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Business as usual for Davies Turner

[ April 1, 2020   //   ]

Davies Turner chairman, Philip Stephenson says that the group’s surface freight subsidiary, is continuing to operate services and logistics operations as near to normal as possible. This is despite global cargo capacity crunches in air and ocean freight.
He says: “Innovative thinking has been central to Davies Turner’s 150-year existence.  In the face of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 virus, and given the fact that the regional trade restrictions and freight capacity are under such pressure, now is the time for that innovative thinking to continue.”
Davies Turner has now recommenced its direct Express China Rail Service, which offers a door-to-door transit time of between 20 and 24 days, and is the only direct rail service for groupage as well as full loads into the UK. The forwarder anticipates the arrival of the first container into its Dartford hub in early April.
He added: “We are also reconfiguring some of our logistics warehouses to increase capacity and make available a greater number of pallet positions for customers with stock that has been imported, but is not required by end-users at the moment. For example, this has created several thousand more pallet slots at our Dartford Distribution Centre for anyone with an urgent requirement for additional storage in their supply chain.  This is replicated in varying degrees at our other main hubs across the country.”
As a member of the Pall-Ex network since 2005, covering Dartford, postcodes in Kent and south-east London Davies Turner is also putting its domestic distribution fleet at the government’s disposal for the express distribution of critical supplies.
Davies Turner was due to celebrate its 150th anniversary in June with a staff party, but that will be deferred into next year.

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