Supermarket arm of the John Lewis Partnership, Waitrose, has signed a supply chain contract with logistics firm Gist, it was announced today.
Under the new deal Gist, which specialises in fresh food, will collect 400 pallets of goods per week from Scottish-based Waitrose suppliers for consolidation and onward movement from its Bellshill depot.
As a local Scottish business with extensive network coverage, Gist was ideally placed to meet Waitrose’s transport operations requirements.
Kit Woodward, Supply Chain Development Manager for Waitrose, commented: “Waitrose has a reputation for providing the highest quality fresh food and it is essential that our suppliers are also committed to delivering the highest quality service.
“Gist has extensive experience in fresh food logistics and they offer the levels of quality, service and value that we require to meet our customer expectations.”
Waitrose announced earlier this month that it plans to create 12 full-sized supermarkets and 27 convenience stores in the new year, and this added pressure on supply will need extra resources.
Martyn Gwynn, CEO of Gist, said: “Gist has more than 40 years of experience in the fresh food supply chain industry.
“We are delighted to be given this opportunity to put our expertise in practice for the Waitrose primary supply chain to deliver their business with the quality and value their customers.”