Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

United Brands picks Cert Octavian as logistics partner

United Brands, supplier of beers, wines and spirits, has appointed Cert Octavian to handle its distribution. Previously with DHL, United Brands will move all stock from Bawtry, near Doncaster to Cert Octavian’s Middleton site in the new year, giving the company a better geographical location, cost efficiencies and greater growth flexibility.

The12 month rolling contract will see Cert Octavian handle 300 pallets of stock that are picked to order for delivery nationwide with pallet drop size ranging from one to four pallets.

United Brands director Rob Preston said: “Choosing Cert Octavian was an easy decision to make for three main reasons. We know that they do a good job for other customers in the trade and they’ve shown a genuine and proactive interest in winning our business, which is unusual in a logistics partner. And that’s what we want, a true partner that cares about our business and really working with us to achieve our goals. Geographical location is also increasingly important to us, as we’ve just taken on Blackwood gin, which is distributed right across the country.”

United Brands will also use Cert Online, which allows it internet-based visibility of the stock, proof of delivery and the ability to place orders online.

Michael Lainas, managing director, Cert Octavian said: “Drinks brands increasingly want to work with a logistics provider with significant expertise in this sector, who can concentrate on their specific needs and group them with similar companies. Cert Octavian’s extensive experience in this sector enables us to provide insightful supply chain solutions to companies of varying shapes and sizes.”