Investing in the Future

2020 marks our 49th year in business and as we move even closer towards five decades on the road, we have expanded our Newport headquarters to satisfy customer demand and invest in our future as a business.

50 years of service is a huge achievement for any business, but for us, at Alan R Jones we feel like the world is our oyster. Where many businesses have faced difficulties during the political turbulence, we’ve thrived. This is why we wanted to share how we’ve invested in our future as a business to continue to ensure we deliver exemplary customer service for our clients both old and new.

Not only have we invested in our fleet of tractors to meet Euro Class 6 emissions standards and added value for both staff and clients in a variety of ways, but we have also recently expanded our Newport headquarters – which is now fully in operation.

As a family run business, Newport is our home, and we are committed to ensuring that we keep our roots firmly in our South Wales base. We have already expanded our warehousing facilities and now, our continued investment means that we have an additional 1.2 acres of yard to house our trailers.

Ray Clegg, Managing Director at Alan R Jones and Sons, commented: “This was the next step in our investment process to ensure that we put the foundations in place to continue to deliver a well-rounded solution to our clients’ logistical requirements. By freeing up more space, we now have the ability to store more client trailers and maintain our fleets more freely. As an extension to our existing yard, it’s literally just down the road which has made the expansion virtually seamless.”

As we approach the big 5-0, we are confident that we have put a robust infrastructure in place to provide precision logistics and warehousing expertise as we move onto the next 50 years!

To find out what else we have to shout about, read our blog!

A Claus for Celebration this Christmas

With just three weeks to go until the big day, Christmas is in the air! But rather than dreaming of a white Christmas, here at Alan R Jones we have taken a break from the festivities to reflect on 2019, and what a year it has been…

So, take a walk with us through a winter wonderland as we re-live some of our biggest successes as we approach our 49th year in business.

 

Expansion of Fleet

As many of you may remember, Wales celebrated a special six itself earlier on this year becoming Grand Slam Champions in the Six Nations. But, at Alan R Jones, we also celebrated alongside our country with a special six of our own – the introduction of six, Euro 6 compliant tractor units to our fleet of haulage vehicles.

To upgrade our fleet, improve reliability for our customers and to help us to become more energy efficient we continued this investment throughout the year, and October saw the introduction of a further five tractors units – taking the total of Euro 6 tractors units up to 11.

 

Investment in Workforce

With impressive customer retention rates, at Alan R Jones we are also incredibly proud of our rates of staff retention. Believing in loyalty and integrity, we have a personal dedication to investing in our members of staff to help them to reach their full potential.

2019 has seen us train all our apprentices from car licences to HGV 2 licences. But we haven’t stopped there, we have also internally trained our drivers from Class 2 to Class 1 licences, ensuring that our core staff maintain a strong ethos to meet and exceed customer needs and expectations.

 

Enhancement of Internal Operations

To keep pace with our growth, earlier on this year we embarked on an expansion plan that would see us introduce a second warehouse, circa 27,000 sq. ft. to support customer expansion plans and provide storage for new businesses across Cardiff and Newport. We have also invested in a new trailer park facility to improve capacity movement on our site. Helping to ensure speed of loading and turnaround, not only for our own fleet but also for the hundreds of vehicles we receive on behalf of our customers.

 

 Growth of Service Offering

With an extensive service offering already in place, the biggest addition this year has been the growth of our shipping service. This year alone we have supported our customers with the shipping of over 500 containers from all over the world into the UK – alongside delivering an air freight service to all parts of the globe!

 

Overall, 2019 has been an incredible year for us at Alan R Jones and we have exciting plans for 2020. We look forward to continuing to provide our customers old and new with award-winning service, whilst also investing in our own business to help support the growth of yours.

From the entire team at Alan R Jones and Sons, we would like to thank all our customers for your loyalty and support in 2019 and we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and wish you a happy and prosperous 2020!

The Perfect Ten: ARJ Celebrates Client Retention

Usually considered as the magic number, number 10 is the base of the decimal numeral system and the beginning of, potentially, one of the most famous addresses in the world. At Alan R Jones, we are also celebrating the number 10, 10 for 10 in fact… This month we have chosen 10 of our long-standing clients who have partnered with us for 10 or more years of logistical service.

As a family run business, loyalty and integrity runs through everything we do, and it has been one of many reasons why our customers continue to work with us. We are passionate about providing the best possible service for our clients, through the values of Tradition Driving Innovation.

Celebrating its 30th year in business this year, Mandarin Stone has been a long standing partner of Alan R Jones for 20 years. As one of the largest suppliers of natural stone, marble, limestone tiles, flooring and stone bath-ware in the UK, Mandarin Stone has always used us as its logistical partner to deliver fragile products from the factory to the end-user.

