Pall-Ex is helping Cadeby Tree Trust reduce the miles from forest to front door. They’re transporting Christmas trees nationwide via its pallet network.
Cadeby Tree Trust has enlisted Pall Ex to deliver 180,000 trees. They all must travel from farm to customer within five days.
The Christmas cargo must also be kept cool to maintain freshness and minimise needle loss. It ensures a high quality product for the customer.
Using a pallet network offers the flexibility that a seasonal retailer requires. It allows smaller drops to many destinations. It also ensures vehicles are available to fulfil urgent deliveries.
Pallet networks are also the most efficient method of delivery. Research from the Association of Pallet Networks has found that consolidation reduces the number of vehicles on the road by 800 per day.
Cadeby Tree Trust’s tree production operates over 600 acres. It grows Nordmann fir, Norway spruce, Fraser fir and blue spruce. The varying size and shape of the trees providing extra challenges.
Christian Bonshor, general manager at Cadeby Tree Trust, comments. “We need to ensure our products arrive in the same condition as they leave the farm. How we transport them is a key part of our success as a business.
“Speed is a major consideration for us. Trees must rest for 24 hours after cutting, before netting, palletising and loading. That leaves us with a four-day window for getting the product to the customer.
“Pall-Ex enables us to deliver within this tight timeframe. It also helps to scale up as the season gets underway.
“It allows us to make smaller drops to many destinations and ensures vehicles are available.
“Safety is always paramount at Cadeby because of the size and weight of the product. We need to have approved scouts on hand for off-loading with customers. Experienced forklift drivers are an absolute must to ensure the pallets aren’t damaged.
“The larger the trees, the bigger the risk. Pall-Ex’s on-boarding process has enabled us to work together to perfect the wrapping and load process. It’s given us added confidence that our products will be handled carefully.”
Mark Steel, Sales and Marketing Director at Pall-Ex Group, comments. “As a team, we’re delighted to be supporting Cadeby Tree Trust with their requirements.
“The transportation of their products offers unique challenges. Our efforts to establish Pall-Ex as the number one network for quality demonstrates that we have the skills and experience to ensure this festive freight arrives in excellent condition.”