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Two haulage firms have joined pallet networks for the first time, with Pallet-Track and Palletforce both welcoming new members.

Greater Manchester-based Express Parcel Services (EPS) has become Pallet-Track’s fourth new member this year, taking on coverage of the OL postcode area covering Rochdale and Oldham.

The area was previously covered by Birds Transport, which remains a Pallet-Track member.

A spokeswoman for the network said: “EPS is taking on some of Birds’ area, which it has relinquished in order to focus on other areas.”

EPS director Jamie Taylor said that joining the network will allow the company to offer its customers a “greater variety of services and deliver unparalleled levels of customer care”.

Palletforce has also welcomed a new member to cover the TS Teeside postcode area.

Darlington-based George Allinson Transport, which has depots in Liverpool, Cinderford, Doncaster and Cambridgeshire, said it decided to join a network because “the industry is changing in the way it operates both in terms of network delivery and technology”.

Commercial director Alan Barnfather said: “We’ve had a number of approaches over the years, but Palletforce were by far the most professional in terms of what they can offer and how they offer it."

He added that Palletforce membership would also open the business to opportunities in Ireland and Europe.

Palletforce chief executive officer Michael Conroy said: "This is a great addition to our membership and we are delighted that a company with such a reputation and history as George Allinson Transport sees their future as part of our network.”