Elddis Palletforce

Elddis Transport has joined Palletforce after a 17-year hiatus from pallet networks.

Based in County Durham, Elddis runs a fleet of 160 vehicles out of nine hubs. It will cover postcodes in the Consett and Tyne Valley area for Palletforce from today (26 October).

Elddis joins Murray Hogg (a founder Pall-Ex member), which became a Palletforce member in May, and long-standing member BM Stafford International Transport. Palletforce said it had now significantly boosted its presence in the north-east of England.

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Elddis MD Nigel Cook said: “This is the first time we have been a member of a pallet network since 2001 [when it was in Palletways]. However, with customers increasingly looking for different solutions and our ongoing growth aspirations, it made sense for us to align with a network once again.

“It’s a crowded market, but all the feedback we received was that Palletforce is the stand-out distribution network operating in the sector in terms of support, technology and investment.”

Palletforce chief executive Michael Conroy said: “Elddis Transport is a significant addition to the Palletforce network and a perfect fit for our membership.”

  • Palletforce, which won Best Use of Technology at this year’s Motor Transport Awards for its Super Forklift trucks, has introduced a new functionality, called the Pallet Selfie. Using scanning and imaging software fitted to the forklifts, which are based at the network’s central Burton upon Trent hub, an image of each pallet is automatically taken during the handling process to allow members and customers alike to see the condition throughout. Palletforce claimed that this function makes it the only pallet network able to weigh, photograph and scan every single pallet it handles in this way.