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    “Truck prices are through the roof and volumes are not what they used to be…”


    Alan Maher (pictured), MD of Archbold Logistics in Manchester, explains the difficulty of balancing dipping volumes with soaring tractor and trailer prices and lengthening vehicle delivery timesQ&A Q: How much is the general slide in volumes affecting Archbold?A: We’ve tightened our budgets a little this year. This means subbing out ...

  • Jesse-Norman

    Heavier trucks, biofuels, affordability and recharging infrastructure all on the agenda for decarbonisation minister


    Speaking exclusively to MT after his address to the Logistics UK Future Logistics conference, transport minister responsible for decarbonisation Jesse Norman MP did not rule out increasing the 44-tonne maximum weight limit for zero emissions HGVs to compensate for the additional weight of alternative drive trains.The DfT has just ended ...

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    Shareholder model puts Palletline in strong position to invest in the future


    Palletline was the first pallet network to be established in the UK and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2022. It was also a year in which the business reached new heights with record volumes.The company’s recent announcement of a substantial programme of investment has been designed to ensure Palletline has ...

  • Michael Holt - Chairman

    Michael Holt: "I wanted a board that wasn't just seeing this as Tuffnells versus DX…"


    Since returning to private ownership in 2020, Sheffield-based parcels firm Tuffnells has restructured, announced a new £7m investment to drive growth, and is now backing hydrogen for its future long-haul fleet. MT gets the full story from executive chairman Michael HoltQ&A Q: How’s business and what main lessons have you ...

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    Lesley O’Brien: “Costs are up, rates are being pushed down and everyone's fighting for mechanics…”


    Lesley O'Brien OBE is MD of Halifax-based family haulier Freightlink Europe. A tireless ambassador for the transport industry, she highlights the key issues facing smaller operators - and the best ways to tackle themQ&AWhat are the biggest challenges facing hauliers right now?Everybody is pushing down on rates but our costs ...

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    Addition of Doncaster site will free WH Bowker to go for growth in food distribution


    Preston-based 3PL WH Bowker has taken an eight-year lease on a 165,000sq ft warehouse in Thorne, Doncaster to enable the business to attract new business in the food sector.WH Bowker director Bill Bowker said: “Our current warehousing estate has been operating at close to full capacity for some time. We ...

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    TVS builds on Wilcox and McPhee heritage to launch innovative electric construction vehicles


    Total Vehicle Solutions Group has rebranded as TVS Interfleet, as the CV bodybuilder positions itself to offer greener products to the transport industry.It has also launched a bespoke bodywork division called Purpose Bodies, which will build lightweight ambient vehicle products.TVS has collaborated with OEMs to develop lightweight e-tippers and e-mixers, ...

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    The road to net zero emissions is beset with fallacies and myths - but a solution is at hand


    The definition of a fallacy is: a false or mistaken idea. This is a description that could very well be applied to the ubiquitous concept of achieving net zero CO2 emissions that the industrial world is now tasked with achieving by 2050, Dennis and Desmond Evans argue.Having co-authored a book ...

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    Will the brakes go on warehouse development in 2023?


    Brexit and Covid-19 have had huge impacts on demand for warehousing in the UK, the evidence being clear from the number of large sheds springing up alongside major motorways. MT spoke to three experts in the field of logistics property development to get their views on prospects for 2023.Charles Binks, ...

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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 ...

  • Thomas van Mourik - Culina Group CEO

    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 ...