Menzies unveils latest parcels sector takeover

Menzies has acquired Aberdeen-based Thistle Couriers
Menzies has acquired Aberdeen-based Thistle Couriers
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Logistics group John Menzies has bought its third parcel delivery firm within 12 months.

The Edinburgh-based firm’s distribution arm has paid an undisclosed sum for Thistle Couriers of Aberdeen as it seeks to grow its presence in the fast-growing e-commerce market.

Founded in 1998, Thistle Couriers provides a UK-wide same-day service, delivering about 1,000 parcels overnight, and makes 450 collections each day with its 45-strong workforce and fleet of more than 25 vehicles. Menzies said the takeover would extend its reach into Scotland’s “hard-to-reach areas”.

The deal follows the purchase last year of Oban Express and AJG Parcels of Inverness, the biggest parcel delivery firm in the Highlands

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Menzies Distribution managing director Mark Cassie said: “The purchase of Thistle Couriers strengthens the infrastructure we’ve built with the acquisitions of AJG and Oban Express, and adds a time-critical, same-day service to our portfolio.

“With our existing geographical reach, especially in harder-to-access towns, we are able to deliver further and wider than many other players operating within this market – and I think this latest acquisition underlines our appeal to companies seeking cost-efficient deliveries to the north of Scotland. We believe that we can offer a compelling partnership proposition to the UK’s major parcel carriers.”

Cassie, formerly distribution operations director, took up the role last month as part of a management shake-up sparked by the surprise resignation of Menzies chief executive Jeremy Stafford.

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Ewan and Anabela Ferguson, the husband and wife team behind Thistle Couriers, said the acquisition of their firm was “a great move for us, and for our people”.

They added: “We’ve been warmly welcomed into the Menzies family, and are excited to play our part in the future that Menzies Distribution are building within the Scottish parcel industry.”