Contract Wins

Clipper wins Wilkinson e-commerce contract

November 22, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Clipper Logistics Group has been awarded a contract with Wilkinson to handle its internet sales operation. It has been offering a range of customer delivery options for the retailer, including home delivery and click and collect from store, since the contract began in early autumn. The retail logistics provider will service the contract out of its e-fulfilment centre in Ollerton, Notts, with Wilkinson taking up 110,000ft²  of space in the new 150,000ft²  extension completed earlier this year. Clipper managing director […]

Contract Wins

Panther wins £9m of new business this year

November 22, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Two-man delivery firm Panther has invested £1m in new vehicles and premises to handle increased demand from new contracts. As a result from changing its model from general haulage to next day two-man delivery in 2010, it has attracted£9m in new business this year, including homeware retailers such as Bathstore, TC office furniture and Worldstores. To handle the increase in volumes it has taken on 45 Luton-bodied Renault vans this year and plans to add another 30 to its fleet […]

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Norbert Dentressangle gets new board members

November 22, 2012 Robin Meczes

Norbert Dentressangle has revealed two new members of its executive board, following the recent appointment of Hervé Montjotin as its new chief executive. Malcolm Wilson, formerly MD of Norbert Dentressangle Logistics UK, has been appointed MD of the group’s logistics division – a role previously handled by former CEO François Bertreau; while Luis Angel Gomez, previously MD of Spanish subsidiary Norbert Dentressangle Gerposa, becomes MD of the transport division – the job previously held by Montjotin. Commenting on the appointments, […]

Industry News

HGV Road User Levy Bill completes second reading in Parliament

November 22, 2012 Chris Druce

The HGV Road User Levy Bill has successful completed its second reading in the House of Commons, bringing road charging for all operators a step closer. The bill, which remains on course to see the introduction of a levy for both domestic and foreign registered vehicles in the UK by April 2014, was unopposed and is now at committee stage. The maximum daily charge under the levy will be €11 (£8.90), with UK operators receiving a VED offset to make […]

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Ocado fulfilment centre to open in February

November 22, 2012 Robin Meczes

Online grocery retailer Ocado has said its second customer fulfilment centre in Dordon, Warwickshire, will commence operations in February next year. Equipment installation at the warehouse is almost complete and testing has been underway since May, the firm confirmed. The project “remains in line with budget”, it said. The retailer, which also announced it had secured an 18-month extension on £100m of loans from its lenders to July 2015, said it had achieved an 11% rise in gross sales year-on-year […]

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Pall-Ex European growth plan remains on course

November 21, 2012 Chris Druce

Pall-Ex’s ambitious European expansion plan remains on track, despite the economic volatility gripping the Continent, deputy MD Cris Stephenson has said. Pall-Ex has set itself the target of having a 15 country-strong network of European franchisees by 2015. Stephenson confirmed its European expansion was “on track, and unchanged”. He said pallet networks’ inherent efficiencies and co-operative approach meant that, despite Europe’s troubles, they “play into that quite usefully. In times of economic trouble they are [often] a better option.” Pall-Ex […]

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UK Mail promises to fill gaps in pallet network

November 21, 2012 Robin Meczes

Express parcels and mail provider UK Mail Group says it is taking action to plug the gaps in its pallet distribution business UK Pallets. It reported a significant decline in operating profit from this division during the first six months of the financial year. While revenue from its pallets business rose 0.8% to £14.3m in the six months to 30 September compared to the same period last year, operating profit fell over 26% to £800,000, said the firm. UK Mail […]

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News Extra: Will it be super in the end?

November 21, 2012 Derren Hayes

A new report claims UK operators could make significant savings if they were allowed to add overlength vehicles to their fleets. A new study published last week suggested that allowing the use of ‘super’ semi-trailers could save the haulage industry £226m a year in reduced running costs. Such findings appear to strengthen the economic argument for the use of longer vehicles, but the study also puts forward a case for ‘super semis’ on safety and environmental grounds. The report, Impact […]

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Comet home delivery arm to close

November 20, 2012 Chris Tindall

More than 600 Comet staff at 12 UK locations have lost their jobs after the joint administrators axed most of its home delivery operation. The collapse of the high street retailer has so far resulted in almost 900 redundancies while Deloitte continues to search for a buyer for all or parts of the business. The 603 workers of the home delivery division are based at 12 hub locations across the country, including 66 at Skelmersdale, 62 at Coatbridge and 59 […]

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APC drivers complete Driver CPC two years ahead of deadline

November 20, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Parcel carrier APC Overnight has revealed that all of its LGV drivers have completed the Driver CPC. Its drivers have all completed the compulsory 35 hours of training  two years ahead of the September 2014 deadline. Transport manager Surjit Ram said: “Road safety is imperative in any logistics firm, particularly one the size of APC, so to have our drivers qualified to the highest standard in their field gives us added confidence that every aspect of our service is top […]