Europa’s forwarding team has had a huge boost in business, resulting in a 120 per cent increase in bookings over the last 12 months.
The team of six is based at a £20m facility at ProLogis Park, Minworth in Birmingham and is a part of Europa Road, a division of innovative logistics operator, Europa Worldwide Group.
The Forwarding team supports Europa Road’s other services and handles full load, part load, express van deliveries. Its key focus is on providing bespoke solutions for customers to complement the network services.
The forwarding team is led by National European Forwarding Manager Simon Hucks who has been with the business for five years. As the business has developed Simon has expanded the department from two to six people in 18 months, as a reaction to the growing demand facilitated by the high quality, cost effective solutions the team are able to source
Simon commented “Europa have a strong and structured network operation across Europe, but in addition to this many clients have full load, or express requirements that we can serve without them having to find separate suppliers. Often those customers demand quick responses, and the same tracking information through the life of the movement. We know the market place and optimise the most appropriate solution from a spectrum of carefully sourced, but vast array of suppliers, aiming to maximise our purchasing position whilst having the flexibility to always find the best option. Express customers, more than any other must have accurate and effective information, something we ensure is available efficiently on all movements we handle.”
Simon added “Strong and trusted relationships are key to our role, and we work hard to nurture and add value to our suppliers. In order to supplement our position for express van work we have five new liveried tail lift curtain sided vans. We believe having our vehicles sets us apart from others and allows greater control, flexibility and security of the goods we carry. With our continued growth in this area we anticipate to increase the liveried fleet further this year”
Since its acquisition in 2013 Europa has continued to invest in both its team and services. The business has launched dedicated new divisions as well as opened a £30m new site and 1hub in Dartford.
Europa Road has kick-started ambitious plans to launch 10 new direct daily services for customers in 2016. A market leader in European express freight services between the UK and Europe for almost 50 years, Europa Worldwide Group employs more than 600 people across 12 sites in the UK and Hong Kong and is represented in 100 countries.