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DBC Foodservice in administration

March 28, 2012

Own-account operator DBC Foodservice has been put into administration, after attempts to sell the business failed. By Chris Druce The £300m turnover company supplies some of the best known cafes, restaurants and bars on the high Street including Café Nero, Prezzo, Loch Fyne and vodka bar chain Revolution. Other customers include hotels, local authorities, the MoD, NHS and police. Russell Cash, Ben Woolrych and Mark Wilson from Baker Tilly Restructuring and Recovery were appointed to handle the administration yesterday (27 […]


McDowell’s reveals rapid expansion

March 28, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Fast-growing Keighley, West Yorkshire haulier McDowell Haulage and Distribution says work will begin shortly on a new 25,000ft2 warehouse in order to keep up with demand. The company, which has contracts to transport school furniture and cosmetics and is also a member of The Pallet Network, opened a new depot in Bellshill in December and earlier this month deliveries began to arrive into another new warehouse in Avonmouth. Now that the firm has been given the green light to construct […]

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Olympics a huge opportunity on night-time deliveries

March 28, 2012

The Olympics are a significant opportunity for operators to overcome opposition to routine night-time deliveries, according to London’s transport commissioner. Speaking at Road Transport Media’s Summer Freight Planning Conference last week, Transport for London (TfL) commissioner Peter Hendy told delegates that while the Games will bring huge challenges there are also huge opportunities, not least the potential to change attitudes towards night-time deliveries. “If we do our job well this summer we can establish a better way of working and change […]

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TNT Post reveals second end-to-end postal trial

March 28, 2012 Hayley Pink

TNT Post is to conduct a second end-to-end delivery trial from mid-April in west London, following the successful conclusion of a final-mile trial in Liverpool. The private postal operator has held long-term ambitions to roll-out a complete end-to-end service rivalling Royal Mail, but says it has been unable to achieve this goal due to the national incumbent’s exemption on final mile deliveries. Nick Wells, TNT Post chief executive, says: “TNT Post has built an excellent reputation for quality, innovation and […]


Ryder on track with Hill Hire integration

March 28, 2012 Justin Stanton

Ryder Europe vice-president and MD David Hunt’s claim that “Ryder is full of the joys of spring”,  is not what MT expects to hear as we meet to discuss the integration of Hill Hire. But like the company he works for, Hunt can pull the occasional surprise. Ryder’s big surprise last year was the £151m acquisition of Hill Hire, announced the day before its 40th birthday in the UK (MT 13 June 2011). This takeover created a rental and leasing […]

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BP disappointed over strike action

March 26, 2012

BP says it is “disappointed” that the Unite union’s tanker driver members have voted in favour of industrial action over safety, training and terms and conditions. The company says that it, along with other fuel distribution companies, has been working with Unite since 2010 to discuss the union’s proposal to form an industry wide bargaining forum. A spokesman for BP says: “Despite the fact that joint working groups have been established and discussions are still on-going, Unite has decided to go […]

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Bandvulc add QR codes to tyre labels

March 26, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Independent tyre retreader Bandvulc has come up with an intelligent solution to future tyre labelling worries by incorporating a QR code onto all of its new labels. From November 2012, European legislation will require all new tyres to carry labels to better inform customers of the efficiency, grip and noise of a particular model. By adding a QR code to a tyre’s label that same information will be available to customers and fitters using a mobile device to electronically read […]

Contract Wins

Every little helps for TNT Post in Tesco deal

March 23, 2012 Peter Steele

TNT Post says it has secured a “great coup” after revealing details of a contract it began work on in February  to deliver mail for Tesco. As a result TNT Post, which demerged from parent TNT NV in May 2011, will deliver all of Tesco’s communications with its customers – totaling some 180 million item a year – including its Clubcard scheme and Tesco Bank. Nick Wells, TNT Post chief executive, says: “Winning Tesco as a client is a great […]

Contract Wins

Culina Logistics wins cheese distribution deal

March 22, 2012 Peter Steele

Culina Logistics has won a contract with cheese specialists Dairy Partners to store, pick and distribute its retail product range using its shared user model. The contract is managed from Culina’s Stafford depot and relies on its 10 depots across the UK and Ireland in order to maximise vehicle fill and supply chain efficiency. Dairy Partners says it awarded the distribution deal following a trial, adding that it switched suppliers after Culina demonstrated it could operate “an economical, flexible and […]


Increase in fuel duty is a disaster, says Hermes

March 21, 2012 Peter Steele

Home delivery specialist Hermes has branded the Chancellor’s decision to implement a 3ppl rise in fuel duty as “a disaster for the haulage sector”. Jon Tobbell, commercial director at  Hermes, says: “Whilst we welcome the freeze in Vehicle Excise Duty, it pales into significance when compared to the pain being experienced by hauliers as a result of the rising price of fuel. “At Hermes we have seen a 30%  increase in fuel costs and now spend well over £10m annually. […]