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An Introduction to Pallet Distribution

For many businesses and organisations, transportation is a necessary evil. The delivery of goods is at the heart of their supply chain and getting products to their destination – in the fastest and most economical way – is at the top of their priority list. It can be challenging, even a little daunting if you’re new to the business game, but transportation doesn’t need to be difficult. In fact, it can be as simple as turning to an established pallet distribution company, such as the John K. Philips Group, and outsourcing all the hard work to them.

What Exactly is Pallet Distribution?

A pallet is a flat sturdy structure, typically constructed from wood, plastic, or metal, which can be used to safely transport and distribute a wide range of different items – from fresh produce and goods to heavy materials and industrial parts. Products are secured to the pallet using straps or shrink wrap and the entire pallet can then be lifted onto a truck using a forklift.

Pallet distribution is all about improving your delivery performance and reducing freight costs, whilst also driving your retained profitability. It’s about making your life easier and avoiding the complex challenges and disjointed transactions that usually come hand-in-hand with transportation and delivery of goods. The pallet distribution company will take care of the entire process, from pick-up to final delivery and, ultimately, it makes very smart business sense.

What Should I Look for in a Pallet Distribution Company?

When choosing a pallet distribution company for the first time, you need to be sure they will deliver the service you require. Transportation is at the very core of your business and it’s vitally important that your products get from A to B on time and to your customer’s expectations.

Perhaps do some research on pallet distribution companies in your local area and ask other local business owners for any recommendations. Here at the John K. Philips Group, we have over 40 years’ experience in the industry and – during this time – we have earned a reputation for excellence. Many of our new clients come to us through word-of-mouth. We are one of the longest established distribution companies in the North West and we believe that, when it comes to choosing a pallet distribution company, there are certain things you should look out for.

No. 1: Cost Effectiveness

Generally speaking, pallet distribution is a much more cost-effective method of delivery than individual shipment. But in order to maximise financial benefit, it’s important that you only pay for the pallet size that you actually need. Wooden pallets vary greatly in terms of size and the amount of space you require will depend on the type of goods you’d like to transport. When choosing a new pallet distribution company, be sure to read up on which pallet sizes they offer and decide whether they’re suitable for you and your business.

The John K. Philips Group offers a full range of pallet sizes (including quarter, half, full, and oversized) and our transportation rates are specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of clients. If your consignment doesn’t fill the minimum payload capacity, we also offer a part-load service, whereby your delivery is consolidated with others to create a full-load. This allows us to provide all customers with the same level service, but at a fraction of the cost, and it is an incredibly popular choice with small business owners who have a relatively small delivery load.

No. 2: Technology

All businesses need to keep up with the latest advances in technology and this is especially true in the distribution and logistics industry. The best pallet distribution companies are all underpinned by technology solutions that help to streamline and improve the pick-up and delivery process.

Take for example the state-of-the-art “track and trace” computer system, currently used at the John K. Philips Group. This innovative piece of technology, along with modern signature-capture devices, allows us to follow the exact progress of your consignment from pick-up to delivery. We can keep you fully informed regarding the status of your consignment, offering information on its current location, the vehicle and driver involved, and it’s estimated arrival time. Such technology allows us to run the most efficient service possible and you can always rely on us to deliver your produce to the specified deadline.

No. 3: Excellent Customer Service

If choosing a transportation logistics company for the first time, remember, excellent customer service is key. Ideally, you need to find a company that will offer advice and guidance from the outset. Somewhere that has a dedicated team of staff, who are easy to reach and happy to help.

Here at the John K. Philips Group, our customer services are based at the company headquarters in St. Helens, where they work tirelessly to ensure you receive the best possible service. Whatever your business needs or distribution requirements, they will do everything they can to create a tailored solution for you. We offer a full range of services, including different sized pallets and deliveries to the UK, Europe and beyond, and all of our drivers and vehicles are ADR compliant – meaning they can transport everything from fresh fruit to dangerous chemicals.

The fact that everything is centralised helps us to provide a seamless, efficient service. We offer faster distribution times, reduced operating costs, and our customer service is second to none.

Contact Us Today at the John K. Philips Group

Pallet distribution is a fantastic way for your business to deliver the goods. But if you haven’t used a transportation company before, it’s important to do your research and make sure they can deliver the service you require. If you want more information on how pallet distribution could benefit your business, or you’d like to find out how the John K. Philips Group can help you, get in touch today on 01744 751000 or drop us a message using the online contact form. One of our dedicated team members will respond as soon as possible!