Two further high-street retailers have been dragged into the row over the penalties applied for untimely deliveries at retailers’ DCs. Last month, MT reported on fines of up to £1,000 being applied by Kingfisher group companies B&Q and Screwfix to firms supplying them for arrivals at their DCs outside of a fixed delivery window. Such penalties have led to considerable pressure on truck operators to justify untimely deliveries to customers and, in some cases, to pay for the fines themselves. […]
It could be another 18 months before claims for damages from thousands of hauliers in relation to the truck manufacturers’ price-fixing cartel are resolved, according to a lawyer involved in the case.
An alleged online scam that is said to have cheated around ten hauliers out of thousands of pounds of payment for loads taken from Europe to the UK has been referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.