Interviews

Interview with a legend – John Harvey part 1

March 12, 2012 Steve Hobson

A legend, a pioneer, an inspirational leader – just some of the names John Harvey has been called. Justin Stanton caught up with him for an indepth interview. Just about any aspect of transport, logistics and supply chain management you can think of, Harvey has been there, seen it and done it via his stints at Unilever, SPD and Tibbett & Britten (T&B) – and he probably did it first. He was awarded the CBE in 1992 for his services […]

News

TDG buy puts ND UK logistics in top spot

March 12, 2012 Christopher Walton

The head of Norbert Dentressangle’s (ND) UK logistics believes 2012 will see the operation cement its number one spot in ND’s overall international operations as the business shifts into another gear following the integration of TDG. In ND’s latest results, the UK outperformed all other countries to become its logisitic division’s key revenue contributor in 2011, generating 41% of the total. ND Logistics UK MD Malcolm Wilson tells MT.co.uk: “We’re in a great place; the business has a renewed scale […]

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Reed Boardall has right price for Asda

March 12, 2012 Steve Hobson

The distinctive happy surfing polar bear adorning the sides of Reed Boardall Transport’s temperature controlled trailers had extra cause for celebration on Friday (9 March) as the company’s MD Tom Cassells was kept busy collecting accolades at the Asda Carrier of the Year awards. A sell-out audience at Leeds’ Queens Hotel saw Reed Boardall pick up the Environmental Carrier of the Year trophy for its use of double-deck trailers and take the runners up slots in both the overall Carrier […]

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Maritime Transport appoints two new MDs

March 12, 2012 Christopher Walton

Maritime Transport has created two new director positions to handle distribution and container transport at the firm. Simon Smart and David Boomer, both previously operations directors at the firm, have become MD, container transport and MD, containers respectively. Maritime says the appointments were required to strengthen senior management at the firm and provide focus on two of its key areas of business. John Williams, group MD, says: “These promotions have been made to create the next generation of Managing Directors […]

Industry News

APN and TfL hold ‘productive’ pre-Olympics briefing

March 9, 2012 Christopher Walton

Transport for London (TfL) has held an Olympic briefing with members of the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) to build ties ahead of this summer’s Games. Despite APN representing eight networks consisting of more than 650 hauliers, chairman Paul Sanders has previously expressed frustration at a lack of engagement with Olympic organisers, which the event rectified. Sanders complimented TfL on bringing his members up to speed, and describes the meeting late last month as positive and productive, although he concedes […]

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Strong performance from the UK buoys Ceva profit

March 9, 2012 Christopher Walton

Ceva has singled out the performance of its business in the UK for having a “very strong year” in 2011 after the Netherlands-based logistics giant revealed a 10% rise in profit. Speaking to MT.co.uk, Leigh Pomlett, president for Northern Europe at Ceva, singled out delivery from the UK and Poland as “two countries that have performed” as, globally, the firm saw revenue rise just 0.7% to €6.8bn (£5.6bn)for the year ending 31 December 2011. EBITDA rose 9.9%, when accounting for […]

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City Link unveils recovery plan

March 9, 2012 Christopher Walton

City Link’s new MD has put in place a three-year turnaround strategy at the struggling parcels business in the wake of “disappointing” losses. The plan will see City Link break-even within the next four months, make a profit by Q4, and become a £500m business in the next three years, through a combination of improved customer service, reduced operational costs and a focus on winning profitable business, rather than chasing volumes. Speaking to MT.co.uk, new MD Dave Smith, who joined […]

Interviews

Kuehne + Nagel stays on growth track

March 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

Kuehne + Nagel’s acquisition of international groupage specialist RH Freight in March last year caught many in the industry – including Motor Transport it has to be said – by surprise. But it was all part of the Swiss-owned global logistics business’ long term strategy, as Glenn Lindfield, KN’s senior vice president  for contract logistics in North West Europe, tells Steve Hobson Unlike some other logistics firms who spend big money promoting their brands, family-owned Swiss logistics giant Kuehne + […]

Contract Wins

K+N wins Spirit food service contract

March 7, 2012 Steve Hobson

Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) is to invest £5m in multi-temperature distribution centres and a fleet of 60 vehicles for a long term new food service customer, Spirit Pub Company. K+N  sees food service as a significant growth market, already representing £50m of its UK contract logistics business, much of it with Whitbread, where volumes have grown 50% to 31m cases a year since 2008. Spirit demerged in September 2011 from Punch Taverns, and is one of the UK’s leading pub […]

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City Link losses plummet to £31.3m

March 2, 2012 Motor Transport

City Link parent Rentokil has blamed a decline in both volumes and rates for the parcel firm’s “disappointing” £31.3m pre-tax loss during 2011, compared with a £9.6m loss the previous year, on a revenue down 8.5% to £306.9m. […]