Knowles’ UK distribution network gives complete UK coverage to a wide variety of customers and industries. With a fleet of over 200 vehicles and 350 trailers and operating out of a number of distribution hubs, we provide flexibility and best-in-industry OTIF service levels.
This, combined with highly-skilled people and world-class IT systems, allows Knowles to deliver a multitude of quality supply chain solutions:
- Contract Logistics
- Retailer Consolidation
- Fullload, Part Load, Small Pallet Quantity Distribution
- Dedicated, Traction Only Solutions
- Short Lead Time Fulfilment
- 24/7 Customer Service Team
- All Vehicles Tracked in Real-Time Delivering End-to-End Visibility
- Bespoke IT Integration
- Returns Management
- All Vehicles Euro 6 Compliant
- Container Distribution
Knowles deliver high quality, flexible and efficient transport solutions to our customers.
Knowles provides both shared user and dedicated warehousing solutions, to a variety of industries and customers. Operating over 2 million sq/ft of freehold warehousing we have vast experience in driving value for our customers with bespoke warehouse management solutions.
Our warehousing solutions include:
- Open and Closed Book Accounts
- Primary and Secondary Consolidation centres for major multiples and retailers
- Shared and Dedicated Warehouse Solutions from 250 to 150,000 pallets
- Manual and Mechanical Handling equipment infrastructure and expertise
- E-Commerce Fulfilment
- A diverse range of racked solutions to suit stock
- On-Site Customer Presence
- National and Regionally based Distribution Centres
- National Groupage
- Advanced Warehouse Management IT Systems
- Case and single item picking
- Container Handball
- BRC A Grade Accreditation
Some of the best names in UK food manufacture trust Knowles to manage and optimise their warehouse management.
All Knowles warehouse operations are BRC accredited for Warehousing and Distribution in collaboration with IS0 9001 (Quality Management) processes.
We have vast experience in bespoke project design, implementation and management, investing in the best people and infrastructure.
At Knowles Transport we are experts in consolidating loads for our customers – delivering to the major supermarket RDC’s. We have experienced considerable growth in this area, thanks to effective results and reduced distribution costs for our customers within the Knowles Consolidation Unit (KCU).
- Day 1, for Day 2 Delivery Schedule
- Low Cost for Smaller Volume Orders
- Increased Market Share for your Brand
- Reduced Environmental Impact of Distribution
- Increased Supplier Performance
- Knowles EDI Link with Supermarkets
- Preferred Supplier’ elevation amongst Your Largest Customers
At Knowles we offer superior expertise in consolidation for all the major supermarkets, renowned in particular for the outstanding results for Sainsbury Consolidation.
Like all great systems, the concept of our KCU is both simple and effective; at 11am each day we automatically receive loads, direct from the retailer in to our warehouse management system, detailing where and when the loads needs to be delivered and the stock keeping units (SKU) from each KCU partner. These are carefully picked and loaded and allocated to a relevant vehicle and driver, via our experienced traffic co-ordinators and our traffic management system. The loads are then delivered from midnight onwards and throughout the rest of the next day, ensuring satisfaction all round.
The KCU benefits both you – the customer, your customers – the supermarkets and us, through reduced miles and emissions. The benefit for your business is you can become day 1 for 2 suppliers to your largest clients, benefitting from reduced distribution costs when shipping smaller pallet loads. This is a result of being charged at the (lower) full pallet rate no matter how small the pallet quantity. We also have a direct electronic link to the retailer, resulting in a minimal, or no administration task for these loads to be carried out by you. The supermarket benefits from being able to order your products in the volumes it desires, therefore keeping its stock to a minimum, whilst safe in the knowledge that it is a reputable and responsive haulier delivering the load. By keeping it simple and effective, these loads are always carried out on our own vehicles – never subcontracted – allowing us to ensure the very highest service levels.
Knowles offer a range of pre-retail added value services allowing our customers to focus on their core business while we seamlessly manage their end-to-end logistics. We have significant experience in providing bespoke, value-added services that focus on reducing costs to customers, whilst always maintaining the highest levels of service.
