13 Sep 2018 Growth for the Woodside Group
The Woodside Group, one of Northern Ireland’s leading logistics companies, is branching out and going for growth after reporting in excess of 30 per cent efficiency savings in less than six months.
As a result, the Ballynure, Co Antrim-based company, which joined the Pallet-Track network last year, is about to appoint a business development manager to help steer ambitious expansion plans.
“Since joining Pallet-Track, we have seen massive efficiency savings, and we now have the confidence to go for new business,” said managing director Simon Woodside.
An established company with more than 50 years of heritage, The Woodside Group, which includes Woodside Haulage, Woodside Distribution, Woodside Motorfreight, and All Route Shipping employs more than 500 staff and had a combined turnover in excess of £60 million last year.
Woodside Distribution has covered the Northern Ireland postcodes on behalf of the 83-strong Pallet-Track network since December 2017.
Simon said the decision to switch to Pallet-Track was a strategic one.
“We needed to simplify our pallet distribution services to and from the UK and, when we went out into the market, we found Pallet-Track represented the kind of network we wanted to be part of.
“We knew it was the right decision at the time and this has played out in terms of the level of support that we receive – it is a very inclusive culture.
“Being part of the Pallet-Track family has brought a wide range of benefits to us. This includes a market-leading technology infrastructure which is already helping to drive greater efficiencies through our business.
“It is performing at a completely different level to what we had before – it is tangible. The management is transparent and less complex and this has helped us plan better for our future. This is why we’ve been able to appoint a new business development manager. We wouldn’t have had the confidence to do this, even last year.
“We operate in a competitive market where price is king. Now, with all the support from the centre – including member analysis reports which show us how we are performing – we have been able to better measure and manage our performance, so our service levels are always in the high 90s.”