Christmas is coming at the Port of Tyne13 Dec 2011
Christmas is just around the corner and the Port of Tyne is getting ready for the Christmas rush - with more and more goods being imported into the Port, its warehouses are starting to resemble Santa's grotto!
September to December is the busiest time of year for the Port with a 15% increase in container shipments entirely down to the import of Christmas goods from well known brands such as JML, Argos and Toys ‘R' Us, boosting business at the Port of Tyne ahead of the Christmas season.
Surprisingly, even though it is a seasonal time of year, it is not just Christmas presents that are coming into the Port. Port of Tyne Logistics handles many everyday items, including large volumes of furniture and electrical items as the consumer market grows in preparation for Christmas, with customers like Argos distributing sofas and plasma TVs.
One company that relies heavily on the Port of Tyne to keep goods moving through the distribution chain is Spark Response. The company's business is all about providing an end-to-end service for retailers, from taking an order over the phone or internet to delivering the goods directly to the consumer.
John Tye, Port of Tyne Commercial Director - Logistics said: "Companies such as JML, Argos and Toys ‘R' Us rely on us not just to get their goods into the country, but also to make sure they are speedily distributed to their stores around the country. Even though this is our busiest time of year, due to the amount of control that we have on the workload coming in, we are able to speed up our pace when it comes to delivery times for distribution. Often items arrive and are distributed the very same day.
"At the Port we are proud of our exceptionally high standards of customer care, security and accuracy. These standards don't slip even during the very hectic Christmas period - our customer service is paramount."
Another of the Port's distribution customers Centre Design will be helping to keep the Port of Tyne's fleet of distribution trucks busy as they travel all over the country delivering huge Christmas decorations to shopping centres nationwide.