Palletways group, the European express palletised freight network for small consignments of goods, has signed a three year deal with international distributor, E-net Distribution. Owned by Dragons' Den entrepreneur Shaf Rasul, E-net signed the deal on board Palletways' very own dragon a 61-ft tall hot air balloon.
Known as Slick to reflect Palletways' highly professional and seamless national and European distribution services, the dragon offered a fitting setting for the contract signing. The largest balloon of its kind in the world, it is also the only one in the UK with a glass bottom 'basket'. Established in 1999, E-net is a European distributor of memory devices and a buyer of DVD and CDR media. Palletways will provide storage, fulfilment and network distribution across the UK and Europe through its Stargate Logistics division.
"This contract is testimony to the unique service that our stockholding facility and national distribution network can together deliver for our customers," said Rob Gittins, UK Sales Director, Palletways Corporate Sales. "The range of delivery services we provide, including next day, economy and timed delivery options, are particularly ideal for an online retailer such as E-net, which has customers across the country and in Europe." John Abate, operations director at E-net, added: "Palletways provides us with a significant competitive advantage, not only in terms of cost, but also speed of delivery. This is vital to ensure that we continue to offer our customers a first class service with good value for money."
The Palletways UK network comprises 100 plus local members - all independent transport companies with local knowledge and expertise - which provide a range of express delivery services, as well as a daily express distribution service to Europe.
The company has 270 plus depots across the UK and mainland Europe and handles circa 21,000 pallets a day through nine hub facilities across Europe.