Forwarding, Freight News, Logistics, Road

New name for island freight firm

[ December 9, 2019   //   ]

Paul Davis Freight Services and Channel Island Lines have a new name for their combined companies following their merger  – PDFS.

Founded 40 years ago, Paul Davis Freight merged with CI Lines 30 months ago, moving to new purpose-built 40,000sq ft premises in Southampton in November 2018.

The company also has an operation in Bristol.

Having offered both lo lo and ro ro services in the past, the companies have moved all their operations to ro ro in the past 12 months to take advantage of twice daily ferry services to the islands.

PDFS chief executive Andy Jehan, said: “I joined the company at the start of July, having been tempted back into the logistics market by this exciting project. What stood out when I joined was the quality of the people throughout the organisation.  We’re looking to build on the organisation’s 40 years’ experience and our focus is providing excellent customer service, whilst also offering real choice in the Channel Islands’ logistics market. Being flexible is key in our industry; we carry anything from one-off small shipments, to regular full loads.”

PDFS is also upgrading its IT systems, having introduced web-tracking earlier this year.

The company currently has 85 employees, most based in the Channel Islands. It also provides storage and services to all other UK offshore islands, along with Northern and Southern Ireland and can make collections and deliveries throughout the UK and Europe.

With businesses across Europe preparing for Brexit and reviewing their supply chains accordingly, demand for storage has increased and the business recently took on more space in Guernsey. It is  is actively looking for additional warehouse space in Jersey to meet demand.