Association of Pallet Networks (APN) members delivered 28.4 million pallets in 2023, a 2.8% reduction against 2022, but 5.1% higher than 2019 pre-pandemic levels. Q4 2023 volumes rallied slightly with final figures almost 10,000 pallets higher than Q4 2022, the organisation’s statistics reveal. In 2023 all pallet sizes have declined from 2022 volumes, although still show strong growth against 2019. Full pallets achieved growth of +4.7% and half-pallets +2.6% against 2019. Quarter pallets saw a 9.7% increase in volume. Full pallets account for 49.0% of the volume, half-pallets 29.1%, and quarter-pallets make up the remaining 21.9%.

This article was first published in the May 15th 2024 issue of Warehouse & Logistics News, subscribe to the magazine by clicking here.

United Pallet Network (UPN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Delaney as Business Development Director. Delaney will be responsible for developing new business opportunities in alignment to UPN’s commitment to sustainability and customer satisfaction. Beginning as a driver before gaining great experience across most operational roles then moving into Pallet Networking in 2000, Delaney has worked in senior positions with Palletways, Palletforce, and most recently was Network Development for TPN.

Palletways UK has expanded its member support offering following the appointment of a new Regional General Manager (RGM). Terry Fouracre is the newly appointed RGM for the M1 Corridor. His appointment aims to boost operational efficiency and provide members with an enhanced level of service to deliver growth across the network.

Palletline, the UK’s leading palletised freight distribution network, has further extended its product offering with the introduction of Half+. Utilising one pallet space the Half+ service is for shipments of up to 1.8 metres tall and has a maximum weight of 500kg providing customers with value for money whilst at the same time allowing Palletline to retain its competitive edge. Designed with the B2B sector in mind, the new versatile pallet size has been developed to meet the needs of retail customers and e-commerce brands and is ideal for use throughout regional and nationwide distribution centres.

After 20 years as a proud member of Fortec, Allen Logistics has furthered its commitment to the group by joining the Pall-Ex network and expanding its service offering within Northern Ireland. Joining the Pall-Ex network from March 2024, Allen Logistics will be providing coverage to areas of the BT postcode and supporting operations within Northern Ireland for Pall-Ex Group. Based out of the company’s main depot in Moira, Allen Logistics are well positioned to provide efficient and reliable logistics solutions to both the UK and Ireland.

It is excellent to witness the pallet networks delivering such a large volume of pallets, keeping the logistics industry moving.

George Simpson

Features Editor

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