In April, Leicester-based Widdowson achieved a significant milestone: it became the first third party selected by Waitrose to be the supermarket chain’s official logistics partner in the Midlands. Waitrose has previously nominated carriers only to assist with distribution in the North and South. The move demonstrates how far the operator has come since it started life as a coal merchant in the early 1900s – it is registered as AM Widdowson, which stands for Ada Mary, the wife of the […]
The Co-operative Group has confirmed that a significant number of staff will take redundancy, following its move to consolidate two DCs. Its Wellington, Somerset and Portbury, Bristol DCs will merge into a new £20m regional distribution centre at Avonmouth. A spokeswoman for the grocery retailer told MT: “As planned, as the new DC at Avonmouth begins operation, there will be a phased reduction in the number of employees at our Chelston site in Wellington and at our Portbury site. “All […]
4) Steve Strachota, Tesco’s UK and Ireland distribution director Strachota hit the mainstream media headlines, and the front page of Motor Transport, in the summer when he posted a tweet that appeared to celebrate the closure of five depots and opening of three new ones, adding: “Awesome teamwork, courageous leadership, a bit of luck”.
Stobart Group has been granted permission for a 374,000 ft² distribution centre as part of its approved planning application to re-develop Carlisle Airport. Andrew Tinkler, Stobart Group chief executive, says: “The freight distribution centre will allow Eddie Stobart to attract new clients while providing the rental income required to develop Carlisle Airport and commence passenger operations.” Stobart bought the airport and associated land in 2009 and has been involved in a long-running battle with local residents to develop the site […]