Jam today for Bibby’s Iain Speak

April 18, 2013 Peter Steele

Visiting the Atchison Topeka depot in Droitwitch, now run by Bibby Distribution, it is easy to imagine – after seeing a warehouse full of jam ready to go into a famous biscuit – that they have turned the phrase ‘jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today’ on its head. There definitely is jam today.

CV Show

CV Show partners expect big things for 2013

March 20, 2013 Steve Hobson

The CV Show is back with a bang, with all but two of the major truck builders making an appearance. If 2011 was the return of the “full-fat” CV Show, then 2013 will be a full-cream, gold-topped event, with all but two of the major truck builders using the show to launch new product ranges. After a couple of uncertain years in the post-2008 recession, when only the commitment of the show’s owners kept it alive, the CV Show and […]


Fowler Welch MD Nick Hay – Part 2

February 26, 2013 Steve Hobson

Fowler Welch’s move into ambient distribution alongside its chilled business is already paying dividends as MD Nick Hay tells Steve Hobson Although Nick Hay – MD of Fowler Welch since November 2010 – has, like the firm he runs, a background in chilled distribution, he sees ambient markets as far more happy hunting grounds. As Stobart’s withdrawal from the chilled market demonstrates, this has become a price-led commodity business where operators struggle to make money.


Fowler Welch MD Nick Hay – Part 1

February 20, 2013 Steve Hobson

Fowler Welch MD Nick Hay has strong views on fleet replacement cycles and the switch to Euro-6 as he explains to Steve Hobson Fowler Welch runs a fleet of 400 units and 800 trailers from 10 sites around the UK. Best known as a chilled operator, it dropped the ‘Coolchain’ from its public name in 2011 as it expanded into ambient distribution and today around 30% of its revenues come from the ambient side of the business.


Scania helps operators go green

February 13, 2013 Steve Hobson

Late last year, Scania held a high level conference in Brussels to discuss how European road freight transport can cut CO2 emissions while remaining competitive. MT caught up with recently appointed Scania chief executive Martin Lundstedt at the event.


Expansion means better coverage from Rygor

January 17, 2013 Steve Hobson

Like hauliers, truck dealers are consolidating, getting bigger, and widening the range of services they offer. Dealers no longer just sell trucks; they are increasingly taking on the vehicle repair and maintenance as more operators close their fleet engineering departments and rely on dealers for their R&M and other technical support. Rygor Commercials is a good example of this trend. The UK’s largest Mercedes-Benz franchise following its takeover of Mudie-Bond last year, Rygor’s territory now covers much of central southern […]


City Link boss confident in turnaround plan

November 26, 2012 Steve Hobson

In November, City Link’s parent Rentokil revealed the express parcels firm had recorded a loss for the first nine months of the year of £24m, albeit £1m less than that posted in the same period of 2011 on revenue up £7m to £225m. Nevertheless Rentokil chief executive  Alan Brown reaffirmed his faith in the management team City Link MD Dave Smith has assembled – largely from former colleagues from Royal Mail – and the latest three year recovery plan that […]


APC Overnight relaxed about new hub delay

November 22, 2012 Steve Hobson

With annual volume growing at 15% to 18% in recent years, overnight parcels specialist APC Overnight has outgrown its national hub in Essington, West Midlands. The company is in the process of relocating to a purpose-built 120,000sq ft centre at Kingswood Lakeside just off the M6 Toll road, but due to the wet summer and longer-than-expected ground works the new hub will not be operational before spring next year. But recently appointed APC chief executive Syed Ziaullah is relaxed about […]


FedEx Express sets itself tougher green goals

October 31, 2012 Steve Hobson

Global express carrier FedEx Express is well on its way to achieving its goal of increasing the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 20% on 2005 levels by 2020. Steve Hobson asks Will Martin, MD of the UK operation, how it is being achieved here. Back in 2008, FedEx Express set itself the goal of reducing fuel consumption of its worldwide ground vehicle fleet by 20% on 2005 levels by 2020. By the end of its 2011 financial year, […]


Knights of Old – service is not just a slogan

October 12, 2012 Steve Hobson

Knights of Old (KOO) was founded in 1865 by William Knight with a single horse and cart, and has grown steadily and today runs 169 trucks and 185 trailers. The modern history of the company really starts in 2000, when it moved to its present base on a ten acre site in Kettering, which now includes 120,000sq ft of warehousing. In 2011 the company took another big step forward with the merger with Northampton-based Mainland Group, adding around £10m revenue […]