Northampton (UK) logistics specialist Crisis Logistics has acquired local parcel and pallets company Action Express as part of its ambitious plans to expand its portfolio of services. The company plans to retain Action Express’s Brackmills Industrial Estate depot and make key investments in the site and its facilities as it increases the volume of pallets and parcels it handles.
Established as a same-day delivery specialist in 1998, Crisis Logistics has since developed its service to include warehousing and fulfillment, alongside national and international road haulage. It has already purchased 10 new vehicles for Action Express, including seven articulated lorries and three 18 metric ton trucks, and plans to create new jobs as it grows the company.
Action Express founder and former APC Overnight chief executive Syed Ziaullah, who established the company in 1982 with just a bike and a van, will join the board of directors at Crisis Logistics.
Charles Grant-Salmon, chairman at Crisis Logistics, said, “As part of our growth strategy we are expanding our business and developing Crisis Logistics into the market leader and one-stop shop for all logistics services in Northamptonshire.
“The acquisition will benefit customers of both companies by enabling us to provide a full range of logistics services across pallets, parcels and general haulage, in addition to specialist services such as temperature-controlled delivery and secure distribution. We are delighted that Syed will join our board for the next five years to allow us to benefit from his wealth of knowledge and enable a smooth integration into Action Express’s new era.”
Edward Grant-Salmon, managing director at Crisis Logistics, commented, “The business is a perfect fit with our own operation, as we’re both well-established firms with a loyal long-term customer base, and we remain committed to providing the best experience for all our customers.”