Advanced Supply Chain (ASC) has won a three-year contract with Matalan to handle the fashion chain’s pre-retail distribution. The deal will see ASC deliver approximately 10 million garments a year to Matalan’s DCs.
The Bradford firm says it won the contract after its audit of Matalan’s supply chain, which identified the need for additional pre-retail operations in the UK to improve stock availability.
Advanced Supply Chain chief executive Mike Danby says: “Competitive retail selling prices are key to growth in the value part of the retail sector. This operation, which will reduce distribution time and operating costs, will help Matalan maintain its competitive edge.”
Terry Broadhead, imports and distribution manager at Matalan, says: “ASC worked closely with us in reviewing certain parts of the supply chain. They helped to identify a number of areas where efficiency could be improved to generate tangible savings and operational advantages.”
The Matalan operation follows a string of recent contract wins for the haulier, including a three-year deal with Makro to handle its UK distribution, and a three-year contract with retailer Go Outdoors
to manage a fulfilment warehouse and UK distribution operation for its retail stores.