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Compensation package for Hams Hall Tradeteam staff

April 16, 2012 Christopher Walton

Union Unite says it has secured a compensation package for more than 120 Tradeteam employees who lost their jobs after the Hams Hall site closed earlier this month. The drinks distributor, part of DHL, delivered to pubs and clubs across the West Midlands but it was hit by a decline in volumes and the site closed on 6 April. Unite says the drivers, warehouse staff, draymen as well as admin and clerical employees that worked at the Warwickshire plant were […]

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Kuehne + Nagel turnover up after RH Freight contribution

April 16, 2012 Christopher Walton

Kuehne + Nagel felt the benefit of its acquisition of RH Freight last year as turnover in its road and rail division rose 18% during the first quarter of 2012. The logistics giant says that it made “good progress” in its European road freight operations with volumes up in its groupage and full and part loads businesses. EBITDA increased 7.7% in Q1, equating to a profit margin of 1.9% – “stable” year-on-year, according to the firm. Overall, including K+N air […]

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Yodel to raise rates to handle e-commerce boom

April 13, 2012 Hayley Pink

Yodel has revealed it will raise its rates as part of a wider strategy to cope with the demands of a rapidly growing e-commerce sector. The courier firm says the surge in internet shopping is leading the need for a highly flexible infrastructure to keep pace with the shifting parcels market, leaving the delivery sector at “saturation point”. As a result, the parcels giant says it will be moving to a six-day a week service as standard, removing a premium […]

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Advanced Supply Chain wins three-year Matalan contract

April 12, 2012 Hayley Pink

Advanced Supply Chain (ASC) has won a three-year contract with Matalan to handle the fashion chain’s pre-retail distribution. The deal will see ASC deliver approximately 10 million garments a year to Matalan’s DCs. The Bradford firm says it won the contract after its audit of Matalan’s supply chain, which identified the need for additional pre-retail operations in the UK to improve stock availability. Advanced Supply Chain chief executive Mike Danby says: “Competitive retail selling prices are key to growth in […]

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Widdowson Group picked for Waitrose Midlands logistics

April 12, 2012 Hayley Pink

The Widdowson Group has been appointed as the Midlands logistics partner for Waitrose, the first time a third party has been selected by the supermarket to cover this region of the country. Waitrose has previously only nominated carriers to assist with distribution work in the North and South of the UK.The contract will see Widdowson’s move full and groupage loads to Waitrose DCs in Aylesford, Bardon, Bracknell and Milton Keynes. Full loads will be taken directly to the supermarket’s DCs, […]

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UK Mail hit with a £2m restructure cost

April 12, 2012 Hayley Pink

UK Mail Group’s depot closure programme will cost it approximately £2m as it looks to continue to cut costs. In a pre-close trading update for the year ended 31 March, UK Mail says the closure of four depots in the past 12 months will leave it with a low-cost and integrated network. It is left with a network of 50 depots as a result. The parcels giant also reveals a Q4 revenue increase of 14% year-on-year. However, when adjusting for […]

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Hermes wins five-year New Look deal

April 10, 2012 Hayley Pink

Hermes has been awarded a five-year contract with fashion chain New Look to handle the home delivery of the retailer’s e-commerce orders. Delivering more than three million parcels per year to UK households, the goods will first be collected from New Look’s fulfilment hub in Lichfield, Staffs, before being transported to Hermes’ NDC in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. The packages, including clothes, shoes and accessories, will be delivered by the parcel firm’s 7,500 couriers using either a 48-hour or next-day service. Pat […]

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NFT wins Adams Foods primary distribution deal

April 5, 2012 Hayley Pink

NFT has beaten rivals to a primary logistics contract with Adams Foods, that will run for a minimum of three years. Operated from NFT’s flagship Daventry DC, the deal will include the handling of more than 3,500 pallets per week of cheese and butter products, including Kerrygold and Pilgrims’ Choice brands. This equates to 14.5 million cases of product per year being delivered to major retailers and foodservice providers. The contract includes total primary logistics services from the collection of […]

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Miniclipper bids farewell to Pall-Ex

April 4, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Miniclipper Logistics is leaving Pall-Ex after more than 15 years with the network to join rival Palletline. The Leighton Buzzard-based firm was one of the founding members of Pall-Ex went it launched in 1996. Jayne Masters, sales director at Miniclipper, tells MT.co.uk that it wasn’t an easy decision to make. “Periodically, every two years we would review our position and look at other networks, but last summer there were one or two service issues and we also wanted to be […]

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Gefco revenue up ahead of “decisive year”

April 4, 2012 Christopher Walton

Gefco, the logistics arm of PSA Group, saw its global revenue rise 12.9% in 2011 as it prepares to embark on what it describes as a “decisive year” for the company. For 2011 Gefco reported global revenue of €3.8bn, compared to €3.4bn a year ago, and an operating income of €223m (2010: €198m). Excluding its PSA business, revenue was up 19.2% to €1.4bn. In January Gefco revealed new contract wins with Chevrolet and HPC Healthline. A statement from the firm […]