Tuesday 24th Nov 2020 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Poundland signs €11.8m deal

Poundland, the UK’s largest retailer of £1 products has signed a €11.8m three year outsourcing deal with DHL Exel Supply Chain. DHL will be importing consumer products from China and transporting them to stores across the UK.
DHL will transport a variety of products for Poundland from UK outbases in Billingham, Hatfield and Bellshill and will provide deconsolidation center services at ports in Felixstowe and Southampton. The inward freight from China will be managed by DHL’s International Supply Chain team.
Jim McCarthy, chief executive, Poundland, says: ‘We are pleased to be working with DHL both in the UK and China. This new business model should really help to reduce our transport costs – a key priority for us as a low-price retailer. Using DHL’s integrated international service we hope to increase the efficiency of delivering high-volumes of consumer products to all of our UK stores.’
DHL’s solution will significantly reduce transport costs by the introduction of double-deck trailers and by revising store delivery schedules. DHL’s ability to provide transport outbases and deconsolidation centers in key areas played an important part in securing the contract.
Poundland has 167 stores throughout the UK, each receiving up to five deliveries a week. DHL’s deconsolidation centers will be handling between 3,000 and 4,000 containers each year, transporting a range of products for Poundland covering: food and drink; health, baby and beauty; household; homewares; toys; DIY and petcare products.

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