Wincanton has won contract extensions with Ikea to operate its distribution centres in Medway and Harlow.

The logistics business said the two- and five-year extensions showed the progress it was making against its strategic focus on growth markets.

Wincanton added that it also reflected its ability to capitalise on a shift in consumer purchasing habits during the pandemic.

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James Wroath, Wincanton chief executive, said: “This is another important step in our long-standing relationship with Ikea and more evidence of the positive progress we are making in our digital and e-fulfilment business.

“We are proud to have supported Ikea in achieving significant volume growth in the past year and these extensions reflect both the success of our partnership and the underlying strength of Wincanton’s broad supply chain capabilities.”