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The operation

25th September 2003
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Hanbury Davies directors share clear views about how things should be run. They share some of their insights with CM Today the transport operation is divided into two separate companiesHanbury Davies Containers and Hanbury Davies. The former accounts for around two-thirds of the transport arm's turnover, and uses 380 trucks. It operates out of Hull, Doncaster, Tilbury, Birmingham, Felixstowe and Southampton and has tended not to work for large global shipping lines. Instead, it has built the business around niche players "that work more closely and intimately with a supplier". Interestlngly, it has an exclusive export contract, taking full containers back to ports, with a large food producer. Wilson declines to name it, but CMassumes this helps keep empty running to a minimum.

The remaining 100 trucks are engaged in the growing side of the business logistics and contract distribution. Again Wilson refuses to name his customers but admits that they are from the food manufacturing sector. The company operates both chilled and ambient temperature vehicles and even has some bulk tipping trailers on the fleet.

It has a mixed-marque fleet featuring most of the big truck manufacturers. It both buys and leases its vehicles-having now taken a conscious decision to buy more rather than leaseand chooses big cabs with large engines, which it sells after three years through its Riverside used truck retail arm.

It uses subcontractors to cover peak periods, but has a policy of keeping as much work in-house as practical; Contact: Jacqui Spicer, 01394 675356 Wilson believes that the Fleet: 480 trucks, mixed marque company has greater control with owned vehicles.

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