Pallet-Track team has doubled in size

FREIGHT logistics company Pallet-Track has continued its growth by creating new jobs and doubling the size of its operation team.

The Wolverhampton-based company, which defied the recession by continuing to grow during the downturn, will be launching a European freight service with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics in September.

The move has created a need for greater operational management on top of its already expanding UK pallet network.

The changes see Nick Pytlinski promoted to team leader of the operations department at its headquarters at the Titan Distribution Centre, Millfields Road, Ettingshall, with a brief to measure the quality of the Pallet-Track service through new key performance indicators.

He will be supported by new starters Kristi Roper, Natalie Salvin and Emma Jackson who will all take on the role of operations co-ordinators, along with Terri-Ann Evans.

The team will report to operations director Lisa Burrows, whose mandate is to steer the company’s ambitious growth programme.

She said: “All of the new starters have broad experience of the pallet freight network and will help us to manage our growth effectively, 24/7.

“The movements are largely carried out overnight, but the new members of the team will ensure any operational challenges are flagged, communicated and managed throughout the day as well, so that the growth in business remains seamless and does not create any logistical or customer service issues.”

In addition, Pallet-Track is also bolstering its information technology team with two new starters Phil Taylor, who takes on the role of assistant manager and Daniel Jewkes, who has joined as IT support assistant.

Pallet-Track, which this year celebrated its 10th anniversary, has a combined turnover of more than £50 million and a philosophy of recruiting and retaining talented managers.

It controls the UK-wide distribution of thousands of palletised products from its central hub.
During the last decade it has delivered more than 10 million pallets and has an unparalleled industry record for never losing one – an achievement it will strive to maintain in Europe.

Mrs Burrows added: “When I became a board member last year it was always the plan to grow the personnel in line with the company’s expansion. This announcement shows that we are on target.
“Pallet-Track has always had the refreshing attitude of giving everyone room to grow and develop their career options within the organisation. We encourage autonomous thinking and we want people to contribute – it is a cornerstone of the business.”

A founding member of the Association of Pallet Networks, Pallet-Track’s has more than 70 network members around the UK who bring their goods into its Wolverhampton hub for distribution by other network members.

The ‘hub and spoke’ distribution strategy helps reduce costly fuel bills for small haulage companies and cuts empty running and congestion of the UK’s crowded road network.

“Having a background in sales and HR is a strong plus because the job is about people skills and getting the best out of an already capable team. Pallet-Track believes people buy from people and they are the best assets the company has, which is why staff retention is so high,” added Mrs Burrows.

Nigel Parkes Pallet-Track’s managing director, said: “Lisa is delivering on her boardroom strategy of recruiting new and experienced talent, as well as promoting those who have themselves grown within the business.

“This is a successful formula because these individuals work hard and understand the people-focussed philosophy here.