Dodds Group

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Our business is built upon an impressive fleet of more than 150 vehicles and 350 trailers, comprises a range of vehicles from vans through to 44 tonne combinations.

Across our entire distribution network, the Dodd's road haulage fleet operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In-cab communication and satellite tracking of both tractor and trailer combine with our routing plans to ensure that load-carrying is always optimised. We work with PalletForce and offer freight forwarding to Europe and beyond. We also continue to work closely with our airfreight and deep sea division.

Whatever challenge your business faces, our fleet can meet it.

21st Century

21st Century Logistics Limited is the operating company of The Dodd's Group. A multi-depot, primary trucking operator providing road haulage services for blue chip clients in all sectors from industry to grocery.

The company incorporates many leading names from across the industry. Syms of Calne, Parker Haulage and Hammonds Distribution have all been brought into the group to operate under one banner. Each acquisition has added strength to our operations and brought valuable international road haulage services experience to the group.

Further expansion in collaboration with PalletForce has enabled us to offer additional overnight pallet distribution services to our customers.

With the latest acquisition of Les Knight Transport, we are now able to offer containerised traffic to and from Europe, as well as our curtain sided trailers. We also offer a skeletal service to container operators both European and deep sea.

The Dodd's Fleet

Our business is built upon an impressive fleet of more than 150 vehicles and 350 trailers. Our customers demand the best of us – and so we have to demand the best of our fleet. Through on-going investment we ensure that our vehicles are constantly renewed and that the fleet profile remains young.

To ensure that we meet the demands of every customer, Dodd's fleet comprises a range of vehicles from vans through to 44 tonne combinations. The majority of the fleet is Mercedes or Volvo. We work closely with experienced body builders and market leaders to achieve fleet specifications, which improve operational efficiency and reliability. Vehicle liveries include customers' own as well as our distinctive, professional scheme.

Across our entire distribution network, the Dodd's fleet operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In-cab communication and satellite tracking of both tractor and trailer combine with our routing plans to ensure that load-carrying is always optimised. This commitment to efficiency helps to keep our costs competitive.

Keeping a percentage of our fleet free from the obligations of specific contracts gives us a real advantage when it comes to responding quickly. We combine flexibility and high levels of customer service to ensure that, whatever challenge your business faces, our fleet can meet it.

Teamwork and Technology

 

The Dodd's Group is built on a reputation for service. Extending our excellent working relationships – both with our clients and with each other – is something we are happy to invest in. We work with our customers. They tell us what they need and we deliver. This team approach keeps us ahead of the competition in a rapidly changing business world.

Dodd's recognise the importance of accountability – we set the highest standards for ourselves and implement rigorous monitoring procedures to see that they are met. Regular team reviews offer a forum in which we can explore ways to refine our operations and identify and exploit cost-saving opportunities to keep us thinking and our customers smiling.

UK Distribution Network

 To ensure that our services remain as flexible and as competitive as possible, the Dodd's Group operate an extensive distribution network across the UK. With strategic depot locations well-placed to serve the entire country, you can count on Dodd's to deliver. Responding to your needs as a customer is the core value on which our business is based, and our UK network remains responsive through a sophisticated communications structure that keeps us in touch with your delivery. When the demands on you change – we can react quickly, altering the job details even when a delivery is in progress.

Specialist Expertise

We offer a full range of flexible and cost-effective services to an ever-expanding client base. However, at Dodd's we have developed particular expertise in three specialist sectors.

Industrial:
Time is money in manufacturing and our distribution network has been developed to meet high standards and demanding deadlines. Working with 'just-in-time' schedules is critical in many industries, especially where customers' stock holding is kept to a minimum. Dodd's can work to these demands and have considerable experience in the handling of raw materials and bulk products. We are able to deploy vehicles specifically designed for efficient loading and secure transportation, keeping your business running smoothly, day and night.

Food & Grocery:
From raw materials through to finished items, Dodd's deliver. Moving foodstuff from manufacturer to distribution centre to end retailer. Our expertise in this high standard sector is impressive and we offer all the conditions and key information that our consumables clients require.

High Value Goods:
For high value goods, such as electrical appliances and home entertainment systems, we have an established record for offering excellent secure storage, specialist handling and reliable transportation.

Container Deliveries & Collections:
With the latest acquisition of Les Knight Transport, we are now able to offer containerised traffic to and from Europe, as well as our existing curtain sided trailer operation into France, Belgium and Holland. We also offer a skeletal service to container operators both European and deep sea.

Europe and Beyond

Container Deliveries & Collections:
With the latest acquisition of Les Knight Transport, we are now able to offer containerised traffic to and from Europe, as well as our existing curtain sided trailer operation into France, Belgium and Holland. We also offer a skeletal service to container operators both European and deep sea.

Supply Chain Management

 The Dodd's Group compliments its logistics and distribution work with a wider range of supply chain management services. We know that an efficient and effective supply chain is at the heart of any economical business and we can work with you to ensure that everything runs to plan. Whether you are looking to reduce costs or increase productivity, keep stock low or ensure that output stays high, our experienced teams can help devise and implement a procedure to suit your industry.

Warehousing and Storage

The Dodd's Group aims to offer solutions for every stage in the logistics process and our warehousing and storage facilities are the perfect compliment to our distribution services. We have dedicated and shared facilities available and, as you would expect from a group with such high standards, all are run in compliance with the United Kingdom Warehousing Association conditions.

Whatever your requirements, we have the experience and in-house expertise to devise and manage cost-effective handling and storage programmes for a wide variety of goods. Secure environments and H M Customs bonded storage can be provided at strategic locations.

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