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APC drivers complete Driver CPC two years ahead of deadline

November 20, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Parcel carrier APC Overnight has revealed that all of its LGV drivers have completed the Driver CPC. Its drivers have all completed the compulsory 35 hours of training  two years ahead of the September 2014 deadline. Transport manager Surjit Ram said: “Road safety is imperative in any logistics firm, particularly one the size of APC, so to have our drivers qualified to the highest standard in their field gives us added confidence that every aspect of our service is top […]

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Surge in demand boosts APC Overnight’s profit

November 19, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Parcel delivery network APC Overnight made a £4.42m pre-tax profit last year, a 30.4% increase on the previous year’s figures. Turnover for the year ended 31 March 2012 rose  13.5% to £65.7m (2010/11: £57.9m) as a result of increased customer demand. Chief executive Syed Ziaullah said: “These results really are a reflection of the huge surge in customer demand seen right across the business during the last financial year. “We pride ourselves on delivering the best service in the business […]

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Consumers unwilling to pay extra for evening deliveries, says Hermes

November 16, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

The majority of online shoppers are unwilling to pay extra for premium parcel delivery, despite demanding greater choice and flexibility, a Hermes survey has revealed. The carrier has stressed the importance of offering a variety of delivery options, after a survey of 1,000 e-retail customers, commissioned by Hermes, found that many did not want to pay extra to cover the additional cost of evening deliveries, despite wanting access to parcels in the evening. Hermes sales and marketing director Gary Winter […]

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Fortec gains Investors in Excellence

November 16, 2012 Chris Druce

Pallet network Fortec has achieved The Investors in Excellence Standard. It joins the likes of DHL Supply Chain within the road transport sector, and professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, credit checker Experian and manufacturer Bombardier beyond. The standard is a framework to help businesses assess their performance and improve it. Ian Nield, chief executive of Investors in Excellence, said:  “We have been hugely impressed with the attitude and commitment shown by Fortec Distribution Network to achieving the Investors in Excellence standard.” […]

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Minister praises SfL’s military recruitment drive

November 16, 2012 Chris Druce

Roads minister Stephen Hammond has praised Skills for Logistic’s (SfL) “innovative” new initiative to recruit armed forces personnel into the road transport sector. Speaking at the official launch of the Military Transitions to Logistics programme at London’s Imperial War Museum earlier this month, the minister added: “I’m delighted to be a part of it and wish it a huge success.” Hammond urged others within road transport to get involved with an initiative that hopes to entice 1,000 ex-services personnel into […]

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Elddis Transport puts first of its urban artics into operation

November 15, 2012 Chris Druce

Elddis Transport has put its first urban artic on the road, as an alternative to the 18-tonne rigids it usually operates within towns and cities. Comprising a 10-metre Lawrence David engineered trailer pulled by a Euro-5 New Actros, the configuration was trialled in Manchester earlier this year and provides four additional pallet spaces (20 compared to 16) over a rigid. Elddis will take delivery of more shorter trailers in 2013. It is also due to receive the remaining four New […]

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CitySprint to add couriers for Christmas peak

November 15, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

CitySprint is looking to recruit an additional 300 couriers ahead of its Christmas peak. In response to a 318.7% increase in parcel volumes last December, compared to the monthly average for the rest of the year, it is hoping to take on additional delivery staff to handle what it predicts will be an even larger peak. Chief executive Patrick Gallagher said: “We’re anticipating that this will be our busiest Christmas yet, so we’re pulling out all the stops to make […]

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Exact Logistics joins German freight sharing firm

November 15, 2012 Derren Hayes

Rugby-based Exact Logistics has bought into CTL, a German freight sharing firm, that will see it increase volumes by an anticipated 80% over the next 12 months. The “five-figure” deal will enable Exact to deliver and collect from CTL’s 130 ‘partners’ between Germany and the UK and Ireland, as well as offer daily services between Germany and the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Malta, Hungary, Slovenia and Finland. Adam Shuter, MD of Exact, said he was “delighted” to have secured the […]

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Hargreaves to give subcontractors 3% rate rise

November 15, 2012 Derren Hayes

Specialist bulk and waste carrier Hargreaves Transport Services (HTS) is raising the rate it pays subcontracted drivers in an attempt to develop a more stable relationship with them. The 3% rise, to be applied from 1 December, will add £750,000 a year to HTS’s costs. But the County Durham-based operator believes the move will help create a more loyal and equitable relationship with its 450 regular subcontractors, 105 of whom work solely for HTS. Neil Sowerby, HTS operations manager, described […]

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C Butt to takeover Mainland’s Pall-Ex postcode

November 15, 2012 Chris Druce

Pall-Ex has confirmed C Butt will be taking on the postcode currently run by Mainland, following the latter’s merger with Knights of Old. Kettering-based Knights of Old is a member of the Palletforce network, while Northampton’s Mainland runs in the Pall-Ex network. The businesses merged last year. From the 1 June Mainland officially became part of Knights of Old, with its brand and livery now retired in favour of the blue and yellow of Knights. Cris Stephenson, deputy MD at […]