Wednesday, October 17, 2012

International Freight Forwarding Group Invests For a Lustrum of Road Haulage

Essex Based Woodland Wraps Up Packaging Contract Again
Shipping News Feature

UK – Whilst many in the industry are pulling their horns in comes good news from freight forwarding outfit Woodland Logistics who have just invested in a fleet of 15 new Mercedes Benz Actros tractor units and 24 Lawrence David trailers to facilitate the renewal of a five year road haulage contract with one of the UK’s leading packaging manufacturers, Cepac Limited, based near Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Woodland claims that the secret to its success in retaining the role of lead supplier to Cepac, a position the shipping agency has held for the past seven years, is that there exists total transparency on both operational and cost metrics with Cepac receiving 100% of all savings and efficiencies generated by Woodland. Sean Kirby, managing director of Woodland Logistics, explains:

“The Woodland management team work closely with Cepac’s sales and production teams to maximise load fill rate and vehicle efficiencies throughout the supply chain, helping Cepac to retain and win new business. The main aspect is that the fleet is a lot more economical, our trucks are all full, and so we are maximising utilisation there.”

The Cepac contract suits the Woodland operational profile which is why the packaging giant has signed an extended contract running to at least 2017, the Essex headquartered group now employs over five hundred staff, many in the seven UK offices with others throughout Ireland and the rest of Europe plus in America, Asia and the Middle East.

(If you’re a student of Latin or a John Wayne fan you’ll know what a lustrum is – for everybody else it’s five years).

Photo: The new fleet lined up for inspection.