Operator News

Dawson Rentals goes for Bandvulc tyres

July 10, 2012 Steve Hobson

Dawson Rentals has awarded a tyre supply contract to retread specialist Bandvulc Tyres.  The deal includes collection and reuse of worn tyre casings across the UK. “The Bandvulc Group like ourselves has an industry leading name in its specialist field and of course we have synergies with both of our end-user clients.  It was this, combined with a professional approach to business and a visible investment programme in its products which lead us to select Bandvulc” comments Steve Miller, group MD of Dawson. The agreement sees Bandvulc […]

Industry News

Second front opened in fair fuel battle

July 9, 2012 Robin Meczes

Harlow MP Robert Halfon has called for a parliamentary debate on whether the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) should investigate UK fuel prices. The Conservative MP wants a debate and vote to focus on the non-duty portion of petrol and diesel prices: specifically on whether there is a need to investigate possible price-fixing and anti-competitive behaviour by oil wholesalers. Halfon is seeking to table a Commons Motion on the issue, which has been backed by 65 cross-party MPs, and he […]


CollectPlus launches Meadowhall Parcel Point site

July 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

CollectPlus is opening a Parcel Point operation at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield, enabling customers to drop-off packages and collect online purchases while shopping. More than 25 million shoppers use Meadowhall each year, and CollectPlus says the new service will help extend and enhance its network of sites located at 4,700 corner shops and petrol stations. Mark Lewis, CEO of CollectPlus – a joint venture between parcels giant Yodel and Pay Point – says: “For Meadowhall’s busy shoppers and […]

Industry News

DVLA cutbacks could cause delays, warns FTA

July 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

Government plans to centralise DVLA operations could lead to delays in taxing vehicles and the issuing of drivers’ cards, as well as creating additional administrative costs for operators, warns the FTA. Transport minister Mike Penning announced last week that 39 regional DVLA offices would close by the end of 2013, with all services shifted online, handled by intermediaries (such as local Post Offices) or via a centralised operation at Swansea. However, the FTA says local DVLA offices play a vital […]

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Viridor pays £7.6m for recycling business JWT Holdings

July 6, 2012 Robin Meczes

Viridor Waste Management has acquired JWT Holdings, a waste collection and recycling business based in Atherton, Greater Manchester, from John William Thomasson for £7.6m. JWT Holdings employs 45 staff and handles around 70,000 tonnes of material a year. Its materials recycling facility and fleet of 29 vehicles will be integrated into Viridor’s northern region, complementing the commercial collection services of its Trafford Park Operation, says owner Pennon Group. The acquisition will provide excellent synergies with Viridor’s activities in Manchester and […]

Industry News

What have you done to prepare for the Olympics?

July 5, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Transport for London (TfL) is keen to find out about logistics operators’ awareness and preparation levels in advance of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is conducting an online survey focusing on the preparations you and your organisation have undertaken ahead of London 2012. TfL hopes the feedback will enable it to continue to provide useful information to enable businesses to effectively manage the demand for delivery and servicing activity in London during the Games, while allowing London to […]

Operator News

Knights of Old goes longer with Palletforce liveried trailers

July 5, 2012 Robin Meczes

Northamptonshire-based Knights of Old has taken delivery of two new Palletforce-branded longer semi-trailers. Both are already in action – one based at its Kettering headquarters and the other at its Hitchin site. The 15.65m long double-deck trailers are part of an order for nine longer semi-trailers in total, all being supplied by SDC Trailers. The remaining seven, at least five of which will also be double-deckers, will be used in general operations in Knights of Old livery. Two of the […]


CitySprint acquires same-day operations of Scarlet Couriers

July 4, 2012 Hayley Pink

CitySprint has purchased the same-day operations of Thames Valley-based Scarlet Couriers. The deal sees CitySprint acquire Scarlet Courier’s same-day, overnight and international operations in Bracknell, as well as the company’s same-day courier operation in Slough. Patrick Gallagher, chief executive, CitySprint, says: “This deal is another significant milestone in CitySprint’s on-going growth strategy. CitySprint’s extensive national reach is key to our success, so we’re delighted to be consolidating our presence in Berkshire.” Following the deal, Scarlet Couriers will continue to run […]

Industry News

News Extra: Transport chiefs remain optimistic despite economic gloom

July 4, 2012 Steve Hobson

Bosses of Britain’s transport operators are optimistic about the prospects for their own companies over the coming year, despite being gloomy about the future of the economy. In the first Logistics Industry Confidence Index compiled by Analytiqa for Barclays Bank and professional services firm Grant Thornton, 88% of senior managers viewed current business conditions as either very or somewhat difficult. Over a quarter (26%) expected conditions to get worse in the next six months and almost half (24%) expect them […]

Contract Wins

Wincanton wins Kiddicare contract

July 3, 2012 Hayley Pink

Wincanton has won a contract with Kiddicare to handle the fulfilment of the retailer’s new superstores, including its new flagship Peterborough store. Kiddicare, owned by supermarket giant Morrisons, currently generates 85% of business through online orders, but following the acquisition of a number of former Best Buy sites in January, it is looking to expand its service to become a multichannel operation. Wincanton will re-fit its 200,000sq² site in Daventry, Northants, to receive, and pick and pack millions of items […]