XPO Logistics has secured a renewed multi-million pound contract with leading crop protection specialist ADAMA Agricultural Solutions UK to provide logistics and transportation solutions at its 200,000 square foot facility in Derbyshire.
ADAMA is part of the China National Chemical Corp company and one of the world’s largest manufacturer of pesticides and other agrochemical products, with customers in over 100 countries. In the UK its principal activity is the importation of herbicides, seed treatments and other products that improve crop yields by providing protection from weeds and disease.
XPO Logistics’ site at Amber Park in South Normanton, Derbyshire, houses 21,000 pallet locations, from which their fleet will deliver over 200 products to 232 delivery points across the UK. XPO manages the handling of approximately 1.6 million kg of products a year at the site, picking and packing over 880,000 units for distribution on 600 kg pallets.
“XPO has done an excellent job over the past three years and we look forward to continuing to work with their committed team” said Mark Sabine, ADAMA’s director, finance and operations.
“They understand both the seasonal and weather-related impact on demand, with the latter driving substantial changes in volumes throughout the supply chain.”
To further support ADAMA, XPO has drawn on its technological know-how to provide bespoke, real-time reporting, product labelling and sophisticated warehouse management systems which together enable class-leading levels of visibility.
Brian McDill, business unit director, chemical, manufacturing and shared user solutions, XPO Logistics said:
“We provide a dedicated transport fleet with a supporting network of vehicles - with ADR-certified drivers – to ADAMA in response to their specific needs. We understand this highly seasonal business and this means we are well placed to continue supporting ADAMA and other clients in this space.”
Separatley, XPO has been awarded a new contract by Fujitsu General Air Conditioning (UK). XPO will provide supply chain and specialist transport services across the UK for Fujitsu’s commercial air conditioning units. One-man and two-man crews will deliver the units to offices and industrial buildings both as direct orders and via distributors.
In securing the contract, XPO worked in collaboration with Fujitsu to design an optimal solution for the company and its customers. XPO will accommodate 4,000 pallets of air conditioning units on site at its Aylesford, Kent warehouse, and transport an estimated 11,000 pallets annually. XPO will flex its transport and logistics resources to accommodate seasonality, using its warehouse management technology to manage flows, control stock levels and report on performance.
“XPO Logistics have enabled us to go above and beyond what we’ve previously been able to do” said Ian Carroll, sales director of Fujitsu General Air Conditioning (UK) Ltd.
“By offering online tracking of shipments, a mobile app for our customers and considerable transport capability we are able to fulfil client orders more efficiently and accurately, with clear visibility as to shipment progress, which leaves us free to focus on growing our business.”
Operating from ten depots with an extensive network of fleet and drivers, XPO’s specialist delivery network covers mainland UK and is supported by a central customer service team in its Birmingham hub.
Dave Finnie, business unit director, XPO Logistics, said:
“We share Fujitsu’s commitment to superior customer service and productivity. Our teams have brought together their industrial expertise in value-added warehousing, inventory management and specialist transport to create a bespoke solution for Fujitsu. These complex deliveries will be facilitated by our leading IT solutions, including mobile applications that manage flexible and timed deliveries for the best possible end-customer experience.”