Thursday, November 5, 2020

Pallet Network Expands to Increase Handling Capacity

Central Hub Grows in Time for Christmas
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UK – Pallet distribution groups are the success story of British road haulage over the last decade or so. As with the cluster of Formula 1 technology companies, one could throw a blanket over the various brands which all huddle around the East Midlands, broadly speaking the centre of England.

Now one of the major players in the field, Pall-Ex, has significantly increased its East Midlands hub capacity which it says is necessary to accommodate rising freight volumes and growing demand for its services. The logistics company has opened a new 210,000 square foot facility at Watling Park, Northamptonshire, as it handles an additional 3,000 pallets per night, compared to 2019 freight volumes.

The Pall-Ex group also includes the Fortec Distribution Network and the two companies both operate from the Pall-Ex South Central Hub and say the expansion will benefit members south of the Midlands with increased efficiency. The site is fully secure and benefits from a 126-camera CCTV system, which tracks the movement of every pallet that enters the hub.

The extra space is considered vital for freight handling for onward distribution during peak periods, such as Black Friday and Christmas, alongside the Ellistown Central Hub, and for supporting Pall-Ex’s on-going growth within the B2C market. Barry Byers, UK Managing Director at Pall-Ex, comments:

“Despite major interruption and an unpredictable trading period, the Pall-Ex hub in Ellistown has seen daily pallet volumes increase significantly due to B2C market growth through ecommerce. The additional capacity we can now utilise in Northamptonshire is an essential resource for our pallet network.

“This is a strategic move that will support Pall-Ex through this period of rapid growth and enable us to provide our members with access to additional first-class facilities while speeding up handling processes. The new hub will be of particular benefit to Pall-Ex members that are located across the south by reducing mileage and driver journey times. The site also has excellent links to the M1, M6 and A5.

“The fact that we have been able to grow during what has been one of the sector’s most challenging years is testament to our members and their collective dedication to our customers.”

Pall-Ex claims to be currently the UK’s fastest growing pallet network, with a year on year increase of 11% in freight handled during Q1 and Q2 of 2020, compared to the sector average of -1.1% as recorded by the Association of Pallet Networks (APN).