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Turnover up but profit down at UK Mail

May 22, 2012 Hayley Pink

UK Mail has revealed a pre-tax profit of £12.9m for the 12-months ended 31 March, down 19.5% on the previous year mainly due to a £2.2m hit from closure of four depots. Group turnover for the year was up by 8.4% to £429m, however, when adjusted for the increase in Royal Mail prices implemented on 6 May 2011, revenue increased by just 3.2%. The company says the results reflect UK Mail’s resilience during a year of tough trading in markets […]

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Elddis Transport to introduce in-cab proof of delivery technology to fleet

May 22, 2012 Roger Brown

Elddis Transport is to roll-out in-cab software that enables drivers to instantly scan and email proof of deliveries (PODs) after a successful trial. The Consett, County Durham-based operator has been trialling the Mandata system in five of its rigid vehicles. PODs are scanned as consignments are delivered, and the full process is completed in one action with full high-quality images produced as proof. According to Elddis, the new process has already reduced administration time for office staff by between one […]

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Norbert wins 10-year renewal with Shop Direct Group

May 21, 2012 Hayley Pink

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has won a 10-year contract renewal with Shop Direct Group (SDG) for the warehousing of its ‘two-man delivery’ products. The logistics giant will be responsible for the receipt, inspection, picking, dispatch and returns management of products requiring two-man delivery, such as furniture and white goods. Distribution will be handled by parcels firm Yodel. The furniture operation is based at ND’s warehouse in Wrexham, North Wales and the white goods operation at a second site at Hooton, near […]

Potter Logistics Group has bought Palletline member House of James
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Potter Group Logistics buys House of James

May 17, 2012 Chris Druce

Ripon-based Potter Group Logistics has bought York logistics firm and Palletline member House of James for an undisclosed sum. The deal, struck yesterday (16 May) boosts Potter’s turnover by 50% to £22m, adding 100,000ft² of warehousing space, 35 vehicles and 55 trailers to the fleet. Motortransport.co.uk understands that Simon Gill, MD of House of James, will remain at the combined business for at least three years in the role of commercial director. Matthew Lamb, MD of Potter’s, says: “We have […]

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Palletline Logistics (Midlands) has CVA approved

May 17, 2012 Chris Druce

Creditors of Palletline Logistics (Midlands) have voted in favour of the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) applied for by the haulier last month. MD Bob Russett (pictured) told Motortransport.co.uk he had mixed feelings after approval of the CVA this week (16 May): relief that it had passed ensuring a future for the business, but disappointment that the action had been necessary. “We are trading profitability and intend to keep doing so,” says Russett. The Birmingham haulier’s cashflow problems stemmed from errors […]

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Eddie Stobart profit falls as increased costs bite

May 17, 2012 Christopher Walton

Stobart Group’s transport and distribution division, Eddie Stobart, saw revenue grow but profit fall in its most recent trading year, as it failed to cover increased costs through rate rises. For the 12 months ending 29 February turnover rose to £519.5m from £475.3m a year ago. However, pre-tax profit fell from £34.2m to £27.4m, due to cost increases of £4m “which have not been fully recovered through rate increases, mainly due to the increase in our customers’ costs”. Furthermore, £11.4m […]

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Nightline celebrates 20 years in business

May 15, 2012 Hayley Pink

Irish parcels firm Nightline celebrated its 20th year in business with a visit from Ireland’s deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore. Speaking at the firm’s Dublin headquarters, Gilmore said Nightline’s success during a period of economic uncertainty was due to the company’s “solid foundation” of innovation, commitment and hard work. He added:  “Businesses like Nightline are important to not only the national economy but also local communities through employment and local expenditure.” Nightline began trading in May 1992 from a back […]

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DPD reacts to Money Saving Expert’s consumer campaign

May 15, 2012 Hayley Pink

DPD is urging the parcels sector to focus on helping retailers avoid unhappy customers through failed deliveries following a new consumer campaign launched this morning on ITV’s Daybreak programme, Stand and Deliver. Speaking in reaction to Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’s campaign to help shoppers stand up for their rights after a failed parcel delivery, DPD CEO Dwain McDonald says the spotlight is now on both the delivery sector and online retailers. He adds: “Both parties have to work together […]

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Deben Transport offer lifeline to Catalyst subbies

May 15, 2012 Chris Tindall

Subcontractors for failed intermodal container haulier Catalyst Road and Rail Services have been handed a lifeline after Deben Transport stepped in to take on some of the work. Catalyst Rail Services, which holds two O-licences for a total of 25 vehicles and 29 trailers entered voluntary liquidation on 24 April. In a statement of affairs the liquidator estimates that trade and expense creditors are owed £982,000. It also said that the company’s books and records revealed that its bank account […]

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Autologic acquires Spirit Motortransport assets

May 14, 2012 Christopher Walton

Autologic has made its third asset acquisition from failed car transporter hauliers in as many years. Through its subsidiary Walon it has acquired certain assets of Spirit Motortransport, which entered administration on Friday 11 May. Autologic says the assets acquired comprise car transporters, IT and office equipment and the goodwill attached to the Spirit name. Avril Palmer-Baunack, chief executive of Autologic, says: “We have taken the opportunity to acquire further key assets that strengthen our operational transporter fleet, which is […]