Industry News

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 […]

Interviews

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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Industry News

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 […]

News

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. […]

News

Hellmann targets Iberian growth

March 21, 2012 Peter Steele

Hellmann UK  has launched a freight partnership with a Portuguese logistics company that increases the number of round trip road freight services to the country each week. The partnership with Rangel Express and Logistics enables Hellmann to undertake three direct level departures to Oporto and Lisbon and the company says it also strengthens its European network. “We are always looking for ways to improve, strengthen and widen the scope of our service,” says Hellmann UK commercial director Matthew Marriott. “Finding […]

Industry News

Tell us your view of the Olympics – and win £100

March 21, 2012 Peter Steele

With a little over four months to go before the Olympics starts, Motor Transport and Commercial Motor want to know how prepared you are for the disruption the Games will cause to deliveries. How much impact do you expect the Games to have? What actions have you taken to prepare your operation? As part of our monthly Trucking Britain Out Of Recession survey, we also want to know about your relationship with your bank, and whether you’re finding it difficult […]