Pall-Ex has opened a new 210,000 square feet facility at Watling Park, Northamptonshire to handle its increase in 3,000 pallets per night.
The logistics company’s south central hub will operate on the same site as the Fortec Distribution Network, and will aim to “improve efficiency” for Pall-Ex members south of the midlands.
The site is also situated near transport links to the M1, M6 and A5.
The site is “fully secure” and benefits from a “126-camera CCTV system”, which tracks the movement of every pallet that enters the hub.
Alongside its Ellistown central hub, the new site will prove to be “vital” for freight handling onward distributions during the upcoming peak periods, such as Black Friday and Christmas.
Pall-Ex currently operates as a “fast-growing pallet network”, with a reported year on year increase of 11% in freight handled during Q1 and Q2 of 2020, compared with the sector average of 1.1%.
Barry Byers, UK managing director at Pall-Ex, said: “Despite major interruption and an unpredictable trading period, the Pall-Ex hub in Ellistown has seen daily pallet volumes increase significantly due to B2C market growth through e-commerce.
“The additional capacity we can now utilise in Northamptonshire is an essential resource for our pallet network.”
He added: “This is a strategic move that will support Pall-Ex through this period of rapid growth and enable us to provide our members with access to additional first-class facilities while speeding up handling processes.
“The new hub will be of particular benefit to Pall-Ex members that are located across the south by reducing mileage and driver journey times. The fact that we have been able to grow during what has been one of the sector’s most challenging years is testament to our members and their collective dedication to our customers.”