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Pallet-Track goes European with Hellmann deal

[ April 25, 2014   //   ]

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is to join the UK Pallet-Track network this September, giving the pallet network access to the forwarder’s 56-country European network. At the same time, the German forwarder and groupage operator will gain a more comprehensive UK network.

Pallet-Track founder and managing director, Nigel Parkes, said he long had ambitions to enter the European market, but only when the timing and the partnership were right:

“This is a massive step for us and the timing is perfect – we are expanding rapidly in the UK and enjoyed a record volume month in March,” said Mr Parkes. “Hellmann is in the top 30 largest freight companies in Europe. It works with some of the biggest international household brands in almost 60 countries and has the scope and the vision to work with us across those European markets that we want to reach. In return, we can offer Hellmann a strong network, the right technology and  access to the key UK markets it wants to reach,” he said.

The partnership will also enable Hellmann to service three additional London postcodes and will generate around 25,000 deliveries a year within the Hellmann global network.

Commercial director of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK, Matthew Marriott, said: “The new partnership with Pallet-Track provides an exciting opportunity for Hellmann to really capitalise on its growing global network. After a positive start to the year, and the continued success of our Colnbrook distribution depot, we’re confident that the relationship with Pallet-Track will only enhance our service levels. A lot of research was carried out and we made the decision that the partnership was perfectly suited to Hellmann.”

Mark Pulford, a Pallet-Track director, who was a key player in bringing the deal to the table, added: “It will significantly increase our volumes from month one by 10 per cent overnight, give us multi-modal access to the key markets of Europe, and give Hellmann the UK reach it requires. We have been negotiating for a number of months but it was clear early on that there is a synergy between our two businesses in terms of technology, ethos and family atmosphere.”



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