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 […]


Events logistics firms say the show goes on despite wet summer

July 12, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Events logistics firms are coping well with the prolonged wet summer, claiming the miserable weather is just “par for the course”. EST senior manager Del Roll says: “Big outdoor stadium events usually throw in a rain date, it’s almost standard procedure, so the weather doesn’t stop us. We do the transport for most of the major acts that are touring; we’ve got Madonna and Bruce Springsteen coming up next.” Chris Redburn, chairman and MD of Redburn Transfer, admits that the […]

Contract Wins

Clipper Logistics wins contract

July 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

Clipper Logistics has won an e-fulfilment contract with women’s exercise clothing company Vevie, following the launch of its online sales site The deal will see the logistics giant handling all inbound freight from vendors and suppliers, order fulfilment and home deliveries for Vevie’s customers across the UK and globally using a network of courier partners. Clipper will also carry out quality control of products and handle all returns at its Milton Keynes DC. The contract was awarded following a […]


UK Mail Group reveals satisfactory Q1 results

July 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

UK Mail Group has made a “satisfactory” start to its financial year, with revenue up by 13% compared with the same period last year, or by 10% if excluding Royal Mail price hikes implemented on 2 April. First-quarter results, for the period 1 April to 10 July, show mixed fortunes across the group’s four divisions – parcels, mail, courier and pallets – with tight cost control remaining a key focus across the board. The parcels business showed good growth in […]


Iveco Ecostralis joins Stobart fleet

July 10, 2012 Peter Steele

Stobart Group has taken delivery of two Iveco Ecostralis units as part of a three-year trial. The vehicles’ performance will be monitored in upcoming months as the pair operate from its depot in Carlisle. The trucks, named Sophie and Lynda Dawn, are expecting to remain in the fleet for three years running some 160,000km a year. Stobart’s fleet comprises of over 2,250 tractor units, preominantly Scania and Volvo but in April the firm took delivery of 18 Mercedes-Benz Actros units […]

Operator News

Dawson Rentals goes for Bandvulc tyres

July 10, 2012 Steve Hobson

Dawson Rentals has awarded a tyre supply contract to retread specialist Bandvulc Tyres.  The deal includes collection and reuse of worn tyre casings across the UK. “The Bandvulc Group like ourselves has an industry leading name in its specialist field and of course we have synergies with both of our end-user clients.  It was this, combined with a professional approach to business and a visible investment programme in its products which lead us to select Bandvulc” comments Steve Miller, group MD of Dawson. The agreement sees Bandvulc […]


CollectPlus launches Meadowhall Parcel Point site

July 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

CollectPlus is opening a Parcel Point operation at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield, enabling customers to drop-off packages and collect online purchases while shopping. More than 25 million shoppers use Meadowhall each year, and CollectPlus says the new service will help extend and enhance its network of sites located at 4,700 corner shops and petrol stations. Mark Lewis, CEO of CollectPlus – a joint venture between parcels giant Yodel and Pay Point – says: “For Meadowhall’s busy shoppers and […]

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Viridor pays £7.6m for recycling business JWT Holdings

July 6, 2012 Robin Meczes

Viridor Waste Management has acquired JWT Holdings, a waste collection and recycling business based in Atherton, Greater Manchester, from John William Thomasson for £7.6m. JWT Holdings employs 45 staff and handles around 70,000 tonnes of material a year. Its materials recycling facility and fleet of 29 vehicles will be integrated into Viridor’s northern region, complementing the commercial collection services of its Trafford Park Operation, says owner Pennon Group. The acquisition will provide excellent synergies with Viridor’s activities in Manchester and […]

Operator News

Knights of Old goes longer with Palletforce liveried trailers

July 5, 2012 Robin Meczes

Northamptonshire-based Knights of Old has taken delivery of two new Palletforce-branded longer semi-trailers. Both are already in action – one based at its Kettering headquarters and the other at its Hitchin site. The 15.65m long double-deck trailers are part of an order for nine longer semi-trailers in total, all being supplied by SDC Trailers. The remaining seven, at least five of which will also be double-deckers, will be used in general operations in Knights of Old livery. Two of the […]


CitySprint acquires same-day operations of Scarlet Couriers

July 4, 2012 Hayley Pink

CitySprint has purchased the same-day operations of Thames Valley-based Scarlet Couriers. The deal sees CitySprint acquire Scarlet Courier’s same-day, overnight and international operations in Bracknell, as well as the company’s same-day courier operation in Slough. Patrick Gallagher, chief executive, CitySprint, says: “This deal is another significant milestone in CitySprint’s on-going growth strategy. CitySprint’s extensive national reach is key to our success, so we’re delighted to be consolidating our presence in Berkshire.” Following the deal, Scarlet Couriers will continue to run […]