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TNT Express confirm UPS merger delay

August 15, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

TNT Express has confirmed that the European Commission has temporarily suspended a merger bid with rival postal company UPS. Despite the delay, which will allow the EU regulator to compile more information, TNT Express say that they “would still anticipate a closing in the fourth quarter.” A spokesman for TNT Express tells MT.co.uk: “We have been notified of what is expected to be a temporary delay in the European Commission’s review process. Suspensions are not uncommon, it’s the result of […]

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Former Wincanton transport director joins Bibby Distribution

August 15, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Bibby Distribution has appointed former Wincanton director of transport for the UK and Ireland,  Nick Graham, as divisional director. Graham has over 25 years of experience in the logistics industry and is a member of the FTA’s National Council. CEO Iain Speak says: “Nick has a proven track record in leading efficient operations, managing acquisitions and supporting implementation programmes. This experience is invaluable, and Nick’s skillset and industry knowledge certainly compliment our business ambitions.” His responsibilities at Wincanton included maximising […]

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DSV entertainment arm moves into Air & Sea

August 14, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

DSV has confirmed that has integrated its entertainment logistics division into its Air & Sea division just two years after it was launched. The multi-modal giant launched DSV Entertainment Logistics in 2010. However, the division has now been integrated into its air and sea freight sector in order to “fully capitalise on the expertise within the DSV Air & Sea team”. A spokesman for DSV says: “We constantly analyse every aspect of the DSV business and decided that it made […]

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Yodel scoop second health and safety award

August 14, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Yodel has won the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold Award for health and safety for the second year running. Yodel’s senior HS&E manager, Gerry Prior, accepted the award on the behalf of Yodel’s sort centres and Yodel Transport subsidiary, that were presented the award in recognition of its commitment to high health and safety standards. Marija Simovic, COO, says: ““Ensuring the safety of our workforce and the public is paramount and it is a priority for […]

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NWF Group profit down as fuel division disappoints

August 14, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Boughey Distribution parent NWF Group has revealed that its pre-tax profit fell by a third, despite a 16% increase in revenue. Revenue rose to £540.2m for the year-ending 31 May, up from £463.8m 2011. However pre-tax profit dropped to £5.1m, compared to £7.6m in the previous financial year. Chief executive Richard Whiting says: “NWF has delivered a profit in line with the board’s expectations and has been successful in reducing debt further than expected.” Fuel division NWF Fuels continues to […]

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Autologic shares delisted following Stobart deal

August 13, 2012 Chris Druce

Vehicle transporter Autologic’s shares have today been delisted from the Alternative Investment Market following its takeover by Stobart Group. Stobart Group made its formal £12.4m offer for Autologic in June, having been in talks since May. The ability of Autologic to use Stobart Rail infrastructure to reduce the level of empty running endemic to the car transporter sector, as well as the benefits of access to Stobart’s storage sites, were both cited as reasons why the deal made sense. Stobart […]

Operator News

Scottish council fined after crushing incident

August 9, 2012 Roger Brown

 A council has been fined £40,000 after a subcontractor suffered severe crush injuries when a tar tipper lorry reversed into a paver machine he was driving while carrying out road repairs. Dumfries Sheriff Court heard that the 20-year-old was one of two subcontractors working for Hamilton Tarmac alongside men from Dumfries and Galloway Council to undertake repairs on a road between the villages of Rhonehouse and Tongland in April 2010. The injured worker was driving the paver forwards along the […]

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Pall-Ex overnight London service off to flying start

August 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

Pall-Ex says it has had successful start to its new night-time delivery service in the capital, with 4% of the pallet network’s London’s volumes already migrated to the new service within the first week of operation. The overnight service, which covers all postcodes affected by Olympics delivery restrictions, delivers to customers between 6pm and 6am, with take-up from some of the capital’s major high street brands and businesses. Pall-Ex MD Adrian Russell says: “This new service has already made a […]

Contract Wins

Ceva nets €16.9m John West contract renewal

August 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

Ceva Logistics has signed a €16.9m contract renewal with canned fish manufacturer John West, following a successful five-year relationship. The Leicestershire-based logistics firm will continue to provide UK supply chain operations, including collecting cleared cargo from the port of Felixstowe for onward transportation to Ceva’s’s shared-user facility in Mendlesham. Ceva will also provide customs clearance services and warehousing for John West, as well as managing all road transportation across the UK. Matthew Carroll, regional director, consumer and retail at Ceva, […]

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Failed DBC Foodservice’s vehicle fleet was returned to suppliers

August 8, 2012 Chris Druce

DBC Foodservice had no vehicle assets despite having 230 of them when it went under in March, as its fleet was run on a contract-hire basis. The £300m turnover company supplied some of the best known cafes, restaurants and bars on the high Street including Caffé Nero, Prezzo, Loch Fyne and vodka bar chain Revolution. DBC’s fleet of mainly Dafs delivered 8,000 multi-temperature products to customers each year. However, after attempts to sell the business earlier this year failed, administrator […]