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MARCH 2022

ACS&T TRANSPORT SOLUTION – INTRODUCING YOU TO OUR ALL-FEMALE TRANSPORT TEAM

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With 3 transport operations running out of Scarborough, Grimsby and Wolverhampton, ACS&T have the capabilities to support you with your temperature-controlled requirements throughout the UK.

Recently we have added 2 Temperature Controlled Rigid 18 tonners and a Temperature Controlled Sprinter van to our fleet in the Midlands to continue our Transport growth and the services we can offer our customers.

We can now offer full load, part load and dedicated temperature-controlled services for new and existing customers.

ACS&T Wolverhampton is home to our all-Female Transport Team.

With 8 planners and clerks working with the Regional Transport Manager Fiona Hamilton.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to some of these ladies and offer their thoughts on being Women in the Logistics Industry.

Fiona Hamilton – Regional Transport Manager

I have been with ACS&T for 5 months now and been in the Transport industry for almost 25 years.

Over those 25 years I had gained lots of experience in transport the majority of which has been on retail contracts, I have had the pleasure of working with some individuals who have helped me become the manager I am today, I'm very keen to pass this knowledge and experience on to others, I believe strongly that teamwork really does make that dream work! A happy workforce is a productive workforce.

The industry has changed a lot over the years, and I think it's important to move with the times, to embrace the technology available to us and adapt our management styles to the ever-changing issues the modern world affords us, this means treating our colleagues with respect and kindness. In a time where mental health has been ignored and stigmatised for so long, I think it's even more important to ensure as managers we listen more.

As an out gay woman I also want to help ensure ACS&T are a company recognised for its diversity and inclusion, and that people that work for us feel comfortable in their own skin.

As we look to the future, my transport team which is made up of a strong group of women, are looking to support each other as we look to grow the business. Making ACS&T a place people actively look to work at and with. We hope to grow relationships with customers old and new as well as our own warehouse team."

Helen Brookes – Transport Controller
I believe women bring a broader diversity to the industry and more should be done to attract women into logistical roles. Whilst most other industries have seen an improvement in gender parity, logistics hasn’t managed to keep up with the rest of the world.

Traditionally I think male dominated professions have been viewed as being labour intensive, as a result many women automatically discount themselves as being suitable resulting in transport being viewed as a non-traditional role for women. With a wide range of positions on offer I believe there is a role for all women in logistics, we need to see beyond boundaries and realize that everyone can contribute, regardless of gender.

Kim Bolton – Transport Planner
I came into logistics and supply chain in my early 20’s and caught the bug of no 2 days being the same. When I did my CPC, I was one of only 2 women from a group of 30 and I was the only woman to pass. Over the years I’ve had many interesting conversations with drivers where they believe that because they are male and have been in the industry for years, they know more than you. But as your working relationship develops, they start to listen rather than dictate.  It’s a wonderful change having a female Transport Manager in place here at ACS&T and I think we should continue to support and encourage the development of women into the field of logistics.

Andzelika Szabat – Transport Controller
Since I started working for ACS&T I have felt a very valued member of the team. I find my colleagues extremely helpful and went out of their way to help me to settle.

I feel like transport is a division where if you know what you’re doing and have feet on the ground it does not really matter if you’re female or a male – you will be supported, successful and respected.

Lauren Johnston – Admin Team Leader
I‘ve been working in the Food and Logistics industry for 7 years now and have definitely noticed how the industry has changed regarding women. When I started it was rare to see a female driver or women in the industry performing roles other than Administration and office work, but I am glad to say that this is now changing, and we regularly see female drivers and there has been more women working out on the deck and in the cold store.

If you do require any transport support, please do reach out to Head of Business Development  Rebecca.Stanewell@acst.co.uk or call 07860 360 200

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