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Yusen Logistics to spend £9m on upgrades

December 14, 2012 Christopher Walton

Yusen Logistics is to spend some £9m upgrading its fleet and IT systems  after merging its road transport operations with its  air and sea freight forwarding businesses last year. Some £7m will be spent on a combination of vehicles and mechanical handling equipment as well as trailers including pillar-less tri-axles with sliding suzies, and its Department for Transport allocation of five 15.65m trailers. The IT investment will see £2.2m spent on infrastructure and its transport management software. MD Ian Veitch, […]

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Eddie Stobart pleased drivers row resolved ahead of Christmas

December 14, 2012 Chris Druce

The MD of Eddie Stobart has said he is “extremely pleased” that the Doncaster driver row has finally been resolved. Speaking after Unite revealed its members had accepted an improved redundancy offer, the details of which were not disclosed, Eddie Stobart MD David Pickering said: “Since the start of September, we’ve worked diligently and professionally to come up with the best possible package for the drivers and to provide a range of alternative employment options. “It’s a positive way to […]

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Hermes upgrades fleet to handle growth in parcel volumes

December 11, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Hermes has invested in 100 new vehicles as part of a fleet replacement programme, which will also assist it with additional parcel volumes. The parcels firm has made a multi-million pound investment in 86 vans, a mix of 7.5-tonne, 12-tonne and 18-tonne vehicles, which will be used for radial depot work. It has also added 14 tractor units to its trunking operation, collecting from customers and distributing to its hub and depot network. All the new vehicles have automatic gearboxes […]

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CitySprint acquires Eagle Express Worldwide Couriers

December 10, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

CitySprint has acquired all operations at Woking-based Eagle Express Worldwide Couriers. Its same-day, international and UK overnight operations were acquired by CitySprint on 8 December, taking its network to 35 depots and 2,000 couriers. It will be transferred over to the CitySprint brand later this month. CitySprint said the transition will be seamless for Eagle Express’ customers and it will continue to be serviced by the same staff at the same depot in Old Woking. Chief executive Patrick Gallagher said: […]

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Sox Express extends Advanced Supply Chain contract

December 10, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Sock manufacturer Sox Express has expanded the scope of its relationship with Advanced Supply Chain. Advanced Supply Chain will now provide all of the manufacturer’s warehousing requirements, in addition to transport services, for Sox customer Asda. Sox Express operations director Robert Leckie said: “We had used Advanced delivering product to our customer’s distribution centres and were so impressed by the people and the service that we moved our entire warehousing contract to them as well.” Advanced Supply Chain chief executive […]

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Wincanton names new finance director

December 7, 2012 Chris Druce

Wincanton has named Adrian Colman as the successor to finance director Jon Kempster, as the logistics giant continues its march back to profit. Colman was finance director at technology company Psion through to its acquisition by Motorola Solutions in October. He has also worked as chief financial officer of London City Airport and financial controller at defence technology company QinetiQ. Eric Born, chief executive of Wincanton, said: “I am delighted to welcome Adrian to Wincanton. He brings hands on commercial […]

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Partnerlink reveals European service partners

December 6, 2012 Chris Druce

Partnerlink, the haulage consortium that counts Knights of Old, AK Worthington, Viamaster Transport and David Hathaway Transport as members, has launched a European service. The 18-strong UK consortium, which also features Owens Road Services, John G Russell and R Swain & Sons on its roster, is now offering services between the UK and France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Italy, having teamed up with six partners on the Continent. MT can reveal three of the European service partners are TSA (France), […]

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ND names new UK logistics MD

December 6, 2012 Robin Meczes

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has announced the appointment of Phil Shaw as MD of its UK logistics business. The move follows the recent appointment of former UK logistics business MD Malcolm Wilson as MD of the group’s logistics division. Shaw was previously director of ND’s packed chemicals and manufacturing business unit in the UK. More recently he worked in the Middle East as operations director in a joint venture with Danone. Shaw first joined ND in 2008 after stints with both […]

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Pall-Ex snaps up Cornish member to ensure continuity

December 6, 2012 Chris Druce

Pall-Ex has moved to ensure coverage continuity in the South-west by buying Cornish network member Intercounty Distribution for £700,000. The company based on the Pennygillam Industrial Estate in Launceston has an O-licence for up to 22 vehicles and eight trailers. It has been a Pall-Ex member for 14 years. Pall-Ex MD Adrian Russell said: “The opportunity was presented to us after Intercounty’s MD Nick Coombes announced his retirement earlier this year. We are happy that Nick has decided to stay […]

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Tesco enters Eddie Stobart row

December 5, 2012 Chris Druce

Tesco has been drawn into the Eddie Stobart Doncaster row as drivers at the DC prepare to start a third wave of strike action tomorrow (6 December). The supermarket chain, which runs the DC’s warehousing but outsourced the transport operation with 183 drivers to Eddie Stobart in August, has made a point of not commenting on the jobs row until now. However, after Unite last week rejected the latest offer from Eddie Stobart, a spokeswoman for the chain said: “We […]