Truck and Track Autumn 2023

Truck and Track Autumn 2023 10 BUSINESS NEWS A family-run logistics company in Swansea is gearing up for significant growth after joining the Pallet-Track network. Hall Brothers Distribution, which also operates out of Goodwick, Pembrokeshire, is forecasting a significant increase in pallet volumes as a result of its network membership, increasing from 50-70 pallets per day to 100+ pallets per day. Rory Hall and his brother, Callum, are third-generation logistics specialists, who started Hall Brothers Distribution in 2018 with two lorries. Five years later, they now operate 33 lorries and turnover is set to skyrocket thanks to their new Pallet-Track membership. Improving service quality, transparency and efficiency were the main drivers behind the company’s decision to join. However, it has also enabled its catchment area to more than double, resulting in new business leads. Since joining the network, Hall Brothers has already seen an uplift in customers, with Pallet-Track’s tracking technology a key feature in helping it attract and gain new business. Rory Hall, director, said: “Pallet-Track’s reputation and member care is unrivalled in the pallet network industry and is a great improvement on others we have tried. “Before launching Hall Brothers Distribution in 2018, myself and my father previously were one of the founding members of Pallet-Track. “Ever since then, we have had our sights set on becoming a member with our own company and putting Pallet-Track on the map in the West Wales region.” With its new business wins growing, the logistics company is now in the process of attaining its IOS 9001 and the BRCGS (British Retail Consortium Global Standards), an independent food safety accreditation. Caroline Green, chief executive of Pallet-Track, said: “We congratulate Hall Brothers Distribution on its latest business wins, and are happy to hear how Pallet-Track has played a part in achieving this success. “The firm’s steady growth since 2018, and the team’s ambitious drive makes them the ideal member for our expanding network.” For more information about Pallet-Track, call 0870 385 0055 or visit West Wales logistics company joins Pallet-Track Hall Brothers Distribution Ltd has gone all in with its new pallet network membership The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has welcomed reports that Cambridge City Council will scrap plans for a congestion charge in the city. The congestion Charge would have seen HGVs and coaches facing £50 charges to enter the city. Reports of the proposed charge being scrapped come after the RHA has campaigned for the proposal to be dropped. Chris Ashley, RHA Policy Lead, Environment & Vehicles, said: “These reports are welcome in light of cost-of-living challenges – a rethink of the approach is needed. “We all want better air quality and less congestion, but we must find ways which avoid causing financial problems for communities and businesses. “We’re committed to working with public authorities to put in place workable solutions that clean up our environment. This should include greater investment in the infrastructure needed to power zero emission commercial vehicles and, from central government, tax breaks such as a fuel duty rebate linked to emissions reduction.” Last month, the RHA urged policy makers to learn lessons from the London ULEZ and clean air zones and better support the transition to cleaner fuels. Mr Ashley said policies like ULEZ did not allow a second-hand market of affordable, compliant vehicles to develop. “We need to learn these lessons as we continue the journey to net zero. We must think differently – there are other ways to improve air quality. Crucially, the rules must be attainable for everyone – we have to make it easier for people and businesses to move away from fossil fuels.” The RHA recently launched its ‘Net Zero Forum’ bringing together members and stakeholders to produce a regular roadmap that can guide action on the road to net zero. RHA welcomes reports that Cambridge Congestion Charge Plans will be dropped TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP