Barron Wood Distribution

Find out how Returnloads has helped Barron Wood Distribution to run its traffic department more efficiently

Barron Wood Distribution provide top quality transport solutions. They have offices situated in Preston, Lancashire and an office in Glasgow, their team of transport experts can offer UK national and pan-European coverage, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Managing excess loads for Barron Wood was a very manual task before joining Returnloads. With 8 branches across the UK and each one having up to 100 loads every week, all branches would have to work together to work in unison in an attempt to get loads covered using external contacts. There was a lot of back-and-forth communication between the offices by phone and email that was incredibly time-consuming for all teams.  

Barron Wood could no longer operate like this for much longer, their way of working was starting to put a huge strain on their resource and holding back business growth and efficiency. They made the decision to join Returnloads to release pressure on their staff continuously ringing external haulage companies and helping their team pre-plan work. Having utilised the free trial, Barron Wood quickly noticed the improvements made in a short period of time.


Returnloads has helped us build a trusting business relationship with hundreds of companies within the industry. It’s a one stop shop for running a haulage company.

We asked Stuart McMillian, what his three top features of Returnloads are:
1) Returnloads has helped us build a trusting business relationship with 100's of companies within the industry.
2) We’ve saved hours every day in calling and emailing other companies hoping to find a solution to getting our excess loads covered.
3) Returnloads provides a one stop shop for everything you need in traffic, like the companies business documents and job confirmations.

Stuart also mentioned “Returnloads helped us most of all with planning work in advance and becoming more organised, not only were we able to cover loads in good time and vehicles for the following day, it helped us plan up to 2 - 3 days in advance too. This was a huge step for us as our traffic planners could focus on planning work in advance and using their time more efficiently.”

“We would most definitely recommend Returnloads, it has been a huge benefit to our company as a whole, right across our 8 branches.”

Are you struggling to organise your haulage work and get your excess loads covered? See how using a digital freight exchange like Returnloads can help your business. Contact a member of our team today to find out more.