Mark Lane, Transport and Logistics Manager at Mandarin Stone, commented: “We have worked with Alan R Jones for many years and we have always found them to be incredibly reliable and they genuinely care about our freight. We receive a very personable service from the team, and we have a direct contact at ARJ who deals with our bookings and distributions, giving us a high level of continuity.”

It has always been a mutual partnership with Mandarin Stone. They work closely with us to ensure the product is suitable for distribution to the end user in the best possible way, such as amending pallet weight for ease of logistics. Naming us their ‘Palletline Partner’, we enjoy a personal relationship with Mandarin Stone that will see us distribute approximately 11,000 pallets by the end of 2019.

Ray Clegg, Managing Director at Alan R Jones, concluded: “It is incredibly important to us at ARJ to hold onto our family values and nurture relationships with our clients that promote longevity and loyalty. Celebrating our long-standing client retention rates, it has been great to recognise 10 customers that we have been working with for 10 years, with Mandarin Stone being one of those. Our commitment to our heritage has been one of the reasons why our customers value working with us and we are determined to continue to meet and exceed customer expectations.”

Commemorating at least 10 years of service with us, we would also like to thank the following customers: Enersys, Natural Animal Feeds, Brickfab, Cyril Luff, Airspace, P&O Ferrymasters, Advanced Moulds, Studwelders, EQC.

Driving Home for Christmas: ARJ’s Festive Opening Hours

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and in true Christmas spirit, we will be working as hard as Santa’s elves to ensure all our customers’ collections and deliveries are driving home in time for Christmas.

We have created a breakdown of our Christmas delivery deadlines and working hours to make sure that your freight isn’t left out in the cold this festive season.

 

Monday 23rd December – Normal Working Day

  1. Next Day Collected Freight – delivered 24th December
  2. Eco Collected Freight – delivered Friday 27th December

Tuesday 24th December – Deliveries only, no collections.

Wednesday 25th December Closed

Thursday 26th December Closed

Friday 27th December – Normal Working Day

  1. Next Day Collected Freight – delivered Monday 30th December
  2. Eco Collected Freight – delivered Tuesday 31st December

Saturday 28th December – Normal Saturday Service (AM only)

Sunday 29th December – Closed

Monday 30st December – Normal Working Day

  1. Next Day Collected Freight – delivered 31st December
  2. Eco Collected Freight – delivered Thursday 2nd January

Tuesday 31st December – Deliveries only, no collections

Wednesday 1st January 2020 – Closed

Thursday 2nd January 2020 – Normal operations and service resume

For Offshore Delivery and Collection please contact the depot for advice on shipping and delivery dates.

If you have any queries on the above, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to help. Otherwise, on behalf of the entire team at ARJ, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2020!

Absolute Performance Across Land and Sea

 

 

 

At Alan R Jones, it’s a core part of our ethos to go above and beyond for our customers. Understanding that different clients have specialist logistical requirements, it is essential for us to help in any way we can, and we will go across land and sea for our customers – quite literally.

Originally working with Absolute Performance through our Palletline network, we regularly helped with the storage of its design equipment until we uncovered that it required a logistical partner to offer a complete solution.

Absolute Performance specialises in gym design and strength equipment to create bespoke training facilities with world-class apparatus. Sourcing of specialist accessories that will best complement the expert training environments involves the transportation of goods worldwide.

After working with us at Alan R Jones for several years, Absolute Performance needed a tailored logistical solution to satisfy its sea and air freight requirements. Rising to the challenge, we sought to deliver a versatile and adaptable service to help Absolute Performance distribute and receive its equipment with ease.

Ray Clegg, Managing Director at Alan R Jones, said: “As Absolute Performance relies on product from overseas, it is only right that they can rely on us to deliver and collect it safely. We are committed to satisfying the requirements of our customers and ensure we are flexible and versatile in all situations and respond to their every need, whatever time of the day.”

Simon Britton, Business Development Manager at Absolute Performance, commented: “The ability to be flexible is incredibly important to us at Absolute Performance. As we ship our high-performing equipment from countries all over the world, fluidity is crucial. Working with a logistics company whose attention to detail is second to none and who always deliver on their promises has helped us as a small business to grow and excel.

“From flooring, to gym equipment, no two deliveries are the same. Alan R Jones takes everything in their stride, and nothing is too much hassle – we are always greeted with the same courteous and personable service we received five years ago.”

At Alan R Jones, we are committed to ‘Tradition Driving Innovation’ and meeting and exceeding the needs of our clients.

To find out more about Absolute Performance, please visit www.aperformance.co.uk/.

