Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Packaging and lead-times play a part

Maurice Phillips, importer of coordinated, high quality home textile and soft furnishing products, has signed a three year warehousing and distribution contract with TNT Network Logistics.

The company’s product range, which includes towels, curtains, bedding and kitchen accessories, are stored at TNT Network Logistics multi-user facility at Corby and distributed to UK customers through the nationwide shared-user network.

David Bermingham, managing director of TNT Network Logistics, says: “Products arrive at our warehouse in Corby in containers from manufacturing plants in Asia and the rest of Europe. We will provide storage, order picking, despatch and distribution as well as value added services such as pre-retailing and re-working as necessary.”

Once picked, product is distributed via TNT Network Logistics’ national network to a range of retail outlets and stores including Aldi, Argos, Costco, Homebase, Matalan, J Sainsbury, Shop Direct, TJ Hughes, Tesco, Wilkinsons and Woolworths.

TNT Network Logistics is giving Maurice Phillips the flexibility to handle about 1.2 million cases annually, with products occupying 5,500-7,000 pallet locations at any one time. Each aspect of the service will be carried out to suit the individual needs of Maurice Phillips’ customers, depending on packaging and lead-time requirements.

Chris Meehan, operations and logistics director for Maurice Phillips, says: “We have outsourced logistics activities to TNT Network Logistics so that we can focus on our core competencies, which are product development, sourcing, buying, planning and designing. By outsourcing to TNT we are able to gain greater flexibility and, by working in close partnership, we look forward to providing a high quality distribution service to our clients.”