Pall-Ex has launched an operation in France – its fourth network on the continent – with a hub in the Bourges region and 40 member hauliers. During the first full night of operation, a total of 474 pallets passed through the hub.
Pall-Ex France network director Lionel Brizard said: “Unlike Pall-Ex Romania, we’re not the first pallet network here. However, how we operate is unique in France.
“We are the only network in the country to run a hub and spoke model with one hub, facilitating everything from single pallets to part trailer loads. This means our members; who are commercially active, collect customer freight and consolidate it before trunking the freight to our hub by a designated time. It’s then transhipped within the hub and loaded onto outbound vehicles. Members then return to their own depots, delivering the new freight in their areas.”
France joins the Pall-Ex networks in Italy, Romania, and the Iberian Peninsula. Poland is expected to launch later this year and talks are underway in Germany, Benelux and Turkey.
Adrian Russell, managing director of the Pall-Ex Group, said: “Together with our CEO Hilary Devey, we’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re aiming to be the first truly Pan-European palletised freight network.”