John Menzies has purchased the largest parcel delivery firm in the Highlands of Scotland. In a £7.5 million deal, the baggage handler and newspaper distributor has acquired AJG Parcels, a company founded in 1992 that handles more than three million parcels a year in the Highlands and Islands.
Edinburgh-based Menzies’ distribution division currently deals with more than 100 million deliveries a year and is keen to grab a share of the growing market for online parcels “by better utilising our asset base during daylight hours”. The acquisition will offer opportunities to “scale the business across our wider network” according to the firm.
Jeremy Stafford, CEO of John Menzies commented: “This acquisition allows us to collaborate with the national carriers and use our existing footprint, in the more hard-to-reach territories, to act as a cost effective neutral delivery and collection agent.”
Postal organisations and parcel companies are investing heavily in infrastructure, service offering and technology to take advantage of growth opportunities within the delivery marketplace. This is enabling them to improve the service they provide to customers and increase competitiveness.
Skillweb provides an effective means of tracking and tracing incoming and outgoing deliveries, as well as communicating useful delivery details to the recipient, via its SmartTask POD solution, helping carriers of all sizes to enhance their service offering.
Downloaded onto a worker’s smartphone, ruggedised or semi-ruggedised device – including the Motorola TC55 touch computer – this mobile software application can run as a standalone solution, alongside Skillweb’s Houndit technology or a carrier’s current system.
When recipients choose their delivery option during a purchase, the information sent to a carrier relating to the order can be used by the software to generate a communication via email or SMS stating an approximate delivery slot. This is based on how long it takes to get from a warehouse to the customer.