When RFT Express Couriers
revolutionized the single pallet delivery with the “M1 Shuttle”
in 2006, running betwwen Leeds and London,with return loads from
London to Leeds, no one could foresee the exceptional demand this
service would generate.
RFT Express was alerted to this niche market, when clients asked
for an alternative to the standard pallet network system, and
the service offered by couriers. The M1 Shuttle was the alternative
solution RFT Express came up with.
• A small pallet weighing 200kgs measuring 1 metre square,
you would normally try and find a courier with a small Berlingo
who would charge the standard 80p per mile. At 2-0 a.m. you
could have difficulty finding one. The M1 Shuttle charge is
£0.75 per mile, leaving every 2 hours day and night, with
your load insured for up to £25,000.
• A standard pallet weighing 500kgs and 1.5 metres high,
you would have to use a courier with a larger van. The cost
would then be £1 to £1.50p per mile. The M1 Shuttle
charge is £0.75 per mile, leaving every 2 hours day and
night, with your load insured for up to £25,000.
• A standard pallet with a height of 1.7metres would require
a larger van. The M1 Shuttle charge is £0.75 per mile,
leaving every 2 hours day and night, with your load insured
for up to £25,000.
The Pallet Networks.
• This has been the preferred method of sending single
pallets for many companies who wanted to keep costs down. Unfortunately
we can’t do a direct comparison because with the pallet
Networks there are so many variables.
• A standard pallet weighing up to 500 kg's and no more
than 1 metre high will cost £60 to £130. The cost
will vary from network to network, what part of the country
it is coming from, and going to, and whether delivery is 1 to
3 days or up even up to 5 days.[The longer you are prepared
to wait for you delivery to be completed, the cheaper it gets].
• Heavier or taller pallets will attract a higher premium,
or will not be carried at all.
• Standard insurance is £1.50 per kilo, most pallet
networks offer extra insurance cover.
• The principle drawback is the way the pallet networks
operate. Your pallet is collected from your works on a 3.5t
g.v.w. or 7.5t g.v.w. vehicle and taken to a local depot. There
it is sorted and loaded on to a trailer for onward transmission
to a central hub. There it is unloaded and resorted then reloaded
on a trailer going to a warehouse in the area nearest your pallets
destination. At this point it is unloaded resorted again then
put on smaller vehicles which will then delivered to you pallets
destination. Normally a vehicle will collect from your works
late afternoon, and your pallet will arrive at the final warehouse
early morning, and then delivered according to your instructions.
• The fact that your pallet is going to be loaded and
unloaded from 5 different vehicles means that you must make
sure your pallet is securely wrapped and strapped, other wise
it could get damaged, or parts are dislodged and fall off.
The M1 Shuttle sits in
the middle of the courier, and the pallet network, giving you
a viable option to both of these methods.
The speed with which this
innovative service took off meant we were called in to assist
RFT Express with the deliveries.
Now that we are fully integrated into the RFT Express family,
we will be concentrating solely on the M1 Shuttle. With unrestricted
access to the RFT resources we will be able to expand the M1 Shuttle
to its full capacity, without having to turn new clients away.
Using Dual - Fuel vehicles, we can reduce carbon emissions by
60%. This is not only good for the environment, but also for our
clients who benefit from reduced cost. See
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