Refrigeration supplier shifts logistics operation to new base 350 miles away

Capital Cooling

Refrigeration provider Capital Cooling is closing its warehousing and logistical facilities in Scotland – where they have been for 25 years – and relocating them south of the border.

The company has managed all its stockholding just outside of Edinburgh since 1996, but plans to move it to Northamptonshire over the coming months.

CEO Steve Steadman, who has led the transformation since taking over 18 months ago, said the shift made commercial sense.

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“While Capital Cooling will always have roots in Scotland it was clear to see that the operational side of the business was simply in the wrong part of the country,” he explained.

“More than 80% of our deliveries take place south of the border and by shipping all goods to Edinburgh to then return them back down south for delivery was not only poor for efficiency but also for our environmental impact.”

The company will operate from a 26,000 square foot new-build facility just off the A14 in Kettering.

The 12-metre high premises will enable the company to stock an increased volume of products.

It will be home to 24,000 square feet of warehousing while a showroom and 2,000 square foot of office space will be used by southern-based members of the team.

The move also allows the business to exit the existing head office just outside of Edinburgh with the team moving to a more modern and sustainable facility three miles away in Livingston.

“The goal of this plan was to secure the long-term future of the business and ensure job security for all members of the team,” continued Mr Steadman.

“We have succeeded in doing so and we will continue to have our finance, sales, marketing, warranty and customer service departments all operating from our new Livingston office while anyone affected by the relocation has been offered an alternative position.”

Mr Steadman said the restructuring was the first stage in a new chapter for the business.

“We will be launching new ranges of innovative products for the retail, hospitality and foodservice sectors in the coming weeks and months while the KubePlusand KubeUltimatecoldroom ranges will also be growing.

“Furthermore, our team have been using the Covid-19 enforced lockdown to develop and introduce new CRM and service management systems which will improve communication channels and operational visibility for all of our customers.”

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