Contract Wins

Culina signs distribution deal with Glanbia Consumer Foods

August 21, 2012 Christopher Walton

Culina has signed a deal to distribute Weightwatchers low fat spreads and chilled portfolio through its distribution centre in Stafford. The deal with Glanbia Consumer Foods will see Culina handle the Irish food and dairy produce manufacturer’s products throughout the UK. “A bigger presence in the UK is important to us and we recognised that branded products represented the right way to go,” says William Wake, UK country manager for Glanbia Consumer Foods. “To be successful we needed a supply […]

Industry News

More employers wanted to advise on driver skills policy

August 21, 2012

Operators have responded well to calls from the head of a new working group to get involved to help tackle the skills crisis, but even more involvement would be welcome. RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning says he is pleased by the response from operators to his call to get involved in the initiative [see below] made earlier this year. “There’s been a good number of volunteers,” Dunning tells MotorTransport.co.uk. “There’s no doubt that the issue of the driver population is […]

Industry News

PetrolPromise signs up 70th MP in support

August 20, 2012

The PetrolPromise campaign has signed up its 70th MP in support of its push for an Office of Fair Trading (OfT) investigation into the price of fuel. Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, becomes the 70th MP to lend his support to the campaign, which was set up by MP Robert Halfon MP. Halfon is garnering support in a bid to get the Backbench Business Committee to timetable a parliamentary debate on his motion this autumn. Halfon’s motion calls […]

News

Royal Mail to revamp final mile parcel service

August 17, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Royal Mail is planning a nationwide roll out of its ‘Delivery to Neighbour’ service in late September, to bring its final mile service more in line with competitors. Currently the only major delivery company not offering the service, it is awaiting regulatory approval from Ofcom, which will allow Royal Mail to deliver large parcels and items that require a signature to neighbours when customers are out. Mike Newnham, Royal Mail’s chief customer officer, says: “The results of the trial showed […]

Contract Wins

DSV win contract with GoodWe Solar Inverter

August 17, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

DSV Group has won a contract to handle distribution in the UK and Ireland for Chinese energy firm GoodWe Solar Inverter. DSV will handle all stages of the company’s distribution in the UK, with its air & sea freight division handling delivery from China, its warehousing division providing storage and its road division delivering goods across the UK and Ireland. Jiang Deming, director of marketing and sales at GoodWe, says: “With the advance in European markets, the contradiction between the […]

Contract Wins

CollectPlus signs deal with Amazon.co.uk

August 17, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

CollectPlus is to offer Amazon.co.uk customers a service that will see parcels delivered to one of its  5,000  stores across the UK. Customers using the online retailer can now opt for a CollectPlus ‘pick up location’ at the checkout, increasing options for delivery and convenience. CollectPlus CEO Mark Lewis says: “[We are] already integrated into Amazon.co.uk Marketplace, so sellers can choose us as their delivery service. The extension of our service means that more people will be able to use […]

Contract Wins

Smiths News win £40m a year News International contact extension

August 16, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

News International (NI) says it is extending its newspaper distribution contract with own-account operator Smiths News, a deal that is worth over £40m a year. The agreement will see Smiths news distributing copies of the Times, Sunday Times and the Sun until 2019, increasing the group’s market share of NI’s wholesale business to just under half. Smiths News CEO Mark Cashmore says: “We are delighted to be extending our relationship with NI, which further endorses our business model and reinforces […]

News

Turnover up 8% at NFT as profit jumps too

August 16, 2012 Christopher Walton

Chilled food distribution specialist NFT has seen  its turnover and pre-tax profit rise at the same time as signing a five-year refinancing package with HSBC. Turnover increased by 8% to £152.4m for the year-ending 31 March, from £140.9m a year ago. Pre-tax profit rose 60% from £1.4m to £2.2m. Its shared user transport network delivered an average of 39,000 pallets a week of food and general merchandise in the financial year, an increase of 40% year-on-year. A contract with an […]

News

TNT Express confirm UPS merger delay

August 15, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

TNT Express has confirmed that the European Commission has temporarily suspended a merger bid with rival postal company UPS. Despite the delay, which will allow the EU regulator to compile more information, TNT Express say that they “would still anticipate a closing in the fourth quarter.” A spokesman for TNT Express tells MT.co.uk: “We have been notified of what is expected to be a temporary delay in the European Commission’s review process. Suspensions are not uncommon, it’s the result of […]

News

Former Wincanton transport director joins Bibby Distribution

August 15, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Bibby Distribution has appointed former Wincanton director of transport for the UK and Ireland,  Nick Graham, as divisional director. Graham has over 25 years of experience in the logistics industry and is a member of the FTA’s National Council. CEO Iain Speak says: “Nick has a proven track record in leading efficient operations, managing acquisitions and supporting implementation programmes. This experience is invaluable, and Nick’s skillset and industry knowledge certainly compliment our business ambitions.” His responsibilities at Wincanton included maximising […]