Nightline says it is on track to deliver 60,000 parcels per week to Ireland from its Altham, Lancashire hub in the coming months just one year after launching its UK operation.
The Dublin-based parcels carrier decided to set up a UK base in July last year following demand from customers wanting a mainland UK presence. Following a £1.1m investment, the 15,000 ft2 Lancashire site opened, with an initial target of 40,000 parcels per week.
Nightline says recent contract wins with Aurora Group, which handles fashion brands Coast, Oasis and Warehouse, as well a deal with educational supplier Findel Education, have significantly boosted volumes and justified its strategy to launch a UK division.
Geremy Ruffin, MD, Nightline UK, says: “Our first year in Lancashire has exceeded our expectations. We have been surprised by the number of companies looking for an efficient, specialist alternative carrier to handle their Irish shipments.”
Nightline has also reported strong volumes via its partnership with UK Pallets, for which it handles the pallet network’s Irish shipments, totalling some 400-500 pallets per week out of mainland UK.
Graeme Wilson, commercial director, UK Pallets, says: “By having a one-stop-shop for all Irish deliveries, communication and service levels are greatly enhanced and the guarantee of a two- to three-day service across the whole of the island is a terrific benefit to the entire network.”