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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.

Motor Transport Awards 2016 - Customer Care FinalistMotor Transport Awards 2016 - Haulier of Year finalist

Browns | Going Beyond Distribution

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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.

Browns Distribution Truck

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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PALLETLINE WEIGHS UP SAFETY ISSUE WITH LIFT ASSIST

September 29, 2015

Palletline Lift assist brochure

September 2015

PALLETLINE WEIGHS UP SAFETY ISSUE WITH LIFT ASSIST

Palletline has become the first pallet network to introduce a lower weight restriction for standard tail lift deliveries from October 1.

 

The new tail lift weight restriction that Palletline will be enforcing across its network – as voted for by its members – will be 750kg or under, compared to current industry limits of 1000 kg in order to protect drivers and customers from injury.

 

The company, which has secured two safety awards from Motor Transport and has achieved RoSPA gold accreditation on three occasions, has at the same time introduced a new service – Lift Assist – which means that drivers will still be able to safely deliver a one tonne pallet with enhanced handling equipment.

 

The evolution of the market place has seen a significant increase in the internet-enabled home delivery sector which is expected to grow to 1.35 billion deliveries per year by 2018, with homeware, including heavy white goods, predicted to rise to 31 per cent of all final mile business, according to research from Barclays.*

 

The Lift Assist uses appropriate materials handling equipment and is designed to protect customers and drivers from loads falling off the back of trucks after being carried by their own weight momentum during the unloading. The 750 Kg load limit is expected to become the industry norm and that the other members of the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) will follow the Palletline lead.

 

Managing director Graham Leitch said: “Palletline is handling greater volumes than ever before, yet we continue to enhance our health and safety processes which means we continue to be recognised as an industry leader that wins awards and recognition for our high standards. With this in mind and as a network that truly values the work of its employees and members – we realise that a quality, efficient service should never put anybody at risk – so we have made a brave and pioneering decision that will help protect staff and should set an industry precedent.

 

“I know the majority of pallet networks and the RHA are in favour of reducing limits, however Palletline is proud to be the first network to take action and put the safety of drivers ahead of commercial considerations. Embracing the measure early has provided members of Palletline with the opportunity to open discussions with their customers enabling them to review their own processes, minimise any impact, stay ahead of their competition and demonstrate commitment to driver safety.”

Ends – View Palletline Leaflet here

 

About Palletline:

Palletline is the UK’s premier, member-owned palletised freight distribution company providing cost-effective and reliable pallet distribution to thousands of businesses and customers every day, using a revolutionary rigorously maintained network. The unique business model reduces road miles and minimises environmental impact, while supporting the long-term success of customers and members alike. Offering resource on a grand scale, we provide bespoke services including warehousing and storage, supply chain solutions, pick and pack, reverse logistics and through the night delivery, so Palletline customers can choose the exact services that they need for their individual business requirements.

* Barclays Report – The Last Mile

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