Awards

Best Use of Technology shortlist profiled

June 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

Gist Gist conducts more than 5,000 vehicle movements a week for grocery retailers, moving £4bn of stock – £2bn of which has less than three days of shelf life. This results in some complicated vehicle scheduling, particularly as 40% of orders are scheduled after a vehicle has started its journey. The operator asked itself the question: “How can I best use my network of vehicles, subcontractors and cross-dock locations to effectively move every consignment from factory to destination in the […]

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Fleet Van Operator of the Year shortlist profiled

June 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

DPD UK The winner of this award in 2010, DPD last year made further progress towards its goal of becoming market leader by 2015. The success of its innovative Predict system, enabling it to give the end customer a guaranteed one-hour delivery window, meant it picked up significant new business last year, increasing turnover 16% to £282m. DPD runs almost 3,000 vehicles, mostly 3.5-tonne vans, and employs 5,300 people. To become number one, chief executive Dwain McDonald challenged the workforce […]

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Safety in Operation Award shortlist profiled

June 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

Tradeteam DHL’s drinks distribution operation Tradeteam operates 500 vehicles and employs 2,000 staff, and in a sector that has traditionally involved a lot of manual handling has invested a lot of time, money and effort in creating a safer working environment. The focus has been on reducing its lost time injury frequency rate, a key measure that has plummeted from 10.37 in 2005 to 1.43 in 2011. To measure its performance even more rigorously, the company is focusing on the […]

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Fleet Truck of the Year shortlist profiled

June 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

Daf CF Narrowly beating its more upmarket cousin the XF to make the long list, the Daf CF has been a frequent winner of this award over the past 12 years ago. Unsurprisingly it remains popular with operators in both its tractor and rigid guises, offering excellent cost of ownership, fuel economy and driver acceptance. Daf offers the best all-round package for the fleet operator, with top customer service, market-leading after sales support and consistent pricing.   Iveco Stralis Described […]

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Team of the Year shortlist profiled

May 31, 2012 Steve Hobson

Ceva Ceva manages warehousing, as well as finance and facilities, training and HR for one of the UK’s leading DIY and garden centre retailers at a site in Burton upon Trent. The company drew up a plan for staff to: ensure they understand what its client requires; turn those requirements into measurable statements; measure and trend the activity; use continuous improvement to better them; develop the team through continuous improvement; never stand still. Judges said the plan had been well […]

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Training Award shortlist profiled

May 31, 2012 Steve Hobson

Eddie Stobart Recognising a need to identify, nurture and develop emerging leaders within the company, Stobart Group designed a Management Development Programme (MDP) and First Line Manager course, launching both in September 2010. All MDP delegates are mentored one-on-one by a Stobart company director throughout the programme while completing a mixture of training courses, job placements and work-based projects. FLM delegates also work through a bespoke programme, taking part in formal training and creating their own personal development plan. The […]

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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 […]