The merger of Shell and BP's distribution networks to their forecourt shops in April spells the end for Shell's central distribution centre in the Midlands. Hays Food Logistics, which holds the logistics contract for 600 Shell stores and 700 BP outlets, will run the new integrated system using white or own brand trucks. Hays' operations director Graham Santer said: "We have operated separate distribution networks on behalf of Shell and BP for the last three years and in that time we've been able to identify synergies between them." Shell and BP stock will be housed in different parts of a BP warehouse near Leicester. Each will manage selection of products, pricing and promotions independently. A Hays spokeman confirmed that job losses would follow, but said Hays would redeploy warehouse staff and drivers where possible. - Focus on Logistics, p45 {{NEWS }}