C Butt has joined Pall-Ex
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C Butt joins Pall-Ex

October 2, 2012 Chris Druce

The Pall-Ex pallet network has signed up MT Top 100 company C Butt as a member. The Northamptonshire based company will start operations for Pall-Ex on 8 October. It will serve the CV postcodes, before expanding into the NN postcode region next year. Adrian Russell, chief executive of Pall-Ex, said: “C Butt is a key player in logistics, and its capacity means that it can cover a large area very effectively for the Pall-Ex network.” C Butt will operate two […]

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FairFuelUK backs call for fuel-tax breakdown on receipts

October 2, 2012 Chris Druce

FairFuelUK (FFUK) has backed Robert Halfon MP’s efforts to introduce legislation to provide a breakdown of the amount of tax paid on fuel receipts. Halfon, founder of the PetrolPromise.com campaign, will make his case for this transparency in the Houses of Commons on 16 October, under the ten-minute rule motion. FFUK supported Halfon’s recent appearance in the house, when he called on the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to investigate the UK oil sector. Quentin Willson, national spokesman for FairFuelUK, […]

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Meachers and Steve Porter Transport launch partnership

October 2, 2012 Chris Druce

Meachers Global Logistics and Steve Porter Transport Group have launched phase one of a partnership they hope will develop, generating new business and stripping out duplication from their respective networks. The strategic partnership, which began in earnest this week after months of preparatory work, sees Meachers trunking the Isle of Wight-based Steve Porter Transport’s overnight groupage from Southampton to its Midlands DCs in Northampton and Coventry. The trunking includes work undertaken by Steve Porter Transport as part of the Fortec […]

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News Extra: Yodel – tough at the top

October 2, 2012 Steve Hobson

Last month MT exclusively revealed that Yodel chief executive Jonathan Smith is to leave the parcels firm after two years in charge of the combined DHL Express Domestic UK and HDNL (not to mention 18 months in charge of the DHL business alone). Smith’s CV shows more than 20 years’ experience in parcels, including a spell as chief executive of City Link – before its problematic take-over of Target Express – and a regional director role at British Rail’s parcels […]

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DPD invest £4.3m in new depots in south-east and Scotland

October 1, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

DPD is to open three new depots in London, Southampton and Dundee to handle the expected increase in parcel volumes this Christmas. The expansion – an investment of £4.3m by DPD – is expected to create 150 new jobs across its new depots at Southwark in London, Hedge End in Southampton and the West Pitkerro industrial site  in Dundee. The new £2.3m Hedge End depot is set to replace its existing site at Chandlers Ford and will become fully operational […]

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Rates squeeze can not go on, warns pallet head

October 1, 2012 Chris Druce

The issue of significant downward rate-pressure remains the elephant in the room despite continued volume growth in the pallet sector, according to network heads. Speaking after the Association of Pallet Networks revealed its members had experienced volume growth of more than 4% in the first half of the year (compared to 7.9% in 2011), Adam Leonard, MD of The Pallet Network , said the sector was at risk of repeating the mistakes previously made in the independent parcels sector. “There’s […]

Contract Wins

Norbert Dentressangle adds fizz to Villa Soft Drinks

October 1, 2012 Derren Hayes

Norbert Dentressangle has won a warehousing and distribution contract with Villa Soft Drinks. The deal involves ND making daily collections from Villa’s Bradford headquarters, with products stored at Norbert’s Wakefield site in advance of distribution. ND will provide a mix of dedicated services while some loads will be integrated into its shared-user network. Villa manufactures a range of branded bottled water, juice, carbonated drinks, including major brands Hadrian Spring Waters, Fruit Jet and Bolt Energy Drink.

Contract Wins

Great Bear says Hello Kitty after Conair deal

September 28, 2012 Derren Hayes

Great Bear has won a contract to manage distribution and warehousing for high street brands Hello Kitty, Tresemmé, Babyliss and Cuisinart. As part of the deal, the Tattenhall-based company is to manage the UK distribution centre for Conair, the US firm behind a range of brands in the personal care products and small appliances sectors. Once fully operational, the 230,000ft² Conair centre at Chorley in Lancashire will expect to handle 11 million units per year for delivery to major high […]

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Royal Mail gets green light to revamp final mile deliveries

September 28, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Royal Mail has received approval to  revamp its final mile delivery service, and will roll out its Delivery to Neighbour initiative next week. It has received regulatory approval from Ofcom to launch the programme on Monday 1 October, allowing the firm to  deliver large items or items that require a signature to a neighbouring address if no one is home to receive them. Until now it was  the only major delivery company in the UK who did not offer the […]

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Norbert Dentressangle expand La Palette Rouge facilities

September 28, 2012 Derren Hayes

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has moved the Warrington hub of its specialist fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) pallet pooling operation La Palette Rouge (LPR) to a new 50,000ft² facility, injecting £750,000 and doubling the workforce. ND is spending £600,000 on new equipment including pallet inverters, conveyors, spray booth and drying kiln, along with £150,000 to refurbish offices at the site near junction 20 of the M6 in Stretton. The investment will make the depot the largest of eight LPR facilities operated […]