Thursday, February 21, 2019

WHSmith extends contract with Wincanton


General merchandiser WHSmith has extended its contract with supply chain firm Wincanton as it seeks to reduce operational costs and cut carbon emissions.

The three-year extension, which builds upon the existing twenty year business relationship, will feature new roll-outs such as telematics technology which allows transport schedules to be run on a “bus stop” basis, with driver and truck allocated to pre-planed routes. The firm says this will allow greater management of overall fleet performance

WHSmith Supply chain director David McKinlay, commented: “We needed fresh ideas and innovation to create a step-change in the way we were utilising transport.”

Wincanton have also added a new component into its transport management system which is said to give greater visibility to the outbound high-street deliveries and inbound “supplier collection” loads.

The contract covers Wincanton‘s work for the WHSmith distribution centres in Swindon, Dunstable and Birmingham.

Eric Born, Wincanton chief executive, said: “WHSmith is a business synonymous with astute cost management and innovation and our long, successful partnership is built upon aligning with these goals.”