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2018 – What a Year

2018 has been a very busy year for us at Alan R Jones, filled with new achievements, awards and memories. So, what have we been doing over the past 12 months that have made this year such a success? MBO Our biggest development this year (so far!) came back in February, when Ray Clegg, accompanied

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Don’t forget our 2018 Christmas delivery deadlines!

As ever, we’ll be working right up to the wire this Christmas; below you’ll find a breakdown of our working hours over the festive period, along with details of when you can arrange collections etc.   Thursday 20 December – normal working day: Next Day collected freight delivered Friday 21st Eco collected freight delivered Monday 24th

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What does it take to win a Palletline ‘Top Liner’ award?

We’re proud to say that Alan R Jones is a regular recipient of the Top Liner key performance indicator (KPI) award from the Palletline group. This means we’ve been hitting and exceeding our targets month on month, and that can only lead to better service for our valued clients. Allow us to explain… In order

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Join us in supporting FairFuelUK

FairFuelUK is fighting for more realistic prices at the pumps. Even if you’re just a Sunday driver or short distance school-runner, fuel prices matter. If you’re a long-distance commuter, a product distributor or a firm of hauliers, they don’t just matter – they’re vital to your very livelihood. It’s impossible to ignore the ever-escalating cost

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Say hello to our new Head of Sales

We’re delighted to welcome on board our newest team member, Paul Conlon. Paul joins us as Head of Sales, bringing with him 28 years of sales leadership experience working with major businesses throughout the UK. He comes with a wealth of knowledge of the industry and will be working closely with our existing customers, his

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Ky Harvey brings home the gold for Alan R Jones!

We are proud to share the great news that Ky Harvey has won a gold medal in the final of a national skills competition. Ky is a full-time apprentice fitter here at Alan R Jones. He recently took place in the final of The Heavy Vehicle Technology Awards, which is a very competitive event under

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ARJ sponsors Velindre – Wales’ premier cancer centre!

This year we’re sponsoring Velindre, Wales’ premier Cancer Centre. Velindre is an amazing organisation that provides care, support and treatment to cancer patients and their families across Wales. As the number of cancer diagnoses rises year on year, it’s important we come together as a community to help those in need. “We all know of

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So you’ve booked a pallet delivery – what now?

Firstly, thanks for trusting your precious cargo with Alan R Jones and Sons. We’ll endeavour to take care of it as if it were our own, ensuring it gets to where it’s going safely and on time. However for things to run smoothly and safely, there are a few things that we need from you.

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The 5-scan principle

What happens to your pallet when you book a collection from Alan R Jones? You might be surprised to find out that we don’t leave anything to chance – your package is labeled and subsequently scanned no less than five times in the duration of its delivery, ensuring we’re in complete control of your precious

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Snow, what snow? Bad weather can’t stop ARJ winning another Palletline KPI award!

Alan R Jones is proud to announce that it has once again exceeded expectations to win a KPI award from the Palletline group in February. The award congratulates businesses that out-perform their targets, and while it might seem like an internal matter for Palletline members, as far as we’re concerned it just shows the efforts

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In the nick of time – ARJ bringing in ETA system

Keeping up with technology is all part of being a leading service provider, so we’re happy to announce that Alan R Jones – alongside Palletline – has recently committed to bringing in an ETA system to enhance the customer and supplier experience by providing real-time tracking of palletised shipments. That means the job’s delivery point

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Going big in 2018

We’re already recognised by our clients and our peers as offering among the best haulage services in the UK, with multiple award wins and many loyal customers. But we’re not going to sit back – 2018 is the year we take a step up and take our business to the next level. Our plans include:

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A bright 2017, an even brighter 2018

Firstly a warm and sincere ‘thank you’ to all our customers, staff and suppliers for a wonderful 2017. We’ve had a great year and literally couldn’t have done it without you; it’s been our pleasure to serve customers above and beyond expectations and have that recognised with multiple Palletline KPI commendations as well as the

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Christmas delivery deadlines

Make sure you don’t miss Santa’s sleigh this year. We’re working right up to the wire this Christmas; below you’ll find a breakdown of our working hours over the festive period, along with details of when you can arrange collections etc. Thursday 21st December – normal working day Next day collected freight delivered Friday 22nd

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We’ve won another KPI award – what does it mean for you?

