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Pallet Networks: Economic Good Sense

The current economic climate is increasingly putting the spotlight on supply chains, as companies look to drive cost efficiencies. Pallet networks have been the logistics success story since the mid-1990s, and have changed the way manufacturers and suppliers distribute small consignments of freight across Europe.

The European Pharmaceutical Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) has recently called on governments and policy-makers throughout Europe to use the financial crisis as a real opportunity to make healthcare systems fit for the 21st century, and not an excuse for cutting health and pharmaceutical expenditure. Despite this, the economic downturn continues to cast a shadow across European manufacturers and suppliers, and many will be thinking seriously about how they can manage costs across their business, while maintaining a high quality of customer service. Business-critical, non-core operating costs, such as logistics, can often be overlooked due to time and resource pressures. However, investing in a reliable supply chain solution, such as a pallet network, could save businesses money in the long run. Not only are they ideally placed to help businesses reduce their cost base, they can also help distinguish companies from their competitors.


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Prior to joining Palletways in 1995 as Head of Sales, Craig Hibbert spent nine years in the materials handling sector with Clarke, Hyster and Yale, and has considerable experience of materials handling and distribution. In 2000, he became Group Development Director, responsible for the commercial aspects of Palletways and managing the Member relations. In 2007, Craig became Managing Director of the UK Member Network and is responsible for the ongoing management and development of the Palletways network in the UK.
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