Record-breaking pallet performance from team

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 3 Nov 2017

FRESH from a £1.6 million investment in a new state-of-the-art Stallingborough logistics facility, East Trans is being praised for helping create a new record for Europe’s largest and fastest-growing palletised express freight network.

The company helped move 5.4 million pallets around the Palletways UK network, the best performance in the 23 year history.

Figures released this week showed that the 2016/17 figure beat last year’s previous record of 5.1 million by some 300,000 pallets with spikes in demand for members, like East Trans, at Christmas 2016 and this Easter.

Palletways also exceeded its largest daily volume in pallets recorded to 27,017, up from 24,696 in 2015-2016 – up 9.4 per cent – on April 11.

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Paul Hickling, director at East Trans, said: “Our team works extremely hard to respond to customer demand and move pallets quickly and efficiently through the Palletways network. The network is strong and resilient enough to take on whatever pallet volumes our customers want to move, even at the busiest times of last year.

“Technology, such as our Digital Information Hub which monitors pallet traffic and in-cab pallet label printing, enables us to function as part of a well-oiled machine. The fact that East Trans can offer services across Europe and provide an industry-first two-hour time notification pallet delivery window in the UK has helped the network hit new pallet movement highs.”

In 2017/18, further pallet volume growth is expected because of a combination of new members, the development of online ordering and a recent new hub expansion in Lodz, Poland.

Dave Walmsley, Palletways UK managing director, said: “The figures for last year are outstanding and represent our biggest year on record. Our members, like East Trans, are the most important part of the Palletways UK success story and record breaking year. Dedication to customer service excellence and embracing innovative digital technology are crucial elements for us to match customer expectations and deliver even higher pallet volumes.”

Over the 2016 festive period expectations were exceeded to move more than 867,000 pallets after a late surge of orders.

At Easter, 27,000 pallets were moved on a single day, partly as a result of a 20 per cent surge in home improvement and DIY product pallet orders.

Membership numbers in the UK also climbed from 107 to 113 – a record high.

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