Wincanton has won a new five-year contract with cycle and car accessories retailer Halfords to manage its entire transport operations for UK and Ireland.
Under the contract, Wincanton will transport over 63.5 million items per year from the retailer’s three distribution centres to its network of nearly 400 stores across the UK and Ireland.
This contract builds on Wincanton’s existing eight-year partnership with Halfords, which has seen the group use its transport management technology to deliver £10m of continuous improvements to the efficiency and sustainability of Halfords’ transport operations.
Wincanton has also introduced a fleet of eight liquid natural gas (LNG) vehicles to support Halfords’ net-zero ambitions, an initiative that has removed 628 tonnes of carbon emissions from Halfords’ transport operations.
Wincanton will now support Halfords to deliver its network strategy. The group will also deploy its Winsight technology, which Wincanton said is unique to the logistics company and will further enhance customer experience, reduce costs and CO2 emissions.
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Rachel Gilbey, Wincanton managing director of general merchandise, said: “Halfords is a valued, long-standing customer and we are proud to be extending our partnership with them for a further five years.
"Today’s announcement is a testament to the great work that we do delivering operational improvements for our customers, and we look forward to continuing to use our innovation and technology to drive efficiency in Halfords’ transport operations in the years to come.”
Ian Ridley, Halfords head of logistics, added: “Following a comprehensive market review, we are pleased to announce that we are continuing our partnership with Wincanton with the award of new five-year contract.
"Having held a very successful and long-standing partnership, we are delighted to be able to
continue our efforts in delivering further service and cost improvements.
"Our jointly agreed strategic road map will allow us to deliver numerous continuous Improvement projects that are focused on; enhancing services to all of our stores and customers; identifying greener solutions for delivery; and committing to drive tangible commercial benefits throughout the term of our contract. With the Wincanton leadership team now fully integrated into our operations."