Attracting the “best members in every postcode” will be Palletforce’s priority in the next year now its Burton-on-Trent super hub is fully operational.
HRH Princess Anne attended the official opening of the £50m expansion to its original hub, which has taken capacity at the site to 620,000ft² yesterday (5 October).
Chief executive Michael Conroy said the site is “the next milestone in Palletforce’s development”.
“We’re in a growing sector, and Palletforce is at the forefront of that growth. We wanted to make that statement.
“On an organic growth plan, this hub gives us a 10 year vision. It underpins our future for the next decade and gives us the ability to grow,” he said.
Conroy told MT that now Palletforce has the infrastructure (the hubs) and the technology (its pallet-weighing forklifts), his focus would shift to the network’s membership.
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Conroy said: “The next 12 to 18 months is all about the network. Improving where we need to improve. Working with our members where they want to work with us. And attracting the best members in every post code.”
“If we work together and for each other then we’ll succeed. There are challenges. If you communicate you’ll resolve them. If you just bury your head then it doesn’t go away,” he added.
At the official opening ceremony, Princess Anne was given a demonstration of Palletforce’s patented pallet-weighing forklifts and spoke to some of the network’s apprentices.