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Tesco has announced proposed changes to its distribution network in order to run its business more simply and in a way that best serves its customers.
These changes form part of a wider programme of transformation, which has been taking place over the last two years, to ensure Tesco is set up for the future in a rapidly changing retail sector.
The proposed changes will reduce the number of Tesco distribution centres from 25 to 23 in the UK and will include:
* Closing Welham Green distribution centre and moving its grocery operations to the Reading distribution centre.
* Bringing the majority of general merchandising into one distribution centre at Middlesbrough, resulting in the closure of the Chesterfield distribution centre.
* Withdrawing from Daventry hanging garments shared distribution centre which is currently operated by third party DHL. Its clothing operations will move to nearby Tesco Daventry distribution centre.
* Bringing all warehouse operations that are currently carried out by DHL and Wincanton in house.
* Simplifying the management structure across all distribution centres.
While these changes will result in some redundancies, new roles will be created within other sites across the Tesco distribution network. This includes new jobs at Reading and Middlesbrough distribution centres as well as the creation of colleague support roles in the majority of centres.
Matt Davies, Tesco UK&ROI CEO, said: “As the needs of our customers change, it’s vital we transform our business for the future.
“As part of this we are proposing to close two of our distribution centres in the UK. These changes will help to simplify our distribution operations so we can continue to serve our customers better.
“Our priority throughout this process has been our colleagues and we will continue to do all we can to support them at this time.”
Frozen food distributor Central Foods has been awarded the BRC Standard for Agents and Brokers.
The Northamptonshire-based company, which supplies a wide range of frozen food to wholesalers and caterers across the UK and for export, worked closely with its suppliers to achieve the accreditation.
BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification programme, used by more than 23,000 certificated suppliers in 123 countries. The Standard for Agents and Brokers gives essential certification for companies that provide purchase, importation or product distribution services in the food and packaging supply chain.
Central Foods managing director Gordon Lauder said: “This Global Standard is designed to reflect best practice on product safety, quality and operations, and it is great news that it has been awarded to Central Foods. It’s a ringing endorsement of the standards provided by the company and clients.
“In essence, it reinforces confidence in the quality and safety of the food supplied by the company to our many customers throughout the UK and for export. As a frozen food distributor, we place great emphasis on quality and provenance.”
Central Foods, which is based at Collingtree near Northampton, supplies more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers. It also supplies to foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry, including pubs, hotels, restaurants, staff canteens, schools, hospitals, coffee shops, football grounds and universities.
Offering a one-stop shop to the foodservice sector, it sources products from around the world and the UK, supplying more than 400 different lines, ranging from meat, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products, desserts and puddings.
Central Foods has been regularly named in the annual Grant Thornton Northamptonshire Ltd report which highlights the growth of the top 100 privately owned businesses in Northamptonshire, and was ranked as one of the 200 fastest growing companies in the East Midlands in the 2015 Grant Thornton and CBI report, the most recent available, which highlighted growing organisations.
The company is marking its 21st anniversary in 2017.
LPR UK Announces New Logistics Partnership With W.R. Carter
Pallet pooling expert LPR UK has announced a new partnership with logistics specialist W.R. Carter & Sons.
The relationship will see LPR’s iconic red pallets transported across the country by W.R. Carter & Sons’ state-of-the-art fleet of trucks. As part of the contract, the logistics expert will facilitate more than 75,000 pallet movements per year for LPR.
Delivery and collections will be carried out by W.R. Carter & Sons’ versatile flatbed trailers, all of which have 26 stacks of pallet capacity.
The partnership forms part of LPR’s wider commitment to sustainability and first-rate customer service. Favouring the ‘one way trip’ model of pallet pooling, LPR is able to ensure the whole process is cost-effective and environmentally friendly. LPR’s one-way-trip process gives manufacturers greater awareness of their costs, as well as enabling LPR to provide a much higher level of pallet quality, thanks to regular sorting and repair.
Similarly, the one-way trip means that lorries aren’t having to make unnecessary trips with partial or no loads – helping to further shrink LPR’s carbon footprint.
Adrian Fleming, regional manager of LPR UK and Ireland, commented: “We’re delighted to announce the partnership with W.R. Carter & Sons. Working alongside such a trusted logistics expert will help us further expand our collection capabilities for our wide network of customers across the UK.
“As part of our company-wide commitment to shoring up sustainability, the partnership with W.R. Carter & Sons represents a fantastic opportunity to reduce the size of our carbon footprint.”
The new contract reflects a busy and exciting 2016 for LPR, whose environmental credentials have recently been recognised at a European level, with leading corporate social responsibility assessor EcoVadis awarding the company a prestigious Gold rating for its sector-leading approach to sustainability.