• Consistently achieving 25% Year on Year growth

Our Story

Cardinal is the UK’s fastest growing logistics services provider. The entrepreneurial spirit of the original Founders and the current management team combined with the innovative use of technology have been key components in our on-going success. This has positioned Cardinal as a leading light in the logistics sector, respected for transparency, innovation and our determination to deliver exceptional service and value.

We provide services for highly-engineered supply chain solutions, consolidation, contract logistics, 3PL, internet fulfilment, global forwarding and a range of other bespoke solutions.

We serve more than 6,000 clients with an integrated network serving over 500 ports and airports. The bedrock of our company is our people, always operating with a single-minded focus on customer service. Our clients work in various sectors including: manufacturing, retail, e-commerce, industrial, technology, aerospace and chemicals.

We’re passionate about helping our clients operate their supply chains more effectively. Equally important are our qualitative resources: our zero-failure mentality, our experience in every service we offer and our ability to provide integrated end-to-end supply chain solutions to businesses ranging from SME to large scale multinational entities.

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Committed to our values

“20 years of business success has shown that we can meet the challenges we face by remaining firmly anchored in our values. Our whole belief is that if you get the culture right, the other stuff such as delivering great customer service and being at the forefront of our industry, will happen naturally.”

Brian Hay, CEO

Our culture is at the heart of what we do. We only employ motivated and enthusiastic individuals that we know can deliver the best service to our clients. We train all of our employees in our Cardinal Academy so everyone understands the Cardinal culture and we believe this is what makes us stand out against the competition.

Rob Cross, Managing Director

A multi award-winning business

We like to consider ourselves as the challenger brand within the logistics industry and feel we’ve only just started but we’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far:

25%

Year on year growth

3

Consecutive Global Freight Awards

£85m

Turnover

98%

Satisfaction rate

200+

Employees worldwide

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How much do you know about Cardinal?

We’re the UK’s fastest growing logistics company and with our growth showing no sign of slowing down, we’re aiming to hit $150m turnover in the next 3 years. Each year we transport up to 100,000 containers and we’re trusted by more than 6000 clients globally to transport their goods.

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  • Origin Logistics was formed in 2006 and is a solutions based logistics business. Principally focused on the Oil and Energy sectors, it provides project driven and bespoke services for the transportation of unusual, out of gauge and break-bulk shipments.

  • Far logistics was formed in 2012 and is focused on freight forwarding and supply chain management services. The business is enjoying annual growth in excess of 55% and operates from 4 regional centres in the U.K. through an entrepreneurial ‘employee owned’ partnership programme. Image showing ‘Annual growth 55%’

  • DFE is a specialist brand dedicated to the transportation and storage of frozen, chilled and ambient goods, principally food stuffs. The brand was launched by the Group in 2010 and operates in both the Retail and Wholesale sectors.

  • Our Growth

    At Cardinal, we like to do things differently. The multi-nationals are consolidating their operations but we believe our clients are served more effectively at a local level. To ensure we continue providing efficient and effective solutions for our clients, we’ve launched an active programme of branch office openings which currently includes London, Nottingham, Southampton and Felixstowe.

    Our head office is located in Manchester, where the business operates from three sites all offering 3PL and Fulfilment services.

    International Expansion

    More recently we have continued our rapid expansion programme outside of the UK, further enhancing our integrated global network and infrastructure. Below are some of our International success stories.

    Hong Kong

    In 2014, we opened our Asian regional Head Office in Hong Kong. Our office overlooks the Port of Hong Kong and is heavily focused on the delivery of highly sophisticated supply chain solutions operated using Leda, our supply chain platform.

    South Africa

    Our office is located in Durban, in the heart of the shipping community and focuses largely on the management of our wholesale consolidation product from Asia and the Indian sub-continent into the south of Africa. In a relatively short-time, we have positioned ourselves as one of the region’s leading and trusted consolidators.

    Ireland

    Proudly located in the heart of Dublin, our business in Ireland has experienced rapid growth and despite being a relative newcomer to the market, is seen as a leading light. The business is focused on both the wholesale and retail sectors and continued to challenge conventional practice in being the first operator of its kind to offer online freight pricing.

    Shanghai

    Our most recent international development is the opening of our office in Shanghai, which will help the business more effectively control activity in North-East China.

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