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Steve Porter Transport and Meachers Global Logistics announce partnership

  • 01 October 2012
  • By Chris Druce

More partnerships are “inevitable” within road transport in the future, as hauliers look to find further efficiencies within an increasingly competitive market, the architects of one such deal believe.

The Isle of Wight’s Steve Porter Transport Group and Southampton-based Meachers Global Logistics have unveiled a potentially multi-million pound tie-up, that will reduce duplication across their respective networks.

Speaking to Commercialmotor.com, chairman Steve Porter said: “More partnerships such as this one are inevitable. It has become so much harder to grow organically as a business.”

Porter said the tie-up with Meachers plays to its regional strength and its partner’s national footprint, benefiting both businesses. “Both parties were very clear from the off that we absolutely wanted to maintain our independence,” said Porter.

Initially, Meachers will trunk Steve Porter Transport’s overnight groupage loads from the Isle of Wight to its Midlands DCs in Northampton and Coventry, for onward national distribution. The deal also includes work undertaken by Steve Porter Transport as part of the Fortec pallet network.

In turn, Steve Porter Transport, which acquired the distribution business of Red Funnel Ferries in June 2011 and is the company’s preferred freight partner, operating a bespoke cross-Solent drop-trailer operation for it, will bring in any consignments via Meachers destined for the island.

Stuart Terris, MD of Meachers, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Isle of Wight’s largest independent freight carrier.

“The alliance is expected to provide significant opportunities for both businesses and we will be looking to promote the commercial advantages to supermarkets, retailers and organisations currently moving significant volumes of cross Solent freight,” he said.

James Fulford, Red Funnel’s chief executive, said: “Red Funnel is pleased to offer its support to both organisations. The partnership will improve the breadth of services available to a wide range of freight customers serving the Isle of Wight via Southampton both regionally and nationally.”

Picture caption: (from left) Stuart Terris, MD of Meachers; Gary Whittle, commercial director at Meachers; Steve Porter, chairman of Steve Porter Transport; Malcolm Gibson, MD of Steve Porter Transport; Lee Hudson, revenue and freight director at Red Funnel; and James Fulford chief executive of Red Funnel Ferries.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/steve-porter-transport