MT Awards 2020: XPO’s career ‘building block’ wins Apprenticeship of the Year sponsored by Total Lubricants

February 12, 2021 Admin Support

XPO Logistics arrived in the UK in 2015 when it acquired Norbert Dentressangle, which itself had earlier acquired Christian Salvesen and TDG. XPO UK and Ireland HR director Mark Simmons (pictured) joined Salvesen in 2005, so he has been through the full set of mergers and takeovers, including the latest, which saw XPO complete the acquisition of the majority of Kuehne+Nagel’s UK contract logistics business in January 2021. “It was satisfying to get that accomplished despite Covid and bring a […]


MT Awards 2021 now open for entries with later deadline of 9 April

January 25, 2021 Admin Support

The 35th Motor Transoport Awards are now open for entries and to allow more time for companies to prepare entries the deadline has been set for 9 April. The shortlist will be announced at the CV Show on 9 June and, after a virtual awards ceremony in 2020, the announcement of the winners and presentation of the 20 trophies will return to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s West End on Thursday 2 September. For 35 years, the Motor Transport […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Fleet Truck of the Year sponsored by Texaco Lubricants

December 18, 2020 Admin Support

In a closely fought contest, the DAF XF narrowly beat off its challengers to take the Fleet Truck of the Year title for the third time in the last five years, marking the 18th time DAF Trucks has picked up the trophy. What makes the XF such a good fleet truck? One of our panel of operators summed it up: “Best purchase price, best back-up, good driver appeal, fuel performance consistent with its competitors, good parts availability and conservative development […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Best Use of Technology Award

December 17, 2020 Admin Support

By 2018 DPD’s 65-strong depot network was stretched to its limits following rapid growth over seven years. With volumes up around 10% a year, it was taking longer and longer to tip around 750,000 parcels every morning and sort them into 1.7m postcodes. The result was increasingly delayed deliveries. The problem lay within DPD’s automated system for allocating parcels to routes, which only allowed drivers to leave their depots once all inbound trailers had been tipped to ensure all parcels […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Operational Excellence Award sponsored by EV Cargo Solutions

December 16, 2020 Admin Support

How does an operator drive service and safety levels ever higher and keep costs down in a logistics contract where the client’s volumes are growing exponentially? This was Wincanton’s challenge as the logistics partner of retailer Screwfix, which has launched around 50 new Trade Counter (TC) stores a year since 2011. No small task, since this rapid expansion meant every peak period was bigger than the last with more units picked, more trailers despatched, and more miles travelled to a […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Training Award sponsored by Palletforce

December 15, 2020 Admin Support

Action was needed to address an increase in collision rates at Fowler Welch and improve the fleet’s fuel consumption. In response, the company turned its focus towards its people, its fleet and its technology. This led to an investment in both the size and scope of its driver development team; its replacement programme and procurement strategy; and an upgrade of its telematics. It chose to concentrate on three aspects of its business: environmental social responsibility; staying safe on the roads; […]


Meet the 2020 MT Award winners – Team of the Year sponsored by Hiab UK

December 14, 2020 Admin Support

In 2016, Abbey Logistics took over the British Sugar transport contract, an operation that sees 400,000 tonnes of bulk sugar delivered every year and 300 deliveries across the UK each week. This involves a fleet of 61 bespoke trucks and 94 dedicated tank trailers covering 4.5 million miles a year, driven by 90 drivers managed by a team of 19 full-time staff. The joint Abbey Logistics and British Sugar team has developed a fully integrated, cost-effective and secure business alliance, […]