Pall-Ex has reached a deal with UK Pallets to become the network of choice for all members affected by the planned closure.
UK Mail set out plans to close UK Pallets yesterday. Under the deal, Pall-Ex will meet with all members and customers, and will be officially recommended as the palletised freight network of choice by UK Mail Group, owner of UK Pallets.
Graeme Wilson, managing director at UK Pallets, said: “We are keen to support our members and customer base in sourcing an alternative quality network that is flexible enough to meet their needs should UK Pallets cease trading as is currently proposed. “
Pall-Ex Group managing director Kevin Buchanan said: “When UK Pallets advised us that they were potentially going to cease business, we expressed an interest in understanding their customer base only and ways in which we could provide services to customers who would have previously used UK Pallets.
“Since taking the reins at the end of 2014, I’ve made no secret about the fact that I want Pall-Ex to become the clear market leader in the sector and this potential new deal takes us a step closer.“
And Pall-Ex founder Hilary Devey, said: “Pall-Ex remains true to its founding ambitions of being comprehensive in scope and service, but we’re also well-placed to move quickly when an opportunity presents itself. Our ability to rapidly step-in and support both hauliers and customers who may be left exposed by the UK Pallets situation is testament to this mindset, as well as a reflection of our advantage over multi-shareholder owned networks, which tend to be mired in bureaucracy.”