Interviews – Page 6

  • Article

    Fowler Welch upgrades Spalding as organic growth in chilled food continues

    2018-10-15T11:16:00Z

    Temperature controlled distribution specialist Fowler Welch (FW) has just completed a £2m upgrade of its largest site, in Spalding, Lincolnshire, after a year which saw turnover rise 13% to £163m in the 12 months to March 2017.CEO Nick Hay says much of the money was spent upgrading the cold store ...

  • Andy Eastlake
    Article

    How green are gas trucks?

    2018-10-15T09:50:00Z

    The arrival of high horsepower natural gas tractor units from some of the major truck manufacturers, the steady expansion of the UK’s gas refuelling network and a substantial discount on the fuel duty levied on gas now mean more operators are beginning to take a serious look at gas power.The ...

  • Steve Granite
    Article

    Abbey Logistics ready to push on to £100m turnover

    2018-10-09T12:28:00Z

    After leading a management buyout in 2016, and acquiring Armet Logistics and selling the general haulage business in 2017, Abbey Logistics chief executive Steve Granite says the company is now set for the next phase in its development plan.Twice a winner of the Motor Transport Haulier of the Year, Abbey ...

  • Article

    Royal Mail Fleet looks to grow third party R&M while managing changes in red fleet

    2018-09-18T10:41:00Z

    Royal Mail is the UK’s pre-eminent delivery company and as the sole designated universal service provider, it delivers a ‘one price goes anywhere’ service on a range of letters and parcels to over 30 million addresses across the country, six days a week.It is now nearly five years since Royal ...

  • Sarah Squire Sales Direcor Parcelink Logistics
    Article

    The City Link manager who started again, without the hub

    2018-06-28T08:53:00Z

    Former City Link manager Sarah Squire has built a business carrying irregular parcels, and says that by cutting out the hub and keeping the business transparent, she will keep it from meeting her former employers' fate. On Christmas Day 2014, Sarah Squire turned on her TV and learnt she had ...

  • Article

    Wincanton finds its way, with profit and turnover growth in 2017/18

    2018-05-23T13:51:00Z

    Wincanton hasn’t had it all its own way of late. A resurgent Eddie Stobart wrestled a Cemex contract valued at £15m off it, and MT revealed earlier this month that Britvic had re-awarded its entire transport requirement to Eddie Stobart after the first year of a five-year deal with Wincanton.Gatemore ...

  • Hiab 1
    Article

    HIAB focuses on customers to deliver more than just hardware

    2018-05-22T13:12:00Z

    Rogier van der Linde, MD UK & Ireland at Hiab, at the official opening of the Bishops Stortford service centreHIAB, the UK market leader in truck-mounted lift trucks (TMLT), skip and hook loaders and truck-mounted cranes, is opening a network of eight dedicated service centres around the UK to provide ...

  • greenergy_1
    Article

    Greenergy invests to grow its share of UK road fuels market

    2018-05-11T12:56:00Z

    Greenergy is probably the biggest transport fuels supplier you have never heard of. While it has around 35% of the UK market, supplying 17.1bn litres of petrol and diesel last year, it operates no filling stations and its fleet of 150 tankers are usually liveried in either customer brands or ...

  • Thomas Hemmerich MAN TGX
    Article

    Thomas Hemmerich discusses market share, aftermarket and brand ambitions at the CV Show

    2018-04-25T18:45:00Z

    A long-term loyal supporter of the CV Show, MAN Truck & Bus was the only OEM to book space at the 2018 event, with its big deep red TGX dominating hall 5 on 24-26 April.UK MD Thomas Hemmerich has been in place for just over a year and he is ...

  • Carlos Rodrigues
    Article

    Volvo Group outlines Brexit uncertainties over customs, tariffs and standards

    2018-03-29T11:37:00Z

    With exactly 12 months to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, there are still huge uncertainties surrounding the UK’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU. The FTA is advising members that anything better than a ‘no-deal’ Brexit - that will see the UK trading with the ...

