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Wincanton hopes tanker drivers will end dispute

April 30, 2012 Hayley Pink

Wincanton says it “regrets” Unite’s call to members to reject proposals over tanker driver terms and conditions,  and is hopeful that its drivers will recognise the progress made during the past eight days of negotiations between fuel distribution firms and union chiefs by voting to end the long-running dispute. The company says the new proposals are a positive step in bringing the wider industry up to the same high standards of training, health and safety provided by the six tanker […]

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Motortransport.co.uk survey winner announced

April 26, 2012 Steve Hobson

The winner of the iPad 2 in motortransport.co.uk’s prize draw was Scott Walker, operations manager at Bunzl Catering Supplies (right). He was presented with his prize at the CV Show 2012 by MT editor Steve Hobson. Walker’s name was pulled from the hat from all those who completed our online survey on what you like and what could be improved on our new website. Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to Scott Walker.

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DBL Logistics plans second DC with £1.8m HSBC backing

April 25, 2012 Hayley Pink

United Pallet Network member DBL Logistics has secured £1.8m of funding from HSBC to expand the business with a new 50,000ft² Sheffield DC. Due for completion in January 2013, the new site will run in tandem with DBL’s existing 25,000ft² facility in the Sheffield Business Park, and the company hopes additional volumes will boost its annual turnover, currently £3m per year. The company holds an O-licence for 15 trucks and trailers, but will look to increase the authorisation to 25 […]

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First Euro-6 Actros to hit the roads

April 25, 2012 Will Shiers

KMS Mallinson Transport will be the first UK operator to run Euro-6 versions of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros. The Barnsley-based operator placed an order for two of them at the CV Show, along with a further eight Euro-5s. “We are a forward-thinking company,” said MD Stephen Mallinson, who is looking forward to comparing the fuel economy between the two trucks. “Euro-6 is on its way, and this will be a good chance for us to get some experience of running […]

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DPD announces extra staff and depot for Olympics

April 24, 2012

DPD is to deploy and additional 200 staff and open an extra London depot to minimise disruption resulting from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of its plans during the games, the company says it will: • open an additional facility near its London Bridge depot; • increase the number of routes operating from all its London depots; • extend its early delivery times between 5am and 7am and also offer to deliver from 6pm to 9pm. • […]

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Culina acquires Cert Octavian’s supply chain operations

April 23, 2012 Hayley Pink

Culina Group has acquired the supply chain activities of Cert Octavian for an undisclosed amount, as it continues with its strategy to double the business in the next five years. The deal will see Culina Logistics’ parent taking over Cert Octavian’s distribution and warehousing contracts, facilities and staff, which will expand the group’s network to eight ambient DCs across the UK. The wine specialist will retain its cellarage business. It is expected around 300 staff will transfer across to Culina […]

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Clipper Logistics wins Swedish clothing contract

April 23, 2012 Hayley Pink

Clipper Logistics has won a new contract with Swedish children’s clothes retailer Polarn O. Pyret. It sees Clipper provide logistics from its Ollerton facility, as well as a warehousing arrangement that will allow expansion of Polarn’s current product range and offer store replenishment it its second phase, reducing the lead time of stock from Sweden. Leeds-based Clipper will handle around 5,500 SKUs, which will fulfill clothing orders in the UK and Ireland. The company says it was awarded the contract […]

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Sainsbury’s gets FTA Van Excellence accreditation

April 19, 2012 Christopher Walton

Sainsbury’s has received accreditation to the FTA’s Van Excellence scheme, the 25th van operator to do so since the scheme began in 2010. The retailer runs a fleet of 1,400 vans, and employs some 4,000 drivers, and it satisfactorily achieved the standards laid out in Van Excellence code – which are agreed by a governance group of leading van fleet operators. Mark Cartwright, the FTA’s head of vans and light commercial vehicles, says: “Achievement of this standard has been a […]

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Store Twenty One saves on fleet costs with Paragon

April 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

Fashion and homeware chain Store Twenty One has reduced its fleet size by 27% since implementing Paragon routeing and scheduling software in December 2011, which its says will lead to around £500,000 in annual cost savings. The retailer says it has been able to remove three 18-tonne rigids from its fleet, as the software has driven efficiencies in its logistics operation through better planning of optimised peak and off-peak delivery schedules to its 220 stores from its Solihull DC. Martin […]

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UPS adds dual-fuel Mercedes Axors to Olympics fleet

April 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS has added 10 new dual-fuel Mercedes-Benz Axors to its dedicated London 2012 fleet, the first of their kind in the logistic giant’s global 2,500-strong alternative fuel fleet. The long-wheelbase Axors feature a 4×2 drivetrain with a 360hp six-cylinder diesel engine, which has been modified by the Handstaff Group to enable them to run on a dual-fuel blend of biomethane and diesel. Modifications include the fitting of additional injectors to allow the injection of biomethane. UPS says the new Axors […]