Name and job title: Patrick Mulhall, Managing Director
Category sponsored: Emerging Talent
Your business: How many people do you employ in Northamptonshire and, in a few words, can you tell us what your company does?
We currently employ 26 people and have big growth plans. As an alternative packaging specialist, PALLITE® provides a viable alternative to wooden pallets and crates that is 100% recyclable. Our lightweight paper pallets, pallet boxes, layer pads and components are designed to reduce the total cost of shipping consignments, while boosting organisations’ green credentials. Stronger than standard cardboard pallets and boxes, they carry heavy loads with ease thanks to their innovative ‘honeycomb-cell’ design. Our award-winning products are used by businesses across all industries, including the aerospace, automotive, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and food sectors. We also have a new product called PALLITE® PIX which is a collapsible shelving unit for use in warehousing that’s designed to flex your storage around your product with its removable dividers. We’re looking forward to launching this to market this year.
Why have you chosen this particular category to sponsor and what aligns your business to the Northamptonshire Logistics Awards?
Our business manufactures and retails transit packaging so there’s a strong connection to the logistics industry. We chose to support the Emerging Talent awards because as a young business, we understand the importance of encouraging young talent in an industry that’s experiencing a generation and skills gap. We like to think of it as integrating the old with the new.
What major challenges do you think the logistics sector/ your sector faces?
We see consumers demanding products in shorter time frames which puts pressure on the industry, especially when they also want it cheaper and more sustainably.
And how will your company tackle these challenges?
We’ll be looking to try and understand current and future trends by listening to our customers, and we’ll be engaging in forums, whether it’s the Independent Transport Commission, Made in Britain or the Northamptonshire Logistics Forum, as well as with like-minded businesses. We’ve found working closely with these forums and businesses can help us gain a greater perspective of the challenges we’re tackling.
Can you share an unknown fact about your company?
We supply the government, but it’s all top secret – even we’re not sure exactly what they use our products for! We were featured in their sustainability report last year but clearly we weren’t mentioned by name.
What country, other than the UK, is your business most closely aligned to?
We’re currently actively working across Hungary, the Iberian Peninsula and the USA where there is a growing movement to introduce alternative pallets on a far greater scale.
We want to encourage as many businesses in the logistics sector to enter these awards – what words of encouragement can you share with us? Why do you think these awards are so important?
The aspiration is for the awards to continue to grow and this will only happen with increased entry numbers, so we want to help spread the word. In the last 3 years that we’ve been involved, we’ve seen how much the awards have grown and are continuing to evolve – it’s refreshing to be part of something that’s facilitated by enthusiastic and dedicated individuals and that mentality spreads to everyone involved. Ultimately, you’ve got to be in it to win it and it’s a great platform for businesses to talk about what they do as well as share success with their teams.
What advice or words of wisdom do you have for a successful career and business?
Make sure you have a lot of smart people around you.
In three words what does Northamptonshire mean to you?
Home of logistics
PALLITE® is a range of lightweight, strong, clean and recyclable paper pallets from The Alternative Pallet Company that offers a genuine alternative to wood. A British company, we’re proud to say we manufacture the entire range at our factory in Northamptonshire.
Although we started with pallets, we didn’t stop there. In response to concerns raised by our customers about their supply chains, and by working to understand their difficulties, we further developed the PALLITE® range to include collapsible pallet boxes, insulated pallet boxes, layer boards and pallet feet (or Pallruns as we call them).
You see, here at The Alternative Pallet Company, we take our customers and their issues very seriously. We count listening as one of our strongest skills. That’s why we’ll take the time to understand your company and products, and really get to the bottom of any difficulties you’re facing.