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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Turnover up 8% at NFT as profit jumps too

August 16, 2012 Peter Steele

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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DSV entertainment arm moves into Air & Sea

August 14, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

DSV has confirmed that has integrated its entertainment logistics division into its Air & Sea division just two years after it was launched. The multi-modal giant launched DSV Entertainment Logistics in 2010. However, the division has now been integrated into its air and sea freight sector in order to “fully capitalise on the expertise within the DSV Air & Sea team”. A spokesman for DSV says: “We constantly analyse every aspect of the DSV business and decided that it made […]

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Yodel scoop second health and safety award

August 14, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

Yodel has won the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold Award for health and safety for the second year running. Yodel’s senior HS&E manager, Gerry Prior, accepted the award on the behalf of Yodel’s sort centres and Yodel Transport subsidiary, that were presented the award in recognition of its commitment to high health and safety standards. Marija Simovic, COO, says: ““Ensuring the safety of our workforce and the public is paramount and it is a priority for […]

Industry News

London 2012: Westminster Council claims light touch approach to fines

August 14, 2012

Westminster Council’s decision to educate rather than rain down fines on operators delivering during the Games, has avoided the issuing of £526,000 worth of penalties. During the Olympics, Westminster Council extended a pilot scheme that saw marshals educating rather than punishing operators delivering to London’s Leicester Square, after the introduction of new restrictions early this year. A Westminster Council spokesman says of the team of 40 marshals who were deployed during the night through to early morning: “Our marshals were […]