Note: This feature is in the May TT&C 2020 issue.
A few years ago, I worked for a global material logistics company based in Boston, Mass. The company’s European headquarters and data center was in the United Kingdom (U.K.), about an hour north of London. Given my corporate technology role in the company, I had to travel to the office in the U.K. on a regular basis.
During my visits, they provided me with an office that had an outside view overlooking the loading docks. It was an excellent vantage point to watch trucks, or “lorries” as they are called in Europe, coming and going all day. I know what you’re thinking. As a former truck driver and model collector watching trucks all day, did I get any work done? Well, yes, for the most part, but that’s a story for another time.
My company did not have its own fleet of trucks, choosing instead to contract that work to an outside transport firm. One of the trucking companies that routinely served our shipping needs was Eddie Stobart Ltd.
If you live in the U.K. or visit there frequently, you are probably familiar with Eddie Stobart’s fleet of trucks. Today, the company is known as Eddie Stobart Logistics. It operates throughout the U.K. and parts of Europe, with approximately 2,700 vehicles, 5,000 trailers and 43 offices and terminals