Menzies Logistics Solutions has started delivering stock to 110 WH Smith stores in the north of England as part of a three-year deal worth £1.5 million. Drivers from the logistics division of Menzies Distribution now deliver a wide range of goods including DVDs, books, e-Readers and confectionary to shops in Chester, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and York.
All stock is packed in pallets or cages at WHSmith’s distribution centre in Birmingham before being delivered to warehouses in Chester, Preston and Leeds, owned by Menzies Distribution.
Menzies Logistics Solutions’ General Manager Stuart McLean said: “We are delighted to have started providing final mile deliveries for WHSmith. The geographic spread of our warehouses means we are able to offer them a truly competitive deal and reduce road miles for their stock. We are also easily able to deliver anytime during the day or night.
“Our sophisticated transport management system means we offer detailed reporting, our telematics means we can pinpoint any vehicle’s location at any time, and we have given WHSmith a dedicated customer service phone number should further support be needed at any time.”
He added: “We have focused on providing a seamless transition for WHSmith – all of our drivers had extra training and visited the stores ahead of our new contract beginning.
“For those stores where we already deliver newspapers and magazines each morning there is the possibility of even more consolidation of services in the future.”
Menzies Logistics Solutions provides an efficient and cost-effective alternative to in-house logistics, tailored to each of our customers’ individual needs. A division of Menzies Distribution, we have access to a fleet of more than 1,600 vehicles based at 39 depots across the UK and Ireland.
By using a sophisticated transport management system we maximise delivery efficiencies – savings which we pass on directly to our customers. Our qualified and helpful team has extensive experience in the B2B sector. We work 364 days each year and pride ourselves on our flexible approach to logistics.
Menzies Distribution is a marketing, logistics and delivery specialist, serving primary clients in the press, travel and tourism sectors.
In our capacity as a newspaper and magazine wholesaler, we deliver 5 million newspapers and 2.1 million magazines every day; for our travel sector customers we deliver 7.5 million brochures each month.
We also provide a wide spectrum of added-value support and marketing services to our customers through our subsidiary businesses, including face-to-face sampling and promotion, leaflet placement, home shopping fulfilment, print, mailing and direct deliveries to major corporations, airlines, train operators and cruise ships. All of our operations are focused on our customers – from individual shop owners to major international brands.