Tetley tea is joining the collaboration project between Kellogg’s and Kimberly-Clark after awarding a three year contract to Norbert Dentressangle, the 3PL which manages the project.
Tetley is owned by Tata Global Beverages. Vice president Steve Eastham said: “By making it possible for us to collaborate with Kellogg’s and Kimberly-Clark, Norbert Dentressangle’s solution allows us to increase our delivery frequency and improve service to our customers.
“It also maximises utilisation of both warehouse space and transport, which will reduce road miles and fuel bills, helping to reduce the effect of increased costs both in the supply chain and elsewhere in the business, as well as supporting the sustainability agenda which is at the heart of Tata Group’s strategy.
Dentressangle will re-locate warehousing from the current Tetley warehouse at Newton Aycliffe, to its own Merlin warehouse in Manchester, which will be shared with existing occupant, Kellogg’s.
In addition to product from Tetley and Kellogg’s, Norbert Dentressangle’s Manchester site will also consolidate product from Kimberly-Clark’s Northern distribution centre in nearby Chorley, prior to delivery to retail and wholesale customers throughout the UK, delivering significant efficiency, cost and environmental benefits to all parties.
The collaboration between Kimberly-Clark and Kellogg’s started in 2006 through TDG at Northfleet and was rolled out to the rest of the country in 2008.
A major factor in Tata’s decision to appoint Dentressangle was its ability to facilitate collaboration with other major FMCG manufacturing customers, namely Kellogg’s and Kimberly-Clark.
Dentressangle will also be responsible for the linehaul of raw tea from Port of Tyne into Tata Global Beverages’ Eaglescliffe manufacturing plant and will operate around 14 shuttles per day – each carrying around four million teabags – to transport finished product from Eaglescliffe to Manchester.
A dedicated project team will be responsible for the transfer of Tetley stock from Newton Aycliffe to Manchester, to ensure a seamless transition and maintain service levels to Tetley customers throughout the implementation. Norbert Dentressangle has invested in the region of £150,000 at the Merlin warehouse which will accommodate around 10,000 pallets of Tetley product.
The distribution operation is served by Dentressangle’s shared-user, high cube transport network.