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A Roadmap for Success – Shortlisted for 2018 Business of the Year

March 4, 2018

Browns Distribution are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the prestigious Business of the Year category for this year’s Stoke Sentinel Business Awards.

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Our complete logistic solutions that embrace the latest in technology and first-class customer service, have helped distinguish us as an innovative and forward thinking company.

Our commitment to customer care is demonstrated by our dedicated in-house team who are constantly refining and improving our service through close working relationships and really listening to the needs of our clients through regular surveys and feedback sessions.

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Browns Distribution are a Palletline member company and we offer a truly national service that is focussed on safety, reliability, economy and sustainability. Our advanced IT systems provide us with a high degree of automation enabling efficiencies across the board from traffic management, to invoicing with our innovative online portal providing customers with complete transparency on their freight progress.

Situated at the heart of the country, we are proud to be recognised locally for our business practice that spans the UK and Europe.

 

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Logistics Firm invests 1.6 Million in the local economy

June 12, 2017

Inside Browns Distribution Warehouse

Browns Distribution has created 13 new jobs with its new warehouse facility   

The company has now opened its new warehouse facility at its Tunstall head office. The investment now allows the firm to expand its current premises by 10% and recruit the new workers.

Standing at 30,000 Sqf, the new warehouse has allowed for an extra 6,636 pallet lockers and a state-of-the-art dock leveller, allowing for easy truck access and pallet stacking. With the new warehouse, Browns have also modernised their technology, enabling them to process client’s orders quicker and more efficiently.

Since expanding the warehouse, the firm has created 13 and that isn’t the only major expansion for Browns.  Within the foreseeable future, the firm will be taking delivery of four new Topline Scania trucks and six Supper Qube Deker trailers.

Browns Distribution Managing Director, David Brown Jnr. said: “ We’re very proud of our expansion over the past few years and this new warehouse helps demonstrate our commitment to the local area and our employees.”

“We’re very proud to be based in Stoke-on-Trent and I’m personally committed to helping economic growth and employment in the local area. Thanks to our new warehouse and trucks, we’re able to help grow our business and offer practical haulage solutions to current and future clients. ”

Browns Distribution have been providing haulage and logistic services to businesses for over fifty years and is a well respected and experienced haulier, with the ability to handle all freight requirements, however demanding, throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.

For further press information, please contact Daniel Griffiths on 07393 988 966, or daniel.griffiths@brownsgroup.co.uk

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The smart way to manage your storage and warehousing needs.

June 9, 2017

Outside Browns Distribution Warehouse

Browns Distributions MD David Brown Jnr reveals all……

With increasing pressures on budgets and profit margins, businesses are often faced with the understandable dilemma of whether they should provide their own warehouse and storage facilities or whether it is more cost effective in the long run to use a specialist company.

This is a discussion I have frequently with potential clients. Many are now coming to understand that the secret to storing their products effectively relies on the specialised knowledge brought by an external service. This ultimately will save their business money.

These are my top tips for understanding the benefits of using a professional warehousing and logistics service.

1: You will save money by benefiting from our specialist Warehouse Management System specially developed for product distribution and warehousing, without incurring onerous set up costs. This will enable you to monitor your inventory in real time.

2: A professional warehouse allows for a FIFO (1st IN, 1st OUT) method of stock rotation offering excellent stock management.

3: As we’re used to warehousing a variety of merchandise we have all the handling right equipment, and unrivaled transport links.

4: We believe we have built our business on building strong relationships with all of our clients by offering excellent customer service.

Here at Browns, we can advise you how to optimise your processes to reduce costs, delays and achieve great value for money. If you have any more questions about your warehousing and storage needs, please contact us

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We’re Pleased to be Recognised for Going beyond Distribution

May 27, 2016

Browns Distribution are proud to announce that we’ve been shortlisted as finalists in both the Haulier of the Year and the Customer Care categories by the prestigious Motor Transport Awards. As many of our clients will be aware, customer service, efficiency and quality rest at the centre of our business, so we’re deeply indebted to each member of our invaluable team for helping us build towards these esteemed accreditations.

Browns was set up over 60 years ago with the view to helping local businesses expand their trading networks through affordable logistics. Today, we operate at the forefront of distribution and transport, offering a range of freight, storage and tracked services to brands across the Staffordshire & Cheshire regions, whilst taking care to preserve our inherent focus on close professional relationships. Helmed by our MD David Brown Jnr., the third generation of the Browns family to lead our company – who was recently recognised as The Sentinel’s Young Business Person of the Year – Browns look forward to continuing to deliver on our remit of “Moving Distribution Forward”, and ensuring we remain at the cutting edge of the logistics sector.

