Pall-Ex has taken a giant leap towards achieving its long-standing pan-European vision with significant investment in new sector-first software that will transform intercontinental palletised haulage and accelerate its International growth strategy.
Following 15 months of development, Pall-Ex Group has launched Nexus: a mechanism to streamline cross-partner communication and traceability, acting as a bridge between all domestic transport management systems across Europe.
A one-stop-shop solution to cater for the needs of UK members, Group customers, and European Partners alike; key benefits of Nexus include the enhancement of the network's International freight capability with multi-lingual and multi-currency Pall-Ex Connect options, and effortless booking processes for domestic and global freight.
Kevin Buchanan, Group managing director, comments: "The need to develop innovative, advanced technological solutions to meet increasing customer expectations and allow for effective cross-border consignments whilst maintaining an element of simplicity for users is the real driving-force behind the development of Nexus.
"We are delighted to be launching a first for the industry, with the ability to offer real-time, drilled down tracking on cross-border consignments; something that has previously stunted the triumph of a true pan-European offering for any network within our industry.
"The enhanced booking process reduces the risk of human error and the back-and-forth for correct information, particularly when it comes to addresses for consignments destined outside of the UK; with a comprehensive European address book integrated into the system, along with a requirement for all export and import information to be submitted upon booking.
"The creation of Nexus allows us to meet the current demands of our network, but also allows us to future-proof Pall-Ex and strengthen our IT infrastructure so we can adapt to changing needs as necessary and continue our International expansion."
Key to the success of Nexus is its ease of use for Pall-Ex Group's network members who, in addition to the streamlined international booking process, can now download international compliant labels, create a standardised delivery note and input, track and invoice the movement of domestic and cross-border freight.
Where freight does not meet standard dimensions, Nexus becomes a quoting tool with an international freight manager on-hand to provide a bespoke solution; allowing for greater support of each members' growing European business.
The launch of Nexus marks the first step in Pall-Ex's 2018 expansion plans and comes following a number of recent successes, including a new major partnership with Staples Solutions and becoming the first pallet network to be awarded ISO 9001: 2015 standard for quality across its entire UK network.
Pall-Ex Group was formed by renowned entrepreneur Hilary Devey CBE in 1996 and is an award-winning network of quality hauliers, which collaborate to deliver leading palletised freight distribution services throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. With its headquarters and central UK hub located right at the heart of the Midlands, Pall-Ex has grown phenomenally since its inception in 1996.