Friday, March 20, 2020

Rival Pallet Haulage Networks Join Forces to Fight the Current Problems

Emergency Supplies to be Coordinated
Shipping News Feature

UK – The pallet haulage business can sometimes be, as with many other branches of logistics, a bit of a cut throat industry. Now however, in the light of the current situation, the eight companies which represent Britain's pallet network, have joined forces to offer their resources for the movement of emergency supplies for critical services.

The Association of Pallet Networks (APN) members, United Pallet Network (UPN), The Pallet Network (TPN), Palletline, Pall-Ex , Fortec, Pallet-Track, Palletways and Palletforce together utilise 23,500 vehicles with 30,000 employees from 750 depots scattered around the UK. APN members distributed over 26 million pallets of supplies throughout the UK in 2019 and offer 100% coverage by postcode. APN Chairman Paul Sanders, explained the latest move, saying:

“We are uniquely placed to offer our services to ensure that emergency supplies coming from anywhere and destined for any corner of the UK, can be delivered quickly, safely and reliably to support critical services, whether in rural or urban settings.

“We would urge the government to take advantage of our unique skills set and infrastructure at this time of national crisis. The supply of emergency supplies for critical operations, not least ensuring food in our supermarkets and well stocked pharmacies and hospitals, is one of the most important aspects of protecting the UK public during this crisis.”

Pallet networks are one of the most efficient forms of freight distribution enabling overnight deliveries of consignments of any size from a single pallet upwards, anywhere in the UK. Regional members collect freight from their local area, and transport it to the most appropriate regional Hub, where it is reloaded onto vehicles returning to its destination area. David Brown, Managing Director at UPN based in Lichfield was keen to support the move, explaining:

“We are proud to play our part in this unique collaboration as the entire UK industry joins forces to transport the most vital supplies. Collectively our sector has unrivalled resource and the individual companies are local experts with vast experience of express distribution and a key link in the UK supply chain.”

Photo: UPN image courtesy of UPN/Farsley Transport.