We at Browns Distribution specialise in providing logistics, transport and storage to growing and established companies in our local area, and constantly look to improve our service through the integration of new technologies and IT. To benefit from our decades of industry experience and infallible commitment to customer satisfaction, get in touch with our team online or by calling 01782 525 300 today.

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Browns Distribution are happy to announce

March 30, 2016

Young-Business-Person-of-the-Year - Winner

Browns Distribution are happy to announce that David Brown Jnr was selected as Young Business Person of The Year at the Sentinel Business Awards on the 15th March. The accolade was awarded to David by the Sponsors, Stoke on Trent City Council. The award is open to entrants under the age of 40 and must be directly responsible for the success of their enterprise.

The event was held at The Kings Hall in Stoke on Trent with guest speaker Sarah Willingham who has recently appeared as a Dragon on Dragons Den.

The evening was a great success and it was very much noticeable that business in and around Staffordshire was on the up. The strapline for the night was “Local and Proud” and this was very much at the heart and mind of everyone who attended.

Pictured left to right is David Brown Junior receiving award for Young Business Person of the Year by Cllr Janine Bridges Sentinel Business Awards 2016 at Kings Hall, Stoke Reporter. Matt Simpson Catagory. nws Date. 15.03.16 Time. 7pm onwards

Pictured left to right is David Brown Junior receiving award for Young Business Person of the Year by Cllr Janine Bridges

After collecting the prize David Said,

“The award demonstrates the commitment from the whole of the Browns Distribution Team as none of what we set out to do could have been achieved without each and every employees hard work and commitment. It has been a clear team effort and I’m very grateful we have been recognised.” Commented David.

David has been working in the business since leaving school at 17 and has been the Manging Director for the past 5 years. Whilst working in the motor vehicle workshop he went onto complete a Business Management Degree part time at Manchester Metropolitan University. His passion for customer service stretches out across the 100 strong workforce which he believes is very much integral to their success today.

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What’s Next for Browns and the Team?

Browns Distribution now celebrating 60 years in business and with 20% year and year growth has some exciting plans for 2016. One of which is the expansion of their existing Warehousing and Storage facility. Browns are building a 30,000 sq ft warehouse on their existing site which will boast an additional 6600 pallet spaces in a state of the art facility. Browns currently store circa 10,000 pallets for clients and are at the forefront for storage and onward delivery. The new Warehouse will open in 2017.

Browns vigorously monitor KPI’s to ensure customer satisfaction and they believe their high service offering is key to their success. Soon Browns will be rolling out a new Online Job Portal which will offer users even more control of the delivery cycle. The system is currently in testing and they are hopeful to roll it out before Summer.

The current financial year sees turnover in the region of £10 million and still growing. Recently winning some prestigious contracts although still hugely committed to the entire customer base. Browns has a customer base of over 500 companies of which the majority are Staffordshire based.

If you would like to talk to Browns about any further freight requirements please contact a member of the Customer Care Team who will be more than happy to help.

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PRESS RELEASE – AUGUST 2015 60th ANNIVERSARY

August 17, 2015

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Browns Distribution Services Ltd is proud to announce its 60th Anniversary.

For over a half a century, Browns has supplied a quality logistics service throughout the United Kingdom and across Europe. Founded in 1955 by the late Mr Albert Brown, the small business simply known as A. Brown, Tunstall, was the humble beginning of a legacy that has now spanned over three generations.

In 1970, after moving premise on a number of occasions, Albert Brown finally settled on its current location at Connaught Street, Tunstall, where it has remained for the next 45 years, flourishing into the award winning company it is today.

During 1993, with the inevitable rise of globalisation and the emergence of new technology such as the internet, it was decided that a fresh and generic name was needed to signify their presence in the rapidly evolving industry. After some consideration, Browns Distribution Services Ltd became the designated name that would represent the company in the approaching era.

A couple of years later, in 1995, Browns not only celebrated their 40th anniversary, but they also became a proud member of Palletline, the UK’s first palletised distribution delivery network which significantly expanded their operations, and securing their future at the forefront of palletised freight distribution.

Having been nominated for a variety of awards over the years and winning the 2012 Motor Transport Network of the Year Award, Browns has consistently proved itself as a front-runner in the distribution industry throughout the last 20 years.

