Wincanton has won a £40 million three-year contract with Argos to become the primary supplier of the retailer’s inbound UK supply chain.
The logistics giant will use its own vehicles alongside the retailer’s inter-distribution centre (inter DC) trunking fleet to handle some 35,000 inbound container movements per year.
The two companies will work together to plan and implement port to DC container movements, inter DC trunking scheduling and domestic supplier connections.
Wincanton will be looking to generate cost savings, while helping reduce the retailer’s environmental impact by cutting the number of empty vehicles on the road and reducing congestion.
Wincanton will project manage the solution development for IT infrastructure, which will focus on moving traffic onto rail where possible to cut down carbon dioxide emissions.
“The innovation that Wincanton has been able to offer is very attractive to us,” says Anita Donohoe, inbound control manager, Argos.
“To extend our business to a supplier that we already work closely and in partnership with makes a lot of sense. It will also provide various synergies across the contract that will ultimately reduce costs. In the many years that we have worked with Wincanton, we have built up a great understanding of each other’s businesses.”
The deal builds on a 13-year partnership and existing warehousing and transport operations at seven locations in the UK.