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Geodis Calberson opens three new UK depots

September 14, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Geodis Calberson has opened three new regional UK DCs as part of its five-year expansion plan. In addition to its 11 sites operating across the country, it has recently opened DCs at West Thurrock in East London, Wythenshawe in Manchester and Hedge End in Southampton. Geodis Calberson said the new warehouses would help it get closer to its customers at a local level. “We are delighted to be opening our new sites to bring an even better service to our […]

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News Extra: who owns UK road transport and logistics?

September 12, 2012 Peter Steele

UK logistics is pretty much a private, and foreign, affair. The operators sitting at the top of the MT Top 100 are German, Swiss, Dutch , French and American. Looking at UK-based firms, very few sit on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The number of UK logistics firms turning to the City as a means of investment has dwindled, ever since the Malcolm Group withdrew its listing in 2005.  Last month Autologic was struck of the list after fellow publicly-listed […]

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OFT calls for information on UK petrol and diesel market

September 5, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has today (5 September)  issued a call for information on the UK petrol and diesel sector, in order to identify whether there are competition problems it can investigate. “We are keenly aware of continuing widespread concern about the pump price of petrol and diesel and we have heard a number of  different claims about how the market is operating,” said Claire Hart, director in the OFT’s Services, Infrastructure and Public Markets Group. “We have […]

Contract Wins

Wincanton scoops Ella’s Kitchen contract

September 3, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Wincanton has won a two-year warehousing and distribution contract with baby and toddler food manufacturer Ella’s Kitchen. The contract will see Wincanton managing inbound deliveries from factories, picking, packing and distributing five million cases a year to supermarkets across the UK and its growing list of international customers. James McMaster, chief operating officer at Ella’s Kitchen, said: “Every second of every day someone around the world eats an Ella’s Kitchen product. Ensuring that our supply chain is setup to consistently […]

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CILT urges government to develop long-term road strategy

September 3, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has called upon the government to speed up the “long overdue” creation of a funding and strategy package for Britain’s roads. CILT has urged the government to develop a plan that stretches further than the current five year strategy. Following the publication last November of Alan Cook’s independent review into the strategic road network, the government is due to publish findings of its study into alternative funding and ownership models for the […]

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Don’t underestimate Paralympic impact, operators warned

August 29, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Operators should not underestimate the effect the Paralympics will have on deliveries over the next 10 days. James Hookham, MD of policy and communications at the Freight Transport Association, says: “We are treating the Paralympics as seriously as the Olympics and will be providing our members with the same level of support.” Despite running for a shorter period than the Olympics and using fewer venues, the Paralympics are expected to draw in a record number of visitors. Hugh Basham, transport […]

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London 2012: CitySprint says Olympic volumes down

August 23, 2012

Parcel carrier CitySprint saw delivery volumes drop in London during the Games. The company, which handles B2B and consumer deliveries, made 75,000 deliveries to London postcodes during the Games. This was a 12% drop in volume compared with the 16 days proceeding the event (23 June to 7 July). Patrick Gallagher, chief executive of CitySprint, suggests the threat of traffic and congestion, as well as more people working from home during the period, likely reduced demand for couriers. However, the […]

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Hauliers remain confident despite tough market

August 22, 2012

Hauliers remain confident about their prospects in the third quarter, despite a weak performance for road freight during the three months to the end of June. The FTA’s latest Quarterly Transport Activity Survey, compiled in July, found that despite predictions of a bounce in April, there was only modest growth in freight volumes in the second quarter amongst its members. However, with  insolvencies in the sector having now reached a two year low, having dipped under  50 in the second […]

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More employers wanted to advise on driver skills policy

August 21, 2012

Operators have responded well to calls from the head of a new working group to get involved to help tackle the skills crisis, but even more involvement would be welcome. RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning says he is pleased by the response from operators to his call to get involved in the initiative [see below] made earlier this year. “There’s been a good number of volunteers,” Dunning tells “There’s no doubt that the issue of the driver population is […]

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PetrolPromise signs up 70th MP in support

August 20, 2012

The PetrolPromise campaign has signed up its 70th MP in support of its push for an Office of Fair Trading (OfT) investigation into the price of fuel. Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, becomes the 70th MP to lend his support to the campaign, which was set up by MP Robert Halfon MP. Halfon is garnering support in a bid to get the Backbench Business Committee to timetable a parliamentary debate on his motion this autumn. Halfon’s motion calls […]