Under a new five-year contract, renewables distributor Segen will partner with Wincanton to upgrade its warehousing and transport operations.
Segen offers products ranging from solar panels to electric vehicle (EV) charging ports. It has committed to helping the UK solar industry hit its 2023 target of 70GW of deployment and believes that improving its logistics operations will support this.
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David Rice, Managing Director of Segen UK, said: “This partnership is essential for our growth ambitions. As the UK’s leading renewables distributor, we are taking the business and our customer experience to the next level.
“Our partnership with Wincanton and our joint vision of driving efficiency and sustainability improvements through innovation will mean we can do just that.”
A key part of the transformation is the consolidation of Segen’s multiple existing warehouses into a single 265,000 ft² national distribution centre in Medway, Kent. Wincanton explained that the migration process will take place over the next six months.
According to Wincanton, the centralisation of Segen’s warehousing operations will lead to improvements in customer visibility, while reducing carbon emissions by eliminating the need for the transportation of goods between various sites.
Furthermore, it expects that new warehouse management systems (WMS) at the Medway facility will deliver improved picking accuracy, in turn reducing the volume of returns.
In addition to warehousing, Wincanton will also be responsible for Segen’s transport and carrier network. Segen will take advantage of Wincanton’s 4PL solution – the Transport Management Control Tower.
Rachel Gilbey, Managing Director of General Merchandise at Wincanton, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Segen to unlock their growth potential. The solution includes the deployment of Wincanton’s warehouse management and transport control tower technology, which alongside our great people, will deliver sustainable supply chain value to Segen and its customers.”