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Year in the Life - Moody Logistics


October Instalment of Moody Logistics' #ChamberYearintheLife

The last month has been a whirlwind for Moody Logistics with ground-breaking construction work, Love the Lorry week and expansion for MCR Services, part of the business which helps major retailers snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

MCR, based in new, larger premises on the main company site in Cramlington, is the hidden hero for many a High Street brand which needs products quickly re-worked or repackaged. It has a proud history of fixing everything from faulty packaging to damaged products.

In the last month one of its client’s successes was the Houghton le Spring-based Maxim Brewery.

During the transportation of a bottled ales consignment, going back to the brewery from the bottling plant, some of the pallets gave way. This caused some of the bottles to be smashed, damaged labels and packaging burst open.

Caroline Moody said: “We were delighted to help Maxim Brewery evaluate what could be salvaged from the accident. MCR helped them clarify what could be saved, what wasn’t suitable to be salvaged and then ensured they got everything possible professionally repackaged ready for sale.

“We are ready to help all our customers who have any unexpected event that impacts on their bottom line.”

As well as this emergency supportMCR also works with retailers to help them with a range of other services. For example,itprovidesupholstery fabric swatches and despatchservices for John Lewis.

It has recently won work for Argos and Sainsburys supermarkets for a range of services.

An Autumn trade fair in Birmingham of household gifts and furniture products has proved to be a rich source of potential leads for Caroline and the MCR Services team.

Nearer home, the national #LovetheLorry campaign has been a great success in September. The aim of the week-long promotion drive is to raise awareness of the haulage industry and make people realise the different careers available, not just driving but in operations, engineering, sales & marketing, HR and administration to name a few.

To support the campaign Moody Logistics staff posted their own personal messages about why they Love the Lorry, they included the chance to spend all day driving round the beautiful North East and how great it is to work for an award-winning company.

People are vital to this business and a great example of career development isone of its apprentices Alex Skelton, who has just completed a Warehouse to Wheels programme. He has now passed his HGV licence and is out on the road. This is an 18 month programme, starting with a 6 month period in the warehouse, spending time in admin and in the vehicle workshops (Heathline) all to ensure the driver apprentice gets a full appreciation of working in the business.

Now the search is on for the next apprentice who can be part of the team.

An important part of the Moody Logisticsapproach is its self-sufficiency so it has started to build a state of the art workshop for the engineers at Heathline Commercials who keep the fleet and other commercials vehicles moving on the head office site.

Next month the detailed plans for this new custom built workshop will be revealed.