Pall-Ex is reaching great heights with Tile Mountain by transporting almost 35,000 pallets of tiles annually - _DSC0946

Pall-Ex has hailed its partnership with online retailer Tile Mountain as a great success having seen the account grow year-on-year since it first took on distribution in 2013.

Tile Mountain's acquisition of key industry names including Tons of Tiles and Capitol Tiles Group has also led to the logistics giant and its nationwide network of SMEs securing additional volume.

The transportation of fragile goods increases the risk of damages, Pall-Ex admitted, but the firms have worked closely to improve the packaging and movement of tiles to reduce these risks.

Bulky and off-centre goods are at greater risk of damage when transported by forklift truck, but a full evaluation of Tile Mountain’s freight transportation identified how smaller, centrally packaged pallets could reduce this while also improving trunk fill.

As a result of the freight evaluation, 98% of deliveries are completed successfully.

With more than 90% of deliveries for Tile Mountain being direct to the customer, Pall-Ex said the launch of its MyNexus software has also been of major benefit to the retailer’s customer service team.

“Tile Mountain chose the network based on price, service levels, reach and ability to do both B2B and B2C deliveries," said Jeremy Harris, managing director at Tile Mountain.

“As an online retailer, successful transportation of goods to the customer is a high priority for us, so the measures Pall-Ex has advised ensure we’re all working to actively reduce the risk of damages.

“The MyNexus software is bringing pallet distribution into the same realms and levels of visibility as parcel networks. At a time where customers expect to know where their order is, what time their order is being delivered and who will be delivering the goods, Pall-Ex is providing customers with far greater clarity.

“The software has allowed a greater automation of process, reducing the need for extensive phone calls with Pall-Ex to find out the whereabouts of pallets and their estimated delivery times.”

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Added Kevin Buchanan, Group managing director at Pall-Ex: “It is testament to our service quality that such a potentially fragile product can be successfully transported via a network and that such a dynamic partnership has developed between the two companies.

“Like Pall-Ex, Tile Mountain are very focused on achieving good value for their customers and we have worked together to overcome various challenges which has ultimately strengthened our partnership with each other."

“We’re delighted to have reached this milestone and look forward to developing it further in the years to come.”