Road haulage companies in Spain and Portugal are being invited to join the first express distribution network in the region for the delivery of small consignments of freight carried on pallets.
The network is being launched by Palletways, which already has networks covering the UK, Italy, the Benelux countries and parts of France and Germany. It is part of the company's strategy to create the first pan-European pallet freight network within the next three years.
The operation will be run in partnership with Valencia based Transportes Campillo. With a turnover in excess of EUR29 million Campillo offers a complete range of international and domestic transport services together with a warehousing and logistics service. The company has 166 staff and a fleet of 135 vehicles based in four depots. A programme to recruit highly professional and established road haulage companies across the Iberian region to the new network is already underway.
The Palletways network consists of regional transport companies, known as members, who collect goods in their local catchment areas and distribute them into a central hub facility. Sophisticated information technology processes all the relevant data for the goods and sorts them into designated delivery areas within the hub according to their destination.
The freight is then ready for despatch and each Palletways member returns to their local depot with the consignments they have been assigned to deliver on behalf of the network. From here the goods will be distributed to the end customer.
Palletways Iberia members will be linked by state-of-the art, customer facing information technology, which has been specially designed in-house to provide a major competitive edge.
A cornerstone of the network's IT infrastructure is broadband connectivity to the internet at all member depots. This enables data relating to every consignment to be sent via the internet to two major servers at a data processing centre. This in turn provides an instantaneous flow of information to customers and the network regarding consignment status and delivery information. It also enables scanned images of proof of deliveries to be accessible online.
Says Palletways European Development Director, Adam Shuter: “The launch of our network – the first of its kind in the Iberian Peninsular region – represents a major opportunity for road hauliers in Portugal and Spain to generate additional revenue from their existing operations and to enhance their distribution offer to customers. The Palletways network will mean they can offer an unrivalled range of express distribution services for small consignments of freight on pallets across the two countries, including next day, next day am, timed delivery options, and Economy 2/3 day.
“Our new operation will replicate our other European networks covering the UK, Italy, the Benelux countries and parts of Germany and France. In this way we will be able to offer our future customers in the region the reassurance of a truly European brand, which offers the same management culture, the same IT systems, the same quality control management measures and the same commitment to delivering the highest levels of customer service.
“We have created a partnership with one of the region's leading transport companies to provide us with the necessary infrastructure and local knowledge to launch the first pallet network across Spain and Portugal. As an established company, Transportes Campillo, will also play a key role in assisting us in the recruitment of road haulage companies, who will make up the network.
Palletways aims to recruit some 30 members in the first phase of the network development and the target date for commencement of the operation is the beginning of 2006.