Added value services include:
- Packing and Bagging Line Assembly and Management
- Pick and Pack Solutions
- Electronic Labelling Services
- Pallet and Case Reconfiguration
- Container Thermal Lining Services
- Advanced Palletising Solutions
- Joint Purchasing Opportunities
We can help reduce manufacturing complexity, reduce wasted product miles and cost, as well as support excellent customer service and product availability.
Our bulk tipper distribution and bulk storage solutions provide customers with end-to-end solutions for managing these specialist supply chains throughout the year. Knowles operate a large fleet of bulk tippers and loaders capable of transporting a large range of bulk foods such sugar beet, grains and animal feeds.
Our Bulk Solutions include:
- Specialist Bulk Tipper Fleet
- Bulk Storage and Handling Services
- Enhanced safety features and processes
- TASSC Accredited
- Comprehensive mobile bulk loader fleet
- Added value services including metal detection, bagging lines and weighing
We specialise in delivering high quality, efficient and safe bulk solutions to a range of bulk supply chains whilst increasing value to customer.
Knowles will offer our customers a tailored and professional palletised distribution service that allows them to exceed their customer expectations and grow their business.
- AM Deliveries
- Tail Lift Deliveries
- Next Day Deliveries
- Specific Time or Booked In Deliveries
- Saturday Deliveries
- UK & European Deliveries
- 2-3 Day Lead Time Deliveries
- ¼, ½, Full and Oversized Pallet Distribution
- iPhone App
- E-POD Portal
- Online Ordering
- Real Time Pallet Traceability
Knowles are proud to partner with leading UK pallet distributor Palletforce as our palletised distribution network provider.
The Palletforce distribution model is geared to quality, traceability and fast and efficient customer response, aligning seamlessly with the corporate values that have enabled Knowles to grow into a market leader in the UK distribution and warehousing industry, servicing clients of varying size with adaptable solutions that meet their supply chain requirements and aspirations.
From a single pallet delivery, through to larger loads and part-loads, Palletforce’s distribution system allows for huge quantities of goods to be shipped nationwide and further afield into Europe, at far more cost-effective rates than conventional courier and distribution methods.
As a leader in the UK haulage industry, Knowles deliver on behalf of Palletforce across Cambridgeshire and East Anglia, and due to our national presence in our contract logistics divisions we have the capacity to manage customer supply chains wherever their location. By combining our Palletforce division with our well established contract logistics, distribution and warehousing divisions we have the unique ability amongst pallet network providers to deliver a flexible, customised service to meet all logistical requirements and to collaborate across divisions to provide the most cost effective and efficient solution for your business.
Your dedicated Knowles team will tailor the palletised distribution solutions you receive to align with your corporate, supply chain and customer’s current and evolving requirements. Through Palletforce, Knowles are able to provide customers with a variety of pallet delivery solutions:
Our ethos for managing customer stock is straightforward; we recognise that each and every client’s operations must be tailored to suit their objectives. Every customer, whether they are a large multinational conglomerate requiring 100,000+ pallet stockholdings with a variety of supply chain goals or one of our smaller clients who are looking to maintain and grow their brand with their customers, has different ambitions. As such, it is our job to make sure that our solutions are individually tailored to make these ambitions a reality.
We are proud of the experience and skill in our management team to build partnerships with our customers and fully understand their requirements, as well as their future targets. We harness this knowledge to bring together a variety of skilled supply chain experts to design and execute a tailored solution for all our customers, whatever their size, whatever their needs. Stock availability is always paramount, as well as the constant identification and elimination of inefficiencies, this is centred on a core goal of reducing our customer’s inventory.
Fully BRC accredited, our processes are highly professional and once combined with world-class IT systems, we bring our customers unique supply chain solutions, with a multitude of benefits. Whatever your size, requirements and goals, we know we can give you and your business peace of mind. Knowing your stock is part of a world-class, adaptive supply chain with the main purpose of reducing inefficiency and delivering pleasing solutions to your customers will deliver not just peace of mind, but also business growth and a sustainable future for all.
We have a strong focus on offering our customers a range of added value initiatives and sharing back value created across all of our service divisions. Key to delivering added value to our customers has been IT, and in partnering with Palletforce we have aligned a shared goal of giving customers access to the best-in-industry IT infrastructure and software.*