Meachers splashes out on 16 Actros trucks

September 17, 2012 Chris Tindall

Meachers Global Logistics has made its biggest investment in LGVs this year, after it splashed out £1.25m on 16 new Mercedes-Benz tractors. The modernisation programme will see the company taking delivery of the Mercedes Actros trucks in the months leading up to Christmas. They will operate out of Meachers’ headquarters in Nursling, Southampton and also its Derby depot, undertaking general haulage work throughout the UK. The company said the vehicles were chosen for their economical and environmental performance, as well […]


Canute spends £1.2m on 11 tri-axle trailers

September 17, 2012 Chris Tindall

Canute Haulage has invested more than £1.2m in 11 bespoke forklift trailers for its contract with materials equipment provider Barloworld Handling. The order includes nine 13.6m and two 10.9m trailers, with the latter designed for making deliveries within London and the south east. The tri-axle step frame trailers have curtainside bodywork with sliding roofs and were built by Andover Trailers. “The full height and full width power-toe ramps ensure a shallow loading angle, meaning we can accommodate even the lowest […]


Yearsley expansion plans run into trouble

September 14, 2012 Robin Meczes

Yearsley Group’s plans for a new cold storage facility south of Peterborough have  run into trouble, after the local council raised concerns about its impact on daylight, and the number of staff that might be employed there. Yearsley wants to construct a new cold store at the Gateway Peterborough site in the Great Haddon Employment Zone.  The plans are understood to involve  two buildings totalling 385,000ft². The firm has suggested to  Hampton Parish Council that the site will employ around […]


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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Eddie Stobart Doncaster staff vote for strike action

September 13, 2012 Chris Druce

Drivers at Eddie Stobart’s Doncaster DC have voted for strike action, in response to the operator’s announcement last week that it would be making them redundant. Unite says more than 150 drivers, from a total of 183, voted for strike action at the site that was previously part of Tesco’s distribution network. Harriet Eisner, Unite regional office, said: “Unite is still in talks with Eddie Stobart, but the management remains intransigent that it wants to get rid of the drivers. […]


David Price Food Service enters into CVA

September 12, 2012 Robin Meczes

Newcastle-based David Price Food Services has secured a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) that will see its unsecured creditors paid 38p in the pound on debts of about £2.1m. The arrangement, which the firm said was approved by more than 99% of creditors at a meeting on Wednesday 5 September, safeguards the jobs of 175 staff across seven depots. Company chairman David Price told MT he was relieved the firm had avoided falling into administration. “It has been a traumatic time […]


Amazon to open of three more UK distribution centres

September 10, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Online retailer Amazon will open another three DCs across the UK, following the opening of its Hemel Hempstead depot last week. The opening of the new depots are expected to create a further 2,000 jobs over the next two years, with 800 permanent positions created at the Hemel Hempstead fulfilment centre. “We have created thousands of jobs in the UK over the last few years and are delighted to announce that we plan to create thousands more in the next […]


Former Mercedes-Benz boss joins Howard Tenens

September 7, 2012 Robin Meczes

Former Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles MD Ian Jones has become a non-executive director at Stroud, Gloucestershire-based family-owned distribution firm Howard Tenens. Howard Tenens chairman and chief executive, Peter Morris, said: “Ian’s breadth of experience in the global commercial vehicle industry will add significant value to Howard Tenens.” Jones said he was “delighted” to be taking on the new role with  Howard Tenens. “They have demonstrated that they are at the leading edge of many aspects of the changing world of transport […]


Unite attacks Stobart’s plan to make Doncaster drivers redundant

September 6, 2012 Chris Druce

The Unite union has accused Tesco of getting Stobart Group “to do its dirty work” for it, after the 183 drivers based at the operator’s Doncaster DC were told they faced possible redundancy. Eddie Stobart revealed its plans to staff at the DC yesterday (5 September), confirming Unite’s worst fears following the transfer of the business and staff from Tesco to Stobart on 5 August. David Pickering, Eddie Stobart MD, said: “After a thorough assessment and review of the transport […]


Aspray Transport to expand capacity

September 6, 2012 Robin Meczes

Express delivery firm Aspray Transport will shortly begin constructing a new 10,000 pallet high-bay storage facility at its Willenhall, West Midlands hub. Construction of the 17m high facility, which will also include an area for block stacking, will begin in October. The firm, which recently bought over five acres of additional land around the site, is also putting an extra 40 parking spaces in place for trailers. Both developments should be operational in June next year. Aspray’s investment in hub […]