Nisbets has signed a new logistics contract that will see Menzies Distribution manage weekly supplies of goods from its national distribution base in Avonmouth, near Bristol, to its retail stores in the UK.
The catering equipment giant, which made sales of more than £230m last year, now operates 22 showrooms across the UK following a whirlwind period of expansion over the past three years.
Each of its stores stocks thousands of items of heavy duty equipment, light equipment, utensils and uniforms.
Goods will be trunked from Avonmouth to Menzies’ depot network, with pallets and cages then transferred to local vehicles for ‘final mile’ delivery. Although Menzies has been working with Nisbets for several months, the arrangement was only formalised last week.
Nisbets will be aiming to take advantage of Menzie’s UK-wide logistics expertise. As a result of its newspaper and magazine deliveries, the company is on the UK’s high streets already and can therefore offer a highly efficient service.
Jim Huckle, operations director at Nisbets, said: “Menzies impressed us with their ability to provide a reliable and cost-effective service throughout the country. It wouldn’t make sense for us to have this kind of operation on dedicated vehicles but by working with a consolidator we have been able to secure a much more attractive and efficient arrangement.”
He added: “Although we’re already the largest supplier in our market we have significant growth ambitions. Supply chain excellence is critical to those plans and in Menzies we have a partner that we know will deliver for us.”
Menzies operates an established network of warehouses and hubs, a working fleet of 1,900 vehicles and a staff of 3,500. Each day it delivers 300,000 units of product to 25,000 individual destinations, covering an aggregate 135,000 miles.
Steve Murray, general manager for business development at Menzies Distribution, explained: “Our contract with Nisbets is an excellent example of how we can combine our trunk and local operations to support our customers’ supply chains. It’s a relationship that we hope to grow as we demonstrate the value of working with a national consolidator.”