Contract Wins

Norbert wins 10-year renewal with Shop Direct Group

May 21, 2012 Hayley Pink

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has won a 10-year contract renewal with Shop Direct Group (SDG) for the warehousing of its ‘two-man delivery’ products. The logistics giant will be responsible for the receipt, inspection, picking, dispatch and returns management of products requiring two-man delivery, such as furniture and white goods. Distribution will be handled by parcels firm Yodel. The furniture operation is based at ND’s warehouse in Wrexham, North Wales and the white goods operation at a second site at Hooton, near […]

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DHL Supply Chain signs £75m contract extension with BP

May 18, 2012 Derren Hayes

DHL Supply Chain has won a six-year contract extension, worth some £75m, with BP’s UK Convenience Retail business. Under the contract, DHL will provide warehousing and distribution services to BP’s 350 company-owned forecourts across the UK, handling 19 million cases per year of 1,400 product lines. DHL also provides frontline support on order and delivery queries for BP’s company owned stores. DHL has been working on the contract for eight years, and the new deal extends the relationship until 2018. […]

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2012 Everywoman Award winners revealed

May 18, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The winners of the 2012 MAN Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards were announced yesterday (17 May) at a lunch ceremony held at The Savoy Hotel in London, with Wincanton general manager Lynne Watson taking the coveted Woman of the Year Award. Now in their fifth year, the Everywoman Awards help to raise awareness of women who are excelling in this non-traditional sector by championing role models and showcasing the breadth of opportunities available to women in the logistics industry. […]

Wincanton extends Sainsbury's deal
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Wincanton strengthens ties with Sainsbury’s

May 17, 2012 Chris Druce

Wincanton Logistics has strengthened its ties with Sainsbury’s following the award of a major warehousing and distribution deal with the supermarket giant. The three-year contract to handle the majority of business for Sainsbury’s Local convenience stores across London is a welcome boost for the South-west operator following the recent loss of a £100m contract with electrical retailer Comet. Sainsbury’s will be building a new distribution centre in Thameside, south east London to handle the work, which is due to start […]

Potter Logistics Group has bought Palletline member House of James
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Potter Group Logistics buys House of James

May 17, 2012 Chris Druce

Ripon-based Potter Group Logistics has bought York logistics firm and Palletline member House of James for an undisclosed sum. The deal, struck yesterday (16 May) boosts Potter’s turnover by 50% to £22m, adding 100,000ft² of warehousing space, 35 vehicles and 55 trailers to the fleet. Motortransport.co.uk understands that Simon Gill, MD of House of James, will remain at the combined business for at least three years in the role of commercial director. Matthew Lamb, MD of Potter’s, says: “We have […]

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Palletline Logistics (Midlands) has CVA approved

May 17, 2012 Chris Druce

Creditors of Palletline Logistics (Midlands) have voted in favour of the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) applied for by the haulier last month. MD Bob Russett (pictured) told Motortransport.co.uk he had mixed feelings after approval of the CVA this week (16 May): relief that it had passed ensuring a future for the business, but disappointment that the action had been necessary. “We are trading profitability and intend to keep doing so,” says Russett. The Birmingham haulier’s cashflow problems stemmed from errors […]

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Eddie Stobart profit falls as increased costs bite

May 17, 2012 Christopher Walton

Stobart Group’s transport and distribution division, Eddie Stobart, saw revenue grow but profit fall in its most recent trading year, as it failed to cover increased costs through rate rises. For the 12 months ending 29 February turnover rose to £519.5m from £475.3m a year ago. However, pre-tax profit fell from £34.2m to £27.4m, due to cost increases of £4m “which have not been fully recovered through rate increases, mainly due to the increase in our customers’ costs”. Furthermore, £11.4m […]

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Lloyd Fraser expands fleet after fashion win

May 16, 2012 Hayley Pink

Lloyd Fraser Group has placed a 55-truck order with rental firm Ryder following a major 3PL contract win with an undisclosed fashion retailer. The order comprises 45 rigids – 16 Daf LF 7.5-tonners and 29 CF 18-tonne box trucks – which will be used on multi-drop delivery work, as well as 10 Renault Premium 44-tonne tractor units, which will be used on overnight trunking runs to the company’s five hubs. Ryder won the contract following a competitive tender, and Lloyd […]

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News extra: Operators respond to tight market

May 16, 2012 Christopher Walton

Smaller volumes and higher costs: 2011 was a pretty gloomy year by anyone’s standards. The outlook for the rest of 2012 is not much better but operators are greener and more efficient , according to a joint report by the FTA and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) UK. “In the past recovering from a downturn was a more predictable business,” says Coolin Desai, logistics industry leader at PwC UK. “Three years into the financial crisis, uncertainty and volatility have become the baseline expectation.” […]

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Nightline celebrates 20 years in business

May 15, 2012 Hayley Pink

Irish parcels firm Nightline celebrated its 20th year in business with a visit from Ireland’s deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore. Speaking at the firm’s Dublin headquarters, Gilmore said Nightline’s success during a period of economic uncertainty was due to the company’s “solid foundation” of innovation, commitment and hard work. He added:  “Businesses like Nightline are important to not only the national economy but also local communities through employment and local expenditure.” Nightline began trading in May 1992 from a back […]