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Container hauliers will struggle, warns Pentalver boss

July 20, 2012 Peter Steele

Pentalver has warned there could be casualties in the container haulage market in the second half of the year as the sector struggles with low volumes. The warning comes as the firm reported turnover and pre-tax profit growth in 2011: Pentalver Transport saw turnover grow to £57.4m in the year, from £55m a year ago, while pre-tax profit rose to £2m, from £1.5m. At sister business Pentalver Cannock, turnover rose to £24.8m, compared to £22.9m in 2010, but pre-tax profit […]

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Norbert gets a lotta bottle with £3m Nestle deal

July 19, 2012 Hayley Pink

Norbert Dentressangle has won a £3m two-year contract with Nestlé Waters UK to provide an intermodal operation for importing bottled water from mainland Europe. The logistics giant will make around  900 scheduled collections and deliveries a year, moving full trailer and container loads at fixed times. This will involve collecting Vittel from the eponymous town, and Perrier from Vergeze, in France. San Pellegrino will be collected from two sites in Italy – Madone and Ruspino – before onward transportation to […]

Elddis Transport has won the Haulier of the Year Award
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Elddis Transport to introduce urban artics into fleet

July 18, 2012

Elddis Transport has decided to introduce a number of ‘urban artics’ to its fleet after a successful trial of a 10m trailer last month. The Consett-based company has been looking for a viable alternative to the 18-tonne rigids it normally operates within towns and cities. The shorter trailers will be used to deliver “complementary consumer products”, such as wine and food stuffs, with greater capacity than a rigid can offer. Elddis will use Actros tractor-units to pull its bespoke urban […]

Royal Mail is introducing a fuel surcharge
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Royal Mail logistics students identify £400k of savings

July 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

Royal Mail celebrated the first wave of graduates to achieve its Foundation Degree in Logistics from Aston University last week, with more than £400,000 in operational cost savings posting an extra boost to the occasion. Designed for experienced managers who may not have studied since leaving school, the qualification combines work-based and academic study and takes two years to complete. In year two, a project overseen by senior Royal Mail logistics managers is undertaken, with more than £400,000 of savings […]

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Nightline pumps €5m into Parcel Motel infrastructure

July 17, 2012 Hayley Pink

Nightline is to invest €5m into the roll-out of its self-service parcel terminals across the UK, creating 50 jobs in the process. The Irish carrier says the funding will be used to set up the infrastructure for 400 Parcel Motel locker boxes that will all be operation by the end of 2014. To date, 20 units have been installed around Dublin, with a target of 100 by the end of the year. CEO John Tuohy says the Parcel Motel concept […]

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UPS to wrap-up TNT Express takeover in Q4

July 16, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS says its takeover of TNT Express is likely to be completed in the fourth quarter. The US firm says it wants to carry out a what it describes as a ‘Phase II  review’, as there are “certain areas that require more time to analyse”. This extended review could take up to 25 weeks to complete, which will mean the initial offer period will need to be extended beyond the original deadline of 31 August, and is now expected to […]

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Kuehne + Nagel sees UK performance as satisfactory

July 16, 2012 Peter Steele

Kuehne + Nagel says it is back on track after a weak start to the first six months of trading this financial year. Citing muted consumption and increased market volatility throughout the world, the Swiss logistics giant saw turnover increase just 2.8% to CHF10bn (£6.5bn)  for the six months ending 30 June (2011: CHF9.78bn). Globally, EBITDA was down from CHF502m in the same period a year ago, to CHF389m. Its road and rail division reports that its groupage, full and […]

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Pollock (Scotrans) becomes latest Palletways member

July 13, 2012

Pollock (Scotrans) has joined the Palletways pallet network, covering the EH postcode as well as some of KY and TD. The West Lothian operator has signed a ten-year deal with Palletways. It was previously a member of the Pall-Ex network. Fraser Pollock, MD at the operator, says: “As a business, operating within the competitive distribution sector, we are always looking for opportunities to support our growth strategy by strengthening our service proposition to our customers. “Our new membership with Palletways […]

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Tradeteam turnover falls as on-trade volumes decline

July 12, 2012 Peter Steele

DHL Tradeteam saw its revenue and profit fall in 2011 as customers’ thirst for drinking in pubs, clubs and restaurants diminished. For  the 12 months ending 31 December 2011 turnover at the drinks distributor fell to £160.3m (2010: £172.2m), while pre-tax profit also fell from £12m to £11.1m. A spokeswoman for DHL says: “Tradeteam continues to face challenging market conditions as pubs continue to close, and overall on-trade volumes continue to decline. “As a result Tradeteam took the decision at […]

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Yusen Logistics launches specialist automotive centre

July 12, 2012 Peter Steele

Yusen Logistics has begun trading out of its specialist automotive centre in Tamworth, building on volumes out of its operation at Burnaston, near Derby. The 81,000ft² site, adjacent to the M42, offers decanting, crossdocking, stockholding and sequencing operations from first and second tier automotive parts manufacturers serving Yusen’s major car manufacturing clients. Yusen regional general manager Ian Holland says:  “We are offering our customers a facility at which stock can be held locally to the manufacturing plant, enabling the automotive […]