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21st Century Logistics (Dodds Group)
Diana House, Bonham Drive, Eurolink Industrial Park, Sittingbourne, ME10 3RR
Tel: 01795435000
Fax: 01795479790

Kent - Distribution Services, Warehousing, Storage Services, Logistics, Transport - Kent

21st Century Logistics Ltd (Dodds Group), Sittingbourne, Kent

Our reputation drives us forward.
The Dodd's Group has its roots in a successful, family business, founded almost 100 years ago. Today, through a continuing program of acquisition and strategic development, we offer a range of exceptional logistics services to a portfolio of prestigious customers.

The Dodd's Group has one clear aim - to deliver impeccable service through adherence to the highest standards in vehicles, distribution and personnel.

We recognise that our reputation is our greatest asset and it is this that drives us forward. By on-going investment in technology, in our fleet and in performance monitoring, we aspire to continued growth and greater flexibility in order that Dodd's can continue to meet every demand that our customers face in an ever-changing business world.


21st Century

21st Century Logistics Limited is the operating company of The Dodd's Group. A multi-depot, primary trucking operator providing 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 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.

For the Dodd's Group, it is our reputation that drives us forward and that reputation is something we invest in. Recruiting the very best operational staff and constantly updating the IT systems which lie at the heart of our flexibility ensures that we retain the reputation for customer service and reliable distribution on which the Group is built.

Our commitment to embracing new technology benefits our customers at every stage, from automated ordering systems to product tracking and distribution reports.

Our systems provide valuable data on each job, allowing us to keep track of every delivery and ensuring that our business continues to run efficiently for you - now and in the future.

 

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.

We pride ourselves on our ability to meet your deadlines – however demanding – and are proud of our record in managing time-critical consignments, delivering bulk raw materials for just-in-time manufacturing processes.

At Dodd’s we like to use a bit of common sense when it comes to distribution. Throughout the Group, we run night trunking operations to take advantage of lighter traffic conditions, which we think makes a lot of sense. Night distribution extends our loading deadlines – giving you the maximum working day prior to collection without compromising an early delivery at the other end. Our contract drivers are also licensed to load and unload deliveries themselves – just another bit of common sense that we hope will come in helpful.

We know that our customers sometimes have to deal with the unexpected, so we make sure we are ready and waiting with a safety net that really works for you. Our large, well-maintained fleet includes a number of non-dedicated vehicles. This capacity allows us to allocate resources to urgent, unscheduled jobs across the UK.


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.

To compliment our UK distribution network, the Dodd's Group works with PalletForce and a team of experienced partners to offer our customers considerable expertise in freight forwarding to Europe - and beyond. We also continue to work closely with our airfreight and deep sea division, which was sold to its management. GPM Freight Systems' reputation was established in the demanding film industry. Transporting productions to locations across the globe, taught us all we needed to know about flexibility, rapid response and international business.

GPM is a Department of Transport approved listed security agent, and we are able to offer comprehensive import and export facilities in a fully automated freight-forwarding environment. Our international services are provided by dedicated divisions and offer a reliable service, wherever the destination.

For more information, please visit: www.gpmfreight.com


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.

The Dodd's Group can work with your own operations managers and coordinators to help at any stage of your supply chain. Examples of current supply chain work range from raw material stock management and control, stock allocation and order processing through to scheduling and booking deliveries, arranging dock releases and waste collection and processing.

Of course, our supply chain services are complimented by our distribution and warehousing services and we frequently work with clients to supply them a complete and competitive package.


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.

Whatever you require of your warehousing, the Dodd's Group aims to deliver. Fully trained staff work with strategic managers at each location to offer appropriate handling, every time.

From goods-in to put-away and storage, from order picking to loading for dispatch, Dodd's are confident that we can meet your demands on time and on budget, whether operating our own systems or managing yours on site. Our investment in technology extends to this area of our operation, with full tracking data available throughout. Control systems offer inventories, status reports and can trigger re-ordering via online data links with our customers.


Some of the Services we Offer Include:

* Kent Warehousing
* Kent Road Haulage Services
* Kent Distribution Services
* Kent Logistics
* Kent Pallet Distribution

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