As part of the Palletline group – offering logistics services across Europe to our valued base of South Wales clients – we are regularly assessed on our performance. In addition to winning two recent Palletline Awards, Alan R Jones has just received its second consecutive monthly KPI award from Palletline. These are monthly assessments against

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ARJ offers ‘Employee Assistance Programme’ and savings scheme

Our Health Assured scheme is available as a benefit to all Alan R Jones Ltd staff, offering a 24/7 hotline to help deal with issues ranging from health matters to childcare advice and bereavement support. “Like any forward-thinking business, we value our staff above all else,” explains Operations Director Ray Clegg. “That’s why we’ve adopted

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Motorists urged to make plans for major M5 scheme

Highways England is urging motorists to start planning alternative routes as the next phase of a major multi-million pound repair scheme begins on the M5 in the West Midlands. Concrete repairs and waterproofing work at the Oldbury viaduct, between junctions 1 and 2, get under way at the end of this month. The scheme, valued at

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Not one but TWO Palletline awards for Alan R Jones!

Alan R Jones always strives to be the market leader in palletised distribution across the UK and Europe. This year we were nominated in two categories against other Palletline members – including some major logistics businesses – and we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have won both: “Palletline Depot of the Year Award”

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May the FORS be with us

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a big deal in our industry, and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded Bronze accreditation. The scheme operates as a standard to which British hauliers should work, ensuring a high level of professionalism at every level of the business – from organisational structure and responsibilities down

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We’re sponsoring the Oarstruck team!

Last weekend (13/05/17) saw the Celtic Manor play host to a fundraising ball for the adventurous Oarstruck team, and Alan R Jones was one of the events’ sponsors. Oarstruck is the name given to the team due to row – that’s right, row! – across 3000 miles of Atlantic Ocean in a small, specially-designed ocean-going

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Why it makes sense to warehouse with your haulage firm

At Alan R Jones we’re all about making life easier for our customers. That’s why we’re busy promoting our warehousing service to all our existing clients – there’s no better way to streamline your logistics! We understand that manufacturers and distributors have a lot on their plate, so we’ve long been offering intricate integrated logistics

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Furious “complaint” from long-term customer…

Below is the transcript of an email from one of our long-standing customers, Mandarin Stone, received just last week. Sometimes it’s hard to please everyone: I would like to make a complaint. I was expecting my delivery today between 9am and 5pm. The driver called me just after 9am – ever so professionally spoken –

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Why we’re supporting the M4 Black Route

Plans for the expansion of the M4 in South Wales have been bouncing around for some years now, with disagreement over the ideal route, the impact on people, industry and wildlife and the overall question over whether it’s even needed at all figuring into the arguments. At Alan R Jones we make no bones about

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Please take care when you declare

Health and safety update   You may have heard about the unfortunate and deeply saddening fatality of a HGV driver at work late last year (read the Commercial Motor article for more information). While we in the industry take time to reflect, we’d like to draw everybody’s attention to the importance of health and safety

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Delivering Christmas cheer

Most years, we take the opportunity at Christmas to thank our wonderful customers for another year of success with a few token gifts. But this year we’re taking a slightly different tack by instead donating gifts to those who need them most – children at Christmas time.   We’re taking part in the Salvation Army’s

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Getting ready for 2017

Christmas is always going to be a big time for anyone in the logistics industry, so we’re hard at work ensuring our customers’ businesses can make the most of the festive season. But we’re not really a “head down, backside up” kind of a company. Even in this busy time we’re looking ahead, considering the

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How we’re dealing with the truck driver shortage

Earlier this year, the Road Haulage Association issued a stark warning about an industry-wide shortage of qualified haulage specialists. Citing a lack of national investment in licensed and qualified HGV drivers, it touted a 60,000 driver shortfall being likely by March of 2017. At the minute that figure is closer to 45,000 – still a very

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What will Article 50 mean for UK logistics?

Article 50 is the name given to the technical process of leaving the EU. None of us in the UK are sure yet exactly when that will happen; all we know is that it’s coming. Prior to the Brexit referendum there were plenty of doomsayers on both sides of the fence. Perhaps the main concern

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Why do people choose Alan R Jones?

