Gregory Distribution
Contract Wins

Gregory Distribution wins Dairy Crest renewal

May 9, 2012 Chris Druce

Gregory Distribution has renewed its farm collection contract with Dairy Crest at Davidstow in Cornwall. The new contract, which commences on 2 December, is for a period of three years. In a statement the company says: “This renewal is a reflection of the continued commitment by all Gregory staff involved in the Dairy Crest contract to deliver the excellent service provided to our customer”. Resulting from this award, Gregory will be investing in a new fleet of vehicles and trailers […]

News

UPS employs two wheels, two feet and the River Thames for Games deliveries

May 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS has revealed it will be using bicycles, couriers on foot and London’s waterways in a bid to minimise delivery disruption during the Games period. Following successful trials in January and February in multiple postcodes around central London, the US logistics giant has decided to incorporate a fleet of bicycles into its operation, which will be able to access most nearside Games Lanes on the designated Olympic Route Network. The company will also transport freight from a warehouse at the […]

News

Canute Group buys 12th warehouse

May 9, 2012 Chris Druce

Essex-based Canute Group has bought its 12th warehouse site, a facility in Great Blakenham, Suffolk. The development marks the 12th site to be added to Canute’s expanding portfolio of facilities throughout the UK, following the addition of the Coventry and Warrington depots. Supporting the Port of Felixstowe, the 105,000ft² site will have up to 12,500 pallet spaces, small item picking and bulk stack areas. David Emslie,  Canute’s group sales director, says: “The location of the depot, with its close proximity […]

No Picture
Industry News

News extra: Clarifying the rules on TUPE

May 9, 2012 Patric Cunnane

Most operators understand the principles of the TUPE. If a company buys another then it must take on its staff or pay redundancy at their existing terms and conditions if their services are not required. However, a case where 35 workers claimed they had been wrongly sacked by two operators has shown that the matter is less clear cut where a contract changes hands. The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in the case of Eddie Stobart Ltd v Moreman & […]

Industry News

Bridgestone backs Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme

May 8, 2012 Derren Hayes

Tyre maker Bridgestone has become the first commercial organisation to financially back the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS). The partnership agreement will enable the FTA, which manages the scheme, to develop a series of annual low carbon awards and a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the business benefits for operators who join the scheme. As part of the agreement, Bridgestone will sponsor an LCRS fuel efficiency award at the FTA’s annual logistics carbon reduction conference in May 2013. Rachael […]

News

Significant improvement expected at CityLink despite widening losses

May 8, 2012 Derren Hayes

City Link parent Rentokil Initial is optimistic the troubled parcel carrier is on the road to recovery despite its latest results showing losses increased in the first three months of the year. In his statement to the market, Rentokil Initial CEO Alan Brown, says City Link losses were higher than the previous year but that performance of the business improved through the first quarter as its new management team started to implement their plans. Brown adds: “We expect a significant […]

News

DHL Express opens Kent DC

May 8, 2012 Derren Hayes

DHL Express has opened a new service centre in Maidstone, Kent, to manage a 40% increase in export business in the area. The new 24,000ft² centre is predicted to handle 750,000 shipments annually, and will offer international (express parcel) services to and from the UK, including a drop off and collection facility. Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK and Ireland, says: “This strategic investment in the Maidstone area is reflective of the strength of our growing logistics network in […]

News

Yearsley Group begins £20m depot expansion

May 4, 2012 Christopher Walton

Frozen food specialist Yearsley Group is to expand cold storage facilities at its Hareshill Distribution Park headquarters in Manchester. Construction of a new 160,000ft² unit, adjacent to its existing facility, will begin in June to help meet demand from its growing portfolio of contracts. Once completed, the new £20m Hareshill unit will add 40,000 pallet spaces, doubling storage capacity, and increasing the workforce by 150. It will also include a range of environmentally-friendly design features including high grade insulation and […]

News

Europa Worldwide opens £20m DC

May 4, 2012 Christopher Walton

Freight and warehousing specialists Europa Worldwide Logistics has opened a new £20m purpose-built distribution centre in Birmingham. Constructed in just 24 weeks, the new 155,000ft² facility at ProLogis Park, Minworth, brings together a number of the company’s operating divisions under one roof, including European express, seafreight, national distribution, exhibition and project forwarding and logistics services. The firm, which has been running for nearly 50 years, has been operating from Birmingham since 1985. The Minworth facility employs 100 staff, has 15,000 […]

London's mayoral election is on
Industry News

London’s contenders for mayor on what they’d do for road transport

May 3, 2012 Chris Druce

By the end of today Londoners will have voted to elect a new mayor.  The victor will have a significant impact on road freight, with both regional and national players affected by the policy decisions taken during the next four years. MT cherry-picks some of the key promises from the mayoral candidates to find out what they propose to do to aid, or harm, the road transport industry. Ken Livingstone – Labour Party candidate Livingstone’s manifesto pledges that, as mayor, […]