Pallet networks have helped the nation “stay at home” during the pandemic, according to the Association of Pallet Networks (APN).
The first quarter of 2020 saw 14% of pallet network volumes being delivered to residential addresses, during April this rose to almost 36%.
During the height of the pandemic, garden products and DIY equipment were among the most popular items for home delivery, which are traditionally delivered by pallet networks.
Paul Sanders, chairman of the APN, said: “Pallet networks have traditionally been seen as providing B2B services, although in recent years we have seen a gradual increase in residential deliveries. But the national lockdown saw home deliveries rise to unprecedented levels.
“Home delivery volume remained strong even as lockdown eased – more than half a million pallets were delivered to homes during July. “Our members have the capability, capacity and skill to deliver a wide range of freight, from hi-tech goods to food and drink, in a safe and efficient way.”
He added: “Our members were instrumental in quickly creating safe and secure contactless deliveries.
“Members work closely on health and safety issues; best practice in this area was developed at the start of lockdown and was well received by customers and end consumers.”