Alpha Storage goes from strength to strength
Established in July 2019 by twin brothers Dessie and Barry Duffy, Alpha Storage Ltd is a fast-growing storage and logistics company based in Co. Cavan. A reliable and trusted haulier, the family business provides an agile and responsive transport service for its clients.
Alpha Storage is a warehouse facility conveniently located five minutes from Cavan town to support local industry and enterprise. The business provides pallet storage in addition to value-added services such as ‘pick and pack’, in an ambient-controlled environment. Clients can be assured of a clean and product-protected service.
The company was formed to cater for a growing demand for storage and value-added services in the border region. It offers palletised racking for 6,000 standard pallet spaces and plans to grow and accommodate customer needs over the coming years. Its focus is on both fast turnaround and long-term rates for customer requirements. Alpha’s facility is operating five loading bays and a closed sealed unit facility, with full pest and insect control measures in place to ensure the highest hygiene standards are met.
Alpha Storage’s mission statement is to provide a 5-star quality service to all of its clients and be recognised as a premium service provider. Customers can be confident in trusting the respect given to their products.
Directors Dessie and Barry Duffy bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the business, having worked in international transport and logistics, HGV maintenance and testing as well as the motor trade for many years. They have always worked in a customer-focused way to deliver a quality, committed service in everything they do. The brothers have achieved a BRC rating and are also Department of Agriculture approved. Employing 22 highly-skilled staff, including 13 drivers, Alpha Storage delivers into major distribution centres across Ireland, the UK and Europe.
“We’re currently leasing a secure 22,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Drung, but have secured a new site in nearby Cootehill which we plan to develop into a 15,000-pallet facility,” Dessie explains.
“Our first few years in business have gone very well. There has been great buy-in from companies in our area. We’ve dealt with over 700 different clients at this stage. There wasn’t a storage facility in the north-east or border region like this. We serve a large catchment area and have a growing staff and customer-base.
“Brexit has given rise to the need for more stock planning than ever before. We’re able to ease the burden for clients who are experiencing slower delivery speeds.
“Barry and I know the business better than most. I worked in international transport and then moved into the housing sector before returning to my transport roots. Barry is a mechanic by trade who worked in HGV maintenance and testing in the family business, Duffy Commercials (Cootehill). His focus is very much on this venture now.”
Dessie continues: “Both of us have a vast network of contacts and have a hands-on attitude. We take the headache out of dealing with day-to-day operations and offer a comprehensive service for exports and imports for our customers. We are developing strong, long-lasting partnerships with our clients.”
Barry is equally happy with the company’s growth.
“We started from scratch and have built it up bit-by-bit,” he says.
“We listen to our customers and try to do our best for them. We’ll always go the extra mile for them. We’ve embraced modern technology in a big way and are using some excellent software packages from the likes of Principal Logistics Technologies. Their warehouse management system allows our customers to integrate and track their stock movements. We’re going from strength to strength.”
The services offered by Alpha Storage include palletised storage, ‘pick and pack’, document storage and transportation. FCL container imports and exports with groupage services to the UK and Europe. Full load movements and any other logistic related needs. Whatever the size of your business, it can provide the perfect storage solution at very affordable prices. The storage facilities are fully alarmed, while additional security is provided by extensive 24-hour CCTV coverage both internally and externally. The warehouse is fitted with automated dehumidifiers in order to minimise internal atmospheric moisture levels. Furthermore, Alpha’s self-storage units are accessible to customers from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.
In response, the company has developed processes to ensure it performs in the most logical, straightforward and time-efficient manner, giving true cost-effectiveness for customers. The family-business is trusted with highly confidential, time sensitive and restricted paperwork from a variety of customers who depend on it to distribute it on demand, singly or in bulk, within Ireland, the UK, Europe or worldwide.
Processes include: delivery via self-owned and operated vehicles and pallet network; pallet pick and dispatch; pallet distribution nationally; file storage with pick files and dispatch; Europe and UK load collections with store and pallet dispatch service.
Alpha Storage has also established itself as a leading transport and logistics partner with a range of services offered. It runs six Volvo Euro 6 mega tractor units, including a brand new one purchased from Irish Commercials, as well as 35 trailers for drop trailer rotation services at home and abroad. The trailers are a mix of Schmitz Cargobull Euroliners and Chereau, Gray & Adams and Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated units. The warehousing and logistics specialist recently took delivery of two new Chereau fridge trailers from AT&T Rentals.
“We’re constantly investing in our fleet, facilities and people. Most of the maintenance is carried out in house by Barry and his son Tommy who ensure there is no such thing as downtime,” Dessie points out.
The Duffy brothers would like to take this opportunity to thank their clients and suppliers for their continued support as well as their hard-working team for their dedication and expertise. They look forward to working with you for many more years to come.
Alpha Storage Ltd
Telephone: +353 0(42) 9660044
Mobile: +353 0(86) 3848113 / +353 0(87) 7633025
Email: [email protected]
First published in Irish Trucker magazine December 2023/January 2024, Vol 26-7