News

Norbert Dentressangle first-half results holding strong

August 1, 2012 Hayley Pink

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has revealed a first-half consolidated revenue increase of 13.3% to €1.9bn (up from €1.7bn in the same period last year) despite struggling with volumes. Like-for-like growth remained flat, dipping by 0.2% compared with H1 2011, which ND attributes to a sharply deteriorating European economy during the second quarter. ND’s transport division took a 1.3% hit on a like-for-like basis (consolidated revenue is up 7.7% to €1bn), which the company says is due to a sluggish economy, with […]

Industry News

London 2012: retailers man-up for Olympic deliveries

August 1, 2012 Chris Druce

London retailers appear to have crewed-up to ensure delivery continuity during the Olympic and Paralympic period. Most of the major retailers and brewery groups are running night-time deliveries too during London 2012 in a bid to mitigate Olympic Route Network (ORN) restrictions. Pallet networks, including Pallet-Track and Palletline, have made sure their haulier members have contingency plans in place too, with additional vehicles and manpower in place to address any pinch points. TRG Logistics, which supplies agency drivers, provides a […]

News

ByBox kicks off £2m expansion plan with Big Yellow Self Storage

August 1, 2012 Hayley Pink

ByBox has secured a partnership with Big Yellow Self Storage, as part of a £2m investment to expand its network of parcel locker boxes across the UK. Nine new ByBox locker terminals have already been rolled out at Big Yellow’s sites in Camberly, Hounslow, West Norwood, North Kensington, Battersea, Birmingham, Fulham, Sutton and Watford with further locations in the pipeline. Launched in 2010, ByBox operates a network of secure locker terminals at 400 locations in retail parks, supermarkets, shopping centres, […]

Contract Wins

Wincanton scoops Neal’s Yard contract extension

August 1, 2012 Hayley Pink

Wincanton has won a contract extension with organic skincare firm Neal’s Yard, which will run until at least 2014. The logistics firm has worked with Neal’s since 2008 when it scooped a three-year deal to handle warehousing and deliveries from its 500,000ft² shared-user DC in Greenford, West London. Jon Hiatt, operations director at Neal’s Yard Remedies, says: “To support our growth plans we need the flexibility that Wincanton’s supply chain solutions provide, coupled with the agility to be able to […]

Industry News

Plaid Cymru leader backs Petrol Promise campaign

July 31, 2012 Chris Druce

The leader of the Welsh national party, Plaid Cymru, has signed up in support of PetrolPromise.com. Elfyn Llwyd is the 69th MP to back the campaign website’s push for an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into the price of fuel. PetrolPromise, which was founded by Robert Halfon MP, wants the non-tax element of the price of fuel reduced. As well as an OFT investigation, it is calling for a Royal Commission to be set up to investigate how fuel […]

News

Redhead International opens Northen Ireland depot

July 31, 2012 Chris Druce

Redhead International has officially opened its new depot in Northern Ireland’s Mallusk. The opening ceremony on 27 July was performed by Northern Ireland’s executive minister for regional development, Danny Kennedy. The new 33,000ft² facility features a 20-tonne overhead crane for heavy lifting, as well as office space. Redhead international’s director of Ireland and Scotland Mark Cosgrove says: “While we have had this type of capability in Great Britain and Dublin for many years, the new Mallusk depot will allow us […]

Industry News

Pall-Ex Polska set to launch next year

July 31, 2012 Chris Druce

Pall-Ex Polska is set to launch in Poland in May 2013, the pallet network has revealed. KMC-Services has become the network’s latest network partner as part of its ambitious European expansion plans. Pall-Ex is aiming to have a 15-strong European network in place by 2015, and Polska will be the company’s fifth European partner. It comes after Pall-Ex Romania went live in December last year. Katarzyna Chabinka, chief executive of Pall-Ex Polska, says: “In Romania, we have already seen how […]

News

Autologic prepares for Stobart takeover

July 30, 2012 Christopher Walton

Trading in shares in Autologic will be suspended on 9 August as Stobart Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stobart Group, completes its acquisition of the firm. On 18 June Stobart made an offer of £12.4m- the equivalent of 20p per share – for the automotive logistics firm. Both parties had been in talks since 24 May. Stobart said at the time it wished to acquire Autologic as it could enter the automotive logistics sector in a market-leading position. It is […]

News

Roadways Container Logistics back in the black

July 30, 2012 Christopher Walton

Roadways Container Logistics has returned to profit despite a fall in turnover and a warning  that rates in the market remain depressed. For the year ended 31 December 2011, Roadways achieved a pre-tax profit of £319,000, compared with a pre-tax loss of £697,000 in the previous year. Turnover, however, fell to £43m, from £49.3m in 2010; gross margins also rose from 11% to 15%. At the same time it took a £296,000 hit on restructuring charges, investing in IT and  […]

Industry News

Palletline backs FairFuelUK

July 27, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Palletline is backing the FairFuelUK (FFUK) campaign by sponsoring the IT infrastructure that enables FFUK to communicate with its hundreds of thousands of supporters. Kevin Buchanan, MD of Palletline, says: “We’re proud to be part of this admirable movement and the important work it is doing to force the fuel price agenda to centre stage. “Palletline has always looked out for the interests of its members and the transport industry as a whole. We believe that lower fuel duty will […]