Boughey owner NWF Group in line with expectations

June 19, 2012 Hayley Pink

Boughey Distribution’s parent company NWF Group  says trading for the year ended 31 May has been in line with expectations. However, its food division, which incorporates the activities of Boughey Distribution, has experienced a weaker second half, which NWF says reflects lower volumes stored in the business. Nevertheless, the division’s profit contribution is expected to be ahead of expectations when the full-year results are announced on 14 August. NWF’s fuel distribution business has suffered a “disappointing” year, which the group […]


Vote for the Women in Logistics awards

June 18, 2012 Hayley Pink

The shortlist for the inaugural Women in Logistics awards has now been revealed, and operators are urged to take part in the voting, which closes at 8pm on 4 July. Launched in 2008, the not-for-profit organisation has more than 2,000 members and was created to attract, retain and support women working across the logistics sector. Vying to scoop the Company of the Year award this year are Ceva Logistics, Premier Farnell and Pepsico, with all three businesses demonstrating their commitment […]


UPS under starter’s orders to deliver Paralympic kit

June 12, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS is under starter’s orders for the delivery of team kit to more than 300 London 2012 Paralympic athletes. The operation will require the warehousing, packing and delivery of more than 27,000 items. Kit will first be warehoused, before being picked and packed for athletes according to their size and individual requirements. Items will all be scanned to ensure stock control, before being loaded into kit bags for delivery. Each athlete will receive three official kit bags containing their competition […]


Expect Distribution launches two-man delivery service

June 7, 2012 Hayley Pink

Expect Distribution has launched a two-man delivery service following demand from e-retailers to transport larger, bulkier items. The new service will cover every single UK postcode on a weekly basis, and the West Yorkshire-based company aims to break into some niche market sectors. Neil Rushworth, operations director, says: “The growth of e-retail is huge and we have found that companies now have specific transport requirements which can be business to business, site delivery or residential delivery. They demand a fast, […]


DPD’s smartphone website passes one million user milestone

May 31, 2012 Hayley Pink

DPD’s smartphone-friendly website has smashed the one million unique user milestone, with more than 2.5 million parcels tracked via the online service in its first six months of operation. Since its launch in November 2011, which the parcels giant says was an industry-first, more than 55,000 deliveries have also been rearranged via the QR (quick response) codes printed on DPD calling cards. Customers scan the code and are directed instantly to the specific web page allowing redelivery. Dwain McDonald, DPD […]


Hermes predicts social media will enhance home deliveries

May 30, 2012 Hayley Pink

Social media looks set to play a more prominent role in customer service responses to online shoppers, according to research by home delivery firm Hermes. The parcels firm conducted a survey amongst its key retail clients, and found that while telephone and email were still the preferred routes to customer service, new communication channels are expected to drive improvements in the future. In particular, two-in-five respondents believe web chat will become more important, with 21% opting for Twitter and 15% […]

Contract Wins

DSV seals deal with ATS Euromaster

May 29, 2012 Hayley Pink

DSV has awarded a three-year contract to ATS Euromaster to service the  tyres on its 7,000-strong European trailer fleet. The deal will see ATS Euromaster’s mobile technicians provide routine inspections and follow-up maintenance work on around 1,000 DSV trailers travelling into and out of the UK every day. Technicians will work across DSV’s 19 UK depots, as well as inspecting tyres at seafreight terminals as trailers enter the country. A roadside rapid response service will also be included in the […]


Hermes UK toasts record year

May 25, 2012 Hayley Pink

Hermes has revealed record results at its UK division, with revenue up 22% in 2011. The parcels company says this reinforces its position as the country’s second-largest home-delivery business. Revenue stood at €303m during 2011, up from €248m in the previous year. Hermes says its UK arm handled more than 140 million parcels during the year, as demand for its home delivery services increased with online retail sales. Carole Woodhead, chief executive at Hermes UK, says:  “Our UK business has […]

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Fortec launches corporate division

May 25, 2012 Hayley Pink

Fortec has launched a corporate division as it looks to expand its reach with larger, national customers and attract more “blue-chip” clients to the network. The Daventry-based pallet network says the new division was necessary as national and international accounts often require too much funding upfront for individual network members to be able to take on. Neil Hodgson, Fortec MD, says: “This type of business is beyond [most members’] reach in terms of financial risk and scale. However, through bringing […]

Contract Wins

Wincanton builds supply chain for SuperGroup

May 24, 2012 Hayley Pink

Wincanton has revealed the full details of its warehousing contract with fashion retailer SuperGroup, which it began working on late last year. The logistics giant is part way through a two-year deal with SuperGroup to operate a distribution warehouse at Gloucester Business Park. The group, owner of fashion chain SuperDry, is investing £1.5m to develop the new hub following the transfer of its retail distribution operations from a neighbouring Barnwood warehouse. Wincanton stepped in late last year to help SuperGroup […]