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Palletforce Invests in Sales Team with New Sales Manager Post
Palletforce, the UK's leading palletised distribution network, has announced the appointment of a new UK sales manager.
Rachael Wood (centre) will lead the Palletforce sales team
in her new role as sales manager
Rachael Wood was previously North-West business development manager and takes up the newly-created position on 1 February 2016.
Her promotion is part of Palletforce's "delivering better programme", an ongoing investment initiative aimed at developing skills and promoting staff internally.
Rachael, who has been with the company for three years, will report to Palletforce sales and marketing director Dave Holland.
He says: "Rachael brings 10 years' increasingly responsible sales experience to this key position. During her time with us she has constantly over-achieved her targets and delivered excellent results within the field, supporting members of the Palletforce sales support programme."
Initially Rachael will work closely with former sales and marketing manager Trevor Mudd.
Trevor, who has been appointed Palletforce events manager, will now concentrate on increasing the quality and frequency of Palletforce events across the UK.
"Having been one of our longest-serving employees Trevor is now moving to a three-day week as part of his retirement plan," says Dave Holland.
Palletforce Invests Additional £20m in SuperHub
Palletforce, the UK's leading palletised distribution network, has announced further investment in its business with plans to open a new "SuperHub" at its Staffordshire headquarters.
When complete, the 620,000 sq ft development will be the biggest of its kind in Europe, capable of processing in excess of 30,000 pallets per night for distribution across the UK and the continent.
Currently Palletforce runs its award-winning 24-hour logistics operation from a 380,000 sq ft distribution centre at Burton upon Trent, which was built in 2009.
A second 240,000 sq ft facility will be built on an adjacent 38-acre site, and is expected to go online in early 2017, taking the company's total investment in its national distribution hub to £50 million. The move sees the first major project from new owners EmergeVest as part of their pledge to invest in the future growth and success of the Palletforce network.
The announcement was made at the inaugural General Meeting of Palletforce's 88 member companies, held at the Hilton St George's Park in Burton last week.
Chief executive officer Michael Conroy told members the SuperHub would ensure capacity for the next 10-15 years, and was a cornerstone of the company's growth strategy.
"Palletforce is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016 and we have come a long way in a very short space of time," he said. "The SuperHub is testament to our long-term investment in the business.
"The Palletforce brand is already synonymous with quality; we will continue to invest further in both our members and our network to make Palletforce a super-brand."
Palletforce Make it a Christmas to Remember for Youngsters
Kind-hearted staff at Palletforce have once again made a tree-mendous effort to spread festive cheer to local kids.
Photo taken by The Burton Mail
For the second year running the Burton-based distribution network has teamed up with children's charity Derek's Tree, which helps thousands of disadvantaged children across the area at Christmas.
The appeal, founded by Burton businessman Derek Liddle, features a tree inside Coopers Square Shopping Centre from which shoppers remove tags 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.
This year, to once again help give the appeal an extra boost, Palletforce put up three of its own trees at its main distribution hub.
Staff donated over 100 gifts, which were then collected by Derek to be delivered to children in time for Christmas Day.
"Once again we are delighted to have been able to support Derek's Tree, it is a fantastic appeal which really does support thousands of local children of all ages at Christmas," said Dave Holland, sales and marketing director of Palletforce.
"A huge thank-you to all our generous staff, who took time out of their usual Christmas shop to look for an extra gift, and we hope our donation goes some way to giving children the Christmas they deserve."
Storming Performance by Palletforce Members in Adverse Weather
Palletforce members in storm-lashed northern England have battled the elements to ensure business as usual this Christmas.
Storm Desmond caused widespread disruption last weekend, with record rainfall leading to devastating floods across Cumbria, Lancashire and Northumberland.
Yet despite road closures, power cuts and atrocious driving conditions, staff and management showed remarkable fortitude and determination to ensure their vehicles and depots kept running.
As a result, the Palletforce network was able to cope with a record number of pallets and deliveries.
Based at Longtown, in north Cumbria, the team at Wm Armstrong (Longtown) Ltd faced some of the worst of the conditions.
"The area we cover includes Carlisle, Keswick, Cockermouth and many other areas badly affected by the flooding," said sales director Geof Armstrong. "The disruption to the road network has been enormous, and even getting to work has been terribly challenging and difficult.
"It's a tribute to our workforce that despite the conditions, and the increased volumes at this time of year, we have managed to maintain our level of service to customers across the UK."
Palletforce Creates Member Relations Director Post
Palletforce, the UK's leading palletised distribution network, has appointed David Breeze as Member Relations Director.
The newly-created position has been established to ensure full support and continued development for existing Palletforce members, and to recruit new members when required.
David, who will take up his role in January 2016, began his career in parcels operations management and contract logistics with Exel, before heading the UK and international divisions of DPD and Target Express.
For the last 10 years he has held senior roles developing existing and new networks for Royal Mail businesses.
David said: "Palletforce is a by-word for quality and service, but its strength derives from its members.
"Members' input is crucial, and in the next few months I'm looking forward to meeting as many as possible to help develop this new role to the benefit of all."
David will be reporting to Palletforce chief executive officer Michael Conroy, who said: "I'm delighted to welcome David to the team. This key appointment underpins our commitment to delivering highest quality services and is part of our ongoing strategic investment plan that includes new infrastructure, IT developments and personnel across the whole business.
"Investing in stronger relationships with our network members strengthens our business and David will play a leading role in ensuring that Palletforce remains the best member network in the sector."
Palletforce Hosts Open Evening for Potential Recruits
Burton-based logistics company Palletforce held a successful open evening for potential recruits.
Attendance was high at the event, which was held on December 7. During the three-hour session, guests were given a tour of the facility and were able to talk to employees about their experience of working for the company.
Palletforce, one of the leading road haulage distribution networks in the UK and Europe, is recruiting in all areas of the business, from apprentice positions to sales and office staff.
This includes candidates for the company's in-house FLT Academy, an 18-month part-time course run by internal RTITB instructors.
Palletforce HR manager Clare Plant said: "Having a skilled and reliable team at the heart of our operation here in Burton-on-Trent is key to the success of the Palletforce network.
"The open evening was a great opportunity to meet potential candidates, and for them to meet us. An indication of its success is the number of phone and email inquiries we have received since, not to mention the job application forms filled in by visitors on the night."
John K Philips adds mega-trailers to its modern fleet
John K Philips Group has become the latest Palletforce member to invest in the new generation of environmentally friendly, double-deck "mega-trailers".
Two of the extra-long units have been added to the firm's existing 26-strong fleet of trailers.
Each is capable of transporting 56 pallets and has been designed not only to increase capacity but reduce emissions. As part of a Government trial to increase load volumes, reduce congestion and slash emissions, the new trailers feature steering axles which also reduce wear and tear on UK roads.
Drivers at the St Helens-based firm have also received special training to handle tractor units fitted with the trailers.
"John K Philips Group has always prided itself on maintaining an extensive modern fleet," said customer service and network supervisor John Brotherton.
"These trailers will make a significant impact on our distribution operations across the UK and Europe, as well as helping the company to meet its environmental responsibilities."
The company started out 40 years ago when founder John Philips bought his first Bedford truck and began delivering paint.