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Eddie Stobart Doncaster staff vote for strike action

September 13, 2012 Chris Druce

Drivers at Eddie Stobart’s Doncaster DC have voted for strike action, in response to the operator’s announcement last week that it would be making them redundant. Unite says more than 150 drivers, from a total of 183, voted for strike action at the site that was previously part of Tesco’s distribution network. Harriet Eisner, Unite regional office, said: “Unite is still in talks with Eddie Stobart, but the management remains intransigent that it wants to get rid of the drivers. […]

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David Price Food Service enters into CVA

September 12, 2012 Robin Meczes

Newcastle-based David Price Food Services has secured a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) that will see its unsecured creditors paid 38p in the pound on debts of about £2.1m. The arrangement, which the firm said was approved by more than 99% of creditors at a meeting on Wednesday 5 September, safeguards the jobs of 175 staff across seven depots. Company chairman David Price told MT he was relieved the firm had avoided falling into administration. “It has been a traumatic time […]

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Amazon to open of three more UK distribution centres

September 10, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Online retailer Amazon will open another three DCs across the UK, following the opening of its Hemel Hempstead depot last week. The opening of the new depots are expected to create a further 2,000 jobs over the next two years, with 800 permanent positions created at the Hemel Hempstead fulfilment centre. “We have created thousands of jobs in the UK over the last few years and are delighted to announce that we plan to create thousands more in the next […]

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Former Mercedes-Benz boss joins Howard Tenens

September 7, 2012 Robin Meczes

Former Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles MD Ian Jones has become a non-executive director at Stroud, Gloucestershire-based family-owned distribution firm Howard Tenens. Howard Tenens chairman and chief executive, Peter Morris, said: “Ian’s breadth of experience in the global commercial vehicle industry will add significant value to Howard Tenens.” Jones said he was “delighted” to be taking on the new role with  Howard Tenens. “They have demonstrated that they are at the leading edge of many aspects of the changing world of transport […]

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Unite attacks Stobart’s plan to make Doncaster drivers redundant

September 6, 2012 Chris Druce

The Unite union has accused Tesco of getting Stobart Group “to do its dirty work” for it, after the 183 drivers based at the operator’s Doncaster DC were told they faced possible redundancy. Eddie Stobart revealed its plans to staff at the DC yesterday (5 September), confirming Unite’s worst fears following the transfer of the business and staff from Tesco to Stobart on 5 August. David Pickering, Eddie Stobart MD, said: “After a thorough assessment and review of the transport […]

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Aspray Transport to expand capacity

September 6, 2012 Robin Meczes

Express delivery firm Aspray Transport will shortly begin constructing a new 10,000 pallet high-bay storage facility at its Willenhall, West Midlands hub. Construction of the 17m high facility, which will also include an area for block stacking, will begin in October. The firm, which recently bought over five acres of additional land around the site, is also putting an extra 40 parking spaces in place for trailers. Both developments should be operational in June next year. Aspray’s investment in hub […]

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UPS expect early 2013 completion for TNT merger

September 6, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

UPS and TNT Express do not now expect their multi-billion euro merger, announced in March, to be completed until early 2013. The operators had originally hoped to seal a deal in the first half of the year, but involvement from the European Commission as regulator scuppered this timetable. Last month the European Commission temporarily suspended the takeover to allow regulators more time to gather information, a process that is ongoing. Despite this UPS and TNT had still expected to complete […]

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GeoPost creates 900 temp Interlink and DPD jobs

September 5, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

GeoPost UK is preparing for its Christmas peak by launching a recruitment drive across its InterLink and DPD businesses. The company is looking to fill 900 temporary vacancies, largely for drivers and sorters,  to match the increase in parcel volumes in the run up to Christmas. Chief executive  Dwain McDonald said: “Our aim is to give our customers the same high standards of service all year round, including the Christmas peak, and this is why we have made this massive […]

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United Biscuits puts 20 Cartwright longer semi-trailers into service

September 3, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

United Biscuits has taken delivery of 20 tri-axle longer semi-trailers from Cartwright. The own-account operator, known for brands such as KP Nuts, Jaffa Cakes and McVities, is running the 15.6m curtainsiders from its DC in Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire. The rear command-steer trailers are painted in six different liveries and have insulated load bearing curtains to protect their chocolate products. Rob Wright, United Biscuits UK and Ireland logistics controller, said: “We can now get 60 pallets on these longer […]

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DSV signs up with Green Freight Europe

August 31, 2012 Chris Druce

DSV Road has signed up to the Green Freight Europe initiative, as part of its commitment to minimising its environmental impact. Green Freight Europe is voluntary programme promoting cooperation between transport companies and their customers. The initiative is focused on building and maintaining a platform to collect, compute and report CO² emissions from road transport. It includes companies like IKEA, DOW, Schneider Electric and Akzo Nobel in membership, as well as a number of transport suppliers. René Falch Olesen, chief […]