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A year in the life of pallet networks

  • 31 December 2012
  • By Chris Druce

This year approached its close with the news that Steve Prince Transport, a dual pallet network member, had failed to meet the terms of its company voluntary arrangement, proving pallet membership on its own in no cure-all for the tough economic environment.

Despite this, research from the Association of Pallet Networks suggests its members are on course to beat 2011′s record breaking pallet volumes – as of the third quarter, almost 12 million pallets have been shifted, 3.4% higher than the same period in 2011.

So if volumes are up yet again, there’s another pressure and that debate played out in 2012 around pallet rates, and the increasing downward pressure faced by the UK’s nine networks and their members. However, it came too late for the likes of Reading Freight Service. Essex-based haulier Pallet Distribution Services collapsed into administration too.

Members to remember

The year started with Palletways buying the assets of collapsed member Oxford Logistics bringing the operation into its owned business to ensure continuity of service. Neatly, it ended that way to with Pall-Ex revealing it had bought member Intercounty.

There was no shortage in hauliers joining, moving and leaving networks during 2012. C Butt joined Pall-Ex as did Tyldesley Distribution Services. Fortec welcomed Peckover Transport and Eurovision Logistics.

United Pallet Network was busy with DP Haulage coming on board, alongside Richard Read Transport. Pallet-Track welcomed PDX Logistics on board from UK Pallets.

Services

There were also new services and support on offer, with Pall-Ex launching a new northern hub and Palletline opening one in Scotland. Palletways introduced new gateway hub scanning technology at its Lichfield base.

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