- 5 January 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
Jersey Post Group has signalled its intention to buy Channel Island logistics company Woodside Logistics.
Woodside Logistics was founded in 2015 to transport goods between the Channel Islands, the UK and Europe, and has since expanded its footprint onto nearby Guernsey and the UK where it has established warehousing and shipping facilities.
In the face of mail volume decline, Jersey Post Group has begun an acquisition programme of complimentary logistics companies to provide end to end logistics. In acquiring Woodside, so the Channel Island postal operator has expanded its footprint on the UK mainland as well as enabling a transport network between the UK and the islands.
“Worryingly, Covid-19 has greatly accelerated the continued decline in our traditional letter mail, and we are now seeing around 20% less volume,” stated Tim Brown, Jersey Post Group Chief Executive. “However, it has also highlighted a range of new strategic opportunities, most notably in the movement of goods and merchandise in and out of the Island, that will help to underpin our core operation and provide longer-term sustainability for this service. Whilst the proposed acquisition enables us to complete our strategic objective of providing a unique end-to-end logistics solution for customers across the globe, it will also bring increased competition, greater choice and an enhanced freight service for our valued local customers,” he continued.
Charlie Gallichan, owner of Woodside Logistics commented, “This represents a really exciting opportunity for Woodside Logistics. Since 2015, we have worked hard to establish what is now an excellent, cost-effective and timely range of services between the UK and the Channel Islands. Through this new relationship, Woodside will now be able to leverage established European networks and shipping options, customs clearance expertise and a global network of partners that will greatly increasing our reach for imports and exports and provide significantly more choice for customers both on and off Island.”