Packaging firm switches contractors

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Meachers Transport’s ability to provide a dedicated service to one of the UK’s largest independent producers of corrugated packaging, Encase, has resulted in it being awarded a long-term contract to manage the distribution of Encase’s products throughout the South. Winning the contract has resulted in Meachers opening a depot for Encase at the company’s manufacturing plant in Banbury, and employing an additional 14 new members of staff, including depot manager Roy Barrett, who will be responsible for the day-to-day running of this new key account.

The new employees have been taken on by Meachers under TUPE regulations (The Transfer of Undertaking (Protection Employment) Regulations 1981) from Encase’s previous provider. The employees transferred following a thorough consultation period. “We are exceptionally pleased with the way Meachers have managed the staff changeover and maintained continuity of service to our customers,” says Richard Brown, director of Encase. “We chose Meachers because of their ability to provide an all encompassing logistics service supported by an excellent management team.”

Meachers Transport will initially handle between 25 and 30 loads of corrugated goods a day. These are being despatched to Encase’s customers throughout southern England and to other locations in Scotland and the North-west.

Bob Terris, managing director of the Meachers Group, says “Manufacturers and distributors are now looking to outsource logistics operations which integrate with their own business strategies. Through ongoing investment in technology and equipment Meachers is able to offer best business practices to customers’ supply chains, such as Encase, and provide a seamless outsourced operation.”

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