Latest Interviews – Page 9

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    Driving ahead in logistics recruitment


    Driving Plus is one of the fastest growing driver recruitment agencies in the UK, having acquired the Milestone business in September last year and being part of the Staffline Group that is on course for a £1bn turnover in the next two years.MD Mark Underwood gives MT a brief lesson ...

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    Menzies Distribution looks to parcels growth as traditional market declines


    Menzies Distribution is looking increasingly towards the parcels market as it looks to diversify the business to offset falling revenues from its core newspaper distribution business.Paul McCourt, Menzies Distribution MD, told that the parcel division, dubbed Menzies Parcels, had grown rapidly after the operator introduced its diversification strategy 15 ...

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    Force to be reckoned with in growing returns business


    iForce is one of the leading efulfilment specialists in the UK, working for blue chip clients including John Lewis,, Sainsbury’s and Fortnum & Mason.The boom in online retailing has seen the company grow fast, not least because it has developed a highly effective returns operation to maximise the value ...

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    Road transport on right track to improve safety


    A confidential reporting system where transport employees can flag up safety concerns is being introduced into the road haulage industry.Ciras, which has been used for 20 years by railway operators, is a not-for-profit, independent member organisation governed by a committee of industry representatives.It was launched in 1996 to provide confidential ...

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    The road to 2020: what the haulage industry will look like in four years


    Watch what happened at the Microlise Transport Conference last month, when chaired a debate between seven of the eight major truck manufacturers, who were looking ahead to what the market holds for all in road transport in 2020. Over a wide-ranging session hot topics such as autonomous trucks; alternative ...

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    All things green: Tuffnells Parcel Express


    Now part of the Connect Group, Tuffnells is packaged better than ever. We spoke to MD Chris Ward to find out why.Everyone knows Tuffnells. Its big, green parcel machines have been on UK roads since 1914 and the company has a fleet and balance sheet to make its competitors – ...

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    Arrow XL's Ian Howell talks parcels, profit and the VIP treatment


    Arrow XL split from Yodel in 2013, and in the last two years chief executive Ian Howell has built a two-man delivery firm that prides itself on giving all of its customers the VIP treatment.You could be forgiven for thinking of two-man delivery as the awkward cousin of the more ...

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    CM Downton's trailblazing apprenticeship


    Last year industry players won their long-waged battle for a government-funded driver training apprenticeship. The Trailblazer pitch had been denied twice previously when the government said it didn’t think training a driver would stretch over the 12-month period needed to meet funding requirements.While the Trailblazer scheme was eventually approved, CM ...

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    Gulliver's growing its high end contract hire business


    Bristol-based contract hire rental firm Gulliver’s Truck Hire is growing rapidly, and made the Top 20 in the 2015 CV Informer league table of top rental companies with almost 6,000 assets, up from number 27 in 2013.Sales director Neil Jeremiah, pictured, says the company has grown from its south west ...

  • Stephen-Basey-Fisher

    Century earns plaudits for untangling knotty problem of returns


    Century Logistics is earning a reputation in the logistics industry for its innovative approach to managing returns.Sleepy Saxham in Suffolk is not exactly the sort of hotbed of logistics innovation where a company winning plaudits for maximising the value from that most thorny of retail problems – returns - might ...

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    Potter makes it a double celebration in 2015


    Potter Logistics picked up the Haulier of the Year Award in the 2015 Motor Transport Awards - the same year it celebrated its 50th anniversary.Naming Potter Haulier of the Year, the judges said it was a family business with a customer-centric ethos that had secured some very loyal, long-standing clients.The ...

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    Genial Geordie at the reins of Isuzu Truck (UK)


    Pete Murphy took over as MD of Isuzu Truck (UK) in November 2013 after founder Nikki King sold the business and became honorary chairman. The genial Geordie took the reins at an interesting time for the UK truck market, with the turmoil of a change in Euro emissions standards about ...

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    Salford Van Hire - 50 years young


    In 50 years Salford Van Hire (SVH) has established itself as one of the most influential players in the CV market. The Manchester-based business was created by Italian-born Raffaello Bacci (pictured, centre) in the 1960s when Mr B, as he is known to his 200 employees, spotted an opportunity to ...

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    All change at the top for Fortec


    Pallet network Fortec, owned by French logistics giant Geodis, has undergone a change in its management structure following the departure of MD Neil Hodgson and commercial director Marcus Fischer.In October last year, Dave Spong, general manager commercial and Adrian Bradley, general manager operations, took over from Niel Hodgson and Marcus ...

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    Breeding success: How Panther clawed its way to the top of the two-man delivery food chain


    Panther is launching two new services to customers this month after a year of contract wins and the acquisition of a rival took its annual turnover close to the top of the two-man delivery food chain. The group plans to introduce a Sunday delivery option, as well as a high-end ...

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    Yearsley comes in from the cold


    Frozen food specialist Yearsley Logistics is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The firm, which is now based in Heywood, Lancashire, started in 1955 on a farm in Rochdale. It is still owned by the Yearsley family and led by MD Harry Yearsley.The Yearsley Group turned over £174m in 2014, ...

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    Elddis MD Nigel Cook has high hopes for new transport consortium


    “I’m sat looking at an old Commercial Motor cover from 2010”, says Elddis Transport MD Nigel Cook. “There’s a big picture of an Elddis truck on it with the words ‘collaboration is key to success’. Nothing has changed.”Collaboration, Cook firmly believes, is “imperative” to surviving in the haulage industry; a ...

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    Evolution not revolution for new FTA boss


    In contrast to the RHA – which looked outside the organisation to the transport industry for its new CEO – the FTA appointed its former finance and operations director David Wells to replace CEO Theo de Pencier when he announced his departure earlier this year.An engineer by profession, Wells does ...

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    XPO Logistics' takeover of Norbet Dentressangle 'a golden opportunity'


    In April US 3PL XPO Logistics surprised the European logistics market with an unsolicited €3.24bn (£2.3bn) offer for French giant Norbert Dentressangle (ND). With the deal, in essence, completed last week ND chief executive Hervé Montjotin, now chief executive of XPO’s European business, told MT that the offer was a ...

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    A wealth of experience: Tristan Balayn, MD, Gefco UK


    Gefco is a company with a long and dynamic history as one of the global leaders in the automotive logistics industry. After its creation by Peugeot in 1949, “Les Groupages Express de Franches-Comté” had accumulated 25 members of staff in four locations by the end of 1950. Now, the group ...