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TPN launches next phase of development with a brand new look

6 October 2020 Minworth UK:   THE Pallet Network (TPN) has revealed its brand new look while sharing details of its 2020 achievements and plans for the future.

Key points:

  • New looks emphasises the network of collaboration: TPN is a Partner Powered Alliance
  • Volumes up 18% year on year, and two years ahead of forecast
  • Ethos of excellence and mutual benefit unchanged
  • TPN Ireland now completely integrated with UK network on single software platform
  • Hub extension adds 43% more productivity
  • Purpose-built Mega Hub planned
  • Rate increases postponed to help UK plc
  • Building on 2020 achievements to evolve network to next level

TPN’s new brand is fresh, modern and restates the network’s core activity and market placement – THE Pallet Network – while emphasising its unique Partnership culture.

“Our network has always had a collaborative ethos and we have strengthened and developed these commercial and operational links, not just between our Partners and the Hub but between the regional depots themselves,” says MD Mark Duggan. “This opens a whole new vista of collaborative logistics in which Partner companies can have a standards-based framework for developing new commercial opportunities.”

2020 has been a challenging year for the whole world, but TPN Partners have all continued to operate at the highest performance levels in the sector. The network is currently processing 103,000 pallets a week and volumes continue to grow.

Duggan says: “Quality of service is always our most important benchmark and while this year’s volumes have been challenging we have maintained a sector-leading performance level.

“This has been helped by the addition of 60,000sq ft of extra space to our Minworth Hub which allows us to raise simultaneous loading from 40 to 57 trailers.

“We have now decided to design and build our own bespoke Mega Hub, in order to future-proof operations,” says Duggan.

The ongoing pandemic, Brexit and the possibility of recession have all been factored into this decision.

TPN has also taken the decision, following its annual rate review, to postpone rate increases.

“This is a delicate decision because costs are rising for our Partners and we need to ensure that their pricing is always sustainable and allows them to invest appropriately,” says Duggan. “However, we do feel that UK plc needs all the help it can get.”

The current growth rate is 18% above 2019 levels. However, there are too many causes for business uncertainty in the next six months to know whether this growth level will be sustained.

TPN has also completed an 18-month project to roll out its Connect software platform across the entire Irish network. Customers sending pallets to or from Ireland will now benefit from complete visibility across both networks, with track and trace, ePOD and notifications available in a single dashboard.

TPN Ireland’s 24 Partner companies also have access to the routing, transport management, real time visibility of bookings and a host of commercial tools which have long been available to TPN’s UK Partners.

“In technology terms the two networks are now totally integrated and aligned. This project went live in late summer and has been very successful,” says Duggan.

“This is win-win for our sister network, TPN and all of our customers. Given the uncertainty of the future protocols for freight passing over the Irish borders, it can only be an advantage for both networks to be operating on one aligned platform to deal with any future customs clearance requirements.”

 

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About TPN

THE Pallet Network (TPN) is the UK’s leading pallet network, comprising more than 117 of the top regional transport firms and circa 132 depot locations. In 2019 it shipped 4.6m pallets. TPN has sector-leading IT systems, a dedicated, daytime, out-of-gauge freight service, TPN XL and an enhanced international service TPN XPort. It believes in continual improvement and excellence, promoting both commercial and environmental sustainability. It is based at Prologis Park Midpoint, Sutton Coldfield and has two regional Hubs, one near Preston and the other in Northampton.

For further information on TPN, contact:  MD Mark Duggan on 0121 313 4013/07736 426 210 or email MarkD@tpnmail.co.uk

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