Tesco has once again renewed its contract with XPO Logistics for the management of 12 Recycling Service Units (RSUs) throughout the UK and Ireland, along with the maintenance of its loose equipment fleet.
The renewal reflects XPO Logistics' expertise in reverse logistics, including the quality of its returns management IT systems and synergies with Tesco's recycling operations.
Established in 1995, the RSU network handles all loose equipment and packaging waste from more than 2,700 Tesco stores in the UK and Ireland. Assets are backhauled on Tesco and its suppliers’ store delivery vehicles to the RSUs, the majority of which are co-located with Tesco’s distribution facilities. Employing around 700 people, the operation currently handles around 17,500 returning vehicles each week.
Under the maintenance contract, XPO Logistics is also responsible for the servicing and maintenance of more than a million roll cages, as well as trays and dollies, helping to ensure longevity of assets, optimum availability and reduced replacement costs.
Recent and planned initiatives include the development and implementation of a live data capture system and the trial of a segregation system to improve the quality and value of plastic waste.