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Trade Distribution shortlisted for Motor Transport Award

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Trade Distribution shortlisted for Motor Transport Award

Manx logistics company Trade Distribution Limited (TDL), a division of the H&B Group, has been shortlisted for the Partnership Award in the prestigious Motor Transport Awards 2016, for its logistics partnership with AKW Ltd, the UK’s leading supplier of accessible bathroom, kitchen and daily living products.

The Motor Transport Awards, known as the ‘Oscars’ of the logistics industry are a celebration of outstanding achievement in road freight transport, with finalist selected by judges made up of a select panel of industry experts.

Trade Distribution’s selection as a finalist for the Partnership Award is recognition for cultivating a mutually beneficial long term relationship with AKW.

For many years Trade Distribution provided AKW with standard haulage service; delivering products from DLP Ltd, the Isle of Man based manufacturing arm of the business; for delivery to AKW in Droitwich, who manage sales and distribution of products in the UK and Ireland.

In 2012, AKW approached Trade Distribution to look at ways improve the delivery service supplied to their onward customers throughout the UK and Ireland.


AKW’s aims were to reduce:

  • damages and lost items in transit;
  • the number of late or delayed deliveries;
  • complaints and;
  • costs for customers and AKW as a business.


Following an extensive collaborate research and analysis programme between Trade Distribution, AKW and their customers’, the development of a dedicated transport network partnership was identified as the most effective solution to achieve the aims.

The introducing of the network partnership rapidly realised benefits; and by the end of the first year it had delivered substantial cost savings, eliminated handling damages and redelivery costs; as well as generating upsurge in customer satisfaction.

The continued success of this collaborative partnership has resulted in several members of the AKW supply chain routing their products through the Trade Distribution/AKW delivery model.

Trade Distribution have recently been rewarded with a new 5 year contract, coming to 2 years earlier than expected.

The winner of the Partnership Award will be announced; together with the other 19 logistic industry awards on the Wednesday 6th of July, at the gala award presentation event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Trade Distribution Ltd.’s managing director Steve Pickett said “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this award. It’s recognition of the success of our collaborative partnership transport model and of the significant benefits delivered for our partners AKW and their customers.’