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AW Jenkinson saves £700,000 after Driver CPC courses

August 30, 2012 Chris Tindall

Penrith-based AW Jenkinson is expected to shave £700,000 off its fuel bill after putting drivers through a CPC course in fuel efficient driving techniques. One tipper driver is saving the company £156 a week alone after it approached Focale Training and asked it to design a course for 280 fleet drivers. The wood processing and green waste reclamation firm took advantage of the Driver CPC to save money on its fuel bill and drive home the message of efficient driving. […]

Industry News

Don’t underestimate Paralympic impact, operators warned

August 29, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Operators should not underestimate the effect the Paralympics will have on deliveries over the next 10 days. James Hookham, MD of policy and communications at the Freight Transport Association, says: “We are treating the Paralympics as seriously as the Olympics and will be providing our members with the same level of support.” Despite running for a shorter period than the Olympics and using fewer venues, the Paralympics are expected to draw in a record number of visitors. Hugh Basham, transport […]

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Howard Tenens gets DfT funding boost

August 29, 2012 Chris Tindall

A £1.26m environmental funding boost for Gloucestershire-based Howard Tenens will help it to convert 34 of its LGVs to dual-fuel power and install gas refuelling infrastructure in Swindon. The company says the Department for Transport award will drive forward its existing sustainable transport strategy focusing on CNG and biogas technologies and remove even more carbon from its operations. It teamed up with John Lewis Partnership and Lenham Storage in its bid and will also be supported by CMS Supa Trak […]

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Sector Report: Parcels – ‘shop ’til you drop’

August 29, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The surge of e-retailing is presenting parcel carriers with a conundrum: how do carriers profit from the rapid surge in B2C volumes, while ensuring their networks are able to cope with capacity demands? Hayley Pink reports Peak period capacity is at breaking point, City Link MD David Smith warned an industry conference in June, with the 2012 Christmas period posing a record challenge for carriers and retailers alike. Smith says there has been no new capacity in the industry since […]

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Fowler Welch switches to MAN for fleet refresh

August 28, 2012 Chris Druce

FMCG specialist Fowler Welch has ordered 130 MAN TGXs, in a deal that will see around one-third of its three year-old Volvo fleet replaced. Included in the predominantly Euro-5 order are five Euro-6 tractors with the same specification. These will be run as part of a wider trial to assess comparative performance and cost-efficiencies. Fowler Welch fleet manager Paul Allera says: “Ambient product producers are also looking for those same high levels of expertise and logistics efficiency we bring to […]

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New finance director for NWF Group

August 24, 2012 Chris Druce

NWF Group, parent of Boughey Distribution, has recruited Brendon Banner as its new group finance director. Banner, who will take up his role in early November, is currently group finance director at steel engineering and fabrication group William Hare. He replaces Jonathan Ford, who is leaving NWF at the end of September to take up the role of chief financial officer at HomeServe. Earlier this month NWF reported that Boughey Distribution has seen turnover fall by £2.2m after the loss […]

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Stobart Group sees no let-up in tough trading conditions

August 24, 2012 Chris Druce

Stobart Group says it has seen no significant improvement in its transport business’s fortunes, since it warned of tough trading conditions at the end of June. In a pre-close statement the company, which has just announced it will be increasing its hybrid truck fleet, says the UK recession is dampening growth within transport. While the majority of the Eddie Stobart transport business has progressed well, the restructuring of the chilled business alongside bad simmer weather has resulted in losses. Stobart, […]

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Eddie Stobart to expand hybrid fleet

August 24, 2012 Chris Druce

Eddie Stobart is to expand its fleet of dual-fuel Volvo trucks, after successfully bidding for a chunk of the government’s Low Carbon Truck Demonstration Scheme funding. Stobart has been testing five dual-fuel  FMs, which have been running on Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), in association with partner BOC Group. It will benefit from the expansion of the scheme alongside a field of other operators and suppliers. The additional funding will allow the logistics firm to put at least another 15 LNG […]

Contract Wins

Premier Foods expands Jigsaw contract

August 23, 2012 Christopher Walton

Haulier consortium Jigsaw, which includes MT Haulier of the Year Downton,  Widdowson and Pollock (Scotrans) as members, has been awarded more business from customer Premier Foods. Jigsaw is now responsible for the management of in-bound freight from Premier Foods factories in the East and South-East of England to its DC in Corby, Northants. The original contract only covered distribution operations from Premier Foods Skelmersdale, Lancashire, warehouse. The extra business is being handled using both Jigsaw members and other hauliers. Jigsaw […]

Industry News

London 2012: CitySprint says Olympic volumes down

August 23, 2012 Chris Druce

Parcel carrier CitySprint saw delivery volumes drop in London during the Games. The company, which handles B2B and consumer deliveries, made 75,000 deliveries to London postcodes during the Games. This was a 12% drop in volume compared with the 16 days proceeding the event (23 June to 7 July). Patrick Gallagher, chief executive of CitySprint, suggests the threat of traffic and congestion, as well as more people working from home during the period, likely reduced demand for couriers. However, the […]