08 Oct 2020
Bibby Distribution has won two prestigious Motor Transport Awards for Safety and Technical Excellence, after recording its safest and most efficient year and achieving a wholesale cultural shift across the entire business.
The 1,400-strong logistics team was awarded the Safety in Operation and Technical Excellence honours, beating stiff competition from a range of companies in the transport sector.
In the Safety category, judges commended Bibby Distribution for instilling a ‘safety first’ mindset which has seen accidents reduce by a third and the lowest ever number of reportable and lost time incidents. While the team’s target was a 10% reduction, they have actually cut reportable incidents by 36% and lost time accidents by 39%.
The judging panel said they were particularly impressed by the excellent results and praised the “full commitment from top level management”. One judge commented: “The results speak for themselves.”
For the Technical Excellence Award, judges praised the business for reaching unprecedented levels of efficiency, reliability and safety, through a combination of innovation, technology and outstanding commitment.
Judges noted the “meteoric rise” in driver performance standards, from 1.3 per cent to 57.7 per cent rated grade A. One said: “The submission demonstrated very high levels of legal compliance, road worthiness and excellent annual test first time pass rates.”
Bibby Distribution CEO Richard Morson said: “We are so grateful to have been rewarded for our Safety standards and Technical Excellence – both areas which are fundamental to our success as a business because we know they are what matter most to our customers.
“Achieving the results we have hasn’t been easy by any stretch, and has required commitment and drive from every single member of the team. I am so proud of all of them, and very grateful. They are outstanding and truly deserve this recognition.”
05 Oct 2020
Bibby Distribution has just completed its largest ever annual fleet replacement programme as part of its commitment to become the road transport sector’s ‘Employer of Choice’.
Despite the economic challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, the logistics business has refreshed its wide range of trucks, specialist trailers and tankers, committing to a total £14 million spend on new assets this year.
Its additions include 60 MAN TGX 6x2 tractor units, 15 Scania R-series 6x2 tractor units, 12 Feldbinder liquid tank trailers, 40 bespoke lifting roof curtainside trailers, 160 high cubic capacity curtainside trailers and a bespoke trailer to move bulk drums.
In total, the 3PL’s commercial vehicle fleet now comprises 480 trucks and 1,400 trailers.
Bibby Distribution’s Fleet & Procurement Director, Adam Purshall, says: “We are continually looking to enhance the specification of our fleet with a real focus on the environment, driver comfort and safety, in line with our ambition of becoming ‘Employer of Choice’ for the road transport sector. It has been important for us to stick to our original plan for fleet replacement this year, in spite of the challenges 2020 has brought.
“We want to make it easier for our current drivers to do their job and to encourage new drivers to join us as well. We believe by giving our drivers the best possible vehicles to work in, they can also deliver the best possible results for our customers.”
He adds: “This investment in our fleet will help us to reduce downtime and cut tailpipe emissions, and we are using the latest telematics technology to ensure we collect crucial data on driver performance so we can provide bespoke training.
“We believe these elements combined help us stand out from the crowd and differentiates us from our competitors.”
The extensive replacement programme has ensured Bibby Distribution is operating the youngest fleet in its history – with the average age of its trucks now below two-years old, and its trailers just three-and-a-half-years old. Every vehicle in the fleet meets Euro 6 standards.
Whilst Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the global economy, Bibby Distribution continues to prosper in 2020, with certain parts of the business “thriving”.
“We have been fortunate compared to many other operators due to the sectors we work in,” says Purshall. “We have a diverse customer base and some of those sectors, such as retail and packaging for example, have seen existing customer volumes remain strong throughout the year and this has been complemented by new business wins. So, while this high level of investment was always planned for 2020, some additional spend has been necessary to meet those demands.”
As well as driving Bibby Distribution towards its goal of becoming ‘Employer of Choice’, the new vehicles will also help the company deliver its Road to Zero strategy, aimed at achieving zero harm, zero waste and zero environmental impact from its operations.
10 Sep 2020
Bibby Distribution has been named among finalists for this year’s Logistics UK’s Awards, designed to recognise the best companies working across road, rail, sea and air.
Recognition in the ‘Road Freight Operator of the Year’ category follows an 18-month change programme at Bibby Distribution that has enhanced processes across the business and instilled a strong and positive culture in line with the company’s bold ambition to become the road transport sector’s ‘employer of choice’.
It also comes on the back of the company’s safest ever year. In 2019 the team reduced accidents by 20%, RIDDORS (Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences) by 67% and Lost Time Accidents by 46%.
The Logistics UK announcement is the latest in a number of award successes for Bibby Distribution in 2020.
In April, Bibby Distribution received a record five annual safety awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the British Safety Council.
The business is also a finalist for Employer of the Year in the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, designed to profile the nation’s most impressive public, private and third sector businesses.
And judges at this year’s Motor Transport Awards have shortlisted the 3PL in two separate categories – Safety in Operation and Technical Excellence.
Bibby Distribution’s CEO Richard Morson says: “External recognition of how hard our team works to deliver, improve and add value to our customers in the safest way possible is always welcome, but this year is perhaps more important than ever.
“The results our colleagues have continued to achieve in the most challenging circumstances is nothing short of extraordinary. I am so grateful for their commitment and achievements, and am very proud their work is being recognised on a wider stage.”
Logistics UK (formerly the Freight Transport Association) is due to announce the award winners at an event on Thursday 10 December, subject to government guidance.