Relocation prompts logistics business to invest in new handling equipment

Garry Curtis and James Ferguson

A Staffordshire transport company has geared up for the growth of the home delivery sector with an investment in new equipment.

Palletways Birmingham, part of Palletways, has invested more than £10,000 in a new fleet of electric pump trucks.

The fleet investment follows Palletways’ decision to relocate to larger premises outside Lichfield.

“Our new 45,000 sq ft facility is double the size of our previous depot and provides the capacity to cope with our growth plans and add value services and activities to our growing customer base,” said general manager Garry Curtis.

The 10 new trucks will enable the company to improve the efficiency of delivery operations at its Fradley depot. The company handles around 300,000 pallets a year and employs 60 people.

“Tail-lift deliveries can be physically demanding for drivers and this new equipment will assist them with their day to day activities,” added Mr Curtis.

“The vehicles are semi-electric which help reduce driver fatigue and feature an automatic cut-off safety feature which means they’re less likely to experience a run-away incident, therefore reducing the risk of accidents.

“This is a significant but necessary investment – Palletways is forecasting a substantial growth in the home delivery sector over the coming years and this equipment will support this future growth.”

The trucks have been supplied through SHS Handling.

James Ferguson, business development manager at SHS Handling, said the move was recognition by Palletways of the growing need for efficient operations.

“It shows how forward thinking Palletways are – the trucks add hugely to driver safety and demonstrates that (the firm) value their drivers.  With driver retention being a huge issue within the transport industry, I’m sure this will help ensure Palletways attract and keep the best drivers.”