Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Urban Delivery Operator of the Year sponsored by MyTransportPlanner

December 4, 2020 Admin Support

Parcel firm DPD is redefining the way it operates in an urban environment to ensure its 8,000 delivery vehicles reduce their impact on air quality, noise levels and road safety. With 46% of parcels now destined for city centres, DPD’s Urban Delivery Strategy has seen the launch of a network of micro-depots with all-electric trunking, alongside a wider expansion of its electric fleet to 600 vehicles by the end of 2020. Its first two micro depots opened in Westminster and […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Low Carbon Award sponsored by Fraikin

December 3, 2020 Admin Support

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has committed to a carbon-zero commercial vehicle fleet by 2045. To deliver reductions in CO2 emissions in the interim, it is working towards moving away from fossil fuels and aims to make the entire fleet fossil fuel-free by the early 2030s. The fleet currently includes 600 heavy trucks, 750 refrigerated trailers, 1,750 home delivery vans and light trucks, and 20 farm vehicles. JLP began trials of two Waitrose-branded, biomethane-fuelled Scania 4×2 tractors in 2016, followed by […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Innovation Award sponsored by Goodyear Tyres UK

December 2, 2020 Admin Support

Electra Commercial Vehicles works with chassis and body manufacturers to make new HGVs 100% electric powered. Its all-electric trucks are aimed at operators needing a zero-emission solution to comply with increasingly stringent air quality regulations. The Blackburn-based business works with glider platforms and full systems including canbus from major truck makers. This means features such as automatic braking and lane assist are not impacted by the chassis being electrified. It can build 100% electric versions of popular refuse truck models […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Clean Fleet Van Operator of the Year sponsored by Renault Trucks

December 1, 2020 Admin Support

In line with its wider urban delivery strategy, parcels firm DPD is aiming to build an all-electric fleet in “double-quick” time. By the end of 2020 it plans for more than 600 vehicles, around 10% of its fleet, to be fully electric. The business has been innovative in its approach to securing new vehicles, with six key models now in operation or on order. Largest of these is a pair of 7.5-tonne all-electric FUSO eCanters, which carry out 200 vehicle […]


Meet the 2020 MT Awards winners – Safety in Operation sponsored by VisionTrack

November 30, 2020 Admin Support

In 2019 Bibby Distribution had its safest year on record as a result of the cultural shift that has instilled ‘safety first’. Bibby’s 2019 achievements included reducing accidents by a third and recording its lowest-ever number of lost-time and reportable incidents. While the target reduction was 10%, reportable incidents were actually reduced by 36% and lost-time accidents by 39%. A manual handling training course was completed by 70 trainers and incidents were down 10%. Slips, trips and falls have reduced […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Home Delivery Operator of the Year sponsored by Pall-Ex

November 27, 2020 Admin Support

For DPD to have won the Home Delivery Operator of the Year award for the fourth year running is no mean feat but according to the judges, DPD’s ‘X factor’ lay in its ability to communicate with customers, consumers and its supply chain and its commitment to use this to improve its services. DPD’s campaign to make its delivery service more personal, launched last year after feedback from customers and consumers, is a key example. Dubbed ‘tiny noticeable things’ the […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Livery of the Year

November 26, 2020 Admin Support

With the addition of Nelson Distribution and Steve Porter Transport to the Knights of Old portfolio, the larger brand was becoming increasingly diluted. The organisation therefore decided to move to a new three-letter name – KNP – to offer a more international appeal while maintaining each individual brand’s distribution identity. The group realised it needed to move with the times, but the new brand needed to feel familiar, as if it had evolved from Knights of Old. It also needed […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Customer Care Award sponsored by Palletline

November 25, 2020 Admin Support

DPD is the UK’s leading domestic parcels carrier, with 10 consecutive years of profit growth. It has more than doubled turnover since 2013 and 2019 was another successful year, with turnover up £72m to £1.38bn. Its 15,000-strong team delivers 263 million parcels a year from 65 depots for 7,500 customers, including ASOS, John Lewis, Selfridges and Next. Around 70% of its top 100 customers have been with it for five years or more, and a survey in January 2019 found […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Haulier of the Year sponsored by Volvo Trucks UK

November 24, 2020 Admin Support

Expect Distribution is a family-owned 3PL based in Bradford employing 296 staff at four sites and running 110 vehicles. Now in its 32nd year, the firm is consistently improving its financial performance and is on track to achieve turnover of £34.9m in 2020. It constantly reinvests in its business and in 2019 added a new 215,000sq ft site near its head office overlooking the M606. Expect describes itself as a “solutions-based business” that takes a proactive approach to delivering value […]


Meet the MT Awards 2020 winners – Technical Excellence sponsored by Hankook Tyre UK

November 23, 2020 Admin Support

Bibby Distribution has been providing logistics and supply chain services for over 30 years and its fleet reached unprecedented levels of efficiency, reliability and safety in 2019. The company operates from 50 UK locations, employing 1,400 staff in sectors including consumer, paper and packaging, industrial and food & drink. Despite its fleet travelling 90m km last year, it still managed to reduce its CO2 emissions by 5%. In fact it has reduced its net carbon emissions by 10% in just […]