We realise that there are plenty of other options out there in the world of palletised distribution, and we’re grateful to our clients for selecting us from among the swathe of competitors on the market. We’re a transparent, honest and open business, and we often speak to our customers to ask them why they chose

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Why we love Newport

Alan R Jones is based in Newport, South Wales, and we’re proud to be contributing to the success of this thriving, exciting, ever-developing place. It’s the home of the UK’s first ever software academy, it features the legendary Celtic Manor hotel and – above all – its city centre rejuvenation is bringing in people and

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Winner winner! Palletline recognises Alan R Jones for unbeatable service

The winners of this year’s Palletline awards are in, with first place going to Alan R Jones & Sons in the coveted Service category. The award is granted to the Palletline haulier that shows the greatest provable level of service, scored against a week-by-week KPI, in accordance with the following Service Principal: “to each other,

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Running out of room?

Alan R Jones offers storage and warehousing! For decades now, Alan R Jones has become known as one of south Wales’ premium suppliers of logistics solutions, delivering palletised loads across the country and – with our Palletline partners – across the European mainland.   But there’s more to the Alan R Jones service than taking

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Apprenticeships drive Alan R Jones forward

In line with our long-standing tradition of succeeding through innovation, Alan R Jones believes in the value of new ideas and new ways of thinking. Sometimes the best place to source fresh ideas is fresh blood, which is why we’ve been taking on apprentices and ensuring our staff are among the best-trained in the industry.

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Familiar faces

At Alan R Jones, it’s not just about trucks, our business is built by the fantastic people who make up the team. Rachel Hughes, our Sales and Marketing Manager, committed to run the Cardiff half marathon in October, in support of the Alzheimer’s Society. Congratulations to Rachel and her daughter, for completing the challenge, and

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Building business

Complicated brickwork items such as arches and window surrounds are increasingly being produced away from the building site. In the Pontypool factory of Brick Fabrication, the work can be finished by skilled staff in dry conditions, then sent to site as a completed assembly. The company relies on Alan R Jones and the Palletline network

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Taking care of tiling

From its head office in Monmouth, Mandarin Stone has built a national retail business as a market leader in the natural stone industry. Alan R Jones transports tonnes of its flooring and tiles on a regular basis, even using Mandarin Stone branded trailers. Loads are typically heavy, and high value, yet easily damaged. Smaller consignments

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Lift Assist is here

Alan R Jones and our Palletline partners have launched a solution to the problem of heavy pallets – Lift Assist. The new service is designed to ensure that pallets over 750kg are handled and delivered safely. Using new, powered pallet trucks will ensure that heavier pallets can be offloaded effectively, at delivery destinations where no

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Dan keeps the trucks rolling

Ensuring that Alan R Jones fleet keeps on running is Fleet Engineer Dan Smith. Heading a team of three fitters and an apprentice, his responsibility is keeping the company’s Renault trucks and trailers in good running order, to cope with the demands of daily use on the roads. “We have a well-equipped workshop, with the

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New Business Relationship with Sue Bailey Consulting Ltd

Alan R Jones are delighted to announce the start of a business relationship with Sue Bailey Consulting Ltd who will provide the business with independent HR advice and training. We look forward to developing our relationship over the coming months and years. suebaileyconsulting.co.uk

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ARJ apprentice update

We are proud to provide continued support to our 4 apprentices here at Alan R Jones. Luke Norman and Sam Elliott who are progressing towards their NVQ level 2 in Logistics and Warehousing, which will then lead them onto driving qualifications for Cat C + E in HGV driving, Kyle Seymour who is close to

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Children in Need 2014

We held a charity day on Friday November 14th for Children in Need where the team wore ‘Onesies’ to work and baked/sold cakes to raise money. The day was full of fun and spirits were high and the team raised £140. This was doubled by the company, so a total of £280 has been raised

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NATO Summit Wales 2014

The NATO summit comes to Wales on Thursday 4th to Friday 5th September 2014. This will be the first NATO Summit since Chicago in 2012, and the first NATO summit in the United Kingdom since Margaret Thatcher welcomed NATO leaders to London in 1990. During working sessions at the Celtic Manor and more informal events

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Palletline service quality award for Alan R Jones

