Yodel launches new transport company

UK-based parcel firm Yodel has announced the creation of stand-alone business Yodel Transport Ltd. The business will bring together the company’s driver base into one transport unit with a specialist leadership team, following the acquisition of the domestic B2B and B2C businesses of DHL Express (UK).

“This is a really exciting time for Yodel,” said Yodel Transport’s managing director Jamie Stephenson. “The new standalone business enables us to optimise our operation and deliver efficiencies in design and execution.

“We are making significant investments in new trailers and a state-of-the-art Control Tower, which is near completion, to support the effective management of network operations. We will have one of the largest transport fleets in the UK.”

Yodel Transport has ordered 107 new Double Deck trailers with lifting decks from manufacturers Don-Bur. The first ones will arrive in early June. This new order comes on top of the 100 replacement aero-dynamic, single deck trailers Yodel purchased in November 2010.

Don-Bur’s managing director, David Burton, said: “The lifting deck trailers represent the best of breed. By using the latest technology, internal capacity has been increased to suit the operation whilst optimising aero-dynamic efficiency. We are delighted to have been awarded this market-leading opportunity by Yodel.”

Jonathan Smith, Yodel CEO, said: “The investment in Yodel Transport, including the new Double Deck trailers and the modern Control Tower are a statement of our ambitions. We are on a journey to make Yodel best-in-class, offering our customers the broadest range of services to suit their parcel delivery demands.”

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