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Co-operative trials new Dolphin aerodynamic truck-body

December 5, 2012 Chris Druce

The Co-operative Group, which has said it would welcome the opportunity to trial more longer semi-trailers, has become one of the first customers to receive Dolphin aerodynamic truck bodies from Gray & Adams. The Dolphin is named because of its streamlined profile, which is designed to maximise fuel-efficiency and therefore reduce CO2 emissions. The design, fitted in this example to two 26-tonne Scania chassis, features cappings that follow the curvature of the roof, and a vortex generator to smooth the […]

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TNT Post dismisses Communication Workers’ Union attack

December 4, 2012 Christopher Walton

Final mile postal workers could boycott mail handled by private sector firms in the new year,  after a consultative ballot of Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) members at the Royal Mail. The union said that it had concerns that competition in the market for final mile postal deliveries, from the likes of TNT Post, was “undermining the sustainability of the universal service”. It is calling for postal regulator Ofcom to: Protect the universal service and end cherry-picking of delivery services. Maintain […]

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Hoyer acquires De Rijke’s bulk liquid division

December 3, 2012 Christopher Walton

European chemical transport giant Hoyer has acquired the bulk liquid division of Dutch logistics company De Rijke. The deal sees Hoyer take on 240 employees at five De Rijke offices, including its site in Preston Brook, Cheshire. Across Europe Hoyer will add to its operations: 1,500 tanker containers, 130 tractors and 300 tanker trailers and chassis. Günter-Friedrich Maas, head of the Chemilog business unit at Hoyer, said: “We will be gaining market share, particularly in our relations to and from […]

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Online retailers at risk of overwhelming their distribution networks

December 3, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

DX Group sales and marketing director Paul Doble has warned that online retailers are in danger of overwhelming capacity on their distribution networks in the run up to Christmas. Financial services firm Experian has predicted a 36% rise in online retail visits today and Doble said retailers should re-assess their delivery capabilities. Carriers are offering collection two working days before Christmas. TNT Express, DPD, FedEx, Hermes and UK Mail all said that 21 December is the last day they can […]

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News Extra: Too much of a good thing

December 3, 2012 Motor Transport

The explosive growth in e-commerce in recent years has left the road transport industry struggling to provide enough capacity. MT looks at the implications of this change. Today (3 December) is Cyber Monday, where consumers in the full swing of crazed Christmas-gift buying are expected to set a record and make 115 million visits to online retail sites. If Experian’s prediction is realised, it will represent a leap of 36% on the same day last year. For December as a […]

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LaFarge/Tarmac joint venture executive team announced

November 30, 2012 Chris Druce

LaFarge and Tarmac owner Anglo American have revealed the executive team that will oversee their UK joint venture. Jamie Pike has been named as the venture’s non-executive chairman, Cyrille Ragoucy as chief executive and Guy Young as chief financial officer (CFO). Pike was chief executive of Foseco, a business serving the foundry and steel making industries. Ragoucy is senior v-p of health and safety for Lafarge, while Young is CFO at Tarmac. The joint venture will combine Tarmac’s and Lafarge’s […]

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Hermes opens 1,000th ParcelShop

November 30, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Hermes has opened its 1,000th parcel shop, five months after the service was launched. The firm plans to expand the network to 2,500 sites by the end of 2013, following the opening of the milestone ParcelShop in Stockport. It launched the service in June with 500 stores nationwide, which offer an alternative for SMEs to send parcels and allow online retailers to offer consumers a convenient returns service. It plans to expand the service next year to allow parcels to […]

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UPS and TNT Express submit remedies to addess competition concerns

November 30, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

UPS and TNT Express have submitted remedies to the European Commission to address its competition concerns, extending the review period further. The submission extends the EC’s review period by 15 business days to 5 February 2013. The proposed remedies involve the sale of the business activities and its assets. UPS needs to ensure the long-term viability of these activities and the continuity of service already provided by TNT Express.  In order to receive approval, the EC will market-test the remedies. […]

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Eddie Stobart faces third strike at Doncaster DC

November 29, 2012 Chris Druce

Eddie Stobart is facing a third strike by its drivers based at Tesco’s Doncaster DC. Although the operator and Unite had been in talks via Acas in a bid to resolve the long-running jobs dispute, efforts to find a way forward have failed. The 183 drivers, of which 180 are Unite members, have now rejected an improved redundancy offer from Eddie Stobart, and announced they will commence continuous strike action from the 6 December. The union believes this will be […]

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Burdens in administration

November 29, 2012 Chris Druce

Burdens, the civil engineering products and construction materials supplier, has been placed into administration. The company, which has 20 operating centres across the UK and an O-licence to run up 127 vehicles plus trailers, is in the hands of administrator Duff & Phelps. “We will continue to trade the company as a going concern whilst we continue discussions with those parties interested in acquiring some, or all of the remaining branches,” said administrator Philip Duffy. WTB Trading, the main trading […]