Wincanton has secured a three-year contract to create and run a dedicated delivery solution for Roper Rhodes, one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of bathroom furniture and products.
The contract demonstrates the company’s commitment to growth in the Home & DIY sector.
Wincanton’s IT expertise and in-cab technology will inform its solution for Roper Rhodes. It will plan, organise and execute the transport of goods from Roper Rhodes’ 200,000 sq. ft Distribution Centre in Portbury, Bristol, to customers across the UK, ensuring on-time deliveries through real-time telematics technology.
This technology will also provide customers with up-to-the-minute delivery information, enhancing quality of service and overall customer experience.
Roper Rhodes is moving from a shared network-based delivery solution in favour of Wincanton’s dedicated transport operation. This includes:
the supply and management of a fleet of Roper Rhodes-branded vehicles
scheduling and optimisation of deliveries
training and development of dedicated delivery teams
Paul Roper, Managing Director, Roper Rhodes, said:
“We selected Wincanton following an extremely comprehensive selection process.
“We were impressed with the professionalism of the Wincanton team throughout that process and we felt that there were real shared values between our two businesses.
“We are delighted to be working with Wincanton and look forward to enjoying the benefits this project will bring to our business.”
Paul Durkin, Director of Home & eFulfilment, Wincanton, said:
“An effective and efficient delivery model is at the heart of delivering a positive customer experience.
“By moving to a dedicated transport operation, Roper Rhodes can be sure of an efficient and reliable delivery proposition which meets the growing expectations of their customers.
“Roper Rhodes joins a growing list of top-tier retailers and suppliers in the Home & DIY sector, which we are delighted to call our customers.
“We look forward to working in partnership with Roper Rhodes, a company with which we share a strong South West heritage.”
Separately, Wincanton has announced that Ian Keilty has joined as Managing Director, Retail and Consumer.
Ian was most recently Vice President, European Supply Chain, at Sysco and was previously Chief Operating Officer of Brakes group when Sysco acquired them. Ian has also held various roles on the operating boards and executive committees at Booker Group and Iceland Stores. Prior to this Ian had a background in engineering and supply chain working for Mars and has an MBA from London Business School.
Ian will succeed Liam McElroy who is stepping down after six years in the role during which time he has been instrumental in growing the company’s Retail and Consumer division. The two will work side-by-side across a transitional period over the coming months.
Adrian Colman, Wincanton’s Chief Executive, said:
“During his time at Wincanton, Liam has used his considerable energy, industry knowledge and insight to grow our successful Retail & Consumer business and I am grateful for the significant contribution that he has made to our business and our leadership team. Finding a successor for Liam has been a difficult challenge and I am delighted to welcome Ian who will bring fresh strategic thinking and intellectual rigour to the Group, backed by a keen interest in our customers and people. Ian joins us at an exciting time to support the ongoing growth strategy for our Retail and Consumer business.”