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Palletforce Sets Highest Safety Standards For 14 Consecutive Years

EV Cargo’s Palletforce, the UK’s leading express freight distribution network, continues to lead health and safety in the sector after receiving its 14th consecutive RoSPA Gold Award after once again achieving the highest levels of health and safety in the workplace.

The company’s unrivalled reputation for maintaining the highest possible safety standards in the logistics sector has seen it awarded a fourth RoSPA President’s Award, recognising 14 consecutive gold achievements, thanks to its unrelenting focus on the safety and wellbeing of its employees and visiting member drivers.

The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards is the largest occupational health and safety awards programme in the UK, and recognises organisations’ commitment to continuous improvement in the prevention of accidents and ill health at work, looking at entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Palletforce’s latest achievement is a result of its ongoing implementation of the latest health and safety procedures, allied with investment in welfare facilities and close collaboration with its 120 member transport businesses to drive the highest levels of safety.

Palletforce Health and Safety Manager Beverley Knight said: “This is a fantastic achievement. Accidents at work and work-related ill health not only cause major disruptions to business processes, but the effect on quality of life to the individual cannot be understated.

“Our staff work diligently to carry on the safety standards that have seen us gain a gold award for 14 consecutive years. Palletforce is an ethical and socially responsible company and keeping both our staff and our visitors safe is central for us and is a key part of our governance and sustainability strategy.”

The RoSPA Awards are one of the most prestigious and recognised schemes in the world with almost 2,000 entries every year across nearly 50 countries and a reach of over 7 million employees.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Achievements Director, said: “Accidents at work and work-related ill health don’t just have huge financial implications or cause major disruption – they significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. That’s why good safety performance deserves to be recognised and rewarded.

“We are thrilled that Palletforce has not only won another RoSPA Gold Award, but a President’s Award – and would like to congratulate them on showing an unwavering commitment to keeping their employees and visitors safe from accidental harm and injury.”

Simarco HVO Investment Set To Reduce Palletforce Network Emissions

EV Cargo’s Palletforce will benefit from a significant reduction in network carbon emissions as member Simarco invests in HVO fuel to help meet its sustainability targets and support the UK’s move to net zero.

With depots across the east of England, Simarco will start using HVO fuel in the trunking vehicles which visit the Palletforce SuperHub daily, these vehicles typically have the highest mileage in the Simarco network.

HVO, or hydrotreated vegetable oil, is a sustainable drop-in diesel alternative that offers superior environmental performance over traditional diesel. It is synthesised from renewable raw materials with a potential of reducing net CO2 greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90%.

Simarco expects to see an annual saving of over 500 tonnes of CO2 emissions and has invested in a 50,000 litre fuel tank at its hub in Witham, Essex. The move forms part of the company’s five-year road map to roll out its sustainability vision and goals.

Simarco Managing Director Trevor Scott said: “Simarco is committed to reducing its environmental impact and investing in renewable HVO fuel brings significant and immediate benefits to help decarbonise our, and our customers’, distribution operations.

“It is great to have the support of Palletforce and the knowledge that we are all working collaboratively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet sustainability targets.”

Simarco’s move will benefit customers using the award-winning Palletforce network and follows the launch of Palletforce’s EV Scope technology, a tool allowing customers to view emissions reports for each individual consignment.

Palletforce Chief Operating Officer Mark Tapper said: “The Palletforce express distribution model is one of the most sustainable in the UK and our focus is always on environmental improvement through pioneering technology, innovation and reducing delivery mileage.

“This delivers benefits to both our members and their customers, allowing us to prioritise sustainability alongside service. Many of our members have introduced alternative fuels this year and this investment in decarbonisation from Simarco is welcomed across the network.”

In addition to EV Scope, Palletforce uses Alliance Sense artificial intelligence technology to identify delivery issues before they happen to reduce miles and emissions associated with re-deliveries.

Palletforce is part of EV Cargo, a global logistics provider which won the Logistics & Supply Chain Green Initiative Award at the 2022 Drinks Business Green Awards for an HVO project with Budweiser Brewing Company UK&I which has helped slash carbon emissions.