The team here at Alan R Jones & Sons Ltd are celebrating today as the company has won a major business award through national pallet network Palletline. The Palletline Excellence Awards are hotly contested and coveted by Palletline depots nationwide as a real measure of achievement and recognition. This award naming us (Alan R Jones

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Ray Clegg joins the board of Alan R Jones & Sons

Alan R Jones are delighted to announce the appointment of Ray Clegg to the role of Operations Director. Ray has been with the business over two and a half years now in the role of Operations manager and has overseen a step change in our development and growth. Ray will now continue to develop and

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Brick Fabrication becomes national supplier with Alan R Jones

The construction sector may have suffered in the downturn, but the economic fortunes of Brick Fabrication Ltd are healthier than ever. In the space of a few years, the company has transitioned from a respected regional enterprise to a renowned national supplier, driven by a combination of excellent service, solid values and a robust distribution

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Two awards for Palletline at 28th motor transport awards

Palletline collected the ‘Safety in Operation Award’ and ‘Team of the Year’ accolades at the commercial transport industry’s most prestigious event, held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on 3rd July 2013. A shared victory for us – and reassuring for you We’re proud to be members of such a well-respected, award winning network and

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Alan R Jones golf day

A golf day was held recently that was not only to enhance and strengthen our relationship with our customer base but also to reward some of our frontline staff for demonstrating a positive image of our company and for providing a high standard of customer service. The day was set as a competition format with

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New fuel tank system

ARJ have recently invested in a new bulk fuel tank and fuel monitoring system. Our bulk fuel capacity has increased from 20000ltrs to 38000ltrs enabling us to better use the buying market  to purchase fuel at lower rates, thus enabling us to be more competitive and consistent with our fuel surcharge process. The new fuel

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Newport Cycle Speedway Club

Our local club – Newport Cycle Speedway recently played against the Hellingly Lions in East Sussex a round trip of 380 miles and we were very happy to help out with their travel expenses. The team were victorious winning by 100 -77.

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Palletised distribution across the UK and Europe

As a shareholder member of Palletline, the premier ‘Network Award Winning’ pallet network in the UK, we offer access to over 10,000 delivery vehicles nationwide  and across Europe. Our service range is wide and growing all the time, so we can satisfy any customer’s logistics requirements. Many of our local customers know us as a

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Continued investment

Alan R Jones and Sons Ltd continues to invest in its business with the introduction of 3 more Renault tractor units, all LEZ compatible, a new double deck trailer and has had 2 double deck trailers completely refurbished. Further more we also have a new 13.6 mtr straight frame Lawrence David trailer due on fleet in

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New Business Partnership for Alan R Jones

Alan R Jones are proud to announce a new partnership with CIUR UK, a leading provider of cellulose fibres used in UK road surfaces. The business will include delivering cellulose fibre products UK wide in our bulk blowing tanker fleet as well as general haulage and pallet network deliveries of palletised product. This contract is

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Meet Diane – Renault 450 Euro 5

Alan R Jones are delighted to announce a new addition to our existing fleet, meet ‘Diane’ our new Renault tractor unit dressed in our new logo. “Diane” will comply with all LEZ regulations and increase our ability to provide a first class service into London. This is one of many additions to our fleet in

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New Palletline hub in Scotland

Palletised distribution specialists Palletline continue to focus on developing their market leading operational model to enhance service levels and system efficiencies. As a result, the organisation plans to implement its first ever consolidation point dedicated to Scottish and Irish traffic on 31st January 2012. Pallet volumes have been growing steadily across Scotlandfor over two years,

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To let – secure yard

Established Distribution Location Excellent Road Links Secure Yard – Fenced, Gated Flexible Terms Available Nash Mead, Queensway Meadows Industrial Estate, Newport, South Wales Sat Nav NP19 4SU Located 1 mile south of the SDR (Southern Distributor Road) Access to the M4 Motorway at junctions 24 & 28 Approx 0.42 hectares (1.03) Further information available on

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Delivering Excellence – Local Company wins National Award

The team at Alan R Jones & Sons Ltd are celebrating because as well as reporting growing business volumes and a very positive commercial outlook, the company has just won a major business award through national pallet network Palletline. The Palletline Awards are hotly contested and coveted by Palletline depots nationwide as a real measure

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