Mar 23, 2018
Fleet getting makeover as pallet business hits record levels
Extra miles: Pallet coordinators Carl Abey and Paul Preston with a newly-liveried Neill & Brown lorry

Neill & Brown Global Logistics is trucking more palletised goods than ever before after joining the UK's fastest-growing distribution network.

Its drivers now deliver cargo to the Pall-Ex hub in the Midlands, for onward distribution throughout the UK and Ireland, returning with consignments for the Hull postcode area.

A range of vehicles is employed on Pall-Ex work, from articulated lorries to rigid tail-lift vehicles and vans for harder-to-reach locations.

The latest, an 18-tonne rigid, supports the ever-growing requirement for collections and deliveries in the local area and is among the first group of vehicles to carry the company's new livery and logo.

"After celebrating our centenary last year, we are making statement of where we are today by bringing in a clean, modern look which will stand out within the business and be distinctive on the road," said chief executive Peter Brown.

Logistics director Carl Andrew said that working with Pall-Ex further enhanced Neill & Brown's UK capabilities by offering cost-effective logistics solutions for the company's local client base and wide-ranging European network.

The relationship with Pall-Ex has taken the total number of pallets handled at the firm's depot at Hessle, near Hull, to around 2,500 a week and has also led to Neill & Brown winning the  award for best new depot of 2017 after joining the network last May.

“We’re pleased to be playing our part in Pall-Ex achieving high levels of efficiency and that our efforts have been recognised in their annual awards,” Mr Andrew added.

“This is down to the hard work of a lot of people including the drivers, warehouse team and office staff. It’s a big team effort.”

Kevin Buchanan, group managing director at Pall-Ex, said at the awards ceremony at East Midlands Conference Centre at the end of January that the winners had been selected on the basis of growth, compliance, quality and ability to maintain strong communications.

“They have gone the extra mile to provide exceptional services to our customers and have demonstrated their commitment to us.”

Pall-Ex started out in 1996 and teams up with more than 100 hauliers to run its operation.

Pall-Ex, whose distribution hub is at Ellistown, Leicestershire, says that by uniting independent haulage companies to work together cooperatively in a network it has introduced substantial operating and trunking efficiencies.