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Eddie Stobart to expand hybrid fleet

August 24, 2012

Eddie Stobart is to expand its fleet of dual-fuel Volvo trucks, after successfully bidding for a chunk of the government’s Low Carbon Truck Demonstration Scheme funding. Stobart has been testing five dual-fuel  FMs, which have been running on Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), in association with partner BOC Group. It will benefit from the expansion of the scheme alongside a field of other operators and suppliers. The additional funding will allow the logistics firm to put at least another 15 LNG […]

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Hermes expands South East depot capacity

August 22, 2012 Christopher Walton

Parcel specialist Hermes is to open two depots in the South East as it prepares for the Christmas peak. A 52,000 ft² warehouse in West Thurrock, Essex, will be located between Lakeside Shopping Centre and the QE2 Bridge near to the A13 and M25. Hermes will create 60 new jobs at the site in management, administration, warehousing and driver roles. The second site in Maidstone, Kent, will replace its exisiting depot in Rochester, doubling warehousing capacity in the area to […]

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UPS offer period for TNT to run until November

August 22, 2012

UPS has confirmed that the offer period for TNT Express shares will now run until 9 November. It comes after TNT Express confirmed earlier this month that the European Commission had temporarily suspended the takeover to allow regulators more time to gather information. Regardless, the companies still expect the deal to be sealed by the fourth quarter of this year. The  €5.16bn (£4.07bn) takeover will transform UPS into a €45bn company with global reach.

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News extra: Hitting the deadlines for London 2012

August 22, 2012 Laura Hailstone

With more than 1,500 customers affected by the Olympic Route Network, Menzies Distribution faced a tough job getting newspapers delivered across London during the Games before the 6am curfew. During the past fortnight no one could have escaped Olympics fever as our national newspapers avidly reported every medal win, every Team GB commiseration, and everything in between. For sports journalists and editors on the national newspapers, the London 2012 Games would have been a pinnacle of their careers. They would […]

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Potter Group begins official Palletline marketing

August 21, 2012

The Potter Group has officially begun marketing itself as a Palletline member, following its takeover of pallet network member House of James in May. Palletline now has a dedicated page with contact details on the Ripon-based multi-modal company’s website, after Potter received permission to join from the network’s executive early this year. Potter’s takeover of House of James created a £33m company, adding 100,000ft² of warehousing space, 35 vehicles and 55 trailers to its fleet. The House of James brand […]

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Royal Mail to revamp final mile parcel service

August 17, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Royal Mail is planning a nationwide roll out of its ‘Delivery to Neighbour’ service in late September, to bring its final mile service more in line with competitors. Currently the only major delivery company not offering the service, it is awaiting regulatory approval from Ofcom, which will allow Royal Mail to deliver large parcels and items that require a signature to neighbours when customers are out. Mike Newnham, Royal Mail’s chief customer officer, says: “The results of the trial showed […]

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Turnover up 8% at NFT as profit jumps too

August 16, 2012 Christopher Walton

Chilled food distribution specialist NFT has seen  its turnover and pre-tax profit rise at the same time as signing a five-year refinancing package with HSBC. Turnover increased by 8% to £152.4m for the year-ending 31 March, from £140.9m a year ago. Pre-tax profit rose 60% from £1.4m to £2.2m. Its shared user transport network delivered an average of 39,000 pallets a week of food and general merchandise in the financial year, an increase of 40% year-on-year. A contract with an […]

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TNT Express confirm UPS merger delay

August 15, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

TNT Express has confirmed that the European Commission has temporarily suspended a merger bid with rival postal company UPS. Despite the delay, which will allow the EU regulator to compile more information, TNT Express say that they “would still anticipate a closing in the fourth quarter.” A spokesman for TNT Express tells MT.co.uk: “We have been notified of what is expected to be a temporary delay in the European Commission’s review process. Suspensions are not uncommon, it’s the result of […]

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Former Wincanton transport director joins Bibby Distribution

August 15, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Bibby Distribution has appointed former Wincanton director of transport for the UK and Ireland,  Nick Graham, as divisional director. Graham has over 25 years of experience in the logistics industry and is a member of the FTA’s National Council. CEO Iain Speak says: “Nick has a proven track record in leading efficient operations, managing acquisitions and supporting implementation programmes. This experience is invaluable, and Nick’s skillset and industry knowledge certainly compliment our business ambitions.” His responsibilities at Wincanton included maximising […]

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DSV entertainment arm moves into Air & Sea

August 14, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

DSV has confirmed that has integrated its entertainment logistics division into its Air & Sea division just two years after it was launched. The multi-modal giant launched DSV Entertainment Logistics in 2010. However, the division has now been integrated into its air and sea freight sector in order to “fully capitalise on the expertise within the DSV Air & Sea team”. A spokesman for DSV says: “We constantly analyse every aspect of the DSV business and decided that it made […]