Industry News

Poor harmonisation could wreck key Driver CPC goal

June 25, 2012 Steve Hobson

Lack of harmonisation of standards for Driver CPC training across the 27 European Union member states is in danger of wrecking one of the original goals of the directive introducing the compulsory training of drivers – mutual recognition of the qualification by every member state. Distrust of standards of instructors and training in other states means four members states- Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania and Sweden – do not recognise the Initial Driver CPC done in other EU countries and eight states […]

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Transport Committee asks for views on the future of road freight

June 22, 2012 Chris Druce

The Transport Committee is seeking operators’ views on the future of UK road freight, ahead of a public evidence session on 3 July. The select committee, which recently found that London’s councils were  unable to provide detail about Olympics enforcement policy, wants written evidence submitted by 27 June. Areas of debate include the government’s approach to road freight and the strategic road network; fuel prices; theft and security issues, including how to tackle truck crime; winter resilience; drivers’ hours rules […]

Contract Wins

Ceva Logistics signs €50m contract with Crown Paint

June 22, 2012 Christopher Walton

Ceva Logistics has had its 26 year relationship with Crown Paint extended after it signing a five and a half year contract, worth €50m (£40.3m). The contract will see Ceva manage Crown’s trade warehouse operation, nationwide distribution of retail and trade product, and inter-site and bulk transport movements. In addition Ceva has opened a €1.5m (£1.2m) trade warehouse operation for Crown in Hull today (22 June), as an export base to export paint. The move has created 70 jobs, primarily […]

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Palletforce releases iPhone tracking app

June 22, 2012 Chris Druce

Pallet Network Palletforce has released a live-tracking iPhone app. Called Palletforce Pallet Tracking, the free app makes it possible to see exactly where a consignment is at any stage of its journey. Dean Hughes, Palletforce’s IT director, says: “It offers another quick and easy way for customers to track their deliveries from anywhere in the world.” The app uses information from Palletforce’s Alliance IT system to pinpoint where each consignment is. Customers need only to type in their delivery details […]

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Pall-Ex signs fourth European partner and launches new livery

June 22, 2012 Chris Druce

Pall-Ex has signed its fourth European partner and launched its first all-new livery since Hilary Devey founded the pallet network in 1996. The new principal national partner, which can’t be named, will run Pall-Ex France as key-franchisee for the territory. Pall-Ex France will have a central hub in the Orleans region of France, and the new partner plans to be up and running by the final quarter of this year. The deal keeps Pall-Ex on course to realise its plan […]

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Revenue up 6% at Fowler Welch

June 22, 2012 Hayley Pink

Fowler Welch boosted revenue 6% to £152.4m for the year ended 31 March, with pre-tax profit up to £3.9m, from £2.6m the previous year. The FMCG specialist downsized its container division in the period, with the closure of its Felixstowe site. It now runs a smaller operation from its site in Alconbury, Cambridgshire that has seen an improvement in miles per truck. It has also  reduced its number of tractor units. Performance was boosted at its 50,000 pallet ambient consolidation […]

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UPS to submit cash offer for TNT Express tomorrow

June 21, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS is due to formally submit its €9.50 per share cash offer for Dutch-owned parcels firm TNT Express tomorrow. The offer has been recommended to shareholders by TNT’s board, with majority shareholder PostNL, which holds nearly 30% of all shares, agreeing to sell its stake under the offer. If agreed, the transaction will create a global logistics firm that generates €45bn revenue per year, with UPS benefitting from an increased presence in Europe, while TNT’s customers will gain access to […]

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Hermes slashes CO2 emissions

June 21, 2012 Hayley Pink

Hermes has slashed its CO2 output by 6% in the past year, with the business achieving savings of 18.4% since 2008. The parcels firm has set itself a target of a 20% reduction by 2015. The reductions are part of a strategy implemented by German parent Otto Group, which requires a 50% reduction across the entire business by 2020. In the past 12 months, Hermes has adopted automated transmission across all tractor units within its trunking operation, which has improved […]

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Palletforce offers members Olympic route insight

June 20, 2012 Chris Druce

Palletforce has incorporated Olympic data into its Alliance IT system to provide its 100 UK depots with the latest Games information this summer. Network members now have information about the 109 Olympic Games Lanes on the Olympic Route Network, as well as delivery restrictions affecting venues. Dean Hughes, IT director for Palletforce, says: “During the games there will be road layout alterations, diversions, parking and loading restrictions, special Games Lanes and extra security measures all of which will impact on […]

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Olympic Route Network goes live on 25 July

June 20, 2012 Chris Druce

London’s 109-mile Olympic Route Network (ORN) will commence operation on 25 July, two days ahead of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. The ORN will ensure athletes, officials and dignitaries make it to events on time, and features 30 miles of exclusive Games Lanes to facilitate this. London transport commissioner Peter Hendy, who believes the Olympics are a huge opportunity for road transport,  says: “The ORN, which is part of the host city contract for the Games, will be […]