News

Kuehne + Nagel sees weaker third-quarter derail progress

October 16, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Kuehne + Nagel’s road and rail logistics division saw volumes fall in the third quarter due to seasonality and the tough economic conditions affecting Europe, dragging down its nine month performance. It meant EBITDA was 9.6% down on the same period of last year for the first nine months of 2012 at CHF 28m (£18.7m). Despite this, invoiced turnover increased 6.9% to CHF 235m. EBITDA within its contract logistics division in the nine-month period was flat year-on-year at CHF 115m, […]

Industry News

URTU men bailed again

October 15, 2012 Chris Tindall

The United Road Transport Union (URTU) men at the centre of a probe into Driver CPC training activities have had their bail extended yet again. The seven men include general secretary Bob Monks, national officer Mel Thornton and regional officers Lee Pimbley and Mike Billingham. They were originally arrested on 15 February on suspicion of fraud by false representation. They have had their bail extended until December. It is now the third extention. As part of the operation a warrant […]

Contract Wins

Orange order for Norbert Dentressangle

October 15, 2012 Derren Hayes

Norbert Dentressangle has extended its relationship with Orange Chemicals for a further three years following a competitive tender. Under the new contract, ND has transferred the Orange Chemicals business from its tank storage facility in Dagenham to its dedicated hazardous goods warehouse and drumming plant at Acton Grange, near Warrington. ND receives up to 12 tankers per month and is responsible for the discharge of mainly solvents and glycols into bulk containers and drums. The company is also responsible for […]

Industry News

Love Logistics livery initiative fails to find traction

October 15, 2012 Derren Hayes

The bosses of Abbey Logistics Group and Suckling Transport are disappointed that their efforts to promote the industry with a Love Logistics livery on their vehicles haven’t been embraced by other operators. Six months after the Love Logistics liveries were introduced, inspired by former Labour spin-doctor Alastair Campbell’s suggestion at an MT Directors’ Club meeting that trucks were the perfect moving billboards to promote the industry, no other operators have followed suit. James Hookham, MD of policy and communications at […]

Contract Wins

Norbert Dentressangle takes Liberty

October 15, 2012 Chris Druce

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has picked up a new European warehousing and distribution deal with cable company Liberty Global. ND will establish Liberty’s European DC in Venray, the Netherlands, along with a number of regional DCs, the first of which opened last month in Switzerland. The agreement builds on an existing partnership ND has with UPC, Liberty’s European division, in the Netherlands. Liberty works in the cable TV, broadband internet and telephony services sectors throughout Europe and South America. Its brands […]

News

Combination trailer provides best of both worlds for Arla

October 15, 2012 Robin Meczes

Dairy producer Arla Foods has unveiled a new dual-purpose trailer to help eliminate empty running. The combination unit, constructed by Gray & Adams and Crossland Tankers, features a 19,000 litre milk tank with a refrigerated area above that can accommodate 85 milk cages or 22 pallets. The 12.2m long trailer, which Arla is using to deliver finished product from its Stourton transport hub to stores and regional DCs and collect raw milk from farms on the way back, is around […]

News

Brit European sees turnaround in fortunes

October 15, 2012 Robin Meczes

Crewe, Cheshire-based Brit European Transport made a dramatic return to profit during 2011, recording a pre-tax profit of £334,000 compared to pre-tax loss of £453,000 the previous year. Turnover in the year to 31 December rose 20% from £20m to £24m, all but £2m of which was generated in the UK. The firm, which specialises in car, CV, plant and equipment and lift truck transport, as well as bulk tanker work, said there had been “stability and in some cases […]

Interviews

Knights of Old – service is not just a slogan

October 12, 2012 Steve Hobson

Knights of Old (KOO) was founded in 1865 by William Knight with a single horse and cart, and has grown steadily and today runs 169 trucks and 185 trailers. The modern history of the company really starts in 2000, when it moved to its present base on a ten acre site in Kettering, which now includes 120,000sq ft of warehousing. In 2011 the company took another big step forward with the merger with Northampton-based Mainland Group, adding around £10m revenue […]

News

All change for ND’s change director

October 11, 2012 Robin Meczes

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has promoted former change director John Williams to the role of director of its shared user business unit. Williams, who has worked in the past for Keystone Distribution, Random House Group and Christian Salvesen joined ND less than a year ago. He takes on responsibility for a portfolio of 10-shared user warehouses totalling 2.5 million ft². The network includes the Perishables Handling  Centre at Heathrow Airport, which ND says is Europe’s largest chilled airfreight handling centre, as […]

News

FedEx Express introduces Priority Alert services in the UK

October 11, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

FedEx Express is now offering customers sending parcels to and from the UK access to its Priority Alert service. Priority Alert and Priority Alert Plus were launched in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) yesterday [10 October]. The service identifies time-critical, valuable and temperature-sensitive parcels by the use of bright pink tape to ensure they are delivered quickly. Both priority services allow customers to monitor and track their parcel. “Our customers expect agility, speed and reliability for their global […]