Plans in place to avoid winter disruption

Snowfall might still seem a little way off yet but Menzies Distribution's Winter Contingency Plan is now in force with an objective of maintaining service levels and business continuity in the event of adverse weather.

Last month, the business purchased 275 tonnes of road salt for use across the UK network, as well as scores of additional snow shovels and an extra 400 pairs of thermal gloves for drivers.

All branches already have grit spreader and snow plough attachments for forklift trucks.

Supply Chain Director Mark Cassie said: "The investment we make in winter contingency is made to ensure our distribution centres are completely prepared to maximise their ability to offer continuity of business operations.

"We have a close relationship with the Freight Transport Association nationally, and the Scottish Executive with whom we will continue to liaise, passing relevant feedback which will hopefully assist our business."

He added: "As well as this investment, all staff have been issued with general guidelines about their own well-being to ensure they are individually prepared for the winter."