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Europa Worldwide opens £20m DC

May 4, 2012 Christopher Walton

Freight and warehousing specialists Europa Worldwide Logistics has opened a new £20m purpose-built distribution centre in Birmingham. Constructed in just 24 weeks, the new 155,000ft² facility at ProLogis Park, Minworth, brings together a number of the company’s operating divisions under one roof, including European express, seafreight, national distribution, exhibition and project forwarding and logistics services. The firm, which has been running for nearly 50 years, has been operating from Birmingham since 1985. The Minworth facility employs 100 staff, has 15,000 […]

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Redhead International opens Bristol depot

May 3, 2012 Chris Druce

Redhead International has opened a new depot in Bristol to provide a platform to drive growth into Eastern Europe, including Russia and the Balkan states. The new service will particularly appeal to businesses looking to transport between one and four pallets internationally, says Redhead. Tony Suggitt, Redhead’s joint MD, adds: “The success of the new facility in Bristol is very important to our growth plans. “It provides us with a platform to offer our industry renowned flexible solutions to companies […]

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Gregory Distribution orders 300 Scanias

May 2, 2012 Chris Druce

Gregory Distribution has opted to re-fleet with Scania trucks, with 300 units due to be delivered to the North Tawton, Devon-based operator during the next three-years. The decision to replace around two-thirds of Gregory’s vehicle fleet with Scanias comes after comparative fuel trials featuring trucks from four manufacturers. John Gregory, chief executive of Gregory Distribution, says: “The results were extremely encouraging and this, backed with factors such as driver appeal and the extensive range of maintenance services offered by Scania […]

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Turnover up 13.7% at Langdons Industries

May 2, 2012 Christopher Walton

Controlled temperature specialist Langdons saw a 13.7% increase in turnover as it felt the benefit of a £9m investment it its Redditch depot. For the year ending 31 December 2011 turnover at Langdons Industries was £67.5m (2010: £59.4m), while pre-tax profit rose to £2.7m from £2.1m in the previous 12 month period. Arran Osman, MD at Langdons, says that return on sales has “settled back to expected levels based on performance in 2009” as “profit in 2010 had been significantly […]

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Hoyer concerned by Unite’s recommendation to reject tanker driver deal

May 1, 2012 Hayley Pink

Tanker firm Hoyer says a rejection of the latest tanker driver proposals by delegates at Unite’s oil trades conference is a “matter of grave concern”. It also slams Unite for its decision to re-ballot the company’s tanker drivers, following concerns raised that not all of them received ballot papers in the initial vote. Hoyer’s statement follows a vote from around 60 delegates at the Unite oil trades conference resulting in members recommending tanker drivers reject the deal in a national […]

Contract Wins

DHL takes a five-year slice of Warburton’s primary logistics

May 1, 2012 Hayley Pink

DHL Supply Chain has won a five-year contract with Warburtons to manage the bread-maker’s primary logistics supply chain. The deal will see DHL set up a control tower operation, based at Warburtons’ Bolton site, which will manage the distribution of up to two million loaves of bread, rolls and crumpets daily between the manufacturer’s 12 bakeries and 13 depots across the UK. The operation will be headed up by a dedicated team of planners and process improvement designers. DHL is […]

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Norbert Dentressangle wins Comet logistics contract

April 30, 2012 Hayley Pink

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has won a £100m, five-year deal with electrical retailer Comet to handle its UK warehousing and distribution. The contract involves ND managing store picking, dispatch and returns management at Comet’s RDCs in Skelmersdale, Lancs and Harlow, Essex. It will also bulk pick product for trans-shipment into Comet’s network of 12 home-delivery platforms. Using a dedicated fleet of around 50 tractors and 160, mainly double-deck, trailers, ND will be responsible for all distribution leaving the two RDCs, as well […]

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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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Motortransport.co.uk survey winner announced

April 26, 2012 Steve Hobson

The winner of the iPad 2 in motortransport.co.uk’s prize draw was Scott Walker, operations manager at Bunzl Catering Supplies (right). He was presented with his prize at the CV Show 2012 by MT editor Steve Hobson. Walker’s name was pulled from the hat from all those who completed our online survey on what you like and what could be improved on our new website. Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to Scott Walker.

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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 […]