SK Distribution based at Harpur Hill in Buxton, a member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, has invested more than £10,000 in ten electric pump trucks to help with the increasing number of home based tail-lift deliveries handled by the company.
Mark Cotterill, managing director at SK Distribution, said: “Tail-lift deliveries can be physically demanding for drivers and this new equipment will assist them with their day to day activities. 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.”
Kent distribution recognition
The Salvatori Group, a leading transport and logistics provider in Kent, has been recognised by Palletways, Europe's largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, for its outstanding sales performance and the role it has played in the expansion of Palletways this year.
Salvatori is one of more than 110 members that form the UK Palletways network. The company was announced as the South-East Region Winner in Palletways 2017 Sales Awards at its National Sales Conference in November. The Award marks twelve months of outstanding achievement in sales and marketing by Salvatori, which joined the Palletways network in March 2015.
Carole Sutton, Business Development Manager for Salvatori says: “Winning this award is a fantastic way to end another successful year working with Palletways. We're delighted to have won this award as it reflects the dedication and hard work of every member of staff at our depots.”
Salvatori has helped Palletways UK move a record breaking 5.4 million pallets – the biggest year for the network to date. The 2016/17 figure beat the previous year’s record by some 300,000 pallets.
Commenting, Dave Walmsley, Palletways UK managing director, said: “Salvatori has made a significant contribution to the strength of the network over the past 12 months and their efforts are well deserving of this award. The company has been a top performer in their region over the past 12 months, setting an excellent example to the industry. We’re delighted the team is part of the Palletways family and the award officially recognises their continuing excellence.”
Five Palletways member businesses have been commended for their sales and marketing successes during 2017.
The winners were officially recognised at Palletways’ National Sales Conference, held at The Belfry near Birmingham last month. The Awards mark twelve months of outstanding achievement in sales and marketing and the role Palletways’ 110 plus members have played in the business’ expansion this year.
The 2017 winners are:
Sovereign Transport in Merseyside – winner of the UK National Sales & Marketing awards
Walkers Transport in Rochdale – Midlands Region Sales Award winner
D&P Haulage in Hull – Northern Region Sales Award winner
Salvatori Group in Kent – South East Region Sales Award winner
Allelys General Haulage in Redditch – South West Region Sales Award winner
Walmsley said: “All our winners have made a significant contribution to the strength of the network over the past 12 months and their efforts are well deserving of these awards. They are all top performers in their region, setting an excellent example to the industry. We’re delighted the teams are part of the Palletways family and the awards officially recognise their continuing excellence.”
Walker recruitment drive
As it continues with its ambitious plans for growth, leading UK transport and third-party logistics specialist Walkers Transport has appointed a group sales manager as part of its rapidly expanding senior team.
Victoria Reynard joins Walkers Transport, a member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, from Portakabin Hire in Leeds where she was area hire manager. She brings a wealth of sales and customer service-related experience to Walkers having worked in the industry since 1999 at companies including TNT and UK Mail.
As part of her role she’ll recruit, train and develop the growing sales team in order to win new customers and retain existing customers to ensure revenue and retention targets are met. She’ll report directly to Walkers’ CEO, Richard Simpson.
Commenting on why she was keen to join Walkers’ team, Victoria said: “As the customer is placed at the heart of everything Walkers do, I am confident that we have the values and ethos that will ensure that our goal to give the customers the very best service in the industry will be achieved.
“There is a real culture of empowerment and a huge desire to learn and grow throughout the entire business. It’s great to be a in at the start of what is a significant growth initiative and the recent MBO just emphasises the ambition of the company. I’m really looking forward to having the chance to play a key role in developing the sales strategy to make sure that Walkers ambitious plans are realised.
“There is lots to do, we have a number of key initiatives that we are working towards such as the implementation and development of a new CRM system and also the recruitment of some highly professional sales executives and account managers. The aim is to further integrate our customer service, sales and marketing functions so that we can streamline our efforts to give our prospects and customers the experience & service they deserve. We have lofty ambitions and the passion and intensity with which we are pursuing our goals is very exciting.”
Walkers Transport has also appointed a new Group Health and Safety Manager.
Zoe Lunn joins Walkers Transport, a member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, from Kuehne + Nagel Drinks Logistics Limited and brings with her more than ten years’ compliance experience.
She is responsible for the development and monitoring of health and safety best practice to ensure the continued safety of Walkers’ 300-strong workforce based across Leeds and Manchester. In this role, Zoe is tasked with developing Walkers’ health and safety culture by challenging the business to deliver industry leading safety standards to its customers and employees. In addition, Zoe is also responsible for ensuring the company maintains health and safety compliance.
Commenting on Zoe’s appointment Richard Simpson, Chief Executive, said: “Safety is Walkers’ number one priority and as a rapidly growing company it was clear that we needed a full time experienced health and safety professional that was responsible for designing and promoting best practice for the safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers.”
Zoe commented: “I believe my role is to ensure everything we do is of the highest standard and compliance, complemented by a commercial and customer friendly approach. I felt as though I could make a real difference.
“First and foremost, we believe that everyone should go home happy and healthy at the end of the day. But it is also my aim to continually refine and develop safe working practices that will enhance Walkers’ operational efficiency. This sits hand in hand with the firms ambitious growth strategy.”
Zoe has been tasked with maintaining the firms number one ‘Can Do Rule’ of ‘Safety First’. She continues: “We’re striving to be the safest logistics company we can possibly be which also provides customers the service excellence they deserve. As the company grows I’m excited at the prospect of our team feeling further empowered to lead the way in safety.”
Tim Bentley, UK SHEQ Manager Palletways (UK) Limited, added: “The appointment of Zoe marks a huge leap forward for Walkers. As our largest member, Richard and his team continually strive to improve their operation and a standalone health and safety role will undoubtedly make a positive difference to their business both now and in the future.”