Wincanton has landed a major deal with retail giant JD Sports as its national transport services partner.

The deal sees Wincanton manage the national transport operations on behalf of the omnichannel sports fashion brands retailer.

The new, multi-year contract, which begins in August 2024, will see Wincanton provide transport services for retail operations from JD Sports’ distribution centres to its growing footprint of over 560 retail stores nationwide.

Announcing the deal, Wincanton said it was chosen by JD Sports for its ”depth of services and capabilities, ability to provide supply chain resilience and agility and a clear roadmap for continuous improvement, leveraging Wincanton’s digital transport platform, EyeQ.”

The move sees 230 staff, including drivers, managers and outbase staff, transfer from the previous service provider to join Wincanton’s team of over 20,300 colleagues as part of the new partnership.

Rachel Gilbey, Wincanton managing director of general merchandise, said: ”We are delighted to be chosen as the transport partner for JD Sports, building on Wincanton’s capability in retail store transport.

”The partnership will provide JD Sports with a platform for growth, supporting the strategy to become the leading global sports fashion powerhouse. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to Wincanton.”