Food service wholesaler Bidfood has partnered with Knowles Transport which has become its consolidated distribution partner for ambient products.
As part of the contract, Knowles Transport will handle, consolidate, and deliver a range of ambient products for Bidfood’s suppliers.
Operating from Knowles’ 280,000ft2 BRC food grade warehouse in Wisbech, East Anglia, the contract will encompass storage, handling, container unload, cross dock, and distribution to Bidfood’s 22 ambient depots across the UK.
Orders will be made up of Bidfood’s own stock and Bidfood suppliers, to achieve full loads in order to maximise efficiency and minimise vehicle movements.
Additionally, Knowles will offer full EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) functionality through its WMS eliminating waiting times associated with manual processing.
“We have aimed to enter this sector for some time as it aligns closely with our expertise in food, drink and packaging contract logistics and we are confident that we can help maximise Bidfood’s service levels into depots and drive cost efficiencies for them and their suppliers,” said Alex Knowles, Managing Director of Knowles Transport.
“We see this as an area in which demand will continue to grow and whereby, we store and distribute for many Bidfood suppliers who wish to tap into the efficiencies we can now offer,” added Jim Gouldie, Supply Chain and Technical Services Director at Bidfood.