Thursday 8th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

Menzies acquires Oban Express

Menzies Distribution has acquired Oban Express which handles some 450,000 packages a year serving Western Scotland and the Hebrides.

Menzies managing director Forsyth Black said: “The acquisition of Oban Express brings even more expertise to the Menzies Distribution portfolio and deepens our service offer in Scotland. We have now strengthened the geographical reach of our specialist parcel consolidation service, which dramatically cuts the cost of delivery to isolated areas for national carriers.”

Oban Express operates depots in Oban and Glasgow, and has a fleet of 45 vehicles. The company’s directors will remain with the business and help in integrating Oban Express within the Menzies Distribution network over the coming months.

In June 2015 Menzies Distribution acquired AJG Parcels of Inverness – another strategic purchase for specialising in hard-to-reach areas.

“Menzies Distribution is now perfectly placed to serve carriers working for large mail-order firms by consolidating their parcels into one cost-effective, final-mile delivery, making it easier for customers in Western Scotland and the Hebrides to order online and get their goods quickly at a reasonable cost. This is a model we’ve used successfully for newspaper distribution across Scotland, and now we can do it for mail order and e-commerce too,” said Black.