Acclaim Logistics acquires Steve Porter transport assets
Motor Transport
by Carol Millett
8M ago
Isle of Wight shipping specialist Acclaim Logistics has taken on nearly 20 staff members at the collapsed Steve Porter Transport Group as well as former MD Malcolm Gibson, after acquiring some of the assets of the company. The deal also includes the acquisition of Steve Porter Transport's Cowes depot, which increases Acclaim Logistics warehouse space from 8,000sq ft to 15,000sq ft. Commenting on the takeover, Acclaim Logistics said the deal will see key supermarket contracts preserved and ensure the continuation of vital supply chain services. Steve Porter Transport was part of the KNP Group ..read more
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Call for nominations for the 2024 everywoman Transport and Logistics Awards
Motor Transport
by Carol Millett
8M ago
The 2024 everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards, which aim to inspire more women to build careers in the industry, are now open for nominations until 29 January 2024. The awards, which are in their 17th year, aim to shine a spotlight on the opportunities available in what is a traditionally male-dominated industry, celebrate the important role that women play within it and increase the number of women working within this pivotal industry. Currently women account for only 21% of the industry’s 1.5 million employees. Founded in 1999, everywoman campaigns for gender parity in the workpl ..read more
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DHL makes leadership changes in Europe and the Americas
Motor Transport
by Carol Millett
8M ago
Delivery giant DHL Express has appointed current Americas chief executive Mike Parra as CEO for DHL Express Europe, whilst Andrew Williams, chief executive of DHL Express Canada, will take on the role of the new regional CEO for the Americas from 1 January 2024. The new recruits will report to John Pearson, global CEO for DHL Express, and will be members of the DHL Express global management board. As the newly appointed regional CEO for Europe, Parra (pictured) will manage the operations of the DHL Express business across more than 60 countries and territories. In this capacity, he will lead a ..read more
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Scotleg Sales trials 44-tonne electric Volvo timber wagon
Motor Transport
by Carol Millett
8M ago
Scotlog Sales of Inverness is trialling a new 44-tonne Volvo electric timber wagon, which will transport timber shipped in from the west coast and hauled from the Port of Inverness to the West Fraser site at Dalcross. The new “wagon and drag” truck, which is a rigid vehicle and trailer, is part of a three-year government-backed trial testing two state-of-the-art electric vehicles to move timber, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions. The Volvo truck is the first of their line to be produced in Europe and is fitted with a specialist Metsatek timber body and Ecco bolsters. It has been i ..read more
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Christmas deliveries face delays as DS Smith Logistics drivers prepare to strike across the country
Motor Transport
by Carol Millett
8M ago
Strikes by a fleet of DS Smith LGV drivers delivering packaging cardboard and paper to major retailers across the country, including Amazon, have escalated to cover the entire Christmas period, union Unite announced today. The union is warning that strikes will compromise the ability of DS Smith clients, which include Direct Wines, Cadbury, Amazon and Haribo, to package items for mail order delivery to customers during the festive season. The drivers also provide delivery services for British Gypsum, VPK Packaging, Cepac, Board 24 and Sinat Portbury. In addition, they pick up recycling at dist ..read more
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Reed Boardall celebrates MOD Silver award for support of armed forces community
Motor Transport
by Carol Millett
8M ago
Cold storage and distribution services operator Reed Boardall is one of 100 organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber to be given a Silver award, accredited by the MOD, as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The award recognises the Boroughbridge-based company's commitment to being an armed forces-friendly organisation. Reed Boardall, which operates a fleet of over 200 vehicles, employs over 20 veterans and regular and reservist-serving personnel with a further eight soon to join its 800-strong team. The Silver award, which must be nominated by a third party, comes just ..read more
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Volta Trucks bought out of administration by US hedge fund
Motor Transport
by Carol Millett
8M ago
Volta Trucks has been bought out of administration by New York-based hedge fund Luxor Capital Group for an undisclosed sum, in a move which has been hailed as safeguarding the future of the electric truck start up. However it is unclear if any of the 600 staff at its main UK manufacturing, research and development facilities will be re-employed under the new owners. The electric truck manufacturer filed for bankruptcy and appointed administrators in October, citing the collapse of its battery supplier Proterra as having a “significant impact” on its manufacturing plans, reducing the volume of ..read more
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Asset Alliance boosts Northern presence with new Manchester depot
Motor Transport
by Carol Millett
8M ago
Commercial vehicle specialist Asset Alliance Group has opened a new site at Trafford Park in Manchester, in a move aimed at strengthening customer relationships in the North of England and driving new business opportunities. The site houses the group's asset management division and is home to the firm’s procurement, residual value and fleet specification teams. It is Asset Alliance Group’s fourth main sales depot, alongside Wolverhampton, Newmains in North Lanarkshire and Ipswich. Trafford Park offers space for around 50 of the company’s ex-fleet used truck and trailer stock and provides more ..read more
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ArrowXL spends £5m on fleet growth
Motor Transport
by Chris Tindall
8M ago
ArrowXL has invested £5m into its fleet, with 75 7.5-tonne DAF LFs replacing 50 vehicles and adding 25 to deal with growing client demand. The built-to-order trucks have an increased payload, which ArrowXL said would play a crucial role in building on its productivity and sustainability and cut CO2 emissions. The PACCAR engines also provide higher outputs and greater torque, while reducing fuel consumption and feature selective catalytic reduction technology to meet the Euro 4 and Euro 5 emission standards. Louise White, national fleet compliance and admin manager at ArrowXL, said: “The new DA ..read more
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Cider firm hit with £1.4m fine after driver death
Motor Transport
by Chris Tindall
8M ago
Cider maker H Weston and Sons has been fined £1.4m after one of its drivers was killed by the end of a security barrier at its site in Herefordshire. Tommy Manns was driving a van out of the Henry Westons Cider manufacturer’s depot in Ledbury when the barrier speared through the vehicle’s windshield and fatally crushed the 65-year-old farm manager. An HSE investigation into the incident in September 2020 found H Weston and Sons had installed the barrier a month earlier, and failed to undertake a suitable and sufficient risk assessment. The company also failed to implement a safe system of work ..read more
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