Sainsbury’s signs Unipart contract

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Sainsbury’s has signed a deal with Unipart Group to become its non-food fulfilment provider.

The contract will see Unipart manage the warehousing of the supermarket giant’s general merchandise and home & lifestyle product ranges for all its stores in a push to accelerate the growth of its non-food ranges.

Unipart will move into a new 377,000 sq ft facility in Tamworth, Staffordshire, with an initial workforce of 350 people.

David James, head of non-food logistics at Sainsbury’s, said: “We felt that having visited the Unipart sales sites, spoken to the Unipart team and the way that they operate, that they could offer something different.

“We liked the whole ethos around the Unipart Way, the focus on continuous improvement and the way that they engage with their colleagues, and this is where we see the commercial advantage that Unipart can bring to the Sainsbury’s Logistics division.”

The Unipart Way uses techniques to deliver and sustain operational excellence, as well as training and inspiring staff.

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