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Operators warned not to sell longer semi-trailer allocation

September 25, 2012 Chris Tindall

Operators will be kicked off the 10-year trial of longer semi-trailers (LST) if they attempt to sell their allocation, the DfT has warned after at least one participant tried just that. In a letter sent to trial participants this summer seen by MT.co.uk, former transport minister Mike Penning said he was pleased with the progress operators in the trial had made, but was concerned that companies were considering putting their longer semi-trailers allocation up for sale. Penning wrote on the […]

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Grampian Continental opens Italian warehouse

September 24, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Aberdeenshire-based Grampian Continental has opened its second European hub as a result of an increase in oil industry work on the Continent. The firm, which has another base in the Netherlands, has opened a 1,500ft² warehouse in Verona, Italy, to assist with its contracts in Italy and Cyprus. It hopes that this new warehouse will open up new areas for business growth across Europe and North Africa. “This is a very exciting time for the company, the opening of the […]

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Abbey Logistics riders go the extra mile for cancer charity

September 24, 2012 Steve Hobson

A team of six cyclists, including Abbey Logistics MD Steve Granite and Abbey drivers John Thomas and Vinny Jones, has completed a gruelling 500 mile ride through five countries in five days from Dusseldorf to Manchester. The riders encountered bad weather, punctures and some big hills, but made it through to raise £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. To learn more and donate go to www.justgiving.com/5countrybikeride  

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TNT Express chief executive resigns

September 24, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

TNT Express chief executive Marie-Christine Lombard has resigned, ahead of the parcel company’s acquisition by UPS. Chief financial officer (CFO) Bernard Bot will take over her position as interim CEO at the end of September, when Lombard leaves the company to pursue another career. “It is regrettable that Marie-Christine has decided to leave TNT Express now. We thank Marie-Christine for her contributions and wish her well for the future,” said Antony Burgmans, chairman of the supervisory board at TNT Express. […]

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Advanced Supply Chain launches logistics consultancy service

September 21, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Ambitious Bradford-based operator Advanced Supply Chain has launched a consultancy service offering logistics advice to SMEs. The operator, which has predicted a turnover of £100m within five years, is targeting the new Consultancy Plus service at smaller businesses. The first company to benefit from the new service, Lancashire-based soft furnishings supplier J Rosenthal & Son, has already made improvements to operational management, staffing, strategic thinking and recruitment. Mike Danby, chief executive at Advanced Supply Chain, said: “We decided to bring […]

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MBO at APC member Derby Express Couriers (Overnight)

September 21, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

The management team at Derby Express Couriers (Overnight) have completed a management buy-out (MBO). The Derby-based overnight courier company, which is part of the APC Overnight parcel delivery network, was sold by founding shareholder Nick Taylor to directors Lorraine Sharp and Susan Hill. “Susan and I are privileged to be able to lead the business to the next stage,” said Lorraine Sharp, who has worked at Derby Express for 12 years. “We take pride in offering a quality and reliable […]

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Harlequin Logistics hauls a bigger breakfast

September 20, 2012 Motor Transport

Harlequin Logistics is now running about a dozen 15.65m trailers on its Kellogg’s operation, as part of the government’s 10-year trial of longer semi-trailers. Four of the five members of the year-old haulier consortium – Currie European, John Raymond Transport, Jack Richards & Son and Prestons of Potto – are running the longer trailers for the cereal giant, shipping loads from Manchester throughout the UK. The 3.04m-high SDC Trailers can carry 60 pallets rather than the normal 52, said Currie’s […]

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Russian Railways to buy 75% of Gefco

September 20, 2012 Motor Transport

JSC Russian Railways (RZD), is in talks to buy 75% of Gefco, the logistics arm of cash-strapped car maker PSA Peugeot Citroën for €800m (£640m). PSA Peugeot Citroën said the proposed deal should speed Gefco’s growth by creating a business with enhanced reach in logistics services linking Europe and Asia. The existing management team, led by its president Luc Nadal, will not change, it added. Vitaly Belskiy, from consultancy Frost & Sullivan, said: “The deal is a clear ‘win-win’ for […]

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FairFuelUK to heap pressure on government with new research

September 20, 2012 Laura Hailstone

FairFuelUK (FFUK) is preparing it’s strongest argument yet as to why the government should stop raising fuel duty and actually lower it instead. An economic modelling study, funded by FFUK backer RHA, has been carried out by the National Institute of Economics and Social Research, and is predicted to reveal further duty rises will be “devastating for the economy”. “We have issued an invitation to the Treasury to sit down with us and go through the findings of this research,” […]

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DHL staff to strike in North Lanarkshire over pay

September 20, 2012 Christopher Walton

DHL has said a ‘generous offer’ has been made to staff at its Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire depot who have voted for strike action. Union Unite Scotland said that over 350 warehousing and logistics employees at DHL’s Westfield site in the area rejected DHL’s offer of a 2% annual increase, to run over two years. Furthermore, it said  over 90% of ballot papers returned were  in favour of strike action. However, a DHL Supply Chain spokeswoman said: “DHL believes its offer […]