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Haulage firm Wincanton wins Primark contract, loses CFO

Logistics firm Wincanton has won a five-year contract with fashion retailer Primark for the provision of transport services to all its UK stores.

Under the contract, which begins early next year, Chippenham-based Wincanton will make more than 50,000 deliveries to 191 stores across the UK each year and deliver significant operational efficiencies to the safety, service and cost of its supply chain.

As part of the operations, Wincanton and Primark will work to ensure a reduction in carbon emissions, including reducing distances travelled by HGVs by 15 percent and increasing the use of alternative fuels.

More than 100 Primark employees will stay on in their roles and join the 20,000-strong Wincanton team.

They will primarily be engaged across transport operations, conducting deliveries nationwide and will benefit from the real-time visibility provided by Winsight, Wincanton’s single platform technology suite.

Winsight will manage all transportation activity across Primark’s UK supply chain, ensuring goods are delivered seamlessly and to the highest service standards.

Wincanton will embed this and other execution tools as part of its commitment to continuous improvement to optimise its network. This will ensure broader collaboration on key points, such as capacity, within the wider supply chain.

Rachel Gilbey, MD of general merchandise at Wincanton, said: “This is a significant contract which demonstrates strong momentum within the business, as we welcome our new colleagues to the Wincanton family.

“The Wincanton and Primark teams are working hand-in-hand to deliver a successful transformation for Primark’s transport operations.

“We look forward to continuing to innovate and unlock significant value for customers.”

Mark Shirley, director of logistics at Primark, said: “We are excited to be working with the Wincanton team whose size and expertise match the growing demand from our customers.

“Wincanton has developed sustainable solutions that will bolster Primark’s logistics capacity in the UK and we look forward to continuing to innovate and improve our transport operations.”

Meanwhile, Wincanton’s chief financial officer Tim Lawlor has announced his resignation, effective from March 2022, to take up a position at at Countryside Properties.

“It has been a privilege to have been part of the Wincanton team as the Group’s financial position has strengthened and the business has grown,” said Tim.

“I would like to thank everyone at Wincanton for their support and wish them every success for the future.”

Chief executive James Wroath said: “The board of Wincanton wishes to thank Tim for his hard work, commitment and outstanding contribution to the Group over the last six years.

“I would also particularly like to personally thank Tim for his support during my introduction to the Group.

“We will continue to work closely with Tim to ensure a smooth transition and wish him all the best in his new role.”

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