4 steps to a more efficient warehouse

Warehouses play a key role in the organisation of any distribution business, so if that’s not in order, who says the rest of the business will be? There is a lot to consider when running a successful company, but an organised, efficient warehouse will always give you a fighting chance.   

But how do you even start to run an effective warehouse?

Step 1. Keep your warehouse clean

Nobody wants to work in a messy environment, so not only will keeping your warehouse clean increase your organisation, employee satisfaction will also sky rocket. Putting aside an hour or two a week can make a big difference, as you never know what missing orders/products you may find. 

Step 2. Reassess your warehouse floor plan

Leading on from step 1, organisation in your warehouse is key. This means that all the employees should know exactly where each product or order is kept at all times. Reassessing your warehouse floor plan can give a fresh feel to the location, as well as reaffirming with employees where everything is kept, allowing them to suggest any changes that would help them become more efficient. When looking at your floor plan, consider the following:

  • Using all available space
  • Making sure all goods are easily accessible
  • Take into account employee comfort
  • Consider an efficient workflow, from goods entering the warehouse all the way until they leave
  • Ensure the office is easily accessible and in view of all workers 

Step 3. Label everything in your warehouse

It sounds simple, doesn’t it? However, most businesses up and down the country will find that a lot of their warehouse is not labelled correctly, which can cause confusion down the line. In many cases all the labelling was done just after the warehouse was opened but hasn’t been touched since. Refreshing your labelling can help all new starters as well as current staff to keep on top of the goods in the warehouse, making it much easier to go about their work efficiently. 

Step 4. Leave it to the experts

Nidd Transport are able to provide a complete warehousing solution, thanks to the 60,000 sq. ft. of space our purpose-built warehouse provides in Melmerby.  With over 4,000 fully racked pallet spaces, and a computerised stock solution, we can efficiently and effectively look after your individual requirements. To find out more about our warehousing, or to get a free no obligation quote, get in touch.

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Vacancy: Accounts Manager – Accounts Team

Nidd Transport Ltd., based near Ripon, North Yorkshire, is a successful and progressive road haulier who operates throughout the UK and Europe.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and experienced Accounts Manager to join our team. Reporting to the Finance Director (FD), the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the day to day operations of the accounts department and assisting the FD with financial reporting, performance analysis, HR, vehicle costing and office support. A thorough knowledge of accounts is essential, as well as experience in using Sage Accounting software and payroll. Candidates should have some previous experience in people management and team leadership. The successful candidate will have the ability to work under pressure whilst achieving strict deadlines in this dynamic and varied role.  

Benefits and Working for Nidd Transport

Salary: Competitive renumeration package including bonus and pension schemes

Hours: 40 hrs per week (Monday to Friday) 

Holidays: 24 days + bank holidays per year. 

We believe the successful Accounts Manager should have the following skills:  

  • Must be trained to AAT level 4 and studying towards ICA/CIMA or ACCA
  • Previous experience in people management and team leadership 
  • Good numeracy, literacy and IT skills.
  • A flexible approach and ‘can do’ attitude is essential.
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy in order to minimise errors and loss.
  • Ability to prioritise workloads and work to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and team work.
  • Use initiative and possess good decision making 

The key tasks for the Accounts Manager role are:

  • Manage a team of three to achieve individual and team targets
  • Sales Ledger –  overseeing: 
    • Month end invoicing
    • Credit Control 
    • Revaluations 
    • Cash flow forecasts 
    • Payment reconciliations 
  • Purchase ledger – overseeing
    • Month end 
    • Approving sub-contractor invoices 
    • Sterling and euro cheque runs 
  • Bank reconciliation 
  • Petty cash reconciliation 

Individual responsibility

  • Nominal Ledger
    • Maintaining fixed asset register 
    • Maintaining vehicle asset purchase 
  • Vehicle costing/job costing 
  • Assisting with the preparation of monthly management accounts
  • VAT Returns 
  • EC Sales list submission 
  • Payroll including employee contracts and induction paperwork
  • Overseas VAT claims 

So, if you feel that you have the necessary skills we are looking for, then please send your CV and covering letter to

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Introducing: Michael Turner

Michael Turner is the latest to join the Nidd Transport team, joining us as our new Sales and Commercial Manager. Having worked in the transport industry for 33 years for big names such as Beauvais International and most recently Rhenus, Michael will prove integral to the team. 

From day to day, he will be tasked with maintaining and developing further work from existing Nidd clients, as well as winning new business for the company. This will be achieved through researching, approaching, visiting and working closely with new clients. 

When asked what he most enjoys about the role and what drew him to Nidd, Michael said:

“I enjoy the thrill of the chase, satisfaction when new business is obtained, and the fact that every day has a different challenge. I chose Nidd because personally speaking I have become tired of the ‘big boys’ in this industry and prefer the more focused, professional attitude of Nidd, where quality counts.”

In his spare time, you can find Michael spending time with his 5 grandchildren, as well as listening to his favourite blues music and reading American fiction. 

It’s a pleasure to welcome you to the team, Michael! 

You can view our latest vacancies or express interest through our application form here.

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Are you prepared for Brexit?

With less than 50 days to go until Brexit, it’s a good idea to get your house in order. Here, we will help you prepare and give you an insight into how we plan on tackling it head on.  

