THE JJX STORY
Find out more about us and our story here at JJX Logistics. We pride ourselves on being one of the top UK and European logistics specialists with Location hubs in the Midlands, Heathrow, Paris and Ireland.
In the beginning
The story began with humble roots in the form of JJX Small Haul back in 1997. John Joseph Donovan, the founder, was a man with a van and a plan. To deliver upon any of his promises and the attention to customer service was key. Building a reputation for service, honesty and loyalty.
From day one in September of 1997, John went to the bank to talk about the business plan. Excitedly returning to the bank, John handed it over. They laughed John out of the bank. Calling his Business plan pathetic. Although John recognised that he had some learning difficulties growing up he was determined not to let this come between him and his dream. He enlisted help to fill out another business plan. The person who helped him was a school teacher from John’s youth. Together, they got to work. The business plan was truthful and to the point. Sadly, however, the bank never backed John. For the next 10 years, John went about the UK and Europe personally growing his logistics business and delivering on the promise that the customer was king. Focusing on express and urgent deliveries.
Then came the acquisition of Express Light Haulage in 2007 from his brother Michael who, due to ill health, passed the baton. John then began this chapter of the story with the mission of providing same-day time critical shipping solutions throughout the UK and Europe. Two years later in 2009, the company changed its trading name to JJX Logistics.
The family has been an important part of the growth for John and JJX. With the first real base being set up in the garage of the family home. His wife Denise and his daughters all playing a major role in the development of the business. Thanks to the effort and time put in by the family and employees, JJX now operates from a large main hub in the Midlands, with satellite depots in Heathrow, Paris and Ireland.
In early 2019 we moved into our new premises located on Pensnett Trading Estate in Kingswinford. Here we can accommodate 12,000 pallets and operate over 40 vehicles.
Specialisation with variation
JJX Logistics is the “one-stop shop” for all your logistics requirements providing the total fulfilment solution.
Whether it be our Same Day Express Service offering 24/7 Time Critical solutions to the UK and Europe, or our Groupage/FTL General Haulage and Hazardous service. Furthermore, we can help with special events and projects by providing services that are tailored to your needs.
We can transport everything from 1kg to 28,000 kgs across the UK and Europe, same day, over-night and also timed delivery.
JJX Logistics is also part of the Hazchem Network ADR infrastructure with fully qualified ADR drivers.
Our main clients include companies within the Aerospace, Defence, Rail, Automotive, Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries.
Where speed and security are paramount JJX Logistics are the people who can deal with your crucial delivery. Providing personal attention to vital consignments from the moment of collection to final delivery. We thrive on keeping your supply chain running 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, whatever the obstacle.
If an issue is identified, we work to resolve the problem before it becomes a crisis, while keeping you informed. Our offices are staffed with an experienced team that will constantly keep you updated until the job is completed. Also, our online system will provide an instant POD (proof of delivery) as soon as the goods are delivered.
Our modern fleet of vehicles consists of small, medium and large vans, temperature control vans to articulated and rigid HGV trucks. To complement this, we operate a large trailer fleet with temperature control and tautliner trailers. Specifically, these trailers provide sliding roof capabilities for any special jobs that need a crane or lifting through the roof. All our vehicles meet GDP Specification and are tracked 24/7 for both GPS location and internal temperature.
Here at JJX, we also take quality and energy efficiency seriously. Our staff members have worked hard to obtain ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 for multiple years. This has been a very big achievement for all involved and keeps all procedures, policies and data protection in check.
We are also proud members of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA), Road Haulage Association (RHA), The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) and The Black Country Chamber of Commerce (BCCC).
We also work with many different charities and community campaigns to help boost their funds and raise awareness of their great causes.
JJX Logistics’ future for the UK and Europe
As ever, we are growing and evolving. Not just in size but reaching further on a geographical scale too. Our website is translatable, into French, Spanish, German, Italian. Along with the recent move, this cements our intentions of becoming a top UK and European Courier, which of course is an exciting prospect. John is extremely proud of where the company is now 22 years on and looks forward to expanding our 24/7 operation further.
Finally, we are still very much a family run business and we operate today with the same ethos as when we started: The customer is king, be they a one-off caller or a multinational returning company.
(Above) John and his ever reliable truck on a brisk morning of October 2007. This vehicle was similar to what John spent his first 10 years in the company with. A sleeper that accommodated him, whilst travelling around the UK and Europe. Having a reliable van was of utmost importance due to the distance that was travelled. Having a headache for having a breakdown meant loss in profit, loss in company earnings and as the old saying goes ”time is money” but as John says ”Customer is King” and having breakdowns will mean the king will not be happy and will take business elsewhere. Having spent 10 years on the road with very little time for hiself, John certainly was committed to the company. Looking ahead many years later, and we can see that customer is still king. As one of the top UK and European haulage specialists JJX Logistics have come a long way, from it’s humble beginnings.