Brewing a Partnership: ARJ Supports Tiny Rebel from the First Hop

 

From a stout to a sour, the world of craft beer is becoming increasingly popular. With many different flavours, strengths and drinking experiences, the craft beer revolution is changing the beer-drinking market, allowing small, local breweries an opportunity to sell on a large scale as demand continues to increase.

We have been lucky enough to see first-hand, the hard work and determination that goes into the overall process by supporting one of South Wales’ most recognisable craft beer breweries, Tiny Rebel – from the very beginning.

Tiny Rebel began its craft beer journey in 2012, brewing out of a garage in Newport. In the last seven years, the company has gone from strength to strength and now has 3 bars, hires 126 people across South Wales and exports its beer to 36 countries worldwide. It hasn’t always been plane sailing – but we have worked with Tiny Rebel from start-up to the legacy that it is today.

Taking a step back in time to seven and a half years ago, Tiny Rebel contacted Alan R Jones for some help when a customer had ordered more beers than they could fit in their van. Despite Tiny Rebel admitting they knew nothing about logistics, we sought to help them deliver the beer to an eager customer and the rest is history. From one pallet every fortnight, we now collect and distribute over 100 pallets a week for Tiny Rebel.

Ray Clegg, Managing Director at Alan R Jones, commented: “As a family-run business in Newport it is incredibly important to us to meet and exceed the expectations of all our clients. When Tiny Rebel contacted us seven and a half years ago we had the same values to help them, as we would with anyone. As local companies, we should support each other, and we are lucky enough to still be Tiny Rebel’s logistics company of choice and are pleased to have worked with them on their incredible journey of growth.”

Bradley Cummings, Co-Founder and CEO of Tiny Rebel, concluded: “Since day one we have always been able to rely on Alan R Jones. Many other logistical companies would have turned us away for such a small delivery, but we were treated with the same level of great customer service and understanding then as we are today. From one pallet every fortnight to now distributing our beer to 36 countries worldwide, Alan R Jones has provided unparalleled support in our growth and we know that nothing is ever too much hassle.”

We are incredibly pleased to have supported a local Newport brewery to become what it is today, to find out more about Tiny Rebel please visit: www.tinyrebel.co.uk.

Celebrating Top Line Performance at the Palletline Awards

As proud members of the Palletline network that has spanned over 20 years, we are thrilled to announce that we have received the Palletline Top Liner Award at the 2019 awards ceremony.

The Palletline Awards Night, which was held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole in July, celebrates the Palletline community for its continued hard work and determination in operational performance, customer satisfaction and service.

At Alan R Jones, our customer focused values and our commitment to provide bespoke logistical solutions tailored to individual clients’ needs, has successfully resulted in us receiving the industry accolade of Top Liner at the Palletline Awards.

Top Liner Award is awarded to businesses in the network who have achieved five months of consistent performance across a number of topics, from delivery service to accuracy, time-keeping and administration. To be awarded the Top Liner title means that we have successfully been hitting and exceeding our targets, month on month to provide the complete service for our valued clients.

Gareth Tapp, Palletline Manager at Alan R Jones, commented: “We are thrilled to be awarded the Top Liner Award once again at the Palletline Awards. It’s not only testament to the work and commitment we continually put in to ensure our customers’ requirements are met with haste and integrity, but it also instils confidence that our customers can rely on us to protect their freight and consistently meet expectations.”

To find out more about the services Alan R Jones can offer to help your business, please visit www.alanrjones.co.uk.

Teeing Up with Alan R Jones

One thing you can never rely on in Wales, is the weather. But, you can rely on a charity golf day to help to raise money for great local causes. Despite the rain, it didn’t dampen the moods of 24 of our customers and suppliers as we took to the green to raise money for Velindre Cancer Centre.

Lucky for us, our Newport Headquarters are positioned near to the beautiful scenery of Tredegar Park Golf Club. The luscious green Par 72 course acted as the perfect locale to tee-up and host a charity golf day to raise money for our charity of the year – Velindre Cancer Centre.

Velindre Cancer Centre is a specialist cancer treatment centre that is based on the perimeters of Cardiff and provides treatment, support and care to over 1.5 million people around South East Wales and beyond. As a centre that many people rely on for its services and support, we wanted to help in any way we could to raise money for Velindre to help it to continue to do the fantastic work it does.

Following a day braving the weather, we are incredibly pleased to announce that our Charity Golf Day successfully raised £1,500 for Velindre! Overall last year, we managed to raise over £3,000 through team events and raffles at our Headquarters in Newport. The money raised from our golf day has already set us well on our way to bettering that figure this year.

