Framptons Transport Services: expansion on track for January

December 17, 2012 Derren Hayes

Somerset-based Framptons Transport Services is set to open its new Mendip DC in early January. The new £5m, 85,000 ft² DC has been built on time and within budget by local building contractor Ken Biggs. The Shepton Mallet-based facility will increase Framptons’ storage capacity to 175,000 ft² of  food-grade facilities in the region when it opens in the new year. With 14,000 individually racked and bar-coded pallet spaces, the DC will use mechanical handling equipment and narrow aisle racking to […]

Contract Wins

Grace Foods extends Jigsaw contract

December 10, 2012 Derren Hayes

Bardon, Leicestershire-based Jigsaw has extended its distribution contract with Grace Foods. The logistics network, made up of 10 haulage partners with the majority share owned by CM Downton, improved the consistency of deliveries since it took over transport for Grace from an in-house operation in 2009. Grace produces a range of Caribbean, Oriental and Mexican food and drink products with brands including Nurishment, Encona, Grace, Dunn’s River and Silk Road. It supplies supermarkets, specialist retailers, wholesalers and cash & carries […]

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Industry News

News Extra: Will it be super in the end?

November 21, 2012 Derren Hayes

A new report claims UK operators could make significant savings if they were allowed to add overlength vehicles to their fleets. A new study published last week suggested that allowing the use of ‘super’ semi-trailers could save the haulage industry £226m a year in reduced running costs. Such findings appear to strengthen the economic argument for the use of longer vehicles, but the study also puts forward a case for ‘super semis’ on safety and environmental grounds. The report, Impact […]


Staff at DHL’s Cumbernauld DC go on strike

October 23, 2012 Derren Hayes

More than 300 warehouse staff at DHL Supply Chain’s Westfield site in Cumbernauld, Scotland have held two 24-hour stoppages in a dispute over pay. However, around 30 HGV drivers who also backed the strikes in a ballot last month, withdrew from the action at the 11th hour after agreeing a deal with management. The warehouse staff walked out on Friday 19 and Monday 22 October after they rejected a 2% over two years pay rise offer. union leaders said an […]

Contract Wins

Orange order for Norbert Dentressangle

October 15, 2012 Derren Hayes

Norbert Dentressangle has extended its relationship with Orange Chemicals for a further three years following a competitive tender. Under the new contract, ND has transferred the Orange Chemicals business from its tank storage facility in Dagenham to its dedicated hazardous goods warehouse and drumming plant at Acton Grange, near Warrington. ND receives up to 12 tankers per month and is responsible for the discharge of mainly solvents and glycols into bulk containers and drums. The company is also responsible for […]