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    XPO gearing up for growth


    UK MD Dan Myers expands on the company’s 42-year partnership with the Tour de France and his determination to navigate the challenging road aheadThe July morning is already scorchingly hot as I wait on the Champs-Élysées to meet XPO UK MD Dan Myers (pictured).We're here in Paris for the last ...

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    Zero carbon transport will need green electricity - lots of it and in the right places


    Whatever the post 2035 road transport landscape looks like it is certain to involve the use of growing amounts of electricity to power vehicles as the 120-year dominance of diesel begins to decline. Whether trucks are powered by batteries, catenaries or hydrogen - or a combination - they will need ...

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    New brooms sweep clean as FORS gets a change of management


    At the start of 2022 the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) had a complete shake up of its management team (see panel) following the appointment of £4bn a year European consulting, digital services and software development giant Sopra Steria as the new FORS administrator in October 2021 after a competitive ...

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    After a decade as TC, Nick Denton says there is still a lot to do to educate operators on their responsibilities


    TC Nick Denton (right) on a police HGV patrolNick Denton recently retired from his full time role as traffic commissioner (TC) for the West Midlands after 10 years regulating the road transport industry.Quite rightly, he takes immense pride in the quasi-judicial role of TC, which is a far from easy ...

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    Green Biofuels clears up some of the myths surrounding renewable liquid fuels


    While the debate over whether zero emission HGVs will be powered by batteries or hydrogen or both, Green Biofuels is quietly getting on with helping operators including Hovis, Travis Perkins and CEVA Logistics cut their CO2 emissions by up to 90% and NOx emissions by 30% now by replacing standard ...

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    Why Stobart is the perfect fit for Culina, explains CEO van Mourik


    Culina Group announced its takeover of GreenWhiteStar Acquisitions (GWSA) on 1 July 2021, a deal that brought Eddie Stobart, Eddie Stobart Europe, iForce, The Pallet Network and The Logistics People into the Culina Group fold. GWSA’s 20% holding in courier Speedy Freight was sold to a management buyout as part ...

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    Parcels to pallets – a new but lasting trend?


    As the e-commerce boom continues, Palletways says a growing number of parcel companies are looking to diversify into palletised haulage. MT hears why the transition can offer a lucrative new revenue streamThe UK saw a big jump in e-commerce, both B2C and B2B, during the pandemic as stores and businesses ...

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    Sixty not out - Bob Terris celebrates his Diamond Jubilee


    While attention this year has understandably been focused on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a VIP of the transport industry is celebrating a Diamond Jubilee after recently passing the milestone of 60 years with his firm.Bob Terris, chairman of Meachers Global Logistics, joined the Meachers family coal merchant and transport company ...

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    Microlise chief hails the return of its transport conference in 2022


    The Microlise Transport Conference returned to Coventry on May 18 2022 after a three-year gap due to the Covid pandemic and Microlise chief executive Nadeem Raza, pictured, said it was “fantastic to be back” with over 1,000 delegates in attendance.“We have clearly hit the mark in terms of the subjects ...

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    Keeping it in the family pays dividends for Fagan & Whalley


    In February Lancashire family logistics company Fagan & Whalley (F&W) completed the acquisition of Alan R Jones & Sons, another long-standing family firm in Newport, South Wales. The establishment of a base in South Wales was just the latest in a series of investments the sixth generation haulier is making ...

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    Currie Solutions fights back to profit after restructuring


    Currie Solutions is set to move out of the red, three years after the loss making logistics firm was purchased in a management buy-out, and despite having to battle its way through the impact of Brexit, the pandemic, the driver shortage crisis and global supply chain restrictions.The Dumfries-headquartered group, which ...

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    Cash not truck loads of shoes and socks is what Ukrainian refugees really need


    The Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) has launched an awareness campaign with its Lyon-based corporate member Bioport to assist those wishing to donate to the Ukrainian refugee crisis. The new guidance gathers the latest best practice from a range of sources to ensure the right donations get to the right people ...

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    Transport Scotland mulls Norwegian blueprint for tunnel plan


    Transport Scotland has held discussions with the Norwegian government to learn about constructing tunnels, as part of plans to provide a solution to a stretch of road in the Highlands plagued by landslips.Last year, the government announced work was being progressed for a resilient route through Glen Croe to replace ...

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    Moody Logistics adopts what3words to address delivery accuracy


    Moody Logistics and Storage has become one of the first members of the Pall-Ex network to enable its customers to use what3words to ensure the pinpoint accuracy of deliveries.The app identifies any three-metre location on the planet by encoding three dictionary words with geographical coordinates.A standard postcode contains up to ...

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    Shop fitter Sigma still flat out despite upheaval of Covid-19


    Sigma has been working in the retail sector for over 20 years and provides some of the high street’s biggest retailers with services including store construction and consolidation, fixture procurement and M&E installation.Sigma’s supply chain director Stuart Thomas, pictured, has over 20 years’ experience in logistics with companies including CEVA ...

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    Spin off complete, GXO MD looks forward to a bright future for contract logistics and ecommerce


    In August 2021 XPO completed the spin off of its Logistics division to create a new, separate company GXO, leaving the former Transport division to trade on as XPO.While there were good operational reasons for the split, Brad Jacobs, chairman and CEO of XPO Logistics, made no secret of the ...

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    Scania head of sustainability talks BEVs, hydrogen and green vehicles as a service


    As part of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scania held a one-day conference at its new Eurocentral flagship dealership to the east of the city to review road transport’s progress towards net-zero emissions. MT caught up with Scania’s global head of sustainability Andreas Follér at the event.MT: While ...

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    CitySprint grows workforce by one sixth to handle Christmas peak


    Sameday delivery specialists CitySprint is recruiting 500 more couriers across the UK to take its fleet off vans, cars and bikes to over 4,000 as Covid-19 means a continuing increase in the number of people shopping online and delivery volumes reach record levels. Mark Footman, chief operating officer at CitySprint, ...

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    Pallet-Track CEO: "Sales up but high cost base will hit profits"


    Caroline Green joined Pallet-Track as chief financial officer a year ago and replaced Nigel Parkes as chief executive on 1 April. She began her career with Xerox and joined Pallet-Track from e-commerce specialist ReBound Returns, where she was chief operating and finance officer. MT finds out how the new job ...

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    Logistics UK chief argues driver shortage is an economic not just a transport problem


    On August 22, Logistics UK and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) wrote a joint open letter to Kwasi Kwarteng MP, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS), to ramp up pressure on the government to take action over the chronic HGV driver shortage.After weeks of negotiations with ...