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Menzies Distribution scoops the Van Operator of the Year award

The team at Menzies Distribution was celebrating recently, following its win at Logistics UK’s prestigious Logistics Awards 2021, held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge on 9 December 2021.

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country in spring 2020, Menzies Distribution, which serves the retail and e-commerce, newstrade, parcels, healthcare, travel and tourism sectors, was proud to play its part supporting its customers and community.

It overhauled its ways of working overnight, for the safety of its staff, customers and community. This enabled it to deliver critical PPE and life-saving medical supplies to NHS Scotland services across the country, and join forces with the leading players in the UK’s parcel industry to manage the nationwide collection and delivery of COVID-19 testing kits direct to laboratories.

During the pandemic Menzies Distribution delivered 237,000 test kits to laboratories and more than 10 million items of vital PPE supplies to GPs, hospitals, care homes and dental practices in one week alone. It also managed 15 months of peak volumes in parcel deliveries – serving local businesses and communities and supporting retailers to ensure the availability of essential goods.

It supported its customers through local lockdowns and periods of closures and reopening, including the newstrade industry to ensure the public could always access newspapers and vital information about the pandemic. Plus, it adapted to meet the surge in consumable goods, delivering peak volumes through the pandemic. 

The judges of the Logistics Awards were singularly impressed by Menzies Distribution’s commitment to both safety and sustainability. They commented: “During the pandemic working practices were overhauled overnight, for the safety of this company’s staff, customers and community. At the same time, it has focussed on delivering sustainable operations.”


Published On: 16/12/2021 16:00:37


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In response to the changes announced yesterday (15 December 2021) to the government’s plug-in vehicle grant scheme, Logistics UK has said that it is disappointed to see reductions for the grants brought in without notice and less than a year since the previous plug-in grant rate reduction. Denise Beedell, Public Policy Manager at Logistics UK, said: “Reducing financial support at this time is unhelpful for a sector that is already working hard to decarbonise, while handling significant supply chain and cost pressures.”


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