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Motor Transport counts down the industry’s most powerful people

December 26, 2012 Justin Stanton

Welcome to the first edition of Motor Transport’s Power Players – the list of the 20 people who we believe have the most influence and exert the most control over the road transport industry. This list is by no means objective, but we’ve debated the merits of those on the list. You will find operators, clients, industry stakeholders and a few off-the-wall choices. Some are there because they exerted power in 2012, while others appear because we expect them to […]

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Flurry of takeovers proves the consultants right

December 26, 2012 Robin Meczes

They told us it would happen: in April 2012, advisory firm KPMG predicted a flurry of mergers and acquisitions in the logistics and distribution sector during the year… and that’s exactly what we got. Top of the pile in terms of the most noteworthy was undoubtedly the UPS/TNT Express merger announced in March and set to create a £37bn turnover logistics giant. The takeover was described at the time by TNT Express chief executive Marie-Christine Lombard as a move that […]

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Motor Transport Awards: the serial winners

December 25, 2012 Justin Stanton

Which companies have won the most Motor Transport Awards? Well, just three companies have got into double figures. Read on to find out… TNT TNT, in all its forms, has won 32 MT trophies, including a record six victories in the Customer Care category and a record seven in the Training category. It has won in 12 different categories, starting with Marketing Campaign of the Year in 1986 and culminating in Training in 2011. For all its success, TNT only […]

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Top 10 contract wins of 2012

December 25, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Logistics firms have won millions of pounds in new and extended contracts this year from retailers and manufacturers based in the UK and beyond. Here is’s top 10 contract wins of 2012. Ceva Logistics wins five year Silentnight home delivery contract In June, Ceva revealed that it had won a five-year contract delivering beds for Silentnight Group, taking over from three separate logistics companies. It will make over 70,000 deliveries a year from Silentnight’s manufacturing plants in Cumbria and […]


Glendale Transport deliver gourmet reindeer fodder

December 24, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Palletways member Glendale Transport has delivered 220lbs of reindeer moss to four hard-working reindeer at Richardson’s Garden Centre in Seaham, South Shields. The special bushy lichen, which serves as good winter fodder for reindeer, has been transported more than 1,300 miles from Lapland in Finland. “We were delighted when Richardson’s Garden Centre came to us with this rather unusual festive request,” said Marjorie Moore, MD of Glendale Transport. “The reindeer are beautiful animals and a great hit locally at this […]


Loss at Evans Transport after depot dispute

December 24, 2012 Christopher Walton

North-Devon haulier Evans Transport slipped into the red after being forced to write-down an exceptional charge of £310,000 relating to its Anchor Mill, Barnstable depot. Evans Transport posted a pre-tax loss of £149,552 for the 12 months ending 31 March 2012, compared to a pre-tax profit of £150,391 in the previous period, but said it would have registered an underlying pre-tax profit of £160,000 were it not for the exceptional item. In its annual report the haulier explained that it […]

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Tesco takes on 25 refrigerated longer semi-trailers

December 24, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Tesco has taken delivery of 25 new refrigerated longer semi-trailers in order to help it achieve its aim of reducing carbon emissions. It will operate the new trailers from its RDCs in Avonmouth, Livingston and Peterborough, and each can carry six more cages than a standard 13.6m trailer. Tesco fleet engineering manager Cliff Smith said: “That represents an increase in productivity of more than 13%, so the potential benefits in terms of reduced vehicle movements and lower emissions are obvious.” […]

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Talented females wanted for the 2013 Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

December 21, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The UK’s brightest female talent within road transport are being called to enter the 2013 Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. With seven categories, including director of the year, industry champion, and team leader of the year, the awards aim to highlight the diverse career opportunities available in the sector and raise awareness of the number of talented females excelling in what has long been perceived a male-dominated sector. Maxine Benson, co-founder of everywoman, said: “The transport and logistics sector […]

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MEPs move forward on new truck noise limits

December 21, 2012 Robin Meczes

MEPs have narrowly voted through a proposal to introduce new legislation on maximum vehicle noise that would see most new heavy road-going trucks restricted to a maximum of 79dB(A) with new off-roaders limited to 80dB(A). The vote, held by the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee on 18 December, also moves forward a plan to introduce an obligatory labelling scheme to inform operators about the noise rating of vehicles in brochures and at the point of purchase. The 79dB(A) limit would apply […]


Co-op completes construction of Castlewood DC

December 21, 2012 Robin Meczes

Construction has been completed on a new £22m food DC for The Co-operative in north Derbyshire, which the firm says will employ over 1,000 people and create around 320 new jobs. The Castlewood site, which will service over 500 Co-operative food stores in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, will start operation in January with the first deliveries scheduled for March. It will become fully operational in September. Located just off junction 28 of the M1, the new site will take […]