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Pallet-Track enters European race

  • 25 April 2014
  • By Chris Druce

Pallet-Track will launch a European service in September in what is its 10th anniversary year, after signing a partnership with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK.

Pallet-Track MD Nigel Parkes has previously stated that the network would not launch a European service simply because a number of rivals had, waiting instead until he felt there was something in play that would benefit his 76 haulier members.

“I was never convinced the right model was available, until now,” he told CM. “This is a massive step for us, and the timing is perfect – we are expanding rapidly in the UK and enjoyed a record volume month in March.”

Pallet-Track’s current European requirement – which sees just 2% of the approximately two million pallets it moves within its network head to Europe – has been met by freight forwarder Logfret International Logistics. This will now come to a conclusion.

Mark Pulford, the Pallet-Track director who oversaw the deal, said: “It will significantly increase our volumes from month one by 10% overnight, give us multimodal access to key markets of Europe, and give Hellmann the UK reach it required.”

A Hellmann operations help desk manned by employees from the company will be set up at the Pallet-Track central hub in Wolverhampton.

The new partnership will also see Hellmann service three London postcodes: CR, KT and SM. CM understands that the deal will see Hellmann bring around £1.8m of revenue into the Pallet-Track network, becoming one of its largest inputters at around 450 pallets a night.

The deal is a coup for Pallet-Track as Hellmann was just last summer revealed as the new European partner for UK Pallets. At the time the operator was appointed to handle the KT, GU and TW postcodes in the UK also.

Earlier this month Pallet-Track set a new internal record, moving 10,000 pallets through its central hub in one night.


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