ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH, 26 June 2008 - One of the UK's leading supply chain operators, CEVA Newsfast has won the title of 'Road Freight Operator of the Year' at the prestigious International Freighting Weekly awards, held at the Honourable Artillery Company in London. CEVA Newsfast is the market leader in the provision of transportation services on behalf of the national newspaper publishers and major magazine distributors. It carries more than 100 million newspapers a week and also makes more than 1,000 wholesale magazine deliveries every week, for 1,300 different titles. Its other business includes delivering stationery, packaging, books (including the Harry Potter launches), mail and FMCG products, both ambient food and general merchandise.
David Bermingham, Managing Director, CEVA Newsfast collected the award on behalf of his team. He said: "The development of innovative principles such as LEAN and SAFED (Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving), combined with engineering compliance and cost control have delivered continuous improvement right across our business. These processes have proved essential for combating increasing industry costs, while maintaining a high quality of customer service and outstanding operational efficiency."
CEVA Newsfast provides shared user warehousing and distribution solutions for major FMCG suppliers such as John West, Twinings, Wrigleys, Whitworths and Del Monte and operates primary consolidation centre facilities to leading multiple retailers Tesco, Somerfield and Asda. Its network comprises of 19 depots and 800 vehicles, and via an integrated warehouse and transport management system, provides customers with total visibility throughout the supply chain. To achieve innovation and improvement the company applies a "Zero Defect Start-up" programme to all new business.
"We can offer each client the individual service they require to serve their own customers, while, at the same time, offering them the cost-efficiencies of a multi-user system," says Mr Bermingham. "CEVA Newsfast is a creative business which has evolved year on year through the re-design of the publishing supply chain from the transportation of newspapers from rail to road, to the inclusion of magazines, the integration of postal logistics activities, and high street retail deliveries.