INNOVATIVE, eco-friendly, packaging systems specialist Loadhog could be poised for a major breakthrough with Royal Mail.
The state owned postal service has been running trials with Loadhog’s Pally & Lid system, which combines two of the Brightside-based firm’s inventions.
A plastic pallet with retractable wheels – the Pally – is loaded with trays full of mail that are held in place with a Loadhog Lid, which incorporates straps that hook under the pallet and ratchet system that tensions the straps to keep Pally, Lid and the mail trays secure.
Loadhog has already supplied 5,000 Pally & Lid systems to a number of downstream access providers – companies that collect mail, but use Royal Mail to sort and deliver it.
Now it has supplied Royal Mail itself with 1,000 systems for it to test.
What’s more, Royal Mail has signed an agreement with the downstream access providers that allows them to take away a Pally and Lid every time they deliver one of the systems loaded with mail to a Royal Mail centre.
The deal with providers and the Royal Mail is worth £500,000, but that could be just the start if the trial proves successful and the system replaces the bulky and heavier metal cages that Royal Mail currently uses.
The Pally and Lid system offers a number of advantages over the current system.
Up to 19 more loaded Pallys can be carried in a Royal Mail truck than cages and, when they are unloaded, Loadhog’s system offers an 80 per cent space saving.
The system is also far lighter than the metal cages, cutting down on the amount of fuel needed to move each load.
The Pally & Lid system is used by some of the UK’s largest and best-known mail ordering houses and mail couriers and is becoming established in Europe and Asia, where further trials are taking place.
n When the National Health Service tried using Loadhog’s Lids and Pallys to transport hospital supplies from a depot in Kent to a London hospital, the increase in capacity, compared with conventional roll cages, meant one fewer 75 mile round trip by lorry every day.
Loadhog also supplies expanding home furnishings group Dunelm.