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Newsprinters agrees new five year partnership

Newsprinters agrees new five year partnership

Newsprinters has announced a new UK-wide five year partnership arrangement with Menzies Distribution to provide all Primary Logistics Trunking Services.

The deal will see Menzies provide bulk distribution of newspapers and magazines from Newsprinters sites into wholesale locations across the UK.

In addition Newsprinters parent company News UK has also signed a contract with Menzies Distribution to undertake retail deliveries to over 40% of the UK retail network for the next five years from July 2019.

The expanded deal consolidates Newsprinters’ primary and wholesale distribution within one partnership, driving sustainability in the newspaper supply chain.

Newsprinters MD Darren Barker said: “I’m delighted to expand our relationship with Menzies to additionally cover our bulk distribution needs into wholesale. Driving collaborative and efficient working across the sector, and within our supply chain, is a core pillar of our strategy; plus with fewer vehicles on the road, we're also driving a greener business. This five year partnership underlines our commitment to developing friction-free end-to-end solutions for our current and future customers.”

Greg Michael, Menzies Distribution CEO, added: “Newsprinters has a clear strategy for long term sustainability and we’re pleased to be embarking on an enlarged five year partnership to fulfill their primary logistics trunking services.”

Menzies Distribution finds safety & security in the Connexas Group

With over 135,000 miles driven each day by the fleet, Menzies Distribution has chosen to implement the Connexas Group’s latest Verilocation vehicle CCTV system as part of its ongoing commitment to duty of care.

Operating across 50 depots throughout the UK, Menzies Distribution will be deploying the market-leading integrated CCTV system as part of a new driver training and safety programme. The four-camera solution will provide 360-degree vehicle coverage alongside an in-cab monitor to enable safe reversing. The onboard hardware will be connected to the Verilocation telematics platform via a 1 Terra Byte digital video recorder, which will enable both live video streaming and remote download of footage.

Lee Anderson, Transport and Asset Manager for Menzies Distribution said, “The safety and security of our staff and vehicles are of paramount importance to us. While a key aim of this investment is also to help reduce insurance liability, we fully recognise our corporate and social responsibility and by monitoring driving standards we can improve both them and the overall perception of Menzies Distribution.”

Lee Anderson also added, “It was imperative that we utilised a system that was reliable and proven in the field. In the ever-changing world of logistics, we required a product that would adapt to challenges we face. We chose the Verilocation vehicle CCTV system because of its fresh thinking approach and we were impressed with the future proofing of the hardware, enabling us to look at other streams in the future such as their advanced driver-assistance systems.”

Andrew Overton, CEO of the Connexas Group, “This is another great win for the Group and follows a number of other significant contract wins throughout this past year. We are proud to be recognised as a market-leading provider of integrated vehicle CCTV systems, with over 100 million hours of reliable operation.”

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