EST founder Edwin Shirley dies

Edwin Shirley, the man behind legendary entertainment logistics firm EST, has died.

The company, which started in 1974 with just a second-hand bread van, soon expanded to become one of the leading players in the rock and roll trucking industry.

Under the slogan ‘You Rock We Roll’ it provided logistics for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and Paul McCartney.

In 2011 it merged with Transam Trucking and continued to trade in tandem with Transam’s existing premises in Suffolk, with a satellite depot and office maintained in Woolwich, south London.

Del Roll, at EST, confirmed Edwin passed away on Tuesday morning (16th April).

United Pallet Network reveals Euopean service expansion plan

The United Pallet Network (UPN) hopes its move to make European delivery as simple as possible, via an upgrade to its IT, will tempt more hauliers to make European pallet work a mainstay of their operations.

UPN has upgraded its IT to provide real-time, instant pricing, quotes and online ordering for Europe, as it looks to facilitate more cros- border trade within its membership.

The new service, which includes auto postcode look-up, is designed to make it as easy as possible for its 65 depots to supply a range of services to 26 countries from within the existing UPN system via a new web portal.

UPN member research had previously found that the time taken to specify and price European freight deliveries was too great compared with the income it generated, something it hopes the new functionality will address.

Gary Flockhart, UPN’s IT manager, said: “The depots needed a system that would simplify things for them. Now sending a pallet to Paris or Madrid is as simple as sending one to Birmingham.”

While a number of members have offered services to Europe as loss leaders on behalf of key customers, it is hoped that the new system, via its ability to build an accurate quote within seconds, will boost interest amongst haulier-members who will now have instant, viable pricing information at their fingertips.