Norbert Dentressangle has won a multi-million pound, three-year contract to provide a dedicated delivery solution for Interfloor, which makes underlay and flooring accessories under the brands Duralay, Tredaire, Gripperrods and Stikatak.
The operation involves more than 100 outbound movements from Interfloor’s factories in Haslingden, Lancashire, and Dumfries in Scotland. More than 500 deliveries are made each week using a fleet of 19 artics with curtainsided trailers and 11 rigid 18 tonne trucks. The majority of deliveries to Interfloor’s customers are made direct to stores on fixed days.
The product has to be loose loaded and requires a high level of manual handling. Consequently, is not economical to palletise.
Ian Merrifield, operations manager at Interfloor, said: “We are committed to improving our supply chain and recognise that by outsourcing the transport operation we can achieve this more effectively and focus our attention on expanding the business. We look forward to working closely with Norbert Dentressangle to deliver further customer service improvements through a flexible solution that can meet our logistics needs now and in the future.”
Dentressangle plans to use backloading and vehicle management technology to improve the cost-effectiveness of the operation.