Cross-docking adding value

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Internet shopping and make-to-order manufacturing continue to grow rapidly, forcing distribution service providers to make a marked shift towards tailored, flexible service provision and, most importantly, establishing added-value partnerships.

A number of the leading players in logistics services will be demonstrating their latest thinking in this area at Logistics Link 2005 including ACR Logistics (formerly Hays Logistics), FDB Distribution and Roadferry.

These companies are all new to Sandown Park, and join other market leaders offering a comprehensive range of transport and warehousing solutions including express overnight full and part-pallet transfer services.

FDB Distribution has been heavily investing in its systems and staff and the company’s resolution for 2005 is to capitalise on its telemarketing, recent investments and attract more customers in the retail sector. The company saw its cross-docking activities increase by 12% last year, and it expects this value-added trend to continue in 2005.

PalletFORCE and The Potter Group, both previous Logistics Link exhibitors, return to Sandown Park. Palletised distribution network PalletFORCE is now a major force to be reckoned with – it grew by more than 60% in the past 12 months, offers a network of 75-plus depots nationwide with a combined fleet of more than 2,000 vehicles and about 280,000sq m of warehousing

The Potter Group specialises in the provision of outsourced third-party warehousing distribution and operates three full service intermodal rail freight distribution centres. Visitors to the company’s stand will be able to find out all about its range of services and discuss their particular distribution and transport needs.

Another new development at Logistics Link 2005 is the presence of two manufacturers of trailers and bodies for commercial vehicles – The Cartwright Group and W Trailer Co.

Cartwright is launching its new Rollerlift mobile lifting platform which is designed to load and unload any vehicle safely, simply and efficiently when loading docks are unavailable. Another Rollerlift being displayed is the Model 1010, a mobile personnel lift.

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