Supply chain consultancy Dematic has argued that recent structural changes in the grocery market have the potential to “significantly disrupt the food distribution chain”. In a white paper called The Great Grocery Retailing Fulfilment Challenge, Dematic said pressure was coming from the growth of e-retailing, home deliveries, and customers shifting from a big weekly shop in out-of-town sites to more frequent shops in convenience stores. It argued that this will increase grocers ‘cost to serve’ with stores being replenished several […]
Temperature controlled storage and transport firm Reed Boardall has been named Fresh and Frozen Foods Haulier of the Year by retailer Tesco. The firm, which operates from a 142,000 pallet capacity cold store in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire and runs 160 refrigerated trucks, won the award for a combination of good service and the use of high-capacity double-deck reefer trailers.
Average truck operating costs have risen by a massive 75% since September 2000 while reported haulage rates were only 23% higher in July 2013 than back then, new cost figures from the RHA have shown.
Profit margins continue to be held back by customers’ reluctance to increase rates, John G Russell (Transport) chief executive, logistics, Alan Poulton has warned.