Basingstoke-based CWM Transport says TPN was the only network it would consider based on service quality and resilience during COVID lockdown
17 September 2020 Minworth UK:Â Â TPN â€“ THE Pallet Network, has signed new-to-networks Basingstoke-based CWM Transport after the owners indicated they would like to diversify.
The two-year-old company, which has developed an excellent reputation for providing dedicated full- load haulage between depots for major logistics groups, such as Fedex/TNT and Amazon, goes live on 14 September.
CWM director Carl Wood says drops in freight volumes during the COVID lockdown made him realise the importance of diversifying from the full-load haulage the company specialised in.
â€œDuring lockdown we were still delivering for major customers but the only network we saw on the motorways was TPN. That told me which network to call,â€ he says. â€œAnd a very profitable call it was.â€
He continues: â€œI worked as a driver for 20+ years after leaving the army, and Iâ€™ve been in and out of many Hubs. Some of the networks arenâ€™t very professional at all. By contrast TPNâ€™s Hub operation is very well organised.â€
CWM is growing fast, with another five vehicles and two trailers on order for September delivery.
â€œWe believe strongly in investing in the right tools for the job, and performing to a very high standard,â€ says Wood. â€œPalletised freight distribution will be a different skill set for us, but TPNâ€™s onboarding procedure is so thorough that weâ€™ll all be completely familiar with every aspect of it by the time we start.â€
TPN MD Mark Duggan says: â€œWe are very pleased to welcome such an agile and energetic young company to the network. I have no doubt they will be an asset to TPN and we in turn will set them up for success.
â€œCOVID has shown us that the right pallet network can provide a lifeline not only to its haulage partners but also to those customers whose volumes fell below full-load levels,â€ says Duggan. â€œWe have always believed that network freight should be one part of a wider haulage portfolio for most of our partners because that offers them and their customersâ€™ maximum resilience and security.â€
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