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Palletforce sets the Pace
PALLETFORCE, the UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network, has welcomed new shareholder member Pace Logistics to its network.
Pace Logistics joined the award winning network in February covering selected Manchester postcodes.
The move by Pace Logistics underlines Palletforce's attraction to many of the UK's leading transport companies keen to align themselves with its quality leading service, market leading technology and a clear commitment to investing in its network across the UK and Europe.
Greg Thurston, Managing Director of Pace Logistics, said: "As a company we are dedicated to combining logistics and cutting edge technology to offer quality services to our customers, and therefore Palletforce naturally was our first choice – Palletforce offers its members a perfect solution – market leading technology, a strong membership base and a quality service at every level throughout the network and across Europe."
Michael Conroy, Chief Executive Officer of Palletforce, added: "We have a clear strategy on providing outstanding quality service for our members and their customers, built upon years of major investment in infrastructure and technology – we have the best network in the sector and we will continue to add only the highest quality companies that can meet our members' exacting requirements, and Pace Logistics have demonstrated the same commitment to quality and passion for excellent service that runs throughout Palletforce.
"By putting service, quality and our members first, our ongoing success is guaranteed, and the continued growth of Palletforce means that the network is continually evolving adding only the best transport companies who share our ethos."
Palletforce’s record charity donation
PALLETFORCE members have raised a record breaking £20,000 for charities at the network's AGM.
Members of the UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network gathered at the Hilton, at St George's Park, for the Palletforce Annual General Meeting in January.
Following the AGM, a glittering evening event was held and hosted by comedian Rod Woodward, who recently appeared on stage at the Royal Variety Performance.
The record breaking £20,000 – which supersedes last year's amount of £17,000 – was raised by a raffle and auction and will be split between Palletforce's chosen charities The Midlands Air Ambulance and The Brain Tumour Charity.
Tanak Set To Deliver Speed at Snowy Rally Sweden
Palletforce-backed World Rally Championship star Ott Tanak is back in action this weekend as the WRC heads to the freezing forests of Rally Sweden. Round two of the world's premier series will see Tanak tackle the snow-bound stages around Hagfors as official driver in the M-Sport World Rally Team.
The rally kicks off on Thursday evening with the popular blast around Karlstad trotting track before Estonian Tanak pilots his Ford Fiesta RS WRC through three days of stages on snow, ice and frozen gravel.
Using specially-designed narrow tyres equipped with over 380 metal studs to bite into the ice, drivers can achieve incredible levels of grip. The speeds are high in Sweden with drivers leaning on snow banks to help guide them around corners.
Tanak and co-driver Raigo Molder, however, are relishing the challenge. They had a strong run in Sweden last year, running as high as third overall.
Palletforce partners with Toyota Material Handling UK
LEADING palletised freight network Palletforce has signed a contract for up to 100 new forklifts to be used at its world-class Hubs in Burton-upon-Trent.
The pan-European distribution network is taking delivery of a fleet of Toyota Tonero 8FGF25 gas-powered forklifts after forming a strong partnership with Toyota Material Handling UK.
John Hamill, Operations Director of Palletforce, said: "This new fleet is part of a comprehensive investment programme to ensure Palletforce continues to give its Members access to the best, high quality equipment, support and facilities.
"We chose to invest with Toyota Material Handling UK because they share the same high values as ourselves in terms of quality, efficiency and reliability."
Lockwood to handle homecoming of iconic Tower poppies
A Derbyshire transport firm is playing a vital role in the final phase of the iconic Tower of London Poppies.
Palletforce member Lockwood Group is taking delivery of all 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the tower's moat, representing every British Military death in the First World War.
Once returned to Derbyshire, where the poppies were original manufactured, they will be stored at Lockwood's warehousing site in Ambergate, before being delivered to the company handling the cleaning and packaging. The poppies will then be sent out to the 600,000 people who purchased one.
"Due to the huge number of poppies this will be a 24/7 operation right up until Christmas and into the New Year," said Wayne Evans, Operations Director at Lockwood Haulage.
"This has been a great and extremely worthwhile project and something we are all very proud to have played a part in."
Palletforce staff to deliver festive cheer to children in Burton
Employees at Palletforce will be doing their bit to help put a smile on a child's face this Christmas by supporting long running children's charity, Derek's Tree.
Now in its twentieth year, Derek's Tree collects presents for disadvantaged children in and around Burton upon Trent.
The appeal, which was founded by Burton businessman Derek Liddle, is centred on a tree inside Coopers Square Shopping Centre, where people remove tags from the tree with a child's name and details of what they would like for Christmas, before buying the presents and handing them back to Derek's helpers.
L-R: Derek Liddle, Claire Jones & Trevor Mudd
All the presents are then delivered to the children in time for Christmas.
UK’s first tandem axle, twin steering urban trailer goes into operation
PALLETFORCE member S&J European Haulage is leading the way with an innovative new trailer that makes city centre deliveries safer and more efficient.
The highly-respected Melton Mowbray transport company, which is part of the Palletforce network, has taken delivery of a tandem axle urban trailer with the unique feature of two steering axles.
It also comes complete with special remote control cameras to help drivers steer the axles from within the cab – improving safety for other motorists and cyclists in city centres.
The new trailer was designed and built by Cartwright Solutions after consultation with S&J European Haulage's Managing Director Steve Haines and Fleet Engineer Trevor Atkins.
Trevor Atkins said: "As part of the Palletforce network we have a lot of deliveries into the city centre and need a vehicle that can carry multiple consignments – but can still be manoeuvrable in restricted, built up areas where turning and driving are more challenging.