Menzies Distribution, which is known for overnight deliveries on behalf of print media publishers, aimed to make better use of its existing depots, vehicles and drivers during daylight hours.
The business has successfully completed the acquisition of courier firms AJG Parcels in Inverness and Oban Express, and two supply chain deals have also been struck with major e-commerce firms B2C Europe and wnDirect.
Formed in 1998, Thistle Couriers provides a UK-wide same-day service, delivers around 1,000 overnight parcels, and makes 450 parcel collections daily.
The business will provide Menzies with additional reach into Scotland’s hard-to-reach areas, where it can act as a neutral consolidation partner for major parcel carriers.
Mark Cassie, managing director of Menzies Distribution, 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.”
Anabela and Ewan Ferguson of Thistle Couriers said: “This was a great move for us, and for our people. We’ve been warmly welcomed into the Menzies family, and are excited to play our part in the future that Menzies Distribution are building within the Scottish parcel industry.”