DHL Supply Chain is to put 14.6m longer semi-trailers into service on 50 Lidl delivery routes across the UK. The shorter of the two variants available as part of the DfT’s 10-year longer semi-trailer trial will be part of DHL’s operation that sees it deliver to 90 Lidl stores, making a total of 19,500 trips a year. Bernie Breslin, vice-president of food retail at DHL, said: “I’m confident that introducing longer semi trailers will transform Lidl’s transport operations while significantly […]
The European logistics director at Kimberly-Clark believes operators should push the DfT to introduce “super” semi-trailers into in its longer semi-trailer trial. Peter Surtees, European logistics director at Kimberly-Clark, was speaking after the publication of a University of Huddersfield report on high capacity vehicles (HCVs) last week. Impact Assessment: High-Capacity Vehicles, which was sponsored by the firm, claims operators could cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions by between 11% and 19% per unit of load (on a pallet/km basis) by […]
The GMB union has held a protest outside a Marks and Spencer retail store over the rates of pay awarded to agency staff at the retailer’s Swindon DC, which was operated until January by Wincanton and is now run by DHL Supply Chain.
When the government launched its longer semi-trailer trial in December last year the question posed by many of the 180 hauliers involved was: 14.6m or 15.65m? As part of its 10-year pilot scheme, the DfT has handed out 1,811 permits, approximately 900 of each size. However, the RHA tells MT that its members – who make up two-thirds of the operators in the trial – have expressed a preference to run the longest option. RHA policy director Jack Semple says: […]