and distribution centres.
It doesn’t stop there; the major share of the distribution network is multi-dropping to shops and stores, primarily in the UK, and increasingly in Europe. We have also seen an increase in the collection of bespoke garments from multi national manufacturers in Eastern Europe, delivering to their UK stores and their clients. This matches the growth in the UK ‘Bespoke Garment Hire’ industry.
Our core business has always pallet deliveries, principally in the print and machine part sectors. In 2006 RFT Express re-branded with the introduction of the “M1 Shuttle”. To help RFT Express with the anticipated expansion this innovative solution to the single pallet delivery, The Yorkshire Courier was appointed as the preferred contractor.
The Yorkshire Courier was founded in 1999, focusing on high volume national and international clients, with multiple depots acrossthe UK and Europe. Their goal was to achieve a success rate of
at least 75% of their vehicles having a return load. Apart from the benefit of reducing carbon emissions, the return load strategy was an important function in maintaining their very competitive price of £1 a mile from base to anywhere in the UK and Europe. They still maintain the same pricing structure today, £1 a mile from base to the whole of the UK and the EEEC.
In 2006 The Yorkshire Courier was the preferred contractor to operate the innovative M1 Shuttle on behalf of RFT Express. With the slogan “Save Money-Save The Planet” the M1 Shuttle was oversubscribed within weeks of it being launched.
It was at this point we agreed to take on Couriers for Yorkshire as a subcontractor for the M1 Shuttle.
More Benefits for RFT and our Clients.With the increased expertise on all levels that these two companies bring to RFT Express will help to sustain the planned growth of RFT Express. In return both companies will benefit from increased resources and the strong RFT Express brand.
Clients will benefit from reduced costs, and quicker response times, which is important during the ‘recovery’ phase the country is going through.