Contract Wins

Wincanton wins Kiddicare contract

July 3, 2012 Hayley Pink

Wincanton has won a contract with Kiddicare to handle the fulfilment of the retailer’s new superstores, including its new flagship Peterborough store. Kiddicare, owned by supermarket giant Morrisons, currently generates 85% of business through online orders, but following the acquisition of a number of former Best Buy sites in January, it is looking to expand its service to become a multichannel operation. Wincanton will re-fit its 200,000sq² site in Daventry, Northants, to receive, and pick and pack millions of items […]

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DPD warns retailers to be Olympics savvy

July 3, 2012 Hayley Pink

DPD is urging retailers to talk to their delivery companies about the potential disruption threatened by the Olympics later this month. The parcels giant is concerned that many retailers are still underestimating the extent of the upheaval the Games could create during peak times. Dwain McDonald, DPD chief executive, says: “We are estimating the maximum period for potential disruption to deliveries to certain postcodes to be up to 50 days between mid July and mid September. “Sites like Westfield shopping […]

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Mixed fortunes for Eddie Stobart in past four months

June 29, 2012 Christopher Walton

Stobart Group says its transport and distribution division Eddie Stobart has experienced “mixed fortunes” since March. In the past four months Eddie Stobart says its ambient transport and warehousing operations have been performing well and is “witnessing more new business opportunities than in previous years”. However, it warns that  the restructure of its chilled operations, whilst progressing, has resulted in some further costs. In the past six months its chilled operations, with the closure of its Corby and Alcester distribution […]

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Bullet Express improves driver performance with telematics

June 28, 2012 Steve Hobson

Bullet Express has invested in Smart Telematics from Navman Wireless to help promote efficient and safe driver behaviour across its fleet of 36 vehicles after a trial of various systems. David McCutcheon, managing director of Bullet Express, says: “We saw great improvements in the driver’s performance over the two week trial; the system helped them improve in all areas and we saw our drivers achieve the 85 per cent performance standard we had set.” Bullet Express has also included Navman […]

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Ocado distribution centre investments boost first half

June 27, 2012 Hayley Pink

Ocado says investments in its network and fleet led to revenue growth in the first six months of its financial year. The online grocery giant and own-account operatorsinvested £9m into capacity improvements at its existing Hatfield customer fulfilment centre (CFC1), as well as pumping £49.7m into the first phase of building a second CFC in Dordon, Warwicks, due to commence operations in Q1 2013. As a result of improved capacity in Hatfield, weekly deliveries per van have increased by nearly […]

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Acumen’s Stocker joins Gefco

June 27, 2012 Christopher Walton

Gefco has appointed former Acumen Logistics Group commercial director John Stocker as its sales and marketing director. Stocker is now responsible for all sales, marketing and communications in the UK and the PSA Peugeot Citroën division as it looks to expand its customer base. Tristan Balayn, MD at Gefco UK, says: “I am very pleased that John has chosen to join Gefco at such a pivotal time for the industry. His substantial experience and knowledge of the sector will prove […]

Contract Wins

Ceva Logistics signs €50m contract with Crown Paint

June 22, 2012 Christopher Walton

Ceva Logistics has had its 26 year relationship with Crown Paint extended after it signing a five and a half year contract, worth €50m (£40.3m). The contract will see Ceva manage Crown’s trade warehouse operation, nationwide distribution of retail and trade product, and inter-site and bulk transport movements. In addition Ceva has opened a €1.5m (£1.2m) trade warehouse operation for Crown in Hull today (22 June), as an export base to export paint. The move has created 70 jobs, primarily […]

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Revenue up 6% at Fowler Welch

June 22, 2012 Hayley Pink

Fowler Welch boosted revenue 6% to £152.4m for the year ended 31 March, with pre-tax profit up to £3.9m, from £2.6m the previous year. The FMCG specialist downsized its container division in the period, with the closure of its Felixstowe site. It now runs a smaller operation from its site in Alconbury, Cambridgshire that has seen an improvement in miles per truck. It has also  reduced its number of tractor units. Performance was boosted at its 50,000 pallet ambient consolidation […]

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UPS to submit cash offer for TNT Express tomorrow

June 21, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS is due to formally submit its €9.50 per share cash offer for Dutch-owned parcels firm TNT Express tomorrow. The offer has been recommended to shareholders by TNT’s board, with majority shareholder PostNL, which holds nearly 30% of all shares, agreeing to sell its stake under the offer. If agreed, the transaction will create a global logistics firm that generates €45bn revenue per year, with UPS benefitting from an increased presence in Europe, while TNT’s customers will gain access to […]

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Hermes slashes CO2 emissions

June 21, 2012 Hayley Pink

Hermes has slashed its CO2 output by 6% in the past year, with the business achieving savings of 18.4% since 2008. The parcels firm has set itself a target of a 20% reduction by 2015. The reductions are part of a strategy implemented by German parent Otto Group, which requires a 50% reduction across the entire business by 2020. In the past 12 months, Hermes has adopted automated transmission across all tractor units within its trunking operation, which has improved […]