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Yearsley confirms cold store staff levels

September 27, 2012 Robin Meczes

Heywood, Lancashire-based cold storage and distribution specialist Yearsley Group has insisted that its planned new cold store south of Peterborough will employ the number of staff it has previously outlined after a local council voiced concerns. The firm wants to construct a new 385,000 sq ft cold store at the Gateway Peterborough site in the Great Haddon Employment Zone that would be built in phases and would include a 35m high automated storage facility. It has suggested the site will employ […]

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R McDowell Haulage expands in beauty market

September 26, 2012 Chris Tindall

R McDowell Haulage has acquired a £750,000 warehouse in Keighley and launched a ‘pick-and-pack’ service as part of a five-year contract with hair and beauty products manufacturer Mibelle. The depot is the second facility opened this year by the company and it said a third, in Bedford, would open before the end of December. The pick-and-pack service has also enabled McDowells to win a further long-term contract with hair care company Lee Stafford. “Acquiring this warehouse means we can hold […]

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DHL Express to increase rates 5% in 2013

September 26, 2012 Peter Steele

DHL Express is to increase its prices to UK clients by an average of 4.9% next year as it looks to offset rising costs. The company said that the rate rise – which will hit customers throughout the world was due to external costs that are out of its direct control and cannot be compensated through productivity improvements or economies of scale. DHL cites research by AT Kearney from November 2011 which states that volumes for the European courier, express, […]

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Is Christmas cancelled for container hauliers?

September 25, 2012 Motor Transport

Christmas may be cancelled for some container operators enduring flat volumes instead of the usual autumn surge as retail customers remain cautious about stocking up for the gift-giving season. Roadways Container Logistics MD Nick Matthews is not expecting a reversal in the coming months. “Christ-mas in the container industry comes early in the year; typically September, October and November. September has not seen a significant increase on prior months and some of the largest shipping lines are not predicting much […]

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Grampian Continental opens Italian warehouse

September 24, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Aberdeenshire-based Grampian Continental has opened its second European hub as a result of an increase in oil industry work on the Continent. The firm, which has another base in the Netherlands, has opened a 1,500ft² warehouse in Verona, Italy, to assist with its contracts in Italy and Cyprus. It hopes that this new warehouse will open up new areas for business growth across Europe and North Africa. “This is a very exciting time for the company, the opening of the […]

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Abbey Logistics riders go the extra mile for cancer charity

September 24, 2012 Steve Hobson

A team of six cyclists, including Abbey Logistics MD Steve Granite and Abbey drivers John Thomas and Vinny Jones, has completed a gruelling 500 mile ride through five countries in five days from Dusseldorf to Manchester. The riders encountered bad weather, punctures and some big hills, but made it through to raise £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. To learn more and donate go to www.justgiving.com/5countrybikeride  

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TNT Express chief executive resigns

September 24, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

TNT Express chief executive Marie-Christine Lombard has resigned, ahead of the parcel company’s acquisition by UPS. Chief financial officer (CFO) Bernard Bot will take over her position as interim CEO at the end of September, when Lombard leaves the company to pursue another career. “It is regrettable that Marie-Christine has decided to leave TNT Express now. We thank Marie-Christine for her contributions and wish her well for the future,” said Antony Burgmans, chairman of the supervisory board at TNT Express. […]

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Advanced Supply Chain launches logistics consultancy service

September 21, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Ambitious Bradford-based operator Advanced Supply Chain has launched a consultancy service offering logistics advice to SMEs. The operator, which has predicted a turnover of £100m within five years, is targeting the new Consultancy Plus service at smaller businesses. The first company to benefit from the new service, Lancashire-based soft furnishings supplier J Rosenthal & Son, has already made improvements to operational management, staffing, strategic thinking and recruitment. Mike Danby, chief executive at Advanced Supply Chain, said: “We decided to bring […]

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MBO at APC member Derby Express Couriers (Overnight)

September 21, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

The management team at Derby Express Couriers (Overnight) have completed a management buy-out (MBO). The Derby-based overnight courier company, which is part of the APC Overnight parcel delivery network, was sold by founding shareholder Nick Taylor to directors Lorraine Sharp and Susan Hill. “Susan and I are privileged to be able to lead the business to the next stage,” said Lorraine Sharp, who has worked at Derby Express for 12 years. “We take pride in offering a quality and reliable […]

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Harlequin Logistics hauls a bigger breakfast

September 20, 2012 Motor Transport

Harlequin Logistics is now running about a dozen 15.65m trailers on its Kellogg’s operation, as part of the government’s 10-year trial of longer semi-trailers. Four of the five members of the year-old haulier consortium – Currie European, John Raymond Transport, Jack Richards & Son and Prestons of Potto – are running the longer trailers for the cereal giant, shipping loads from Manchester throughout the UK. The 3.04m-high SDC Trailers can carry 60 pallets rather than the normal 52, said Currie’s […]