), increases of 12.2% and 9% respectively after the effect of the strong appreciation of the Swiss franc against K+N’s major trading currencies was stripped out, according to Tim Scharwath, vice-president for global air logistics. In K+N’s four […]

Interviews

The great car adventure – John Harvey part 2

March 12, 2012 Steve Hobson

John Harvey recalls Tibbett & Britten’s (T&B) time in the car industry as a “great adventure”; he does not regret moving into the sector, but wishes T&B had exited sooner as he tells Justin Stanton. Ultimately, the Ford contract forced Harvey to announce T&B’s first profit warning just two days after announcing the annual results in 1995, where the outlook had been bright. “The analysts asked: ‘how deep’s the hole?’ and I said: ‘I have no idea.’ That spooked everybody. Again […]

Interviews

Interview with a legend – John Harvey part 1

March 12, 2012 Steve Hobson

A legend, a pioneer, an inspirational leader – just some of the names John Harvey has been called. Justin Stanton caught up with him for an indepth interview. Just about any aspect of transport, logistics and supply chain management you can think of, Harvey has been there, seen it and done it via his stints at Unilever, SPD and Tibbett & Britten (T&B) – and he probably did it first. He was awarded the CBE in 1992 for his services […]

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Operator News

Reed Boardall has right price for Asda

March 12, 2012 Steve Hobson

The distinctive happy surfing polar bear adorning the sides of Reed Boardall Transport’s temperature controlled trailers had extra cause for celebration on Friday (9 March) as the company’s MD Tom Cassells was kept busy collecting accolades at the Asda Carrier of the Year awards. A sell-out audience at Leeds’ Queens Hotel saw Reed Boardall pick up the Environmental Carrier of the Year trophy for its use of double-deck trailers and take the runners up slots in both the overall Carrier […]

Interviews

Kuehne + Nagel stays on growth track

March 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

Kuehne + Nagel’s acquisition of international groupage specialist RH Freight in March last year caught many in the industry – including Motor Transport it has to be said – by surprise. But it was all part of the Swiss-owned global logistics business’ long term strategy, as Glenn Lindfield, KN’s senior vice president  for contract logistics in North West Europe, tells Steve Hobson Unlike some other logistics firms who spend big money promoting their brands, family-owned Swiss logistics giant Kuehne + […]

Awards

Vote now for Fleet Truck and Fleet Van of the Year

March 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

The Motor Transport Fleet Truck and Fleet Van of the Year are so highly valued because they are chosen by you, the operator. A jury of leading operators and journalists has drawn up a long list of eligible vehicles. To have your say on which of these are named Fleet Truck and Fleet Van 2012 VOTE NOW – and you could win £500! You can only vote for one van and one truck – so make it count. All entrants […]

Awards

Calling all high performing teams

March 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

Are you a member or manager of a high performing team working in road transport? If so you need to enter the new Team of the Year category of the Motor Transport Awards. Created to recognise the very best in team working, the Team of the Year award will go to the group of people who can show outstanding performance in 2011. Go to mtawards.co.uk for the full award criteria and download an entry form by the deadline of 16 […]

Awards

Skills minister to present Apprenticeship Award

March 7, 2012 Steve Hobson

John Hayes, the minister for further education, skills and lifelong learning responsible for apprentice training, is expected to present the first Apprenticehsip of the Year award at the Motor Transport Awards on 13 June. This is a new category introduced to recognise and encourage appreantice training by road transport operators. This Award will be made in association with the National Skills Academy for Logistics to showcase some of the best examples of logistics apprentice training. Judges will be looking for […]

Contract Wins

K+N wins Spirit food service contract

March 7, 2012 Steve Hobson

Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) is to invest £5m in multi-temperature distribution centres and a fleet of 60 vehicles for a long term new food service customer, Spirit Pub Company. K+N  sees food service as a significant growth market, already representing £50m of its UK contract logistics business, much of it with Whitbread, where volumes have grown 50% to 31m cases a year since 2008. Spirit demerged in September 2011 from Punch Taverns, and is one of the UK’s leading pub […]