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Condor Logistics sees volumes increase after joining Palletways

September 20, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Condor Logistics has appointed 10 new staff members as well as taking delivery of seven new vehicles across the Iveco range as it looks to adapt to an increase of 120 consignments per day since it joined the Palletways last year. The Portsmouth-based operator expects this number to rise to 200 consignments by the end of the year and has invested in rigids ranging between 18 and 26 tonnes to assist with local distribution. “We have ambitious plans to grow […]

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Former Norbert Dentressangle FD joins Bibby Distribution

September 18, 2012 Christopher Walton

Richard Morson, the former finance director at Norbert Dentressangle, has joined Bibby Distribution in the same, newly-created, role. Bibby has created a finance director position to strengthen its senior management – Morson was also formerly group financial controller at TDG and has 11 years experience in the industry. “[Morson] is an advocate of the importance of finance as a value added service to the business through active business partnering,” said Paul Cullingford, chief financial officer at Bibby. “He also has […]

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Palmer-Baunack becomes Stobart deputy chief executive

September 18, 2012 Christopher Walton

Former Autologic chief executive Avril Palmer-Baunack has been appointed as deputy chief executive of Stobart Group. Palmer-Baunack also joins the board of directors at Stobart, which completed its acquisition of car transporter giant Autologic last month. Former deputy chief executive Richard Butcher becomes chief executive for Stobart’s property business At the same time William Stobart has re-joined the board of directors at the firm after he stepped down in March 2011. Rodney Baker-Bates, non-executive chairman of Stobart, said: ” With […]

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Yodel chief executive Jonathan Smith to leave

September 17, 2012 Christopher Walton

Jonathan Smith is to leave Yodel at the end of the year after leading the company through the integration of HDNL and the domestic B2B and B2C parts of DHL Express (UK), Motortransport.co.uk can reveal. A successor to Smith will be sought, but in the interim he will work alongside executive chairman Dick Stead. A spokesman for Yodel said: “Yodel has been transformed over the last 18 months and is now in a sound position with strength across senior management. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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. […]

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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 […]