Unipart Logistics’ new in-plant logistics partnership with Airbus launched has gone live at Broughton and Bristol production facilities.

Under the contract Unipart Logistics is responsible for the receipt of in-bound products from around the globe, warehousing, kitting and line feed logistics, to Airbus’ on-site wing assembly lines in both Broughton and Bristol.

Simon Wheelton, Aerospace & Defence Sector Director, Unipart Logistics said:

“I am delighted to launch this long-term supply chain partnership with Airbus by welcoming 440 new colleagues to the Unipart Logistics’ business.

“In the aerospace sector we are uniquely placed, through a combination of industry and supply chain knowledge, innovation and culture, to deliver transformational, best practice solutions across the end-to-end value chain for aerospace production logistics.

“I am really excited about this new supply chain partnership with Airbus where we will deliver a step change in operational performance that will enable Airbus to achieve its own exciting production targets, whilst also delivering a vision for logistics which has sustainability, safety, quality and innovation at its heart.”

Separately, Unipart Logistics has launched a new LLP service

Unipart Logistics says businesses are increasingly looking for a single, trusted and independent LLP to help them achieve ‘strategic transformation’.

Central to its proposition is a bespoke, fully integrated LLP platform providing real-time visibility and control to manage a customer’s supply chain.

Unipart Logistics has invested significantly in the development of its LLP proposition including a dedicated team of specialists in operations, business development and data analytics.

Unipart Logistics managing director Ian Truesdale said:

“Until the last few years, we had had a reasonable amount of supply chain stability, but more recent events have changed this and we are now in a period of immense geo-political uncertainty.

“Our LLP proposition is a natural extension of the services we already provide to many of our customers, including some of the biggest names in automotive, tech and healthcare.

“We have built true collaborative partnerships with many of our customers, often over many years, and we will bring the same approach as an LLP.

“The total visibility and real-time information our platform offers businesses make it truly unique.

“The launch of the LLP offering is an important part of our own growth plans, but also has the potential to accelerate the growth of our customers.”

Business development and sector strategies director, Adam Jones is spearheading the LLP service and industry engagement. Adam joined Unipart Logistics in December after 15 years’ experience in supply chain logistics across multiple sectors for companies including DHL Supply Chain, ArrowXL and Wincanton.

Adam said:

“Our platform gives customers the ability to control, design and manage everything in one place and, in real-time, driving continuous operational improvement.

“Our data-driven platform allows businesses to make decisions today, but also supports planning five years and beyond, future-proofing their supply chain and enabling strategic decision-making.

“In addition to increased resilience and productivity, the other major benefit of our platform is its capability to support an organisation’s sustainability goals and net zero targets.

“We can work with our customers to embed greater sustainability across the supply chain considering the business imperatives of speed, cost savings and efficiencies alongside net zero targets.”

Again, separately, Unipart Logistics and Three have celebrated 20 years of partnership by signing a new multi-year contract extension that will see Unipart continue to provide logistics and distribution services in the UK.

Unipart Logistics provides warehousing and logistics services, including planning and a customer contact centre for Three’s 330 retail stores and 10.3 million UK customers; providing omni-channel solutions for the Three product portfolio that includes mobile devices, wearables, SIM cards, routers and accessories.

Matthew Smith, Business Unit Director, Technology, Consumer, E-commerce, Unipart Logistics said:

“We are proud to extend our partnership with Three into its 20th year, having supported them since they launched in 2003 as ‘the network that was born to be different’.

“Three knows the supply chain partnership with Unipart is ‘different’ to any other they could select and this latest extension reflects the way we have continued to challenge ourselves and evolve to introduce innovative, sustainable, supply chain solutions, enabled by the application of digital supply chain technology and The Unipart Way, to add real value to Three’s business.

“We are incredibly proud to sign a new multi-year contract extension, and already have exciting plans to collaborate and ensure Three continues to deliver market-leading service to their customers.”

Dan Halsey, Head of Supply Chain at Three UK said:

“Supply chains are becoming ever more important to business and we wanted to continue working with a partner that we have absolute faith in. As a long-standing partner, we know Unipart will continue to support us so that we can deliver the best service for Three UK customers.

“What we have created with Unipart Logistics, in the fast-changing world of mobile technology and e-commerce, is great partnership, creativity, passion and commitment.

“All of this continues to give Three the confidence that we are collaborating with a supply chain partner who cares about our customers as much as we do, and who we know is continually challenging itself to improve and create new ways of adding value and for Three and our customers.”

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