Customers of Palletways UK are set to benefit from improved access to the Italian market

The Palletways Group, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, has expanded its hub network on the continent with the unveiling of a new regional hub in Verona, northern Italy.

Verona is Palletways’ fourth hub in Italy and follows the successful opening of hubs in Bologna, Milan and Avellino over the past 11 years. The new regional hub in Verona will handle domestic cargo and has the potential to accelerate general cargo traffic to consignors in northern Italy and provide faster routing and better value to customers in the UK.

Located in the centre of the Veneto region, the new hub is based in an important strategic logistics area, between the A4 in Turin Trieste and the A22 in Brennero Modena. A regional hub in the north offers many opportunities for Palletways UK, with at least 30 Palletways Italia members already situated in the Veneto region. Thanks to the new hub, members no longer need to travel to the Bologna hub for collections and deliveries, driving significant reductions in cost and travel time.

The new regional hub will be fully supported by Palletways’ award winning IT platform and customer service operation, enabling real time visibility of all consignments throughout their journey.

Rob Gittins, managing director for the Palletways UK, said: “This investment gives UK customers greater access to Italian markets and means that deliveries to central Europe are now even more accessible and cost-effective, enhancing our existing service.

“Combined with our commitment to innovation, technology and customer service excellent, hub expansion gives us the foundation for further growth and attract new members and customers to our network. This is a further sign that Palletways has firmly established itself in Italy and European markets and continues to develop successfully.”

Albino Quaglia, managing director of Palletways Italia said: “The new Verona hub aims to capture medium-range commercial opportunities offered by the north-eastern areas of our country which is one of the most important areas for Palletways Italia. 30% of the volumes we move, originate from the north eastern Italy. Having a hub which links all regions in north and north eastern areas of Italy, will allow us to further improve the quality of our services and delivery times.

“Network members connected to the Verona hub will offer a 24-hour service for Premium consignments and 48 hours for Economy consignments ensuring we offer the very best service levels throughout Northern Italy.

“Verona has always been the natural gateway for access to Austria and southern Germany and the Verona hub will potentially allow us to make a significant improvement in services for the traffic of palletized goods to and from these regions.”

Palletways’ pan-European network continues to grow strongly. Today it handles up to 45,000 pallets across Europe every day and cross border volume growth has grown by over 15% in the last 12 months. The company has recently invested in new hubs including Bristol (UK), Jaen (Spain), Munich (Germany) and expanded existing facilities in Zaragoza (Spain).