17) Andrew Woolfenden Title: UK distribution director, Tesco There are fewer more high-profile, and demanding, jobs in road transport and logistics than running the in-house operations of (still) Britain’s biggest retailer. Tesco has had a rough 18-months, posting its worst set of annual results and a pre-tax loss of £6.38bn in February. Much-hand wringing and soul searching ensued, as the retailer looked to put itself back on the right track. A few months later, the incumbent to this position – […]
Glasgow haulier John G Russell (Transport) has warned the distribution sector of a “difficult” 12 months ahead as costs keep rising while rates and profit margins continue to stagnate. Alan Poulton, chief executive, logistics at the group, told MT the firm was finding it increasingly difficult to squeeze further efficiencies out of its operation and said that, in terms of rates: “We are not getting, and have not got for some time now, an increase that reflects the quality and […]
Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has promoted former change director John Williams to the role of director of its shared user business unit. Williams, who has worked in the past for Keystone Distribution, Random House Group and Christian Salvesen joined ND less than a year ago. He takes on responsibility for a portfolio of 10-shared user warehouses totalling 2.5 million ft². The network includes the Perishables Handling Centre at Heathrow Airport, which ND says is Europe’s largest chilled airfreight handling centre, as […]
13) Tony Devlin, regional officer, Unite “We are lucky to have an exceptional officer in Tony Devlin to work with,” retired industry stalwart Peter Larner told Motortransport.co.uk earlier this year in reference to the Unite officer’s skill in negotiating between transport bosses and workers.