Jollyes today confirmed it had extended its logistics partnership with supply chain specialist Wincanton for two years, in a “significant” and transformational contract for the business.
Since 2019, Wincanton has provided warehouse and distribution services to Jollyes stores across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, operating from its multi-user warehouse in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
According to the retailer, the new transport and warehouse contract will see Wincanton store, pick and deliver over three million cases of products per year, replenishing all 70-plus Jollyes stores and fulfilling over 7,000 deliveries each year.
The operation is supported by Wincanton’s warehouse management system (WMS) to deliver tailored inventory management, item tracking and performance reporting.
The extended contract will help support Jollyes’ “ambitious” growth plans that will see it open 20 new stores in the next 12 months alongside further acquisitions which have recently seen nationwide store locations grow to over 70 for the first time.
Jolleys also said the new contract will incorporate ‘backhauling’ agreements that will see the firm take responsibility for picking up products from six key suppliers on their return to Wigan, taking lorries off the road and reducing road miles.
Joe Wykes, chief operating officer at Jollyes, said: “Our partnership with Wincanton is foundational for Jollyes and crucial to supporting our ambitious growth plans over the next three years.
“What’s more, the innovative backhauling agreements with our supplier partners will deliver significant environmental benefits as we reduce road miles.”
Carl Moore, managing director of digital and eFulfilment at Wincanton, added: “Our partnership with Jollyes is another demonstration of our strength in helping our customers ensure supply chain resilience.
“We relish the opportunity to continue to support Jollyes on their future growth journey and ensure we maintain consistent levels of service in tough market conditions all the way to 2024.”