How the Pall-Ex
operating model works
Our palletised freight network is designed to enable every business to trade nationally or internationally, with access to efficient and cost-effective distribution.
The pallet network model
Pall-Ex Group was established in the UK in 1996 in response to the growing need for customers to reduce their stock holding and increase their flexibility. Our palletised freight network is designed to enable every business to trade nationally or internationally, with access to efficient and cost-effective distribution.
Pall-Ex Group operates a network of over 450 independent logistics companies across the globe. Regionally-based member depots collect freight from customers, consolidate it at their depot and line-haul it to the Pall-Ex transhipment hub for onward delivery to customers.
By uniting independent haulage companies to work together cooperatively in a network, Pall-Ex has introduced substantial operating and trunking efficiencies, enabling customers to send single pallets or part pallet loads quickly and cost-effectively nationally and internationally.
The palletised model supports economies of scale, enabling businesses to scale up without having to make major investments in transport. Our services are flexible so other businesses can be too, increasing pallets during peak seasonality and reducing during quieter times while still meeting customer expectations.
With increasing online purchases, pallet networks are vital to ensuring deliveries are made as swiftly and economically as possible, while also limiting the impact on the environment.
1. Collection and consolidation
Customers’ freight is collected and consolidated at each sub-licensee depot.
2. Inbound line-haul to the Pall-Ex hub
Each sub-licensee depot line-hauls their consolidated inbound freight to the Pall-Ex hub daily, to arrive by a pre-designated time.
3. Cross-dock sortation at the Pall-Ex hub
At the Pall-Ex hub all the freight is sorted. Outbound freight is re-loaded for outbound line-haul back to the sub-licensee depot. They must then leave by a pre-designated time.
4. Customer delivery
The freight then arrives at the sub-licensee depot. The delivery freight is offloaded and then delivered to the end customer as required.