Sainsbury goes for NFT

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NFT has won a three-year contract to manage Sainsbury’s national perishable primary logistics requirements.

It is the first major contract renewal since management bought the company from Northern Foods in August last year. NFT first won the Sainsbury’s primary contract in 2002, and the renewal means it will provide time critical primary distribution services for Sainsbury’s, which involves cross-docking some 240 suppliers’ goods, consolidating them and transporting about 48,000 pallets and dollies of chilled products a week, to around 12 of the food retailer’s national and regional distribution centres.

NFT, which is the retailer’s nominated haulier for chilled products, will be responsible for coordinating all transport movements and will manage some 115 vehicles using its consignment tracking technology. It will also manage a range of sub-contractors, including some of Sainsbury’s secondary store fleet, as part of the primary distribution contract.

Sainsbury also recently appointed NFT to manage its South West primary consolidation centre, one of 10 stockholding facilities, which manage and consolidate the in-bound goods from smaller suppliers.

Roger Burnley, Sainsbury’s supply chain director, said: “Our focus over the past two years has been to ensure strong foundations for our supply chain to support the business turnaround.”

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