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Soft hues of blue are a popular choice for painted kitchens right now and this new Pale Pacific from Mereway Kitchens is set to be a winner with its pretty summer vibe and relaxing tones.

Pale Pacific is the latest colour to be added to Mereway’s Town & Country collection and is available in both Milford and Canterbury door styles.

Seen here in the classic shaker styled door, Canterbury this kitchen oozes charm and warmth, perfect for a traditional country or farmhouse home.

The Canterbury door is available in eight other stunning colours; White, Ivory, Stone, Cashmere, Mussel, Pebble, Pumice and Light Grey.

The extensive range content allows for true individuality, especially when it comes to storage. There is a wealth of different display options available to keep things at hand or display treasured items such as open shelving, glazed cupboards, hanging rails and open display bases.

So if you are seeking true individuality and your heart lies with the natural elements of country landscapes then visit a Mereway retailer today and start planning your dream kitchen.

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Town and Country Collection.  Prices start from around £10,000 for a complete kitchen.   Call 0800 028 4466 or visit www.merewaykitchens.co.uk to find a stockist or order a brochure.

Picture: Canterbury, Pale Pacific

Following the successful launch of its vinDISPATCH Dealer Portal*, automotive logistics software specialist Car Delivery Network (CDN) has added a free dispatching service to its vinDISPATCH suite for US car dealers, now enabling them to find reliable, competitively priced and high quality vehicle delivery carriers at the touch of a button.

The new application, vinDISPATCH Marketplace, offers another key service for US auto dealership to manage inbound and outbound vehicles, allowing dealers to request quotes or fix a price, and then transact with the carrier and driver via their unique vinDISPATCH login. This means that in addition to gaining visibility of their new vehicles inbounding to their dealership in real time, now they will be able to book outbound auto deliveries from their dealership as well.

The vinDISPATCH service builds on the ongoing success and increasingly widespread use of CDN’s automotive ePOD technology. According to co-founder and director of Car Delivery Network, Wayne Pollock, ePOD technology is the cornerstone and the new vinDISPATCH Marketplace is the latest example of its power and potential.

He comments, ‘With truck drivers connected via mobile technology both to their office and to customers, a wealth of business value is unlocked for all parties involved. The auto dealer and the carrier have a real-time view of what is happening for auto deliveries. The new Marketplace technology is a natural addition to the vinDISPATCH Dealer Portal.”

Wayne continues, “Traditionally, dealers would phone around looking for a quality carrier with availability. Slowly, that approach has died away with the proliferation of Loadboards or websites that simply advertise work. Now, vinDISPATCH takes the Loadboard concept to a new level. Our platform has connected the automotive logistics demand and supply together in real-time, so that rather than phoning around, CDN’s cloud platform instantly brings these two parties together.’

CDN’s ePOD solution continues to grow, Today, over 15% of all new vehicles (approx, 2.5m vehicles) annually are delivered by auto delivery truck drivers using CDN’s mobile app to thousands of US car dealers.
*  http://www.cardeliverynetwork.com/cdn-news/600-dealers-sign-new-cdn-portal-first-month)

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Picture: Wayne Pollock of Car Delivery Network

Notes for editors:
• No information is archived and currently the portal holds the millions of VINs delivered since the CDN cloud launched back in July 2014. The CDN cloud processes circa 200,000 vehicles a month and this figure is expected to double as more and more carriers are getting their drivers connected.

• CDN’s ePOD application is used throughout the delivery process, including at the rail terminals, which traditionally required paper-based inspection data, up to the last mile. The company has added an electronic gate-out process to the delivery driver’s ePOD app.

 

Tyseley based kitchen, bathroom and bedroom manufacturer Mereway Group celebrated the opening of the expansion to one of its factories with a visit from Andy Street, managing director at John Lewis.

Mr Street joined business owners Bob and Richard Norris to mark the opening an additional 2000 sq. ft., adding 10% to the existing 17,500 sq. ft. site.

The £500,000 investment at the Amington Road premises will create 10 new jobs for the company that is predicting to double its turnover in the next five years.

The factory which was the original production plant when the company was founded 30 years ago,  has been extended to provide a new packing and dispatch area, new office and an improved staff canteen.  Facilities have also been upgraded with the addition of new spraying booths to facilitate the production of flat matt painted doors and bespoke kitchen features.

Amington Road is one of four production sites within the area where products are   designed and manufactured. Mereway supplies a network of about 500 independent retailers throughout the UK and has been a supplier to John Lewis for 15 years.

Mr Street said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to support Mereway, a manufacturer that is still designing and manufacturing in Britain.  It is fantastic to see that traditional skills such as skilled carpentry, bench work and hand finishing are carried out in the new facility to create quality products for John Lewis customers.”

Joint MD Richard Norris added: “This is an important milestone for our continued expansion in our 30th year.  Despite the challenges that lie ahead we are confident that we can maintain our ambitious plans for growth, developing new products and strengthening our presence in the kitchen market.

“Our long standing relationship with John Lewis is testament to our partnership approach and our vision to be an outstanding supplier of choice and we are grateful that Andy could join us today to mark this important opening.”

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Picture caption: Richard Norris – Joint Managing Director, Mereway, Andy Street – Managing Director, John Lewis, David Pounds – Key Accounts Director, Mereway, Bob Norris – Joint Managing Director, Mereway.

EDITORS’ NOTES
Mereway was founded in 1986 by Len Norris and his two sons, Bob and Richard, producing kitchen carcasses for independent retailers in a small 2000 sq. ft. warehouse in Birmingham. Today the £28m plus turnover company is recognised for its continual innovation and quality of design and service. They currently employ over 300 people in four production sites.

Staff at the company are aiming to raise at least £30,000 from a series of charity events to mark the 30th anniversary. The company is supporting four main charities that will receive the bulk of the funds raised, with another list of local charities selected by staff all to receive a donation. The four charities that will benefit are Acorns, The Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, Help for Heroes and Helping Harry Help Others.


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