Global logistics, UK and Ireland distribution, warehouse storage, customised contract packaging and worldwide freight services

About us

At AKW Global Logistics we are, quite simply, Made For It! Unrivalled in our ability to connect your business to the whole of the UK and beyond, service excellence and bespoke solutions are paramount to us, as our thousands of partners already know.

Our global logistics encompasses distribution, warehousing, packaging customisation and international freight services, within a high-quality and innovative offering.

With a range of reliable, flexible and cost-efficient services, combined with our advanced technology and wealth of experience, you can benefit from a complete solution. And, being at the forefront of a seamless and efficient storage, packing and distribution service gives you the competitive edge.

Our logistics history

Combined, the people behind AKW Global Logistics have nearly half a century of history and experience in distribution, warehousing, packaging customisation and worldwide freight services. This also means almost 50 years of quality, investment and progressive growth, resulting in us being one of the leading third-party logistics companies in the UK.

So, how did all this happen?

Well, believe it or not, these businessmen were former rivals! In 1981, our current Group Chairman, Tony Worthington, formed AK Worthington Ltd. Paul Welsh, our current Group Operations Director, who started his logistics career working for Tony aged just 18, was led by his ambitious spirit to later establish Global Logistics UK Ltd. in 1997.

Then, in 2009, fate led these two highly successful entrepreneurs to cross paths once again, and an idea was born! By 2014 the two companies had boldly joined forces, with a £7.5 million investment into our warehousing facilities and transportation vehicles, becoming the ‘transport powerhouse of the North’ whilst also retaining Global Logistics UK’s Birmingham hub, further expanding our impressive national footprint.

2014

July

Bought Alba Way, Trafford Park – a new 13-acre home for all our logistics solutions.

 

October

Global Logistics moved to new site.

 

November

Started our vehicle replacement programme.

 

December

Invested in an extra 50,000sqft of assembly area, allowing us to process 1 million seasonal gift packs.

 

2015

January/February

With site development complete, Accounts, IT, International, Transport and Sales moved in from AK Worthington.

 

February

Installed diesel tanks and four pumping stations to reduce time wasted queuing.

 

March

Fitted bulk gas tanks at each end of warehouse, minimising the distance for forklift trucks to refuel.

 

May

Upgraded external canopies at 10-acre world Freight Centre, Europa Way.

 

July

Installed truck wash on site with innovative recycling technology, saving 608,000 litres of water a year. 

 

September

Full IT integration complete, symbolising final merge between the two operating platforms.

 

October

Invested £90,000 in LED lighting aiding CCTV, saving £40,000 a year on energy costs.

 

December

Bespoke CCTV system with Thermal imaging and Red Scan Laser detection fully operational.

 

2016

January

Started replacement programme for all forklifts to use gas fuel, with lower emissions.

 

March

Further 2,000 racked locations installed at World Freight Centre (WFC), Europa Way site.

 

April

Installed efficient heating and eco-friendly LED lighting systems to match Alba Way site.

 

May

Tiger Trailers awarded full trailer renewal and build partnership.

 

June

Installed Intelligent Telematics upgrade to vehicle utilisation and driver quality/training. 

 

July

Installed forward-facing camera technology, for instant footage capture at time of incident relating to Intelligent Telematics.

 

September

Three RoSPA gold-accredited driver trainers passed.

 

December

Celebrated £1.5 million new business group sales for the year.

 

2017

January to April

Refurbished Birmingham warehousing facility.
Won three blue-chip business accounts.

 

April-August

'Made For It!’ livery launched for trailers.
250k investment into Trafford Park warehousing facility.
Arrival of new state of the art Forklift Truck fleet.

 

We’ve been busy. But it doesn’t stop there. Here are some of the plans we’ve already made for the near future….

  • Employee engagement programme
  • CSR Partnership development with Parkinson’s Disease UK Ltd
  • Strategic Partnership development with Partnerlink and Palletline
  • International service development
  • Service diversification
  • Launch of IT innovation

And, we’re on target to increase our sales performance by 50% on last year.

So, watch this space!

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