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Welcome to Browns Distribution

Tech and customer-driven logistics solutions for regional, national and European-bound freight.

Serving all major industries, our award-winning team has been providing customers with dependable, cost-effective transport and storage of palletised goods for over seven decades.

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We are communicators.

Open and effective communication. Clear updates at every mile of your Browns journey.

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We have a relentless drive to deliver exceptional experiences for our customers.

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We thrive in an environment built on trust and doing the right thing.

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We're a team that thinks ahead, evolving logistics for modern needs.

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We strive for greatness in everything we do, and have big plans for the future.

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We care for our planet.

We play our part in safeguarding our planet and local community.

Discover a winning combination of experience and expertise with a team you can depend on.

Our people are industry experts with decades of practical experience and access to leading support tools, ensuring a service that aligns perfectly with your and your customers' expectations. 

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Record response and resolution times.

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Online, email and telephone support from 6am-10pm.

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SMS updates, photo PODs and app tracking.

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Monthly KPI reporting and regular SLA monitoring.

Track your consignments with unrivalled precision

Staying confidently informed, not just aware. 

Stay in the loop with real-time SMS alerts and photo POD tracking options. And for a seamless, on-the-go experience? Dive into our mobile app — offering you detailed tracking, every step of the way.

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Palletline eyes latest innovation with next-generation tracking facilities

Our network freight distribution partners, Palletline , have launched their next-generation scanning system, Palleteyes - revolutionising the industry’s freight tracking capabilities. Integrated into Palletline’s new forklift truck fleet, Palleteyes utilises the latest in CCTV technology, wide-aspect barcode scanners and event processing to deliver the most advanced levels of visibility and traceability in the palletised freight industry. The £2M investment forms the latest part of Palletline's commitment to continuously improve and enhance its services through the development and implementation of cutting-edge innovations. As shareholder members of Palletline since 1995, Browns leverages network resources such as shared technology platforms and best practices, to optimise efficiency, transit times and rates, focussing on what truly matters for our customers. Palleteyes is already delivering improved levels of quality control, at the point of unload and reload, eliminating inaccurate scans, improving safety and speeding up sortation processes across its hubs by more than 15%. The system activates within two metres of a pallet, scanning the barcode and displaying important delivery information including bay location for the forklift driver. Simultaneously, two HD CCTV cameras are activated which record a close-up and wide angle video of the pallet’s entire journey from unload to bay to reload, giving members full visibility of their freight via a cloud-based portal. The system also integrates with the forklift’s onboard systems to monitor driver performance and operational productivity, and weighs each load, sounding an automated alarm to prevent drivers from lifting a pallet weighing more than 400kg above a height of 1.2m – in-line with the latest double-deck trailer loading guidelines from the DVSA, HSE and other regulatory bodies. David Brown Jnr, Browns Managing Director, said: We were fortunate to run a BETA phase on the Palleteyes project, and were blown away at the quality, innovation and most importantly, the positive customer response. Palletline are continuing to innovate and provide unique improvements and value, giving Browns customers enhanced peace of mind and faith in the quality and reliability of our service. Introducing Palleteyes How it works Interested in learning more about our network freight offering? Click here!

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Switch to all-electric supports business growth for Browns

From STILL Materials Handling UK 15 th February 2024 When the time came to upgrade their materials handling equipment, choosing STILL was a clear-cut decision for the team at Browns Distribution. Serving all major industries, Browns Distribution has been providing customers with dependable, cost-effective transportation and storage of palletised goods for over seven decades. Moving into a brand new, £9 million, 75,000 square foot purpose-built distribution centre in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Browns enjoy an Energy Performance Certificate rating of A, due to the reduction in the use of gas and heavy fossil fuels from the site infrastructure, together with the installation of solar panels. To complement the new facility’s green infrastructure, the team at Browns Distribution were looking for a materials handling solution which mirrored their sustainability practices but also retained the same, or higher levels of efficiency and safety than their current fleet. Having used STILL equipment for several years and impressed by their service response times and after-care, they reached out for a solution to replace their existing LPG trucks to an all-electric fleet, as part of their efforts to reduce their carbon output. The answer was STILL’s 2018 IFOY winner the RX 20 , an electric powered counterbalance truck of 2.0 tonnes capacity, in which independent tests carried out by F+H stated: “The practical operating time of the RX 20 is 80% to 133% longer, the energy consumption per 100 pallets is 29% to 38% percent lower, and the number of pallets handled in a shift - up to 430 - is 4% to 15% higher than average.” Browns are delighted with the trucks, David Brown Jnr, Managing Director at Browns Distribution commented “STILL possesses a solid understanding of our operational requirements. The units we have received are cleaner, greener, safer and more efficient, and have improved our warehousing operation in a crucial time of growth for the business. We would not hesitate to recommend STILL to any business looking for a new MHE partner, especially those looking to make the switch to electric units.” Luke Cobden, Warehouse Manager at Browns Distribution added, “STILL have considered every aspect of safety with the RX 20 units. The warning zone light is a particularly clever and crucial addition and compliments the rear warning light and reversing alarms to prevent collisions in complex areas and prioritise pedestrian and operator safety.” Additional features which have helped Browns Distribution maintain their commitment to safety include a Pre-Shift Check in the onboard computer which ensures a thorough safety assessment before each shift, this, together with the seat belt control system further enhances safety by automatically reducing speed when the cab door is open, and the operator is not buckled up. These features reflect STILL's commitment to creating a secure environment for operators.

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Welcome Chris! Our New Finance Director

Browns Distribution are delighted to announce the arrival of our new Finance Director, Chris Robinson. Chris is an accomplished accounting professional with a 22-year financial background and extensive experience in corporate finance, management reporting, and audit. In his newly created role, Chris will lead Browns’ finance function; responsible for all aspects of finance including management reporting, processes, and strategy. Chris makes the switch to Browns following a 4 years in the waste management sector, where he led integration processes following a major acquisition, and joins at an exciting time for the company as we set our sights on distribution domination. On Chris’ arrival, Managing Director, David Brown Jnr had this to say: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Chris to our team. Chris brings an impressive background and a fresh perspective to our leadership team. His extensive experience will have a substantial impact at board level, and gives us so much to be excited about as we continue a period of change and growth.’ Chris’ arrival completes a quartet of senior leadership appointments in the last few months of 2023, with the arrival of Darren Simpson, Operations Director, Luke Nixon, Sales Manager, and Kerry Wood, Account Manager. In the last few weeks, Chris has worked closely with Group Management Accountant David Grocott, to assist in an effortless transition following the news of David's well-earned retirement. Welcome to #TeamBrowns, Chris!

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We appreciate the professional and proactive nature of the Browns team, who enthusiastically aim to improve and develop their service. Service levels are excellent, and have given us a step up in terms of quality, supported by an in-depth understanding of our requirements and excellent communications at all times.

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