Matalan has signed a three year agreement with Advanced Supply Chain to provide a range of pre-retail operations as part of a move to reduce input costs.
The fashion and homeware retailer, which has about 200 stores, carried out an audit of the end-to-end supply chain as part of its business cost analysis and identified the need for increased pre-retail operations within the UK.
Terry Broadhead, imports and distribution manager at Matalan, said: “ASC worked closely with us in reviewing certain parts of the supply chain. They helped to identify a number of areas where efficiency could be improved to generate tangible savings and operational advantages.
“Their expertise, flexibility and bespoke control systems will ensure the success of the operation, and the new service will help our strategy of countering rising raw material costs to continually offer consumers best value goods.”
The retailer looking for improvements in both operational efficiency and stock availability.
Mike Danby, CEO of Advanced Supply Chain, added: “Competitive retail selling prices are key to growth in the value part of the retail sector. This operation, which will reduce distribution time and operating costs, will help Matalan maintain their competitive edge.”