Scotland business

Menzies Distribution buys Thistle Couriers of Aberdeen

Menzies Distribution staff Image copyright Menzies Distribution

Menzies Distribution has completed its third acquisition in less than a year by buying Aberdeen-based Thistle Couriers for an undisclosed sum.

Menzies said the purchase was part of plans to expand its e-commerce offering in the UK parcel market.

Last year, it bought AJG Parcels of Inverness and parcel delivery firm Oban Express.

It also struck supply chain deals with e-commerce firms B2C Europe and wnDirect.

Formed in 1998, Thistle Couriers has 45 staff and a fleet of more than 25 vehicles, covering Aberdeen city and the wider Grampian area.

Edinburgh-based Menzies said the latest acquisition would give it further reach into Scotland's hard-to-reach areas.

Image copyright Thistle Couriers

Menzies Distribution managing director Mark Cassie said: "The purchase of Thistle Couriers strengthens the infrastructure we've built with the acquisitions of AJG and Oban Express, and adds a time-critical, same-day service to our portfolio.

"With our existing geographical reach, especially in harder to access towns, we are able to deliver further and wider than many other players operating within this market - and I think this latest acquisition underlines our appeal to companies seeking cost-efficient deliveries to the north of Scotland.

"We believe that we can offer a compelling partnership proposition to the UK's major parcel carriers."

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