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SJ Bargh wins Dairy Crest contract renewal

June 8, 2012

SJ Bargh has revealed another win in the dairy sector, with the news that it has renewed its contract with Dairy Crest. It comes a week after the business revealed it had signed its first totally organic milk collection contract with the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative. The contract extension sees SJ Bargh collecting both ordinary and organic milk from farms in Dairy Crest’s North Midland’s milk field. The deal builds on an eight year relationship between the two parties. The […]

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Hellmann Worldwide sees volumes rise in Q1

June 7, 2012 Peter Steele

First quarter volumes increased by 2% at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK, with the company’s gross margin also up four percentage points compared with the same period in 2011. The company says that while volumes have remained steady, profitability has improved due to a new trailer planning system in operation, and growth through business won in the latter part of 2011. Hellmann also cites an upturn in UK exports to non-EU countries and Germany as a key contributory factor to maintaining […]

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Domino’s grants Euroway vehicle fleet exclusivity

June 7, 2012

Domino’s Pizza has granted rental company Euroway a two-year fleet exclusivity deal to provide it with vehicles on a contract hire basis. The deal also comprises a FleetSure fleet maintenance contract for the pizza delivery chain’s 60-strong vehicle fleet, which operates out of three sites: Milton Keynes, Penrith and County Kildare’s Naas. Euroway will initially provide 20 vehicles – Daf trucks and Fiat Ducato vans -on a replacement basis (on five-year contract hire terms), but Domino’s expects its fleet size […]

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Expect Distribution launches two-man delivery service

June 7, 2012 Hayley Pink

Expect Distribution has launched a two-man delivery service following demand from e-retailers to transport larger, bulkier items. The new service will cover every single UK postcode on a weekly basis, and the West Yorkshire-based company aims to break into some niche market sectors. Neil Rushworth, operations director, says: “The growth of e-retail is huge and we have found that companies now have specific transport requirements which can be business to business, site delivery or residential delivery. They demand a fast, […]

Martin Lundstedt, chief executive, Scania
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New boss at Scania named

June 6, 2012 Chris Tindall

Scania’s board of directors has chosen its executive vice president and head of franchise and factory sales, Martin Lundstedt, as its new chief executive. Lundstedt will take up his new position on 1 September, replacing Leif Ostling. The shakeup sees current head of research and development within purchasing, Per Hallberg, appointed as head of production and logistics, succeeding Anders Nielsen. Nielsen becomes chief executive of MAN Truck & Bus. Hallberg’s replacement is a new member of the board, Dr Harald Ludanek, […]

Operator News

Deutsche Post DHL clobbered with half a billion euro tax bill

June 6, 2012

Deutsche Post DHL has been hit with a tax bill for more than half a billion euros, after a ruling by German financial authorities. DHL will need to make an additional €516m VAT payment after a review of how it handled tax relating to postal services. The period investigated ran from 1998  until July 2010, when the law governing VAT and postal services was revised. In a statement DHL says: “A large part of the additional payment amount relates to […]

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Eurovision Logistics pledges support to FairFuelUK

June 6, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Eurovision Logistics has become the first transport operator to support FairFuelUK (FFUK) with a monthly contribution. The Hull-based firm has backed the campaign for many months but wanted to make a financial gesture to help the FFUK team continue its battle for a fair deal on fuel. “We very much appreciate someone taking the impetus to battle on behalf of us hauliers over the issue of fuel duty,” says Eurovision MD Dominic Yeardley. “It’s very easy to sit back and […]

Industry News

Trade associations welcome Senior Traffic Commissioner appointment

June 1, 2012

Road transport trade associations the FTA and RHA have welcomed the appointment of Beverley Bell as Senior Traffic Commissioner (STC). Bell, who has been acting STC since Philip Brown’s retirement last October, takes on her new role for at least the next four years. She will also continue as TC for the North West of England. Jack Semple, RHA policy director, says: “We welcome the appointment of Beverley Bell as STC, she knows the transport industry well and as acting […]

Interviews

Vosa chief prefers carrot to big stick

June 1, 2012 Steve Hobson

In his introduction to Vosa’s recently published 2012/13 business plan, chief executive Alastair Peoples promises the agency’s focus will be “on balancing ‘regulatory’ enforcement interventions with education initiatives to empower the industry to increasingly manage [its] own compliance”. To the glass half empty contingent, this could sound like an alarming budget-driven reduction in enforcement effort just at a time when wafer thin margins must be tempting some cash-strapped operators to cut maintenance budgets and put pressure on drivers to bend […]

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DPD’s smartphone website passes one million user milestone

May 31, 2012 Hayley Pink

DPD’s smartphone-friendly website has smashed the one million unique user milestone, with more than 2.5 million parcels tracked via the online service in its first six months of operation. Since its launch in November 2011, which the parcels giant says was an industry-first, more than 55,000 deliveries have also been rearranged via the QR (quick response) codes printed on DPD calling cards. Customers scan the code and are directed instantly to the specific web page allowing redelivery. Dwain McDonald, DPD […]