Halfords, the UK’s leading retailer of automotive and cycling products, has appointed Wincanton as sole operator of its national transport contract.
The contract will go live this summer and will see Wincanton operate more than 80 vehicles as it oversees the distribution of the retailer’s goods from its flagship operational base in Coventry, as well as sites in Redditch, Bury, Mossend, Portbury and Greenford.
Halfords awarded the contract to Wincanton after working together to establish improved ways of working. During this period Wincanton also demonstrated its expertise in change management and provided guidance on how Halfords can manage its infrastructure to improve service and efficiency.
As the largest British logistics business, Wincanton will be focused on ensuring a seamless operational process, as well as reducing cost throughout the supply chain supporting Halfords’ recent growth and maintaining high customer service levels.
Liam McElroy, Retail Managing Director at Wincanton, said: “From the beginning of our consultative relationship with Halfords, we have worked hard to develop a deep understanding of the business and build strong relationships. We’re excited to now be working so closely with such a well-known and well-loved British brand, ensuring its customers receive the highest levels of service and quality.
“Wincanton provides services for many of the major retailers in the UK and we’re acutely aware of the challenges they face in a multichannel era. Providing flexible and agile logistics support is a key focus for us, ensuring Halfords maintains its market leading position now and in the future.”
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Wincanton plc – the smarter logistics partner
From kitchen equipment and wallpaper, through to groceries, tiles, bricks, clothing and diesel… almost everything that’s bought for the home and workplace passes along a complex supply chain. In many cases that supply chain will be operated and managed by Wincanton.
Our customers, who include some of the world’s most admired brands, rely on us to make their businesses operate more efficiently and to gain a competitive advantage in their sector.
As a trusted and respected business partner, we design and implement logistics services that range from setting up and operating distribution services and networks through to bonded warehouses and technology hosting, container transport and storage and records management.
Improved stock visibility and availability, reduction of lead times, operational excellence, collaborative warehousing and transport models, and an absolute commitment to continuous improvement, are just some of the reasons why many of our customer relationships extend to over 20 years.
With in-depth sector knowledge and insight, we cover a wide range of markets including retail, consumer goods, construction, dairy, defence, records and data management, industrial, fuels and energy. We work hard to understand and respond to our customers’ needs, build long term relationships and use our skills and expertise to deliver a smarter, added value service, every day.
- Annual revenue in the UK & Ireland exceeds £1 billion
- 15,500 employees including 4,000+ drivers
- Operates from 200+ locations with 13 million square feet of warehousing across the UK and Ireland
- Operating responsibility for around 3,600 vehicles
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