1992

The Palletline network is launched

Palletline, the first pallet network in the UK is launched. Using the innovative 'hub and spoke' model, the network becomes the first distribution network dedicated to the movement of palletised freight.

Also in 1992
Andre Agassi defeated Goran Ivanišević in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1992 Wimbledon Championships.
Also in 1992
Andre Agassi defeated Goran Ivanišević in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1992 Wimbledon Championships.

1994

Palletline becomes fully shareholder owned

Palletline's founding members change the network ownership model to a 100% shareholder owned business.

Also in 1994
The Channel Tunnel was officially opened; the only fixed link between Great Britain and the European mainland.
Also in 1994
The Channel Tunnel was officially opened; the only fixed link between Great Britain and the European mainland.

2001

Palletline introduces regional hubs

Palletline launches its multi-hub model with the opening of several regional hubs to reduce mileage and further increase efficiency.

 

Also in 2001
Sven-Göran Eriksson begins his job as England manager six months ahead of schedule, after resigning from his previous job as Lazio manager.
Also in 2001
Sven-Göran Eriksson begins his job as England manager six months ahead of schedule, after resigning from his previous job as Lazio manager.

2002

Palletline wins first MT Award

The network wins its first prestigious Motor Transport Award; ‘Efficiency in Operation’ and a Special Recognition Award for our vision that changed an industry.

Also in 2002
Girls Aloud win ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals and had the Christmas number one with Sound of the Underground
Also in 2002
Girls Aloud win ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals and had the Christmas number one with Sound of the Underground

2004

Palletline London launches

A new site in Greenford houses Palletline’s first wholly-owned commercial depot serving the London area, and provides a new location, with excellent road links for Palletline’s Southern Hub, channelling Palletline traffic into and out of London and the South East.

Also in 2004
The social networking site Facebook is launched at Harvard University.
Also in 2004
The social networking site Facebook is launched at Harvard University.

2009

Palletline achieves ISO accreditations

Palletline becomes the first Pallet Network to achieve the hat trick of quality, safety and environmental accreditations and is awarded ISO 14001 alongside existing accreditations ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001.

Also in 2009
Channel 5, the fifth terrestrial television channel is launched; the first new one since the launch of Channel 4 in November 1982.
Also in 2009
Channel 5, the fifth terrestrial television channel is launched; the first new one since the launch of Channel 4 in November 1982.

2011

Palletline launches new European services

Palletline launches its new European service, enabling the network to provide a quality and reliable service to 30 countries.

Also in 2011
A new record was set for the highest temperature recorded in October, 29.9 °C (85.8 °F).
Also in 2011
A new record was set for the highest temperature recorded in October, 29.9 °C (85.8 °F).

2012

Palletline leads the way in innovation

Palletline launches Contrado, a unique network-wide management system that streamlines operations and frees up team members to focus on customer service. In the same year, Palletline wins Network of the Year at the Motor Transport awards and its Scottish hub goes live. 

Also in 2012
London hosts the 2012 Summer Olympics, making the UK capital the first city to host the Games for a third time.
Also in 2012
London hosts the 2012 Summer Olympics, making the UK capital the first city to host the Games for a third time.

2015

Palletline acquires S&S Distribution

The Kent-based haulage firm is the second business to join the Palletline Logistics group, as the founders of this family-owned business retire.

Additionally, Palletline becomes the first Network to reduce weight limits with the launch of ‘Lift Assist’. The first network to reduce the maximum weight of pallets on tail lift deliveries to 750kg.

Also in 2015
Florence and the Machine, Kanye West and The Who headline at Glastonbury.
Also in 2015
Florence and the Machine, Kanye West and The Who headline at Glastonbury.

2016

Palletline acquires MWT

Palletline acquires Hampshire-based Mike Watson Transport, adding to its growing Logistics portfolio.

Also in 2016
Nintendo classic, Pokémon, is given a 21st century update with the release of the augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go.
Also in 2016
Nintendo classic, Pokémon, is given a 21st century update with the release of the augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go.

2017

Palletline acquires ABE (Ledbury)

ABE (Ledbury) is the fourth business to join the Palletline Logistics group of companies.

Also in 2017
The new twelve-sided £1 coin and the polymer £10 banknote is released.
Also in 2017
The new twelve-sided £1 coin and the polymer £10 banknote is released.

2018

Palletline acquires Fast Forward Distribution

Palletline acquires long-standing member, Fast Forward Distribution, as owners Mark and Anne Henness retire from the Llannelli-based site after 30 years in business.

Also in 2018
The 'Beast from the East' hit the UK in February, bringing a month-long period of very low temperatures and heavy snowfall.
Also in 2018
The 'Beast from the East' hit the UK in February, bringing a month-long period of very low temperatures and heavy snowfall.

2021

Palletline acquire overnight delivery operation from PF Whitehead

Palletline Whitehead is the sixth business to be acquired by Palletline Logistics as PF Whitehead Logistics look to focus on core services.

Additionally, the network wins its ninth consecutive gold at the RoSPA Awards for its exemplary approach to health and safety.


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