Leading express pallet network Palletforce believes it offers the market-leading service in Kent with the announcement of a new quality member to cover distribution in the area.
Shakespeare Transport will move across to Palletforce from rival network Palletways later this year. The company was purchased by Matthew Kibble Transport Holdings Limited in 2015, with both companies continuing to operate independently.
“After buying Shakespeare Transport we were approached by a number of pallet networks asking if we would be interested in changing,” said managing director Matthew Kibble. “With its significant investment in infrastructure and IT, I felt that Palletforce’s quality ethos demonstrates a long term, viable and successful partner for Shakespeare Transport.
“We double shift a lot of our trucks and provide trunking to parcel companies as well as carrying out general haulage. Additionally, we operate 22,000 sq ft of warehousing at our site in Maidstone.”
Shakespeare Transport, which started out specialising in distribution for the book market and the paper industry in the 1960s, has a 16-strong fleet and employs 40 staff.
Palletforce chief executive officer Michael Conroy said: “Kent is a hugely important strategic area for us and it is essential that we have the very best operator in place.
“Shakespeare Transport is the stand-out candidate since its acquisition by MKT, and we are delighted that Matthew has chosen to come on board. I have no doubt that both he and they will prove valuable additions to the Palletforce network.”