Palletforce Delivers Competitive Advantage With Ferryspeed Recruitment

EV Cargo’s Palletforce is helping to deliver a competitive advantage to its members and customers thanks to the newest addition to the UK’s fastest-growing express distribution network.

Covering selected PO postcodes around Portsmouth, leading commercial freight specialist Ferryspeed is the fourth member to join Palletforce in 2023.

The recruitment of this long-term strategic partner, alongside a number of recent additions including JMCL Freightways, Virginia Hayward Logistics and the acquisition of Dobbs Logistics, will collectively ensure Palletforce members benefit from unrivalled service along the south coast.

A cross-channel specialist, Ferryspeed operates a twice-daily shipping service to the Channel Islands from its base in Portsmouth and its recruitment will provide Palletforce members with long-term service continuity and a stable platform to grow their business along the south coast.

Palletforce Network Development Director David Breeze said: “We’re very excited to welcome Ferryspeed to the network. Their addition is of significant strategic importance for our members and their customers.

“Not only will they allow us to further strengthen our service on the south coast, but they’ll provide our existing members with a competitive advantage and create commercial opportunities to grow their business in the area.”

Founded in 1985, Ferryspeed operates from 250,000 sq ft warehouse, which includes a 50,000 sq ft HMRC bonded, chill and frozen facility.

With a 250-strong staff and a fleet consisting of more than 280 vehicles and 500 trailers, it also has additional depots in Jersey, Guernsey and Leicester.

Ferryspeed Director Nick Green said: “We are excited to join the Palletforce network and are impressed by its commitment to quality, service and providing long-term growth opportunities for its members.

“With a focus on customer satisfaction here at Ferryspeed, we share the same ethos and are looking forward to working collaboratively with the Palletforce membership.”

Experienced ‘New To Network’ Members Join Palletforce To Drive Growth

EV Cargo’s Palletforce continues its recruitment drive with two very different haulage companies becoming the latest members of the award-winning express distribution network as it continues to add depth in strength and customer service.

Between them, the management of 2B&C Logistics and Frost Transport Solutions boast decades of experience in the UK logistics sector – yet both are entering pallet network operations for the first time to help power their long-term growth aspirations.

Banbury-based 2B&C Logistics started trading at the beginning of this month, with membership of Palletforce at the heart of managing director Toby Christman’s ambitious business plan.

“We’re a start-up company, but between us the management team of Lee French, Sarah Kingshott and Sarah Meads has vast experience of the transport and logistics industry,” explained Toby, who has spent nearly half of his 30 years in the haulage distribution sector with DHL.

“We approached Palletforce with the idea of adding that experience, as well as our connections within the sector, to the network, and providing coverage of an area of the country which has traditionally been challenging.

“Having worked with Palletforce before, I was in no doubt that they were the network for us. The Superhub offers a unique one-stop-shop option, while technology innovations such as Alliance has put Palletforce streets ahead of other networks.”

From their bespoke distribution centre, close to the M40, 2B&C offers a range of warehousing and transport solutions to local industry, ranging from food manufacturers to a Formula One racing team, and will cover OX postcodes around Oxford and Whitney.

Family-owned Frost Transport Solutions, established in 2015, is also joining a network for the first time, and will cover NG postcodes in and around Nottingham.

With a 16-strong fleet, based just off the A46 at Bingham, the company already works closely with existing network members – and according to managing director Chris Frost this is one of the main reasons for choosing Palletforce.

“Palletforce ticks all the boxes for us, in terms of the effectiveness of its operation and our own plans for growth,” said Chris.

“But from our own experience, the strength of the membership is second to none. They share the same values of customer care and service as we do, and we’re delighted to be a part of the UK’s leading network.”

Palletforce Network Development Director David Breeze said: “We’re delighted to welcome 2B&C and Frost Transport to the Palletforce family. They will not only strengthen our customer service in two important areas of the country, but between them will bring invaluable experience and expertise to the network.

