Interviews – Page 7

  • Anthony-Smith

    Transport user group puts the focus on roads


    Anthony Smith: The logistics industry has been a "breath of fresh air" since Transport Focus took on road users in 2014You may not know it, but as a freight transport operator using the UK road network, you have a champion representing your interests to the government and Highways England. Steve ...

  • Adrian Colman

    Wincanton's boss Adrian Coleman on why change in a challenging market is welcome at the 3PL


    Adrian Colman, retiring chief executive at WincantonCustomers’ willingness to shake up the status quo will stand Wincanton in good stead whatever challenges lie ahead, according to its boss.Speaking to MT at the publication of its half year results to 30 September, CEO Adrian Coleman said diversity in the customer base ...

  • Andy-Humpherson

    Interview: Andy Humpherson, MD, Jigsaw - 'Putting the pieces together'


    DREAM JOB: “The dream is to have planned traffic every day that you can pre-allocate resource to,” says MD Andy HumphersonIs it a 3PL? Is it a 4PL? No it’s a 3.5PL. Steve Hobson talks to national consortium Jigsaw about its alternative haulier partner model.Jigsaw is a consortium of 11 ...

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    Ready for a change - BigChange gets top value from Transaid interns


    Former MAN CEO Des Evans and RHA chief executive Richard BurnettAt the one-day internships of former MAN CEO Des Evans and the RHA’s Richard Burnett at fleet management software firm BigChange, Steve Hobson takes a closer look at the business.At the Motor Transport Awards in July, Transaid held an auction ...

  • NFT Distribution

    NFT Distribution's Ross Eggleton on the operator's new game plan


    Chilled food distribution specialist NFT Distribution has had to adapt to a changing marketplace in the past few years.As the logistics provider to a range of food retailers including ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer, it has seen volumes shift sharply as newcomers, including Aldi and Lidl, disrupt the market ...

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    The opportunities and challenges of autonomous trucks and the UK platoon trial


    With the news that the UK is to get its first platooning trial underway next year with DAF supplying the vehicles, MT took a closer looks at the feasibility study published alongside the funding announcement itself to understand how the technology might work.Produced via a partnership between the Transport Research ...

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    Border bother: what will Brexit mean for operators in Northern Ireland?


    Traffic crossing the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the village of Bridgend, Co Donegal. Image PA NewsThere is widespread agreement among UK and Irish parties that there should be no return to what has been labelled a ‘hard border’ separating Northern Ireland and ...

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    We like to move it... but who will be doing exactly that after Brexit?


    Industry leaders have called for logisitcs to be given dispensation after Brexit due to its reliance on EU workers. MT examines the issue.Road transport should be given special dispensation post-Brexit to avoid a skills crunch because of its reliance on EU workers, according to industry leaders.The call comes following home ...

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    Road transport has vital role to play in fight against terrorism


    All of us can, and must, play a part in the fight against terrorism. Even before last year’s devastating attacks in Nice and Berlin, police had been working with the commercial vehicle sector to issue advice on how to reduce the risk of terrorists and organised crime gangs using vehicles ...

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    UK road transport industry in numbers


    M1 near Milton KeynesIn 2016 the UK road transport industry moved more freight by both weight and distance than it has ever done since modern records beganAccording to newly published figures the UK road transport industry (excluding Northern Ireland) lifted freight amounting to 1.89 billion tonnes in 2016; a 15% ...

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    Gas as a road transport fuel - has its time finally come?


    The UK’s first ‘open access’ bio-LNG filling station at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) Gasrec has bet a small fortune on the future of natural gas as a road transport fuel. Chief executive Rob Wood tells Steve Hobson that the odds are moving in its ...

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    Argos on the the e-commerce Fast Track


    Argos Fast TrackArgos has reinvented itself to compete in the digital age against the rapid rise of the e-retailers and it’s done so by putting road transport at the heart of its operation.Two years ago Argos signalled its ambition to take the fight to e-retailers and their increasingly sophisticated express ...

  • Article

    Cartwright's cradle to grave approach to trailer care


    The Cartwright Group has been based in Altrincham, Cheshire, since 1952, and while the core of the business is still designing and manufacturing on average 80 trailers and rigid bodies a week it now has many more strings to its bow.Its Rentals division has almost 6,500 trailers available for rent; ...

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    A team effort for Scania boss Henriksson


    Henrik Henriksson took over the top job as president and CEO of Scania in January 2016, succeeding Per Hallberg, who had been filling the role since April 2015 when Martin Lundstedt defected to head up rival Volvo.Aged just 45, Henriksson was previously head of sales and marketing, having joined Scania ...


    Blowing hot and cold on tyre retreads


    As the world’s largest new tyre manufacturer, turning over $28bn (£22bn) a year, it might seem surprising that Bridgestone also has a significant retread operation. It purchased global cold cure retread franchise Bandag, largely for its huge US operation, and acquired UK hot cure specialist Bulldog in Bourne, Lincolnshire.The fortunes ...

  • Article

    Motor Transport Podcast: Interview with Europa Worldwide's Andrew Baxter


    Andrew Baxter bought Europa Worldwide in 2013, and has spent the last five years completely transforming the business.In the latest episode of the Motor Transport Podcast, Christopher Walton chats to Baxter about his journey with the operator and his outlook for the future.Also known in the industry for his eloquent ...

  • Michael-Cundy

    Suttons sees plenty of scope for growth post Brexit


    Widnes-based tanker specialist Suttons was founded by Alf Sutton in 1926 and remains family-owned. The founder’s grandson John Sutton was appointed CEO of Suttons Group in 2013 and the Sutton family still form the majority of the Suttons Group board.Suttons Group has two operating divisions: Road Tankers, headed by MD ...

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    Motor Transport Podcast: FTA deputy chief executive James Hookham on Brexit


    What will Brexit mean for supply chains? How it will affect border crossings? What will it mean for the wider economy? These are questions on the lips of many in the road transport sector, and in the latest episode of the Motor Transport Podcast the FTA's deputy chief executive and ...

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    Beverley Bell on her time as senior TC and challenging the system


    Whatever their personal opinion of the traffic commissioners (TCs), most operators would agree they collectively perform a vital role in keeping the public and industry safe from rogue operators.But one commissioner in particular, Beverley Bell, was among the first to attempt to change the way the TCs are portrayed, and ...

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    Bibby Distribution business review pays dividends


    Bibby Distribution's 18-month transformation strategy is finally coming to fruition, as the MT Top 100 operator turned a profit for the first time in two years. A complete review of the operation, from warehouse to board structure, has taken place, with the company aiming to go "back to basics".This has ...