Home deliveries still fuelling UK logistics boom

Internal warehouse full of palletised freight

The growth in home deliveries to residential addresses has resulted in a boom in a UK logistics business for International Forwarding (IFL) in Coleshill, Birmingham, and other member firms of the Palletways Network.

We’re happy to report major growth within our warehousing operations and a significant rise in pallet volumes over the past 18 months – a trend that’s mirrored across the Palletways Group. Ongoing disruption in supply chains due to Brexit and COVID-19, businesses stockpiling goods and customers working from home have all contributed to the spike in business.

Investing in change

Rob Pike, IFL’s managing director, said: “Brexit has brought about many challenges to our business so we’ve invested in our headcount so we can better manage the new customs entries and systems. However, our investment also extends to other parts of the business.

“With the introduction of new Clean Air Zones across the country, we’ve ploughed thousands of pounds into new, upgraded vehicles which will help reduce our carbon footprint. We’ll use these in our UK pallet distribution business, which is on the rise due to the increasing number of pallet deliveries to residential addresses as consumers continue to work remotely following the pandemic.”

Rob Pike, Managing Director, IFL
Rob Pike, Managing Director, IFL

IFL joined the Palletways network in 2002. Rob continues: “Being part of Europe’s largest network, which is well respected in the industry, has helped us secure many high-volume accounts. We’re proud to offer our customers, new and existing, an increased range of UK and pan-European services, which sets us apart from the competition.

“I’m confident our business will continue to operate at this level for the foreseeable future. Indeed, in a couple of months’ time, we’ll be focused on Christmas volumes which is when we expect pallet deliveries will intensify.”

IFL is one of more than 120 independent transport providers that are part of Palletways UK network. They benefit from shared expertise and resources from within the group to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost-effectively than ever before. The Palletways Group, renowned for its industry-leading IT developments and operational systems, comprises 450+ depots and 20 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 24 European countries, including the UK.

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