Wincanton has won a three-year extension to its transport management contract with WHSmith.

The extension covers Wincanton’s work for the retailer’s hubs in Swindon, Dunstable and Birmingham, as well as its partners in the South West, North West and Scotland.

Wincanton has introduced telematics to its fleet as part of the contract, allowing drivers and trucks to be allocated to pre-planned routes. The operator says this will allow stores to be notified of deliveries or delays, as well as improve vehicle efficiency.

Eric Born, Wincanton chief executive, said:  "By leveraging our own experience, technologies, in-house scale and partnerships we can continually adapt to enable WHSmith to achieve its commercial strategy and corporate targets."

WHSmith’s supply chain director David McKinlay said: "With an increase in stores, currently 1,042 locations on high streets and at motorway services and airports, together with aggressive fuel inflation, we needed fresh ideas and innovation to create a step-change in the way we were utilising transport."