One of the biggest logistics names in Kent has become the latest family-owned business to join the Fortec Distribution Network.
Founded more than 30 years ago, the addition of Butlers of Kent to the award-winning Kent-based pallet network brings Fortec’s membership to more than 80 transport companies – together covering the whole of the UK.
Butlers of Kent, which are now covering the CT and partial ME postcodes for Fortec from its site in Maidstone, started out as a van and man in 1986 and now has a vehicle fleet consisting of everything from 44 tonne double deck trailers and conventional tail lift collection to delivery vehicles and small 2.8 tonne bullet vans.
With it focus on meeting customer needs, Butlers of Kent offer a range of logistics and distribution services including, European, hazardous, airfreight, warehousing and pick and pack.
Owner Roy Butler said: “We are passionate about keeping the UK’s supply chain moving, a job that has never been more important than now, during this COVID-19 crisis.
“To keep everyone safe we are no longer asking customers to sign for their goods relying on the EDC GPS coordinates for authenticity. We have also implemented daily deep cleaning programs on-site and are prioritising essential goods and critical equipment. We are doing all this as a proud member of the Fortec Distribution Network.”
Adrian Bradley, managing director at Fortec Distribution Network, said: “Butlers of Kent share so many of our values, including our commitment to quality rather than quantity and values rather than volumes.
“A warm welcome to this hard working, innovative company. Working together we are providing efficient forms of freight distribution and enabling overnight deliveries of consignments of any size from a single pallet upwards, anywhere in the UK.”
Pallet networks are one of the most efficient forms of freight distribution, enabling overnight deliveries of consignments of any size from a single pallet upwards, anywhere in the UK.
Regional members, of which Butlers of Kent is one, collect freight from their local area, and transport it to the most appropriate regional hub, where it is reloaded onto vehicles returning to the destination area.
This model is particularly important at a time when many users of essential goods are requiring small frequent deliveries of vital goods with many drop points within a given locality.
In 2019 UK pallet networks delivered 26 million pallets of goods.
Find out more about Butlers of Kent here: www.butlersofkent.co.uk