Latest Interviews – Page 7

  • Richard Simpson

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


    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 ...

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    Blue sky thinking at DVSA on earned recognition


    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 ...

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    Dawsonrentals boss looks to a bright post-Brexit future


    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, ...

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    Royal Mail says Arrival electric vehicles will be worth the wait


    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

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


    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

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


    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 ...

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


    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

    An audience with Pall-Ex CEO and founder Hilary Devey


    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

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


    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Article

    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 ...

  • Brexit

    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 ...

  • Incident at Seven Sisters

    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 ...