APN shows shift to B2C pallet deliveries

Palletised freight companies have seen a 37.7% increase in B2C volumes in the first nine months of the year according to the Association of Pallet Networks (APN). This has been put down to the pandemic – in April and May volumes of pallets delivered to home addresses were double those of the same period in 2019.

Fortec Distribution Network has been one of those to benefit from the changes shown from the APN, forcing many of its members to change their business approach. Even as lockdowns have eased the patterns of change remain. Fortec Distribution Network’s Managing Director, Adrian Bradley, said, “For many of our member companies the landscape changed almost overnight and B2C trade shot up – this trend has continued.

“Many business customers closed their doors to work from home, new businesses were set up in houses, people were furloughed – it all had an obvious knock on effect on online shopping, and the decline of high street shops has had an impact too.

“The practicalities of responding to a B2C market has brought many challenges for lots of our members, and we have been supporting them over the last six to eight months to help them to manage. There have been some real success stories from logistics firms that are thriving with the change.”