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Palletforce supports Scotland’s food and drink ‘Oscars’
PALLETFORCE is supporting Scotland's premier food and drink awards celebrating the best of the industry.
The UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network is sponsoring the Brand Success of the Year award at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2014.
Known as the industry's 'Oscars', the glittering awards ceremony, held in May at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, is already sold out and will be attended by more than 700 guests.
"We are thrilled to be supporting this event and helping to celebrate excellence and innovation across Scotland's food and drink business – which is a major part of the Scottish economy," said Dave Holland, Sales and Marketing Director at Palletforce.
"The ceremony promises to be the biggest and best yet and we are proud to be associated with this prestigious event."
The awards is organised by Scotland Food and Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.
"The Excellence Awards recognise the very best that Scotland's food and drink industry has to offer," said James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food and Drink.
"From the big players to small artisan producers, the awards recognise our best products and businesses.
"2014 brings with it the opportunity for Scotland to shout about the phenomenal food and drink our country produces on an international stage and with this being a landmark year for Scotland, the awards are bigger than ever before."
Palletforce delivers a multi-million pound dividend for its members
THE sum of nearly £5million is to be shared out among Palletforce shareholder members as part of the biggest pay out in the Network's 13 year history.
The dividend was agreed at Palletforce's AGM last month, following a record year of success, in both increased volumes and profits.
Michael Conroy, Palletforce Chief Executive, said: "Our membership is the best in the sector and our ethos of working together and working for each other is what differentiates us from our competitors and makes us so successful. Plus as we don't have professional equity investors to satisfy or debt to finance, we are in a great position to reward our stakeholders in this way.
"The Palletforce success over the past year has been underpinned by our constant commitment to quality, backed by continual investment both centrally and within the Network businesses."
The last 12 months has seen nearly £3million invested in a raft of new technology. New developments include a full Network roll out of 'ePOD' (Electronic Proof of Delivery), the 'Alliance IT System' which supports the Network's operations and the introduction of 'Backloader' – a brokering service for our members to maximise backloads and shared deliveries.
Palletforce has also been instrumental in creating "ALLNET", the alliance of Europe's leading pallet networks. This is recognised as a key strategic development for the business, delivering member access to a high quality pan-European network using common systems, guaranteed departure schedules and agreed tariff pricing.
Conroy ends by saying: "Palletforce is a very strong and fantastic business with continuing investment key to our strategy moving forward. Several major projects are already underway to ensure our members have universal access to the widest range of quality logistics and technology solutions."
Driver Don clocks up 50 years behind the wheel
A GREAT-GRANDFATHER of six is putting the brakes on his lorry driving career after 50 years with the same logistics company.
Don Fisher, 79, joined Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd, in Witton, Birmingham, on February 17, 1964.
Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd was set up in 1925 and has grown to become a worldwide distribution service and member of Palletforce, the UK and European's palletised distribution network.
Don, of Bordesley Green, is their oldest and longest-serving employee, but he will retire after he reaches his 50th anniversary.
"This is the best company I've ever worked for and I've been really happy here which is why I never moved on," said Don.
"It has grown a lot since I first started and the vehicles have got better and better as the fleet is updated regularly.
"I've got no plans for my retirement apart from to have a bit of a rest."
Don, whose two sons are Artic drivers at Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd, originally drove HGVs for the company but now works part-time mainly delivering around Leicestershire and Worcestershire in a three-tonne vehicle.
"We are very proud of Don's remarkable achievement of 50 years' service," said Chris Blackburn, Operations Director at Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd.
"As a family owned and run business Don feels like part of the family along with his two sons who also are long term employees. We wish Don a long and happy retirement."
Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd is holding a special celebratory evening in February for all staff to mark the milestone.
Michael Conroy, Chief Executive of Palletforce, said: "Don's long service demonstrates his commitment and loyalty to Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd and I'm sure he will be greatly missed by his colleagues and customers.
"After so many years at the wheel he deserves a well-earned rest and we wish him all the best for the future."
Palletforce launches its 48 hour express ALLNET service with Germany
PALLETFORCE launch its new direct 48 hour express German service.
In conjunction with its German network partner Online Systemlogistik, Palletforce is starting its ALLNET service with Germany – the largest European bilateral trade market.
Palletforce, a member of ALLNET, the Alliance of Networks including Palet System in France, One Express in Italy and ONLINE Systemlogistik in Germany.