Now celebrating 60 years of Moving Distribution Forward, Browns are more dedicated than ever to supplying their customers with a premier service for all freight consignments.

To demonstrate their commitment, they have recently added 4 new Scandia trucks to the fleet allowing for extra haulage, and on top of that, they have purchased 12 ClearDek trailers to optimise distribution. To provide a greener service, they have also included 2 additional Supercube trailers, economically designed to maximise cargo storage for carbon efficient distribution, reducing their impact on the environment, and saving customers money.

Not only have they expanded the fleet, but they have also augmented their centralised and fully secured warehousing and storage sector. Now holding excess of 10,000 pallets, their customers can monitor the age, level, and movement of stock within the warehouse complex, all through interactive, barcode regulated, IT system.

To ensure they supply a flawless and economic service, Browns day-to-day operations are governed by the most advanced IT system in the industry, allowing them to place orders rapidly, produce clear end-to-end audits, strategically plan distribution routes, and instantly create accurate invoices on delivery. They feel it is their responsibility to provide their customers with the highest quality, and therefore strive to ensure that they continue to lead with cutting edge technology for many anniversaries to come.

At the heart of Browns is their highly-trained and experienced staff. Having served on average for 6.5 years, of which 12 members for over 15 years – their staff are well versed in the distribution industry and exert themselves in each and every aspect of their day-to-day duties. Dedicated to supplying customers with the highest standard of service, Browns employees truly are the driving force behind its 60 years of Moving Distribution Forward.

 

David Brown Jnr Said – ‘It’s an incredible mile stone for our business and we are thrilled to be here, at the forefront of the industry. Our business has grown on core values and beliefs and we are not only celebrating 60 years in business, but 60 fantastic years in business. We wouldn’t be able to offer an unrivalled service to our customers without the dedication and determination of our staff and I must thank each and every one of them. I would also like to thank our loyal customers for the years of successful trading. We are delighted to be here and are looking forward to the years to come where we will continue to deliver cutting edge services and dynamic solutions.’

 

Alf Booth, Is their long standing Lead Driver with 26 years of service at the company, said – ‘I started with Browns in 1989 for Mr Albert Brown and really enjoyed working for him very much. He was a hard man but always spoke the truth and wouldn’t ask you to do anything that he wouldn’t do himself. I remember first thing in the morning he used to put on his red overalls and check everything was ok in the yard, pick up litter and manage the business from a hands on perspective. I really enjoyed working for Mr Brown during many happy years.’

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Capacity Planning – Plus Logistics

August 29, 2014

Palletline are still experiencing a 20% increase in pallet volumes shipped. Our forecast shows this will continue to grow. Excitingly we have opened a further two Regional state of the art Hubs to manage this growth.

The two Hubs in Rugby and Leicester are purpose built premises which allow us cutting edge freight transfers whilst enjoying all of the IT benefits we have throughout the entire system.

Palletline currently has their main hub located in Birmingham whilst servicing large regional hubs in Scotland, Manchester, Rugby, Leicester and London.

Palletline have also launched Plus Logistics – The Power of Partnership. Plus has been created to rival the larger 3pl and 4pl providers and has already proved a great success by securing large contracts.

Plus have already secured large contracts, one of which is Tesco in the none food division.
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Don’t forget that Palletline is also the main approved supplier of express palletised freight into all of the Amazon RDC’s.

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Customer Care Department & Customer KPI Reporting

August 15, 2014

Browns have recently created a new Customer Care Department whose main objective is to be the first point of call for our customers to ensure all queries are dealt with efficiently and effectively and that the communication of the delivery cycle is second to none.

We will soon be directing all inbound calls to Customer Care to ensure each enquiry is dealt with in the most appropriate manner. Of course if you want to speak with a member of the Operations Department you still have that option too.

Another responsibility which falls with the Customer Care Team is Customer KPI Reporting. A process which will allow us to send monthly service reports containing a rich array of account information. If you would like this report sending to a specific email address please can you reply to this email with the details.

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Welcome To Browns Distribution New Website

March 25, 2014

Introducing www.brownsdistribution .co.uk

Our new website allows us to better present information about our services in an easier format allowing our visitors to find information about our distribution services.

As well as having a new portal area, more detailed services page we now also have a careers page.
We are soon doing a photo shoot to showcase our 2014 cab and trailer livery which will be put on the website shortly.

Thanks to Reeves Marketing for their support.

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