Port centric solutions for Taylors of Harrogate

PD Ports, a key driver in the portcentric logistics model in the UK, says the concept is now well established and moving into its second phase.

The port company, owners of Teesport, Hartlepool and various other port facilities, is once again showing leadership in the concept by placing greater focus on delivering the portcentric logistics benefits to small and medium sized companies.

According to Helene Lyall, sales & marketing manager, PD Ports, tea and coffee specialists Taylors of Harrogate, has agreed to import 100% of its products through Teesport after a successful 12 month trial proved that using facilities specially provided for them on the port was both highly efficient and cost-effective.

“We have the experience and expertise to help the small and medium-sized companies set up at Teesport, whether they need their own specialised warehousing, such as Taylors of Harrogate, or if their business needs are better suited to ‘shared user’ distribution centres,” says Ms Lyall.

In the past when goods were imported they would be taken straight from the port to one or two distribution centres many miles inland and then redistributed from there.

Portcentric logistics works on the principle that it is faster, more cost-effective and certainly more environmentally friendly to set up a distribution centre at the port(s) and distribute directly to the local region from there.

PD Ports says the environmental benefits of portcentric logistics are well-established. It has also launched Logical Link, a dedicated shortsea feeder service from Felixstowe to Teesport, to help customers minimise operational costs and limit the adverse impact that road transport has on the environment.