"It is very exciting to see our strategy for European expansion continuing to progress as we introduce our third new continental service within the past 12 months," said Michael Conroy, Chief Executive of Palletforce.
"This new market leading German service is a fantastic addition to our European offering and will further strengthen our position as the UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network.
"Adding this quality, value service also gives our existing UK members universal access to the best and fastest services, giving them more opportunities to expand and attract new business."
The new Palletforce ALLNET German service will launch on February 3 with direct connections between hubs in Burton and Schlitz and a direct express pallet service for imports and exports with a 48 hour door-to-door service.
All deliveries made using the German service will be fully tracked using Palletforce's bespoke IT system, Alliance, and its innovative ePOD (electronic Proof Of Delivery) giving our customers complete visibility.
It is the latest step in Palletforce's strategy for European expansion and follows the introduction of direct services to Benelux and Italy in the past year.
For more information visit: www.palletforce.com or call: 08450 944 441.
New HQ for Palletforce member SJ Bargh
PALLETFORCE member SJ Bargh has opened a new headquarters following years of continued growth.
The firm, which started as a small business transporting churns of milk, has officially opened its new head office at a five acre site in Lancaster, just four miles from its previous site.
Sixty operational planning and administration staff work at the new site which also has a 10 bay workshop, 13 bay milk transhipment facility and parking for 50 tractor units and trailers.
The new site allows SJ Bargh to offer all services – Scania service facility, transport yard, central support and operational functions – within one yard.
"Due to the sustained growth that SJ Bargh has experienced we came to the point where our headquarters was not sufficient," said Stuart Cornthwaite, Managing Director at SJ Bargh.
"Our new headquarters will allow us to expand the services we have at the site and gives us a fantastic facility to continue offering excellent service to our customers in the future.
"We were delighted that so many of our customers, and suppliers, were able to join us in celebrating the opening of the new site at our official open day event and we thank them for their support."
An official event was held to celebrate the opening of the new facility and was attended by over 100 clients and key suppliers as well as the Mayor of Lancaster.
Visitors had the chance to tour the site, view SJ Bargh vehicles past and present as well as see the Palletforce rally car.
SJ Bargh first started life in 1935 and has expanded over the years, becoming a member of Palletforce, the UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network, and opening sites in Claughton, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent.
"This is fantastic news for customers of SJ Bargh, the new facility will provide a strong base for their continued success and will support them to offer the quality service they are known for," said Michael Conroy, Chief Executive of Palletforce.
A trekking challenge for tumour charity
Palletforce finance director completed a 40 mile walk for his chosen charity.
Neil Carpenter, 50, completed the 40 mile walk to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.
The Brain Tumour Charity is one of the chosen charities of Palletforce, the UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network, where Neil works.
Neil walked along The 'Way for The Millennium', a footpath which crosses Staffordshire and ends near the Palletforce world class hub in Burton-upon-Trent.
He set off at 6am and arrived at 5.15pm, and raised £1,370 for the charity.
"We support this charity as a company and their fundraising staff have visited us for presentations which I have found very powerful and moving," said Neil.
"It's surprising how prevalent brain tumours are, especially in younger people, and how little central government funding support there is for research."
The Brain Tumour Charity funds scientific and clinical research into brain tumours, supports those affected and raises awareness of the condition.
Palletforce are gearing up for Christmas
PALLETFORCE, the UK's leading palletised distribution network have launched a Christmas children's book.
All the characters from the first book, including Phil Truck, the Big Cheese and Woody Pallet, are back for 'A Christmas Adventure', a festive tale based in the Big Hub.
This time it falls to the gang to save Christmas and deliver the presents after Santa is forced off his sleigh in a snow storm.
"We became the first in the industry to launch a children's book as part of our efforts to engage the next generation in logistics," said Dave Holland, Sales and Marketing Director at Palletforce.
'It was so well received by our staff throughout the network – and their children – we decided to bring the characters back together for a logistics Christmas story."
"Creating children's books is not the norm for a logistics company but at Palletforce we like to tread a different path and by developing unique, fun characters we have found a way of engaging children in what we do," said Dave.
"That is hugely important as they are the next generation of professionals and will be the ones leading the industry forward in the future."
Copies of the book are available; please email email@example.com to receive a free copy of 'A Christmas Adventure'.