Fortec Distribution Network, one of the UK’s leading pallet distribution networks, has expanded its infrastructure with the opening of a regional hub to serve the north of England.
The Hub, strategically located in Warrington, Cheshire will be used initially by 15 Fortec members all of whom are based in the north of the country and in Ireland. The opening will help support planned growth across the Fortec network whilst at the same time bringing multiple benefits to both Fortec and its members.
It will not only decrease fuel costs by reducing members’ stem mileage to and from their depots, giving Fortec a competitive edge over their rivals, it will also enable the company to provide an improved and more efficient service to end user customers.
Fortec’s green credentials too will be boosted, with drivers spending less time on the road, cutting CO2 emissions.
The heart of Fortec’s operation will remain at the 140,000 square foot hub in Northamptonshire, near to both the M1 and M6 where state-of-the-art equipment enables all palletised goods to be tracked, scanned and monitored at all stages of the distribution process.
Adrian Bradley, General Manager Operations, said: “The investment in this new hub demonstrates Fortec’s long-term commitment to ensuring maximum efficiency across the network.
“From the start, the hub will be dealing with approximately 10% of our overall volume each night under the leadership of Manager Kevin Huskie – a figure which is set to grow.”
The new hub, a strong performance in 2014 and investment in innovations such as the Fortec Connect App, have all helped Fortec lay firm foundations on which to build during 2015.
Dave Spong, Fortec’s General Manager Commercial commented: “The new site represents a huge step forward in the future development of Fortec and will help to support its planned growth, particularly in the north.”