TPN offers a range of distribution and delivery services for palletised freight whatever the size of consignment, budget or required delivery time-frame.
These include next-day, timed or economy deliveries of standard pallets. It also offers a booked service for unusual freight, TPN XL, which is handled separately to the standard freight, and can be treated with the expertise it requires.
TPN Members comprise 109 of the best independent transport companies with 125 depot locations across the UK. TPN also offers a comprehensive network throughout Europe and Scandinavia and we have a sister network, in Ireland.
All of TPN services are characterised by excellent customer service from the moment the job is booked to the moment your customer signs for their goods, whether that is business partner or a householder. All pallets which are collected by TPN Members will be labelled and scanned, giving full visibility of freight for all customers. Our electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) system is award-winning and our IT sector-leading. TPN and its Members all pride themselves on excellent communication, using the latest in technology and the old-fashioned method of picking up the phone.
Our Regional Hubs
TPN has two regional Hubs. Our Northern Hub, located near Preston, handles pallets which both originate in and are destined for Northern postcodes. This cuts mileage and service times, as well as improving the pallets’ carbon footprint. It sorted and delivered almost 300,000 pallets in 2017, making it the busiest regional Hub in the sector.
Our second regional Hub is in Northampton, and it has a pallet capacity of 8,000 per night.
The regional Hubs enhance both the cost-effective and environmentally friendly nature of the network as a delivery model. They do this by literally cutting miles from each pallet’s journey, meaning less fuel, fewer emissions, less congestion and road wear and, of course, less cost. We estimate that our Northern Hub takes approximately 200 miles off the journey for each pallet, or saved over one million miles in 2017, assuming each pallet was carried in a fully-laden double deck trailer.
The traditional pallet network model is designed to take standard pallets overnight. This means that Hubs are usually under-utilised during the day but more importantly for the customer, it means that unusual or bulky freight which doesn’t fit the standard profile is often treated as the unwanted guest. Most pallet networks lack expertise for unusual freight and do not prioritise its service. TPN has changed this with TPN XL – a dedicated, capacity-managed service for unusual or bulky freight. The Minworth Hub is now used during the day to take such freight with the time, care and expertise it requires and deliver it within pre-arranged windows. This is a fundamental innovation in the pallet network model and offers a much better service to customers and a more sustainable, sensible way of doing business for transport companies. TPN XL – the smarter way to handle unusual freight.
TPN. We are THE Pallet Network
When using TPN, you can expect: