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Olympic Route Network fine hike threat defeated

March 16, 2012 Chris Druce

An attempt to introduce £200 parking fines on the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and beyond has been defeated. Operators working in the capital during the Games this summer had faced a hike in Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) from £130 to £200 on the ORN. They had also faced the prospect of the fines being extended beyond the ORN to nearby roads, after London’s boroughs decided it would help tackle congestion adjacent to the route. While trade groups, including the FTA […]

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UPS to bid again for TNT

March 16, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS says it is still in talks to buy rival TNT Express, despite its initial bid on 17 February being rejected by the Dutch parcels giant. “UPS remains in constructive discussions with TNT Express NV regarding a potential transaction to acquire the entire issued share capital of TNT Express,” a statement from the US parcel giant says. A bid of €9 per share was offered by UPS last month, worth €4.9bn, but this was rejected by TNT just five days […]

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DSV Road wins contract renewal with Flakt Woods

March 15, 2012 Chris Druce

DSV Road has extended its relationship with air products manufacturer Fläkt Woods for three more years. The deal is an extension to an existing three-year contract, and will see DSV continue to collect Fläkt Woods products from its Colchester factory delivering them to customers across Europe. Fläkt Woods global sourcing manager Martin Goreham says: “We renewed our contract with DSV because the last three years have been such a success.” DSV also provides transport for Fläkt Woods operation in Northern […]

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DX Group buys Nightfreight

March 15, 2012 Christopher Walton

Nightfreight has been acquired by DX Group in an undisclosed cash deal that creates a mail, courier and distribution business with a combined turnover of approximately £290m. As part of the acquisition former City Link MD Stuart Godman will join the combined managerial board as chief operating officer. His former Target Express and City Link colleague, DX chief executive Petar Cvetkovic, remains in his current role while Nightfreight chief executive Ian Smith becomes DX strategy director. Cvetkovic says the acquisition […]

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Olympics road race disruption details published

March 14, 2012 Chris Druce

The timings, temporary road closures and parking restrictions that will be in place during the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been revealed. With road events in London scheduled to take place on seven of the 16 days of the Olympic Games and one day of the Paralympic Games, fleet operators will need to plan ahead to ensure service levels are maintained. It comes as Transport for London (TfL)  starts contacting residents and businesses along the road cycling, triathlon, marathon and […]

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Jigsaw Solutions to use double-deck trailers to cut road miles

March 14, 2012 Chris Druce

Consortium Jigsaw Solutions is introducing six double-deck trailers on its Indesit contract in a move that will cut out  an estimated 340,000 road miles annually. Moving goods from the white goods manufacturer’s central DC in Raunds, Northamptonshire, to six home delivery satellite warehouses using the new Cartwright trailers should save around 25 weekly vehicle journeys. Andy Humpherson, MD at Jigsaw Solutions, says: “These new trailers represent a significant investment by our business and will enhance our ability to provide a […]


DHL expands Unilever warehousing capacity

March 14, 2012 Christopher Walton

DHL Supply Chain has opened its expanded capacity warehouse for long-term customer Unilever, marking the end of a 21 month project. The Cannock, Staffordshire, centre has the capacity to house 100,000 pallets and will handle all of Unilever’s homecare and ambient food lines for the UK and Ireland – including brands such as Persil, Marmite and PG Tips. Expanding the Cannock site – designed specifically to bring both product categories under the same roof for combined customer orders- has also […]

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Culina shortens Tesco’s ambient supply chain

March 13, 2012 Hayley Pink

Culina Logistics has shortened ambient supply chains for supermarket giant Tesco, with the roll-out of a new ‘Day 1 for Day 2’ delivery service. The logistics firm will consolidate suppliers’ deliveries at its multi-user facility in Wolverhampton, for onward trunking to Tesco’s NDC network on a six-day Monday to Saturday cycle. Culina says the ambient grocery market has traditionally operated with orders being placed on Day 1 for delivery on Day 3 across a five-day Monday to Friday cycle, but […]

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Wincanton wins contract renewal with WH Smith

March 13, 2012 Chris Druce

Wincanton has signed a contract renewal with WH Smith, which will see its relationship with the high street retailer reach two decades. The logistics provider has won a three-year extension, as part of a collaborative transport agreement, that sees it delivering for a mixture of 30 retailers and manufacturers. By sharing loads it has enabled Wincanton to reduce the number of deliveries it makes, splitting costs among participants while cutting carbon emissions. Paul Durkin, business unit director at Wincanton, says: […]

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Labour warns on longer semi-trailer cyclist danger

March 13, 2012

Labour is calling on the government to “reverse its reckless decision” to give the go-ahead for a ten-year trial of longer semi-trailers. In a statement outlining the opposition’s current road transport policy, shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle MP says ministers must “stop being dogmatic” and examine evidence from the Department for Transport (DfT) that the move towards 14.6m and 15.65m trailers could lead to more cyclist casualties. She adds that Labour would use money from the proposed lorry road user […]