XPO Logistics extends transport contract with UK’s Co-op
Nov 15, 2016: XPO Logistics has renewed its partnership with Co-op, the UK’s fastest growing grocery non-discounter to manage the Co-op’s food transport operations from Andover and Avonmouth to over 1,000 stores across the South of England and Wales, as well as its regional planning centre servicing both depots.
With a focus on convenience retailing, the Co-op’s supply chain operation is atypical of many large retailers. Its locations in the heart of communities often necessitate the use of smaller vehicles, and its delivery strategies are designed to satisfy both environmental health requirements and customer demand for chilled, ambient and frozen goods.
A dedicated network of approximately 500 XPO Logistics drivers will deliver approximately 100 million cases of Co-op goods each year. XPO Logistics operates a fleet of 180 tractor units, 300 trailers and 151 rigid vehicles for the Co-op, with capabilities spanning all temperature bands.
“This contract extension is a testament to the strong performance, greater efficiencies and substantial cost-saving benefits XPO Logistics has delivered over the past five years,” commented Jon Paul Brown, head of transport at the Co-op.
“We were particularly impressed with the team’s approach to continual improvement initiatives. These will be developed and tested locally for roll-out across our wider network to deliver a compelling, convenient and co-operative shopping experience for our millions of members and customers.”