Former Kuehne + Nagel man joins Great Bear as chief executive

January 22, 2013 Ashleigh Wight

Great Bear Distribution has appointed former Kuehne + Nagel  senior vice-president for contract logistics, Glenn Lindfield, as chief executive. Lindfield, who will step down from his role as senior vice president for contract logistics for K+N North West Europe, will take on his new position from 1 February. He will take over management responsibility from the Chester-based 3PL’s founders, David Williams and Colin McDavid, who will continue to be involved in business strategy. Lindfield said: “I am delighted to have […]

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January 22, 2013 Laura Hailstone

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Meachers and Steve Porter launch Isle of Wight consolidation centre

January 22, 2013 Chris Druce

Southampton-based Meachers Global Logistics and Isle of Wight operator Steve Porter Transport Group have announced the opening of a cross-Solent consolidation centre as part of their alliance. The move cements the strategic partnership that the operators entered into last year, which sees them co-operating on the delivery of inbound and outbound freight from the Isle of Wight via Southampton. Meachers Global Logistics will now manage an Isle of Wight receiving facility from its Southampton-headquarters two miles from the city’s docks. […]


Suttons Group MD to retire

January 22, 2013 Ashleigh Wight

Andrew Palmer, MD at Motor Transport Award-winning Suttons Group, is to retire at the end of April. John Sutton, who currently manages the group’s international division, will take on Palmer’s responsibilities as group MD from 1 May. Palmer (pictured second from right with Christine Bond of Mexichem Fluor) will step down  from his full-time executive role on 30 April, but will join parent company Thomas Cradley Holdings’ (TCH) board as non-executive director in May. TCH chairman Michael Sutton said: “The […]

Contract Wins

Wincanton wins Rolls-Royce military contract

January 22, 2013 Ashleigh Wight

Wincanton has won a five year contract with Rolls-Royce, which will see it store and transport generators for the UK armed forces. The firm will store the generators, which are used to power medical and communications equipment,  at its shared user warehouse in Middleton, Greater Manchester. It will also pack the generators for global distribution. The contract will also see the firm perform audited maintenance checks on the equipment upon its return to the warehouse, ahead of returning to storage […]


Stobart sells automotive aftersales arm to Paragon Group

January 21, 2013 Christopher Walton

Stobart Group has sold its automotive after-sales division, Stobart Vehicle Services, to Paragon Group for an undisclosed sum. The division, which was part of Autologic prior to its purchase by Stobart in August 2012, provides car manufacturers and dealerships with services ranging from new car preparation to customisation. As part of the deal Paragon will take on former Autologic sites in Corby, Portbury, Doncaster and five manufacturer locations and said it would be “welcoming  500 new staff”. The division will […]

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Vosa stands by ATF owner association

January 21, 2013 Chris Druce

Vosa has given its backing to the formation of an association for the owners of authorised testing facilities (ATFs) and said it wants to work in partnership with them. More than 50 ATF operators attended the inaugural meeting of the ATF Operators Association last week in Coventry, where Vosa senior business development manager Mark Warden stressed that, as the ATF network matures, “it is important Vosa has an association that it can have constructive dialogue with”. Warden admitted that the […]


TNT Express: our future is still bright

January 21, 2013 Ashleigh Wight

TNT said it is more certain about its future after the collapse of its multi-billion euro acquisition by UPS last week, despite analysts warning that the industry giant needs to “work out what is going on”. UPS pulled the plug on the €5.16bn (£4.31bn) deal after it became clear that the European Commission (EC) would veto the acquisition, which had been bogged down in EC red tape for the past 10 months, due to competition concerns. UPS said it was […]


Brian Yeardley Continental turnover up 17% in 2012

January 21, 2013 Chris Tindall

Brian Yeardley Continental said a willingness to reinvent itself and innovate had helped boost turnover by 17% during 2012. Summary accounts for the year ending 31 December 2012 showed sales increased to £10.2m during the period, compared with £8.7m in 2011. However, managing director Kevin Hopper said he expected a tough 2013 and that the Featherstone based company was investigating further cost savings within the business as a result. Hopper said it identified a need from some of its biggest […]


DHL lends support to rugby's Harlequins

January 18, 2013 Chris Druce

DHL Express will today  (18 January) transport nearly a ton of rugby kit and equipment for London side Harlequins in support of their Heineken Cup clash in France with Biarritz. The gear will be moved from Harelquins’ training ground at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford to the Parc des Sports Aguiléra in Birarritz, as part of DHL’s role as the English side’s logistics partner. DHL is using a specially commissioned Harlequins-liveried van for the task, which features England internationals […]