“Palletforce is able to successfully recruit new to network transport companies as our superior onboarding support ensures seamless tech integration alongside IT, sales and marketing support.”

Palletforce Strengthens Senior Team With Member Relations Director Appointment

EV Cargo’s Palletforce has recruited one of the express distribution sector’s most experienced executives to its senior management team, to further strengthen the network’s partnership with members.

Chris Dennigan joins the company as Member Relations Director, where his role will be to work closely with the existing Palletforce membership, while also identifying and securing new additions to the growing network.

With a 23-year career in the industry, Chris has extensive experience in the pallet network sector, having previously held Network Director and Commercial Director positions before joining Palletforce.

His appointment further signals Palletforce’s commitment to the ethos of working in a partnership approach with members, as well as securing unrivalled quality and delivery performance in each postcode and building a platform for members to enable long-term, sustainable growth.

Palletforce Network Development Director David Breeze said: “We are delighted that Chris has joined us, especially at this exciting time when our network continues to strengthen and deliver clear competitive advantages for our members. He has considerable experience in pallet networks at a senior level and a proven track record of building lasting relationships with colleagues and members.

“Our network development strategy has focused on strengthening service, and we have been adding quality new members in numbers over the last 12 months, as well as identifying like-minded companies both as potential business partners or potential acquisitions.

“As a further addition to our talented management team, Chris will play a central role in keeping Palletforce and its membership ahead of the competition.”

A graduate of the Royal Berkshire Agricultural College and Henley Business School, Chris began his career as depot general manager with Target Worldwide Express in 1999.

He said: “Over the last 20 years I’ve watched Palletforce grow to become the leading network in the sector, and as part of EV Cargo it is only going to get stronger.

“But it’s a network that has been built on the quality of its membership, and I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of working with members, old and new, as it continues to grow.”

EV Cargo Secures Competitive Edge for Palletforce with Acquisition of Dobbs Logistics

EV Cargo, a Hong Kong headquartered global freight forwarding and supply chain services company, is pleased to announce the acquisition via its subsidiary Palletforce of Hastings-based Dobbs Logistics from its founding family owners. 

Formed in 1961, Dobbs Logistics has a long and proud history of providing pallet distribution, general haulage, project cargo and warehousing services for its valued customers, and is the stand-out pallet network member and road freight operator in a region that is historically challenging for pallet networks. As a result, the acquisition further strengthens the Palletforce network, providing members with a stable and trusted service partner in a key location.

Directors Stephen Morgan, Kevin Manser and Lynton Manser and their management team will continue to lead the business post acquisition.

The investment is a further demonstration of EV Cargo’s ongoing commitment to developing Palletforce, with a multi-year network development strategy focused on strengthening service and securing unrivalled quality and delivery performance in each postcode, thereby building a sustainable platform for members to enable their long-term growth.

Dobbs Logistics represents EV Cargo’s third purchase in the last 10 months, following the successful acquisitions of Fast Forward Freight (Netherlands) and Air Express Cargo (Spain), and ensures EV Cargo remains on track to deliver on its growth strategy to surpass $3bn of revenue by 2025.

Mark Tapper, Chief Operating Officer, EV Cargo Express and Palletforce said: “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Dobbs Logistics, the undoubted sector-leader in its area, and welcome our new colleagues and customers to the Palletforce network. Dobbs Logistics not only meets our best-in-postcode criteria, giving our members a competitive edge, but also strengthens our overall service proposition in the Southeast for members and customers.

“We made a commitment to our members that we would put them, and their customers, front and centre in our business. In achieving that we’ve focused intently on quality service, adding 12 new members in 12 months, and continuing our investments in technology, infrastructure, and sustainability.”

Stephen Morgan, Dobbs Logistics Managing Director, said: “EV Cargo’s recognition of Dobbs Logistics as the unrivalled operator in the region is thanks to our reputation for quality and the hard work and dedication of everyone across our business.

“EV Cargo’s Palletforce network is renowned for excellence, and we are delighted to join a business which puts its members and customers first. We are looking forward to further developing our services, business proposition and securing the long-term future of the business.”

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