Christmas 2018 was billed as the ‘toughest in living memory’ for Britain’s retailers as high streets across the country braced themselves for a harsh period of festive trading.

However, record numbers of shoppers on Boxing Day defied the sceptics and provided retailers with a much-needed boost.

Figures from and the Centre for Retail Research revealed 17.8 million shoppers packed Britain’s high streets with a further 9.8 million purchasing sale items from the comfort of their own homes.

Sales hit a record £4.75bn, of which £1.04bn were online, a 20 per cent increase on 2017. Two of Britain’s biggest retailers, Next and the John Lewis Partnership, announced strong sales for December 2018 and in particular the final days in the lead up to Christmas.

How do retailers keep stock moving?

Global logistics equipment provider, Palletower, performs a vital role for some of the UK’s largest supermarkets and high street stores, transforming the supply chain network and revolutionising the transportation of goods and warehouse operations.

Manchester-based Palletower supplied an estimated 250,000 roll pallets to support retail, warehousing, storage and logistics in 2018, ensuring retailers could deliver product to store and logistics companies could deliver, on time, the growing requirements of e-commerce.

To help you plan ahead for your festive orders in 2019, and to keep your goods moving efficiently throughout the year, the team at Palletower has put together a guide to its top 5 tools for retail logistics:

Roll Pallets: Strong, versatile and easy to store, roll pallets are the most popular product that Palletower sells and rents, with over forty variations to meet every business requirement its customers have.

Plastic Boxes: Rigid, collapsible or wheeled, Palletower plastic boxes are suitable for a vast range of environments and applications and provide practical bulk storage for retail, food, agriculture, warehousing, engineering, logistics, manufacturing, recycling and general industry.

Stillages: The Palletower range of stillages and post pallets offers permanent or temporary storage solutions to stack pallets or other stackable products such as plastic boxes or the goods themselves.

Hypacages: These freestanding cages offer a convenient method of safe storage, handling and retention of goods and products above ground level. Used in variety of warehousing environments across a multitude of industries, they are perfect for storing loose, awkward sized or unstable products that need to be retained safely.

Pallet collars: Last year, Palletower designed and manufactured a foldable, easy to use plastic collar. The idea of the collar was to alleviate many of the problems that customers faced from handling the variety of shapes, sizes and weights of products being delivered through e-commerce. Packages such as the plastic bag style envelopes used by online clothing retailers are impossible to stack. Plastic pallet collars simply overcome these issues, increasing the height to accommodate more loose products as necessary.