News

Store Twenty One saves on fleet costs with Paragon

April 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

Fashion and homeware chain Store Twenty One has reduced its fleet size by 27% since implementing Paragon routeing and scheduling software in December 2011, which its says will lead to around £500,000 in annual cost savings. The retailer says it has been able to remove three 18-tonne rigids from its fleet, as the software has driven efficiencies in its logistics operation through better planning of optimised peak and off-peak delivery schedules to its 220 stores from its Solihull DC. Martin […]

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UPS adds dual-fuel Mercedes Axors to Olympics fleet

April 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS has added 10 new dual-fuel Mercedes-Benz Axors to its dedicated London 2012 fleet, the first of their kind in the logistic giant’s global 2,500-strong alternative fuel fleet. The long-wheelbase Axors feature a 4×2 drivetrain with a 360hp six-cylinder diesel engine, which has been modified by the Handstaff Group to enable them to run on a dual-fuel blend of biomethane and diesel. Modifications include the fitting of additional injectors to allow the injection of biomethane. UPS says the new Axors […]

Operator News

Myhermes delivers two millionth parcel

April 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

Myhermes.co.uk has delivered its two millionth parcel just 10 months after reaching the one million mark in June last year. Following high levels of demand over the Christmas period, which saw volumes double during the busiest shopping week to more than 60,000 parcels per day, the company says the service is rapidly gaining business from online traders and niche retailers. John Tobbell, commercial director of myhermes.co.uk, says: “The growth of myhermes.co.uk is really gathering pace as more and more consumers […]

Contract Wins

Seafield Logistics pops Cornscape win

April 16, 2012 Peter Steele

Worksop, Notts-based Seafield Logistics has won a contract with popcorn manufacturer Cornscape that will see it deliver products to retailers, cinemas and rental shops. As a result of the contract Seafield’s Worksop depot will receive in excess of 30,000 pallets a year including raw corn and ‘Popz’ corn containers from the US and Europe. Seafield says it will also add two more vehicles to its fleet as a result of the deal to aid delivery of 900 loads a year […]

Contract Wins

Culina scoops Gu Desserts contract

April 16, 2012 Hayley Pink

Culina Logistics has won a chilled warehousing and primary distribution contract with Gu Desserts, part of the Noble Foods Group. The Shropshire logistics firm says it won back the Gu Desserts business, which was a previous customer of Culina, due to a collaborative arrangement splitting operations between the food manufacturer’s Walthamstow site and its own Haverhill DC. Simon Grant, supply chain manager at Gu Desserts, says: “Culina was able to demonstrate the various positive opportunities available in the redesign of […]

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Compensation package for Hams Hall Tradeteam staff

April 16, 2012 Peter Steele

Union Unite says it has secured a compensation package for more than 120 Tradeteam employees who lost their jobs after the Hams Hall site closed earlier this month. The drinks distributor, part of DHL, delivered to pubs and clubs across the West Midlands but it was hit by a decline in volumes and the site closed on 6 April. Unite says the drivers, warehouse staff, draymen as well as admin and clerical employees that worked at the Warwickshire plant were […]

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Kuehne + Nagel turnover up after RH Freight contribution

April 16, 2012 Peter Steele

Kuehne + Nagel felt the benefit of its acquisition of RH Freight last year as turnover in its road and rail division rose 18% during the first quarter of 2012. The logistics giant says that it made “good progress” in its European road freight operations with volumes up in its groupage and full and part loads businesses. EBITDA increased 7.7% in Q1, equating to a profit margin of 1.9% – “stable” year-on-year, according to the firm. Overall, including K+N air […]

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Yodel to raise rates to handle e-commerce boom

April 13, 2012 Hayley Pink

Yodel has revealed it will raise its rates as part of a wider strategy to cope with the demands of a rapidly growing e-commerce sector. The courier firm says the surge in internet shopping is leading the need for a highly flexible infrastructure to keep pace with the shifting parcels market, leaving the delivery sector at “saturation point”. As a result, the parcels giant says it will be moving to a six-day a week service as standard, removing a premium […]

Industry News

Montracon produces Jumbo reefer

April 13, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Trailer manufacturer Montracon has launched a full length double-deck reefer trailer following demand from operators for greater carrying capacity within the standard 13.6m trailer length. The 4.7m high straight frame trailer, called Jumbo during its development, has a 3.2m internal height creating 150m3 internal capacity. It can carry up to 52 UK pallets, or 66 Euro-sized pallets, using adjustable decking beams. Sales and marketing director Paul Mead says the trailer fills a gap in its refrigerated range. “It will appeal […]

Contract Wins

Advanced Supply Chain wins three-year Matalan contract

April 12, 2012 Hayley Pink

Advanced Supply Chain (ASC) has won a three-year contract with Matalan to handle the fashion chain’s pre-retail distribution. The deal will see ASC deliver approximately 10 million garments a year to Matalan’s DCs. The Bradford firm says it won the contract after its audit of Matalan’s supply chain, which identified the need for additional pre-retail operations in the UK to improve stock availability. Advanced Supply Chain chief executive Mike Danby says: “Competitive retail selling prices are key to growth in […]