A pioneering leader in logistics at Nestlé York has retired after more than 30 years in the industry. Head of Delivery Sally Wright, who has worked in the transport hub at the site in Haxby Road, since 2002, has stepped down but left her role on a high.

In the last week before her retirement, Sally completed a project for all Nestle owned HGV’s to run on alternative fuels, all diesel will be removed from Nestlé’s own fleet operation. Some are electric and some have switched to HVO fuel instead of diesel.

Although ground-breaking, this isn’t the only project Sally has completed this year before she retired. She has also launched bio LNG trucks, started apprenticeships for drivers and begun trials on products being moved by rail containers and electric shunters.

Sally joined Nestlé in 2002, managing the fleets of vehicles and understanding the movements of these vehicles across the Nestlé network, before becoming the Customer Services Manager for Nestlé Waters where she liaised with the head offices of big supermarkets to ensure supply met demand.

She then moved into transport planning ensuring the movement of products between factories and distribution centres, liquid chocolate from York to Halifax as well as other raw materials and packaging. Sally explains the team-work like putting together a giant complicated jigsaw, making the most of trucks making the trip between factories, distribution centres and customers, minimising empty running and maximising the number of pallets on each journey.

Sally then managed a third-party warehouse operation for Nestlé before moving to manage the York distribution centre based on the Nestlé York campus, overseeing deliveries in and out for the north of England and into Scotland. One of the huge projects Sally oversaw at that time was bringing the Nescafé Dulce Gusto webshop in house and into the distribution centre in York.

In 2018, Sally was promoted to Head of Delivery, where during that time, she worked through the pandemic ensuring drivers were working safely as key workers keeping the food people needed on shelves in supermarkets.

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