The Lloyd Fraser Group has launched a specialist fashion logistics service designed to provide shared-user distribution and value added service to the retail trade.
The operation went live in December and contracts worth £15 million have already been agreed with several high street chains.
The service is based on Lloyd Fraser’s UK network and can handle both boxed goods and hanging garments.
Products can be received at a number of locations, stored and then picked for onward trunking prior to undertaking radial deliveries to customer stores.
In order to run the new operation Lloyd Fraser has invested in a number of 7.5 tonne and 18 tonne box rigids and taken on 50 additional members of staff.
Mike Faye, Lloyd Fraser’s operations director, said: “We at Lloyd Fraser are convinced that times of economic difficulty present as many opportunities as they do problems, and for companies like ours, willing to be innovative and share risk and reward in equal measure with our clients, we can buck the present trend of bad news in the distribution market.
“The current economic climate invariably leads companies to look immediately at their supply chains, an area that is often targeted to save money and thus boost balance sheets. Fashion logistics has long had a perception of being a niche market requiring premium service that comes at a premium price. At Lloyd Fraser we can now offer that premium service but at a reasonable price.”