Early Distribution services

The Group has impressive early distribution expertise, underpinned by highly flexible capability and some of the most concentrated drop density deliveries in the UK.

All our companies are known for their combination of market-leading expertise and high-quality customer service. By leveraging the collective skills and infrastructure of our companies, we can offer a unique combination of distribution footprint and logistics capability- all delivered in the most demanding of time windows.

The ongoing integration of the Group means that our business work together, offering seamless customer propositions that draw on our collective skills and capability.

  • The UK’s leading newspaper and magazine wholesaler and a leader in time-sensitive logistics, serving 27,000 customers from 39 distribution centres across the UK 364 days of the year.

  • With 37 distribution centres across the UK, Tuffnells also has impressive early distribution capability, making thousands of pre-10.00am deliveries every day.  Working collaboratively with Smiths News, and with guaranteed timed delivery services, Tuffnells adds range and scope to our early distribution offer.

  • Launched in October 2014, Pass My Parcel is a growing Click & Collect service which distributes parcels and collects returns on behalf of online and high street retailers.  Serving consumers through a network of independent retailers operating as parcelshops, Pass My Parcel also provides bespoke delivery solutions to suppliers looking for dedicated ultra-time-critical solutions.

  • Dawson Media Direct is one of the world’s leading distributor of newspapers, magazines and digital publications to airlines and international rail operators.

  • Instore is a field based supply chain solution and works with retailers, suppliers and publishers to ensure first class execution and maximum return on investment. The business has three main services offers, Field Marketing, Supply Chain Auditing and Self-Compliance.

  • Martin-Lavell Ltd is a specialist corporate news distributor, supplying newspapers and magazines to companies and public sector customers. Drawing on Smiths News’ infrastructure we deliver up to 300,000 titles per day to thousands of offices in some of the UK’s busiest commercial locations.

  • Launched in February 2014, Jack’s beans delivers premium Fairtrade coffee via the smallest full-size coffee machine on the market. The proposition and its coffee machines can be tailored to large or small retail outlets, making it a perfect match to our existing customer base, and enabling retailers to boost incremental revenue in a way that works best for them.

  • A Joint Venture with Smiths News. Rascal systems is a specialist in automated tracking of sales and returns, helping retailers to minimise waste, enhance ordering accuracy and reduce paperwork.


market share



30,000 retailers


newspapers delivered 364 days of the year

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