There will be a few changes when it comes to exporting and importing your goods. In terms of exporting from the UK to the EU, the merchandise needs to be declared to the customs authority of the country the goods will leave and the country of destination. When importing, we recommend you signing up for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP)

We will be contacting customers to ensure they’re aware of what they need to do in order for shipment to be successful. There are a number of requirements, including:

  1. Having an EORI number
  2. Appointing an agent, such as Nidd Transport, to handle customs declarations on your behalf
  3. Confirm the Shipping Terms for your job 
  4. Determine the Customs Procedure Code (CPC), relevant to your goods
  5. Clarify if your products are controlled goods (e.g. wines and spirits) and are they subject to an Export or Import Licence 
  6. Provide a Commercial Invoice for every job – details to be included on this are: 
    1. Your company name and address
    2. EORI numberfor you, the supplier, and your customer
    3. Description of the type of packaging 
    4. Description of product(s) together with Commodity Code(s)
    5. The total gross and nett weights of the shipment
    6. The total sales value of the shipment and currency
    7. A declaration that the goods are of UK manufacture and origin. If the goods are not of UK manufacture or origin then the Country of Origin must be shown
  7. If Importing, apply for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP)

Should you have any questions about Exporting and Importing from the EU post Brexit and how we can help you to prepare, please feel free to contact us

Call us on 01765 641510

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Our Euro 6 Vehicles

If we were to tell you that we have invested in the latest low-carbon vehicles with Euro 6 engines, would it mean anything to you?

Rightly so, environmental pollution has been at the forefront of environmentalists hit list for the last decade or so. Whether it be fumes from jet planes or cars, every journey can have a significant impact on the environment. That’s why at Nidd Transport, we are improving our carbon footprint by investing in the latest low-carbon vehicles with Euro 6 engines. 

The first Euro emissions were introduced in July 1992, which required new petrol cars be fitted with catalytic converters to reduce CO emissions. Since then, we have moved up from Euro 1 to Euro 6 currently every 5 or so years, meaning we should expect Euro 7 in 2020. 

But what is Euro 6?

Euro 6 is the sixth and latest directive set by the European Union to help reduce the level of harmful pollutants produced by new vehicles.

Euro 6 regulations have different emission limits for petrol and diesel vehicles, reflecting the damage either produce towards the environment. Diesel vehicles now have a permitted level of NOx emitted of 80mg/km, which is 100 less than their Euro 5 emissions standard. This is even more surprising when it’s compared to petrol, as their NOx limit has remained unchanged from Euro 5, mainly as it was already much lower at 60 mg/km.

How do you know if your vehicle is a Euro 6?

According to the RAC, if your car was registered on or after 1 September 2015 or the model was approved on or after 1 September 2014 it should meet the Euro 6 standard. However, this is not guaranteed and to be sure you should check with your vehicle’s manufacturer. 

As always, we will continue to improve our carbon footprint, if you have any questions feel free to contact us.

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Introducing: Howard Lee

Nidd Transport are delighted to announce the arrival of Howard Lee as our new European Development Manager. Having already accumulated 47 years in the transport industry, we know that his knowledge will prove invaluable to us as a business.

Before Nidd, Howard worked at Leman (Maru) International and will be responsible for providing quotations to our customers as well as developing overseas agents and hauliers. When asked what Howard enjoys the most about his job, he said:

“The thing I enjoy the most is making a profit! Also, being safe with the knowledge that our services are tried and tested, with good customer satisfaction. I chose Nidd because although we’re a medium sized company, we’re small enough to care.”

When he’s not out developing partnerships, you can find Howard spending time with his Grandson and enjoying days and weekends away. Like many of us here, he also enjoys sitting down and watching the football.

Good luck with your new role Howard!

If you’re interested in working for Nidd Transport, keep an eye out for opportunities on our careers page.

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Nidd Transport to support St. Wilfrid’s Parade for another year!

Nidd Transport are pleased to be supporting the St. Wilfrid’s Parade again this year. We will be providingvehicles to a number of local businesses for their floats. They include Lister House Care Home, Ripon Playschool, Ripon Museums and Borrage House Care Home.

The City of Ripon host this annual procession in honour of Saint Wilfrid, Ripons’ Patron Saint.

The marketplace is transformed into a space with fairground rides, Morris dancers and much more on the day. Floats will travel around the city and pass the marketplace between 2pm & 4pm, being led by an actor playing the Saint on his horse.

It all began in 1108 where King Henry 1 granted permission to the city to celebrate the birth of the Saint by holding a fair. This fair was held on the 30th July and Ripon has kept hold of the tradition to this day.

The parade will take place on the 3rd August 2019, so keep your eyes peeled for our vehicles and send us your best pictures!

For further information on any services we provide, please contact us on 01765 641510 or email

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Palletforce Gala Dinner – Westminster Plaza, London on Saturday 22nd June 2019

A party of 6 employees and their partners attended the Palletforce Annual Gala dinner and awards night this year. The night was attended by 470 guests and the theme of the evening was a South American Carnival and the event was hosted by comedian Stephen Mulhern! A great night was had by all and we all danced the night away into the early hours.

Most importantly, for the 4th consecutive year Nidd transport were awarded ‘Palletforce Depot of the Year’ – The Chairman’s Award – for achieving a 100% performance on all the major KPI’s in the network.

We are measured on our delivery performance and the accuracy of our administration in order to achieve this 100% performance level with Palletforce.

We are very proud of this award and thank all the team at Nidd Transport for making this happen. It is great to receive recognition for all the hard work the team have put in to provide our customers with the very best level of service ensuring deliveries run smoothly. 

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Germany and Benelux Countries Service Enhancements

We have recently appointed Howard Lee to our team at Nidd Transport as our European Development Manager

Howard will be working hard to develop and progress our current services (import and export) for Germany and Benelux.  

Send us your enquiries and see what we can do for you – email who will be happy to receive your requests and to provide you with our competitive rates!  Alternatively, please contact our sales team on either or 01765 641510

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Happy Easter from Nidd Transport!

We would like to wish you all a Happy Easter from all the team at Nidd!

Please note our office will be closed on the 19th and 22nd April due to the bank holiday weekend, returning on Tuesday 23rd April at 9AM.

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