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Logistics Group Meachers wins Huhtamaki contract

The South’s leading logistics provider, Meachers Group, has been awarded Huhtamaki’s National Transport Network Contract. As a result, Meachers will take over responsibility for all Huhtamaki’s UK deliveries from their site in Gosport, Hampshire.

Huhtamaki is one of the world’s largest packaging companies focusing on paper, plastic, films and moulded fibre products. Huhtamaki (UK) Ltd manufactures plastic and paper packaging for FMCG goods, fresh foods and catering disposable markets from its site in Gosport.

The long-term contract is an exciting and prestigious achievement for Meachers, which beat off stiff competition from major logistics companies to win the account. The company will be undertaking the delivery of pallets to locations throughout the UK and Ireland. Deliveries will be carried out using a combination of Meachers current and newly acquired fleet together with a subcontracted element undertaken via Meachers’ partners LinQ Alliance. Order processing will be carried out quickly and easily utilising Meachers latest EDI technology.

Commenting Gary Owen, Warehouse & Distribution Manager at Huhtamaki UK said: "Apart from the usual criteria of having an excellent reputation for service and a competitive pricing structure, our decision to appoint Meachers was also influenced by the advantages that Meachers is a local company with its own fleet. Of particular merit was Meachers membership of LinQ Alliance which means that Meachers will be sub-contracting to LinQ partners and will therefore have more control of shipments."

To cater for the new Huhtamaki contract and other business won over the past six months, the Meachers Group has made a major investment of £2.5 million in new vehicles. The company has purchased a total of 38 new tractor units and 40 new trailers as well as new vehicles for Oast Agencies. In addition it has updated its Warehouse Management Information System at the company’s warehouse facilities in Southampton and Derby to provide staff and customers with greater control of stock levels and transactions.

Stuart Terris, Deputy Managing Director, Meachers Group, added: "We are delighted that Huhtamaki has chosen us to manage its national transport contract. This is not only a prestigious win for the Group but strengthens our reputation within a demanding marketplace and also underlines the importance of our being a member of LinQ Alliance with its unique approach to supply chain management."

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