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United Biscuits looking for subbies with space to fill

  • 23 January 2014
  • By Robin Meczes

A combination of growing business volumes and subcontractor turnover has led United Biscuits to begin seeking out more subbies, UB head of distribution Rob Wright has confirmed.

The firm, which recently advertised its search for new partners in CM’s sister publication Motor Transport, distributes over 350 loads a day throughout the UK. It is currently looking for traction-only and full vehicle hauliers in a range of areas including the south east, south west, Midlands, Yorkshire and Scotland.

“We’ve operated the same model now for the last 20-30 years,” Wright told CM. “Wherever we can optimise our own fleet – loading trucks in both directions on an ongoing basis – we’ll run our own fleet. Wherever we have transport requirements that are effectively one-way, we tend to use contractors.

“We’re looking for hauliers that have a degree of empty running they are looking to fill, for a collaborative partner,” he continued.

“If we can find those partners, we’ll be providing them with some revenue and at the same time hopefully finding a partner that gives us a good commercial deal with the service and flexibility we’re after. That’s worked well for us over the years.”

The firm which runs a fleet of 37 tractive units and 250 trailers, currently uses 60-70 subbies of which around 10 are traction-only, said Wright.

Around 40% of loads are handled by its own vehicles with some 20% being traction-only round trips undertaken by sub-contractors and the remaining 40% one-way sub-contracted trips.

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