Managing Director, Ray Clegg, commented: “A charity golf day is a fantastic way to raise money for great causes whilst enjoying a day with our customers and suppliers. We were so happy to see so many people taking part in our hometown of Newport and were thrilled with the funds we raised for Velindre. The centre does fantastic work and helps thousands of people every year and we are proud to support them.”

To find out more information about Velindre Cancer Centre, please visit www.velindrecc.wales.nhs.uk/home, or if you would like to learn more about how you can donate or fundraise, please click here.

Water Off a Duck’s Back: Traditional Values that Enhance Innovation  

We have been on the road for more than four decades, and in that time we have seen a lot of industry change, regulations and restrictions. Despite everything, our engines keep running and the core reason for that is our customers.

As a family run business, we are passionate about translating our family traditions and ethos into our work and are dedicated to providing the very best customer service to our clients. Strongly believing in providing logistical solutions with a personal touch, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to enhance our service offering to our clients, whilst enjoying a friendly working relationship.

In an ever-changing technological world, logistics and haulage firms are depended on more than ever to provide solutions to changes in demand and market operations quickly and seamlessly. We are passionate about responding to whatever needs our customers may have and therefore have combined our traditions of integrity and personal service, with a spirit of innovation to adhere to even the most obscure of demands.

With this ethos at the core of everything we do, we wanted to share a wonderful customer testimonial which demonstrates at the very least that we are true to our word.

Jayne Rees, an incredibly pleased customer, recently commented: “I have just taken delivery of my duck house and Cameron was your driver. He was simply delightful – very professional, helpful and also so positive. He really brightened up my day and a real credit to your organisation.”

This is testament to our dedication to provide the very best customer service, no matter what the delivery. It also clearly demonstrates the diversity of our freight, our membership with Palletline not only offers access to over 6,000 vehicles but has also enabled us to expand our service range meaning we can satisfy virtually any logistical requirement.

Big or small, we are always happy to help and will always offer customers the same level of professionalism, whatever the task.

We’re a friendly bunch here at Alan R Jones & Sons, so if you have a logistical query you need help with, get in touch today sales@alanrjones.co.uk.

That Would be a Relief… Why we Welcome the Proposal of the M4 Relief Road

As a haulage company, one thing that is inevitable on the roads is traffic. We are on the road at all times of day, which includes the busiest times – when everyone else is on the road too. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that we usually struggle at the hands (or wheels) of traffic jams, but our biggest problem is closer to home than you would expect.

Anyone who commutes regularly will understand that the main route into Wales, and into the first major city you hit as you travel on the M4, struggles daily with the sheer level of traffic at the outdated, two-lane Brynglas Tunnels. If we could avoid it, we would… which is why we are supporting the expansion of the M4 Relief Road, or so called Black Route.

In circulation and discussion since 1991, we were around and supported it then too, the relief road proposed would be a second motorway to the south of Newport, parallel to the existing M4 motorway from junction 23A at Magar, to junction 29 at Castleton, avoiding the need to widen the Brynglas Tunnels. This would undoubtably reduce the flow of traffic heading towards the tunnels and provide commuters with an alternative route getting into South Wales.

Unfortunately, we are no further forward on the creation of the relief road than we were in 1991. But, as it has been a hot topic of conversation in recent months, one that we are hoping to get a decision on within the next few weeks, we wanted to explain why we are supporting the Black Route, and what this could mean for our business.

Understandably, there are two sides to this debate. One, with companies like us who can see the potential for businesses and growth in South Wales and two, which sees the environmental impact and build costs that could be spent elsewhere in Welsh infrastructure. We strongly believe that the benefits of the relief road outweigh the risks.

The updated road layout will have an unprecedented impact on the whole of South Wales. The recent removal of the tolls on the Severn Bridge has already seen more business and homebuyers looking at South Wales as a hub, and a relief road that would reduce the daily stockpile of traffic would undoubtably positively impact new and existing business in South Wales.

When looking at business, especially new, the opportunity to bring new companies to South Wales due to better transportation links opens up an array of potential for the economy. With investment, also comes employment – one thing that we can never have too much of.

The relief road will also have a massive impact on the way we operate as a business. It is incredibly important to us to stay close to our roots and keep our family business thriving in South Wales. The potential of expanding the motorway will not only relieve congestion by adding much needed consistency in traffic flows, but also our delivery speeds will become much quicker and more accurate to predict, which ultimately means customer satisfaction.

To us, it’s a win-win situation. For our industry, our company and our customers this investment can only be positive for South Wales.

If you would like to find out more about our opinions on the M4 Relief Road, Managing Director, Ray Clegg recently shared his views with ITV Cymru Wales. https://www.itv.com/walesprogrammes/sharp-end/sharp-end-april-29th