  • Microlise
    Article

    Operators need to be better at walking away from bad contracts, says supply chain expert

    2018-03-16T09:00:00Z

    Operators need to become better at walking away from uneconomical contracts, according to a supply chain expert, who pointed to KFC’s issues with its new DHL Supply Chain contract as a cautionary tale.Richard Wilding, professor of supply chain and logistics at Cranfield UK and chairman of the CILT, told MT ...

  • Richard Simpson
    Article

    Walkers Transport boss looks to grow by giving customers want they want

    2018-03-09T15:22:00Z

    Richard Simpson, CEO of Leeds-based Walkers Transport, is typical of the new breed of logistics business owners who have not been brought up in transport and so have a fresh view of the industry and its future. He explains his vision to Steve HobsonWalkers Transport was formed in 1977 and ...

  • Dave Woods.24.1.2018-20
    Article

    Blue sky thinking at DVSA on earned recognition

    2018-03-01T11:14:00Z

    Earned recognition is a flagship DVSA scheme designed to drastically reduce the time wasted checking up on compliant operators in order to free up limited enforcement resources to improve road safety by focusing on the seriously and serially non-compliant.The aim is for the very best operators to self-certify their compliance ...

  • John Fletcher - Dawsonrentals DSC_6759
    Article

    Dawsonrentals boss looks to a bright post-Brexit future

    2018-02-19T12:16:00Z

    Dawsonrentals Truck & Trailer MD John Fletcher talks bubbles, Brexit, RVs, Chinese trucks and skills shortages with Andy Salter.John Fletcher is easy to interview: offer the odd question or comment to keep the conversation bubbling along, but otherwise sit back and fill your notebook. What’s more it’s sensible stuff because, ...

  • Article

    Royal Mail says Arrival electric vehicles will be worth the wait

    2018-02-01T12:47:00Z

    In August last year, Royal Mail began trialling a new type of electric vehicle, built by technology firm Arrival, in London.The 6-tonne van, the first of nine the postal operator will be putting through their paces in the capital, operates out of Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant depot.At the Microlise Transport ...

  • Alex Laffey
    Article

    Eddie Stobart Logistics boss Alex Laffey AIMs to expand green and white horizons

    2018-01-22T10:38:00Z

    Alex Laffey was 25 years with Tesco before becoming CEO of Eddie Stobart Logistics (ESL) in May 2015 in preparation for floating the business of the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in April 2017.Just before the listing William Stobart stood down as a director and the ...

  • Jim French
    Article

    Nothing new about port-centric logistics at PD Ports says Jim French

    2018-01-11T10:04:00Z

    The idea of port-centric logistics – where imports are handled close to the port of entry and sent direct to their destination rather than via a central DC – has been given a boost by developments such as London Gateway and Liverpool2.But PD Ports has had the largest retailer-backed portcentric ...

  • Mike Cooper van smile
    Article

    Under new management - Yodel's four-point plan to profit

    2018-01-09T10:34:00Z

    Just before he left the business in January, Yodel's then CEO Mike Cooper told MT about his four-point plan to turn Yodel around from years of losses to profitability. Redesigning its transport network and harnessing its data more effectively are some of the things achieved in his time at the ...

  • Hilary Devey - Women at the Top
    Article

    An audience with Pall-Ex CEO and founder Hilary Devey

    2017-12-28T08:00:00Z

    Hilary Devey entered her company’s 20th anniversary party with a person on each side holding her up. As the trio inched its way to the stage, it looked as if something was very wrong. But then, surprising everyone, Devey stood unaided for 25 minutes and spoke passionately about the journey ...

  • Trevor Ellis
    Article

    A life in pallets: Palletline's former chairman Trevor Ellis

    2017-12-26T10:00:00Z

    As Palletline celebrates its 25th year, we caught up with long-serving former chairman Trevor Ellis.Trevor Ellis, chairman of Rutland-based CS Ellis, had an unusual introduction to pallet network Palletline. “I was at a Transport Association dinner in London and was offered Leicestershire,” Ellis said, outlining the sort of deal that ...