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 continues to invest in its UK logistics execution platform
Acquisition strengthens the coverage of Palletforce, its LTL road freight pallet network
Demonstrates its commitment to service quality, the best member in every post code
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.”
Palletforce Volunteers Help Pack 3,600 Meals With FareShare
Kind-hearted employees at EV Cargo’s Palletforce have been volunteering at food charity FareShare in a bid to help hungry families.
The Palletforce volunteers helped to pack enough produce to make 3,600 meals for local community centres, foodbanks, schools and youth groups.
Shona Callow, Simon Bradbury, Jo Duncan, Deb Wallbanks, Simon Gibbard and Pennie Bailey worked the morning shift at FareShare’s Nottingham depot to help ensure that the donated food got to where it was needed most.
The charity works with Palletforce and its members to undertake the express distribution of surplus food from supermarkets to many charities and community groups across the country.
Palletforce Sales Director Simon Bradbury said: “Palletforce has been a long-time supporter of FareShare and we all know about the vital work it does, both in our local communities in the Midlands and across the country.
“Palletforce is determined to continue to be a force for good in our communities and it was great to see the determination and enthusiasm our volunteers brought on the day. We are proud of the work we do with FareShare, which involves our member network distributing food across the UK.”
As well as the hours spent volunteering – which will go towards Palletforce’s goal of 10 volunteer hours per employee – the company also donated a photoshoot to Fareshare for the charity to use in its materials to demonstrate its work.
Delivering to every UK postcode every day, with freight consolidated overnight at its stateof-the-art central SuperHub in Burton upon Trent, Palletforce’s 120-strong member network provides the perfect solution for FareShare to distribute produce nationwide quickly and efficiently.
Palletforce has worked with FareShare for eight years and helps distribute food across the country. FareShare works with the food industry to get good-to-eat surplus food that may otherwise go to waste, to its network of nearly 9,500 charities and community groups across the UK. Last year, FareShare moved 540,000 tonnes of food – enough for 128 million meals – and demand is rising.
During the Covid-19 pandemic Palletforce donated £5,000 to both FareShare and The Trussell Trust.
Wreford’s Selects Palletforce As It Expands Into Network Operations
One of the country’s oldest family-run transport companies, with nearly 120 years of history and prestigious service, has added pallet network operations to its growing logistics portfolio and chosen Palletforce as the best network to help deliver its growth and quality aspirations.
Wreford’s Transport, a much-respected operator based in Northampton, will cover selected NN postcodes and further strengthen Palletforce’s unrivalled presence and service in the busy East Midlands area, providing customers with the trusted option of overnight palletised distribution to every corner of the country.
It’s the first time Wreford’s has joined a palletised freight network, and the decision to choose Palletforce was ultimately based on recommendations from fellow Transport Association members.
Wreford’s Transport General Manager Gareth Shortt said: “Our customers have been asking about the possibility of flexible and dependable, next day delivery – and when Palletforce approached us with the opportunity of servicing our home postcodes it was a no-brainer.
“We did our research, though, and the feedback from Palletforce members who are part of the Transport Association was overwhelmingly positive. It’s a network which has invested heavily in technology and operational excellence, and the quality of its membership is second to none.
“Our business will benefit hugely, and we’re looking forward to playing our part in maintaining Palletforce’s reputation as the UK’s leading express distribution network.”
Wreford’s current fleet of over 80 vehicles, which operate from three warehouse sites, is a far cry from the liveried horse and carts first used when the company was founded in 1904. Former managing director Michael Wreford became chairman in 1980, and now runs the business with his sons Mark, Andy and Rob, specialising in smart logistics, haulage and warehouse distribution.
Palletforce Network Development Director David Breeze said: “Companies like Wreford’s are the backbone of the transport industry in the UK and are built on a family ethos of service, quality and customer care – just like Palletforce.
“We are delighted to welcome a business with such a rich and successful history to our network. Palletforce prides itself on maintaining the strongest possible member-focused network, and as well as being an invaluable addition to our operations in East Midlands, Gareth and the team will ensure all our customers, across every UK postcode, will continue to receive the highest levels of service.”
Focus On Quality Sees Palletforce Regain ISO With Glowing Auditor Report
EV Cargo’s Palletforce has once again excelled in its commitment to quality management, workplace health and safety and environmental management.
Following a rigorous six-day audit, three of the company’s ISO accreditations have been reaffirmed, with the external assessment team proclaiming Palletforce’s compliance levels among the best in the industry.
ISO – the International Organisation for Standardisation – is made up of bodies from more than 160 countries, set up to promote global standards for technology, scientific testing processes and working conditions.
Its auditors carried out thorough examinations of three of Palletforce’s ISO certifications: 9001, which evaluates the effectiveness of quality management systems; 14001, which tests environmental management systems; and 45001, the international standard for health and safety at work.
In their report, the auditors said they were very impressed with Palletforce’s processes, the level of continual improvement within the business, and the integrated management system which tracks them.
One added: “Rarely do I visit companies that achieve the level of compliance that Palletforce has through its processes, systems, and procedures and continuous improvements for the business and its members.”
Beverley Knight, Palletforce Health and Safety Manager, said: “Businesses that have ISO certifications see improved credibility. It’s a seal of quality that a company’s stakeholders, customers and members can trust.
“We are delighted to have achieved full re-certification of all three standards, and to have received zero non-compliances on any of them.
“As a company, Palletforce is 100 percent committed to maintaining the very highest levels of operational and workplace standards and we are always looking for ways in which we can improve our performance. An example of this is the fact we have received the RoSPA President’s Award on multiple occasions for achieving gold level status for over 13 consecutive years.”
Mark Tapper, Palletforce Chief Operating Officer, added: “Palletforce is built on quality, from the approach we take across the network to the premium level of nationwide service delivered to our members’ customers.
“Achieving ISO reaccreditation with such a glowing report from the auditors is acknowledgment of the high standards delivered at the Palletforce SuperHub and in all our member businesses across the network.”
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