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Hermes opens Coventry and Carlisle depots

September 28, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Hermes has opened two depots in Coventry and Carlisle, bringing its network of depots and hubs to a total of 24. The parcel firm says the new sites are necessary to accommodate the expected growth in parcel volumes ahead of the Christmas peak. The new depot in Coventry is expected to handle around 24,000 parcels per day, with this total rising to 43,000 over the Christmas period, while the Carlisle  site will handle 6,500 parcels each day for the firm. […]

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Suttons Group appoints former Norbert Dentressangle man

September 28, 2012 Robin Meczes

Suttons Group has announced the appointment of Gilles Letard as head of commercial, Europe & Americas. Letard was formerly commercial director in the road tanker division at Norbert Dentressangle. Commenting on the new appointment, Suttons Group MD Andrew Palmer said: “Gilles brings a wealth of commercial experience to this key role. “He has a strong track record of putting into practice high levels of compliance and safety in the area of specialist services and will greatly assist our growth in […]

Industry News

Wincanton says Lorry Road User Charge too low

September 27, 2012 Christopher Walton

Wincanton has slammed the government’s forthcoming Lorry Road User Charge (LRUC) for not doing enough to level the playing field between UK and foreign operators. In a blog on its website the largest UK-owned operator said that the widely reported charge of £10 per day for foreign lorries to run on British roads “ought to be four or five times that amount” to “have any real impact”. Later this month the government will publish draft legislation containing details about the […]

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Turners (Soham) sees turnover and profit leap

September 27, 2012 Robin Meczes

Turnover and profit both rose by some 12% last year at Newmarket, Suffolk-based Turners (Soham), as a prudent approach to rates and new business continued to pay off. In the 12 months to 31 December 2011, turnover jumped 11.9% to just under £235m (2010: £210m); while pre-tax profit rose 12.5% to £24.3m (2010: £21.6m). All three of the firm’s divisions enjoyed a significant boost during the period, with turnover up 7.69% in the temperature controlled division, 10.63% in the general […]

Contract Wins

Culina to reduce amount of missed deliveries for Redwood

September 27, 2012 Robin Meczes

Culina Logistics has won a new contract with food manufacturer The Redwood Wholefood Company to distribute its products to leading multiples and independent retailers. The contract is being managed from Culina’s Milton Keynes depot. Corby, Northamptonshire-based Redwood decided to change supplier in order to address a number of operational issues – in particular, to improve service levels and ensure consignments were delivered at the times agreed with retailers, said Culina. The logistics services supplier is providing a combined stockholding and […]

Industry News

RHA welcomes new driver standards framework

September 27, 2012

The RHA has said the publication of a new framework document defining the skills, knowledge and understanding required by new truck drivers, by the DSA is a welcome step in formalising the profession and improving its image. Jack Semple, director of policy at the RHA, said: “As we have discussed with the DSA, we are keen to see a high standard of training for all new entrants to LGV driving, so that they start in the industry with a clear […]

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Yearsley confirms cold store staff levels

September 27, 2012 Robin Meczes

Heywood, Lancashire-based cold storage and distribution specialist Yearsley Group has insisted that its planned new cold store south of Peterborough will employ the number of staff it has previously outlined after a local council voiced concerns. The firm wants to construct a new 385,000 sq ft cold store at the Gateway Peterborough site in the Great Haddon Employment Zone that would be built in phases and would include a 35m high automated storage facility. It has suggested the site will employ […]

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RHA says customers must start paying realistic backhaul rates

September 27, 2012 Robin Meczes

RHA director of policy Jack Semple has called on haulage customers to take more responsibility for ensuring the rates they pay are commercially sustainable. Responding to recent comments by Matthew Kibble Transport in sister publication Commercial Motor (20 September) about backhaul being offered rates as low as £1.10 a mile, Semple said: “We urge customers to pay a sustainable haulage rate – and £1.10 a mile is not a sustainable haulage rate.” RHA members cannot see how it is possible […]

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R McDowell Haulage expands in beauty market

September 26, 2012 Chris Tindall

R McDowell Haulage has acquired a £750,000 warehouse in Keighley and launched a ‘pick-and-pack’ service as part of a five-year contract with hair and beauty products manufacturer Mibelle. The depot is the second facility opened this year by the company and it said a third, in Bedford, would open before the end of December. The pick-and-pack service has also enabled McDowells to win a further long-term contract with hair care company Lee Stafford. “Acquiring this warehouse means we can hold […]

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DHL Express to increase rates 5% in 2013

September 26, 2012 Christopher Walton

DHL Express is to increase its prices to UK clients by an average of 4.9% next year as it looks to offset rising costs. The company said that the rate rise – which will hit customers throughout the world was due to external costs that are out of its direct control and cannot be compensated through productivity improvements or economies of scale. DHL cites research by AT Kearney from November 2011 which states that volumes for the European courier, express, […]