Wincanton, the largest British third-party logistics (3PL) company, will continue to manage the storage and distribution of wines and spirits for Waitrose & Partners after signing a three-year contract renewal with the Partnership.
From its HMRC-approved bonded warehouse facility in Greenford, London, Wincanton will coordinate the distribution of around 12.5m cases of wines and spirits for the retailer every year.
The operation will serve Waitrose’s network of supermarkets, convenience stores and service stations, as well as Waitrose Cellar, totalling close to 365 outlets across the UK.
A Waitrose & Partners spokesperson said:
“We have a long-standing relationship with Wincanton. Over the many years we have worked together, Wincanton has proven itself to be flexible and responsive in support of category growth.
“Their expertise in the area of Bonded storage is also essential and valued by Waitrose & Partners. We see Wincanton as a trusted provider that will help Waitrose to build on its position within the UK grocery market.”
James Hurrell, Director of Grocery at Wincanton, said:
“Extending our long-standing and much valued relationship with Waitrose demonstrates our strength and expertise in grocery logistics. Wincanton prides itself on its excellent level of service, innovation and commitment to continuous improvement, and this contract extension is evidence of success in what we do every day.
“We are proud to have worked with Waitrose & Partners for more than 20 years, and we look forward to building upon our solid partnership based on collaborative working, flexibility and trust.”