Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Retailer aims for “store friendly supply”

Boots the Chemist is moving towards supplying products straight to shelf, says its director of logistics, Peter Scriven. He says the high street retailer has already been trialling the scheme in three stores, although the proposed scheme is very much at the planning stage at present.

The store friendly supply scheme will involve very short lead times and will mean a move towards daily deliveries to stores. It is likely that Boots will continue with central warehousing so it “will be down to picking and transport” to ensure products arrive in time.

Scriven says Boots is looking to implement the scheme over the next two years.

l Boots’ D80 dispensing warehouse, page 10.