Pall-Ex opens new East Midlands hub

In the face of the coming retail peak season and a general uptick in demand, pallet network Pall-Ex has significantly increased the capacity of its East Midlands hub capacity to accommodate rising volumes and demand.

Compared to 2019 freight volumes, Pall-Ex is handling an extra 3,000 pallets a night. It has opened a new, 210,000 square foot hub at Watling Park, Northants, on the same site as its member Fortec Distribution Network, and is set to improve efficiency for its other members south of the Midlands.

Barry Byers, UK Managing Director at Pall–Ex, comments: “Despite major interruption and an unpredictable trading period, the Pall–Ex hub in Ellistown has seen daily pallet volumes increase significantly due to B2C market growth through ecommerce.

“The additional capacity we can now utilise in Northamptonshire is an essential resource for our pallet network.

“This is a strategic move that will support Pall–Ex through this period of rapid growth and enable us to provide our members with access to additional first-class facilities while speeding up handling processes.

“The new hub will be of particular benefit to Pall–Ex members that are located across the south by reducing mileage and driver journey times. The site also has excellent links to the M1, M6 and A5.

“The fact that we have been able to grow during what has been one of the sector’s most challenging years is testament to our members and their collective dedication to our customers.”