Third party logistics provider Century Logistics has been acquired by Metro Supply Chain Holdings (UK), a division of Canadian-based Metro Supply Chain.

The Suffolk-based 3PL specialises in providing consumer packed goods companies with warehousing, co-packing, e-commerce fulfillment, product repairs and product returns. It manages seven distribution sites across the UK.

Metro Supply Chain has been operating in the UK since 2016 when it acquired Evolution Time Critical, a provider of 24-hour emergency logistics for companies around the world, with offices in Derby, UK, the United States, Portugal, Germany and China.

In 2021, the company expanded operations to include five facilities in Wales dedicated to defence sector logistics.

With the acquisition of Century Logistics, Metro Supply Chain now has over 80 distribution centres across North America and Europe.

Martin Graham, group president of Metro Supply Chain, said: “We welcome Century Logistics to the Metro Supply Chain team. Century’s wide capabilities and customer-focused culture complement Metro Supply Chain’s strengths as a strategic supply chain solutions partner to some of the world’s fastest-growing and most reputable brands.

“This acquisition deepens our operations in the UK and Europe and broadens our service offerings for UK-based customers looking to expand into the United States or Canada.”

Stephen Basey-Fisher, founder and chairman of Century Logistics, added: “Since opening our first commercial warehouse in 1998, Century Logistics’ driving focus has been to invest where our customers need us most, which, in recent years, has meant supporting their significant ecommerce growth.

“We’re thrilled to join Metro Supply Chain and be able to offer customers here and abroad a true end-to-end, harmonized experience that will delight their consumers wherever and whenever they shop.”

Chiko Nanji, founder and chief executive of Metro Supply Chain, said: “Century Logistics founders Stephen and Ann Basey-Fisher have built an impressive customer-focused operation and we are excited to welcome the full Century team to Metro Supply Chain.

“We look forward to providing greater synergies and opportunities for our UK-based customers who are looking to grow their operations in new geographies and capabilities.”