PHS Teacrate Invests Millions in RTP Boost for Retailers

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A series of multi-million pound investments by a leading returnable transit packaging (RTP) specialist is helping food and non-food retailers survive the recession by providing cost-effective logistic solutions and supply chain stability

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A series of multi-million pound investments by a leading returnable transit packaging (RTP) specialist is helping food and non-food retailers survive the recession by providing cost-effective logistic solutions and supply chain stability.

PHS Teacrate has defied the difficult, economic situation by investing in its infrastructure, including a transport hub in Bristol serving the South West, environmentally friendlier vehicles offering reduced haulage costs and a new online presence for greater access to products. The ambitious company’s modern national fleet now operates out of eight depots nationwide giving fast and reliable delivery of plastic crates and trays to anywhere in the country.

In addition, forward thinking PHS Teacrate has purchased the manufacturing tooling from Rehrig Pacific UK Ltd to exclusively produce its range of plastic pallets and trays for the home and European markets.

Purchasing Rehrig manufacturing tooling will also help PHS Teacrate penetrate new markets. As part of this strategy, the company is launching a dedicated new website for suppliers, producers and retailers of food and non-food items.

By making these significant investments, PHS Teacrate is offering producers and retailers of any size reduced logistic costs by providing a much greater choice of RTP from a single supplier, along with the option of renting crates which saves on storage space and capital outlay.

The company already handles millions of trays and crates every year, counting famous high street names among its client base. It also mounted a major operation supporting companies involved in supplying the 2012 London Olympic Games, including a major contract caterer who needed a constant stream of clean crates and trays to cope with the many deliveries a day it had to make to keep the Games supplied with fresh food.

Its willingness to invest, thanks to the considerable financial resources of the PHS Group, one of the UK’s leading workplace providers, improves supply chain stability, while a reputation for fast and reliable delivery, flexible rental terms and excellent customer service has put it at the forefront of the industry, helping win contracts with big name brands and for events like the Olympics.

PHS Teacrate’s National Sales Manager, Patrick Sheehy, said: “We are committed to supporting the food and non-food markets with their RTP requirements, where flexible, reliable and quick delivery of crates is vital. This continued investment in our infrastructure is testament to our determination to enhance the supply chain by providing greater access and choice of products.”

Proud of having its products manufactured in the UK, PHS Teacrate supplies crates, trays, pallets and plastic containers in a variety of dimensions including lidded trays, patisserie trays, produce boxes, hygiene pallets and nestable bale arm crates that are compatible with retailers’ existing trays.

It offers particularly cost-effective solutions for seasonal goods such as for fresh produce and at peak periods because of its flexible rental option. In addition PHS Teacrate can collect from retailers’ transit depots and provides crate washing facilities, making it the complete one-stop shop for RTP.

Parent company PHS Group is one of the UK's leading workplace service providers. It has grown from a family run firm in 1963 to become a multi-divisional, multi-national company, servicing over 250,000 customers at over 300,000 locations. The Group employs more than 5,000 staff and has a wide network of over 100 regional service branches, strategically located throughout the UK.

With the backing of PHS’s impressive financial resources behind it, the continued investment PHS Teacrate is making has strengthened its position as a leading player in the RTP market. It has enhanced security of supply for crates and trays proving its commitment to becoming the preferred RTP supplier of choice.

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