Operator News

DPD announces extra staff and depot for Olympics

April 24, 2012

DPD is to deploy and additional 200 staff and open an extra London depot to minimise disruption resulting from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of its plans during the games, the company says it will: • open an additional facility near its London Bridge depot; • increase the number of routes operating from all its London depots; • extend its early delivery times between 5am and 7am and also offer to deliver from 6pm to 9pm. • […]

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Fleet Truck and Fleet Van shortlist unveiled

April 24, 2012

The race to be named Motor Transport’s Fleet Truck and Fleet Van of the Year hotted up with the announcement the MT Awards shortlists at the CV Show. Long lists for the coveted titles were drawn up by a panel of operators and the shortlists selected by an online vote by registered readers of Motor Transport. The shortlist for Fleet Van of the Year, revealed by Richard Gosling, sales director of sponsor CVS, is: Ford Transit; Iveco Daily; Mercedes-Benz Sprinter; Renault Kangoo […]

Contract Wins

Palletways wins £2m a year Better Bathrooms deal

April 23, 2012 Peter Steele

Palletways has won a £2m, 12-month rolling contract with Better Bathrooms.com that will see the network move some 70,000 pallets a year. Bathroom furniture, accessories and suites will be transported from Palletways hubs in Fradley, Staffs; Greenford, London  and Livingston, West Lothian. Two new jobs will also be created at the network as a result. Rob Gittins, UK sales director at Palletways Owned Operations, says: “Over the years, we have built a very sophisticated pallet delivery network and an extensive […]

Contract Wins

Culina acquires Cert Octavian’s supply chain operations

April 23, 2012 Hayley Pink

Culina Group has acquired the supply chain activities of Cert Octavian for an undisclosed amount, as it continues with its strategy to double the business in the next five years. The deal will see Culina Logistics’ parent taking over Cert Octavian’s distribution and warehousing contracts, facilities and staff, which will expand the group’s network to eight ambient DCs across the UK. The wine specialist will retain its cellarage business. It is expected around 300 staff will transfer across to Culina […]

Contract Wins

Clipper Logistics wins Swedish clothing contract

April 23, 2012 Hayley Pink

Clipper Logistics has won a new contract with Swedish children’s clothes retailer Polarn O. Pyret. It sees Clipper provide logistics from its Ollerton facility, as well as a warehousing arrangement that will allow expansion of Polarn’s current product range and offer store replenishment it its second phase, reducing the lead time of stock from Sweden. Leeds-based Clipper will handle around 5,500 SKUs, which will fulfill clothing orders in the UK and Ireland. The company says it was awarded the contract […]

Contract Wins

ND renews Tesco recycling services contract

April 20, 2012 Peter Steele

Norbert Dentressangle has renewed its contract with Tesco to manage 12 of its recycling service units (RSUs) and won a new contract to maintain the retailers loose equipment fleet. The new contract will see ND service and maintain more than a million roll cages, as well as trays, buckets and dollies for Tesco providing repair services at the supermarket chain’s 22 distribution centres in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Tesco RSU network was set up in 1995 and handles […]

Industry News

Wincanton “disappointed” after Unite rejects tanker driver proposals

April 20, 2012 Peter Steele

Wincanton says it is “extremely disappointed” that Unite failed to persuade its tanker driver members to accept proposals put forward over terms and conditions after six days of talks at conciliation service Acas. A spokeswoman for the operator says: “Along with the five other employers, Wincanton entered into the talks in good faith, having clearly stated that sector-wide collective bargaining on pay was not to be on the agenda. “With just one third of the industry represented by the employers […]

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Sainsbury’s gets FTA Van Excellence accreditation

April 19, 2012 Peter Steele

Sainsbury’s has received accreditation to the FTA’s Van Excellence scheme, the 25th van operator to do so since the scheme began in 2010. The retailer runs a fleet of 1,400 vans, and employs some 4,000 drivers, and it satisfactorily achieved the standards laid out in Van Excellence code – which are agreed by a governance group of leading van fleet operators. Mark Cartwright, the FTA’s head of vans and light commercial vehicles, says: “Achievement of this standard has been a […]

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More talks after tanker drivers reject proposals

April 19, 2012 Peter Steele

Six fuel delivery operators face further talks at Acas after tanker drivers represented by union Unite rejected proposals regarding employment security. The union, which represents some 1,200 tanker drivers will now seek further talks with DHL, BP, Wincanton, Norbert Dentressangle, Turners (Soham) and Hoyer. Delegates at the union say that while progress had been made on health, safety and training, proposals on maintaining standards, security of employment and sub-contracting did not give Unite confidence that the problems they describe as […]

Industry News

Pallet networks buck the trend

April 18, 2012

As the economy struggles, UK pallet networks continue to record year-on-year growth. The UK’s pallet networks shifted more than 15.3 million pallets last year, a 7.3% rise on the number moved in 2010. Data from the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) shows that while the UK, and beyond, has endured recession, the networks have continued to outperform the economy. Eight of the nine UK networks are APN members, representing more than 650 hauliers, almost 30,000 vehicles and 13 million ft2 […]