UK grocer Sainsbury’s has once again signed up international logistic s & supply chain firm Allport to run its freight management services.
Allport began its partnership with the supermarket chain in 2008 when it was appointed to support Sainsbury’s expanding volumes of non-food direct imports.
Sainsbury’s has since been looking to further expand its non-food offering around the UK, with more products in its general merchandise and TU clothing ranges added over the last year, and store expansions and extension a major priority for CEO Justin King.
David James, Sainsbury’s Head of Non-Food Logistics, commented: “We recognise Allport’s contribution to the development of our international supply chain strategy and we strongly believe that together, we will continue to deliver against our future plans and maximise the opportunities for the benefit of both companies.”
Fellow supermarket giants Asda and Morrisons also use Allport as their principle freight manager, whilst other leading retailers Marks & Spencer, Kingfisher and Next use the firm in combination with other providers.
The company heralds itself as the predominant supply chain management partner to the UK retail industry and also works with several departments stores, e-tailers and small to medium-sized enterprises.
Darren Palfrey, a director at Allport, said: “We are really looking forward to continuing our productive relationship with Sainsbury’s; working to enhance supply chain visibility and increasing the development of origin logistics solutions are the foundations of international supply chain success.”