Logistics firm Wincanton has been awarded an initial three-year contract with the UK’s leading garden centre retailer as the haulage specialist focusses on the e-commerce market.
The deal will see Wincanton's 5,000 drivers and 3,500 delivery trucks provide e-fulfilment, store replenishment, and final mile home delivery services to Dobbies, which has 68 branches across the UK.
Wincanton will create a supplier consolidation platform for Edinburgh-based Dobbies at its shared fulfilment centre in Wigan that will optimise in-store availability, reduce costs and improve sustainability.
Its Wigan base will also fulfil all direct to customer orders, with large products being delivered via Wincanton’s industry-leading, two-person home delivery network.
Wincanton’s services to Dobbies are strengthened by the Group’s W2 digital innovation programme, which includes initiatives in cloud-fulfilment systems and robotics to drive supply chain excellence.
Wincanton chief executive James Wroath, said: "This new partnership demonstrates that we are delivering on our stated growth strategy, particularly in the area of digital and efulfilment. Taking advantage of the shift in consumer purchasing habits to online, this new contract with Dobbies showcases the resilience, breadth and agility of Wincanton’s capabilities."
Graeme Jenkins, CEO for Dobbies Garden Centres, said: "At Dobbies, we are focused on delivering the best possible customer experience, both in-store and online. Wincanton has a proven track record and we look forward to working in partnership with them."
Dobbies has outlets in Swindon, Hungerford, and Cirencester.