Asda plans to close its Enfield DC in North London, with up to 261 jobs at risk. The supermarket chain, which is merging with Sainsbury’s, has entered into a consultation period with affected staff. The site, which opened in 2010, delivers home shopping to 4,500 customers each week. However, Asda has since opened automated DCs in London’s Heston (July 2017) and, two months ago, Dartford. Simon Gregg, vice president of grocery home shopping at Asda, said: “In a competitive retail […]
8) Gavin Chappell, supply chain director, Asda Part of the giant Walmart family, Asda vies with Sainsbury’s for second position in the UK grocery retailing pecking order with annual sales of £23bn and 400 stores. With 23 DCs around the UK and a fleet of nearly 1,000 vehicles, Asda likes to keep control of its store deliveries while working closely with its third party carriers on international and primary movements.
Asda has renewed Wincanton’s contract to manage and operate the supermarket’s DCs in Doncaster and Larne, Northern Ireland. The renewal runs until early 2016, and extends a relationship begun in 2005 at Larne and 2007 in Doncaster, which was Asda’s first NDC for general merchandise. Asda distribution director, Ian Stansfield, said: “Wincanton has demonstrated a real partnership approach with the Asda team and a strong commitment to driving efficiencies and helping us to reduce our carbon footprint in our distribution […]
Sainsbury’s and Asda’s distribution networks could be a target for cuts if the proposed merger between the two supermarket giants goes ahead, a retail analyst warned this week.