Awards

Dealer of the Year shortlist profiled

May 31, 2012 Steve Hobson

AN Richards AN Richards is the MAN service dealer covering North Wales based out of Froncysylte, near Llangollen. The family-run business first opened its doors in 1905 and today is run by Bryn and Gary Richards. As a service agent it relies on its reputation for service and parts; technicians booked 96% of the time, a 95% MoT pass rate and parts sales exceeded £1m for the first time. MAN internal awards include 2012 Service Provider of the Year, and […]

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Fleet Van of the Year shortlist profiled

May 31, 2012 Steve Hobson

Renault Kangoo Z.E. The first mass production full electric van, the Kangoo Z.E. benefits from the government’s 20% grant towards the purchase of plug-in light commercial vehicles. Sharing most components with the standard Kangoo, the Z.E. (zero emissions) offers the same 650kg payload. There are a range of options for funding the van and its expensive battery pack, which is hired from Renault. The 100 mile range and 12 hour charging time may limit its application however. Ford Transit Last […]

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Low Carbon & Efficiency shortlist profiled

May 29, 2012 Steve Hobson

Keystone Distribution/McDonald’s Keystone Distribution manages the supply chain for McDonald’s 1,172 UK restaurants. It has DCs in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke and Heywood, and runs 140 vehicles on the contract, which make in excess of 200,000 store deliveries each year. Since 2008, Keystone has collected, initially through a third party, used oil from the restaurants for conversion to bio-diesel. Since that time a cumulative total of 6.6 million litres of biodiesel has been produced. However, the company has now implemented a […]

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Innovation shortlist profiled

May 29, 2012 Steve Hobson

Abbey Logistics Abbey’s twin cargo trailer – with a tanker for liquid food products on the bottom, and a top deck capable of taking pallets – was described by judges as potentially “game changing”. Because of its design, the dual cargo trailer is described as having the potential to reduce costs, slash empty running and promote better use of space. Judges were impressed by the way it had a measurable benefit for one of Abbey’s key customers, Cargill. Abbey was […]

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Customer Care shortlist profiled

May 29, 2012 Steve Hobson

APC Overnight  APC Overnight claims to operate the largest next day parcel network in the UK, with more than 120 regional depots supported by two central processing hubs. The Essington, Wolverhampton company is a cooperative with shareholding members made up from the courier companies. APC says that its cooperative approach enables it to set industry standards in customer care. The judges were impressed that APC presented independent research carried out by the Triangle Consultancy which had investigated customer loyalty among 14 […]

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Partnership of the Year shortlist profiled

May 22, 2012 Steve Hobson

Abbey Logistics Group/Cargill Abbey Logistics Group and food producer Cargill have worked together for over a decade and 2011 saw the partnership grow further. Cargill’s Trafford Park plant blends glucose syrup, and Abbey has to collect time critical loads to avoid halting production. In 2011 the pair took measures to improve OTIF (On Time In Full) and put the Manchester site to the top of Cargill’s European league tables. This meant the creation of one team. Three Abbey staff relocated […]

Industry News

Mock trial by jury to try corporate manslaughter case

May 22, 2012 Steve Hobson

The popular Engineer in Court mock trial by jury returns at Derby University on 27 June, with the centrepiece ‘trial’ this year trying a case of corporate manslaughter following an insecure load falling from a vehicle. Society of Operations Engineers chief executive Nick Jones will this year don the judges’ wig and gown to oversee proceedings and a line up of top barristers including Michael Ponsonby, James Godden and a team from Backhouse Jones will cross examine witnesses. The court […]

Industry News

Cartwright launches Fleet Spec standard trailer

May 22, 2012 Steve Hobson

Trailer builder Cartwright has launched an off the shelf Fleet Specification curtainside straight frame semi trailer as a lower cost alternative to the bespoke trailers Cartwright builds to order. The Fleet Specification trailer has been designed using lessons learned from Cartwright’s in-house rental fleet, which has over 4,500 trailers.  While based on a standard specification, there are a range of options, enabling them to operators’ specific needs. Cartwright says the Fleet Specification trailers will reduce total costs ownership through increased reliability and resale value.  Darren Holland, group sales director of Cartwright, says: “The […]

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Apprenticeship of the Year shortlist profiled

May 11, 2012 Steve Hobson

Dextra Group In 2007, North Dorset lighting firm Dextra Group wanted to offer young people an entry into logistics, however it soon discovered there were no relevant apprenticeships offered at that time. Undeterred, it enlisted the help of Wiltshire Transport Training and Skills for Logistics to develop its own two-year programme: An Introduction to Logistics. The apprenticeship offers students NVQ Level 2 training in Traffic Office and Warehouse & Storage, as well as a forklift licence. Apprentices are then offered […]

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Haulier of the Year shortlist profiled

May 11, 2012 Steve Hobson

CM Downton This family-run firm based in Moreton Valence, Gloucestershire, has achieved the remarkable feat of growing turnover and doubling operating profit since the credit crunch struck in 2008, a performance described as “spectacular” by one judge. In an industry where a profit margin of 3% or 4% is not unusual, Downton’s 8.3% return on sales while maintaining strong revenue growth is impressive. The company remains confident in the future too, and a spate of contract wins means turnover is […]