Pallet-Track branches out with network in Scotland

Pallet-Track is to launch a network in Scotland next month to boost the competitiveness of its Scottish and Northern haulier members.

The network, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on 30 January, will launch the operation on 1 March, with Bellshill-based Courier Connections providing the central hub at its Lanarkshire depot.

Pallet-Track MD Nigel Parkes said the move would formalise an existing structure, put in place by Courier Connections depot principal Martin McGeough, with the introduction of the network’s technology and service agreement.

Parkes said: “Take a member in Newcastle. They can find it difficult to be competitive when the rates structure is based on the Midlands [where the Pallet-Track central hub is located]. But now their freight will go straight from Newcastle into the Glasgow hub. This allows more capacity on the vehicles coming south.”

Courier Connections, which will continue to cover the G postcode for Pallet-Track, has put additional resources in place at Bellshill for the new night-time operation.

Parkes also revealed that after a shareholder vote last year, which won the backing of the network’s 15 largest inputters, Pallet-Track had doubled the internal rate haulier-members receive for making 9am deliveries.

Parkes said that as 9am deliveries are at the start of the service window, most hauliers put on additional resources, making them disproportionately costly.

The network has welcomed its 75th member: Essex-based Keyes Transport, which has moved from UK Pallets to cover the CM postcode area.