The pallet network sector has shown a strong response to the Covid-19 outbreak, a report reveals. Statistics released by the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) for the first six months of 2020 show that home delivery more than doubled. The first two quarters of 2020 saw pressure on pallet volumes, with a 10% drop in next day deliveries compared to the same period the previous year. This reduction began early in the year, possibly caused by the uncertainty of the Brexit situation, but was then exacerbated by lockdown. Volumes for the first half of 2020 were 6.5% lower than the same period in 2019, and the pallet shipped through economy services rose by 1.9%. As businesses across Europe and the UK started to reopen, business rallied with June being the fourth ranked month ever in terms of total pallets. The UK pallet network sector moved 2.46m pallets in June.

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Leading north west based 3PL Kammac has signed a full membership agreement with United Pallet Network (UPN). Kammac operates from six UK locations to provide nationwide supply chain management services. By honing in on the company’s distinct point of difference within the sector in terms of its bespoke IT support systems and infrastructure, and its quality driven focus on service excellence, UPN has established a unique position in the pallet network sector with its “Unique IQ” Initiative.

Sustained growth and record volumes have seen EV Cargo company Palletforce add four more members to its growing network of leading hauliers. Lambert Brothers and Farsley Transport will further strengthen Palletforce’s coverage in Hampshire and West Yorkshire respectively, providing additional capacity for continued growth and delivering enhanced customer service. Additionally, REL Storage & Logistics will handle PE postcodes between Peterborough and Cambridge while Speed Welshpool takes on the LD region in mid-Wales.

Palletline Ltd, the 100% member owned network, is investing towards young talent, to help develop the future of the company. Working together with Juniper Training, Palletline has designed a training programme at its Birmingham Hub that will provide new apprentices with valuable experience for their future careers within the logistics industry.

Cheshire-based logistics business Revolution Transport has come to the aid of three inspiring teenagers in their bid to make a difference with the launch of a £100,000 charity project to provide 10,000 free hand sanitisers to food banks nationwide. The Warrington-headquartered business, part of the Pallet-Track network, became involved with the project, the brainchild of sisters Anushka and Anika Patel and their younger cousin Sasha Mehmet, through its customer, Newport Industries Ltd. The young women realised that Newport Industries, a niche distributor of chemicals around the world and owned by Anushka and Anika’s father, was perfectly placed to offer its manufacturing and distribution expertise to foodbanks by distributing free hand sanitiser.

It is refreshing to hear the UK’s pallet networks are both growing commercially and lending a helping hand to others.

George Simpson

Features Editor

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