HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL OPENS FLAGSHIP BIBBY DISTRIBUTION CENTRE
(Cision Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) 14 May 2014 A new Bibby Distribution warehouse and distribution facility in Corby has been officially opened this week by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of Transaid.
The 212,000 ft2 facility in Max Park acts as a central hub for Bibby Distribution’s operations in the East Midlands supporting a variety of key customers, as well as being the second Primary Consolidation Centre (PCC) the 3PL operates on behalf of Morrisons.
In a ceremony in front of Bibby Distribution employees, as well as key Bibby customers, Her Royal Highness said: “Bibby has supported Transaid for more than a decade. It is a real bonus for a charity to have that continuity of funding. The impact Bibby has made by helping Transaid to train drivers in Africa is very significant.”
She added: “Bibby has been an enormous part of the logistics industry and has helped to set high standards for the sector. Corby is well placed and well served by infrastructure and I am sure this will add to the reputation of Bibby.”
Paul Kavanagh, Managing Director, Bibby Distribution, said: “We are honoured to have our new flagship distribution centre opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Our Corby site is a crucial component of our ongoing commitment to developing flexible and innovative services for our customers. Our first two PCCs have already cut inventory costs to Morrisons by £6m and when all five centres are open by the end of 2015, we expect to have increased that to £20m,while improving on-shelf availability.”
Bibby Distribution has developed a PCC network for Morrisons entirely from scratch. By creating a bespoke warehouse management system, it is able to consolidate Morrisons’ stock near to its suppliers, before sending out multi-sku, multi-vendor loads to Regional Distribution Centres across the country, slashing costs, carbon and fuel miles.
Occupying a 15 acre site, the three-bay warehouse features 16 dock levellers and two level-access doors, boasting capacity for more than 30,000 pallets. This enables Bibby Distribution to support a number of major customers from the same premises, including a major three year contract with Japanese food manufacturer Mizkan.
Bibby Distribution is a founding member and a long-term supporter of Transaid,the official charity of the transport and logistics industry. Bibby provides valuable financial support each year through both corporate donations and employee-led fundraising initiatives and donation matching. In recent years Bibby Distribution has directly supported Transaid’s driving training projects in both Zambia and Tanzania, arranging for one of its driver training consultants to spend a fortnight on secondment in each country.
Notes to editors: As one of the top ten logistics providers in the UK, Bibby Distribution exists to enable other companies to drive value from their supply chain activities. The company specialises in providing contract logistics, warehousing, distribution, systems integration and added value services to a wide range of customers.
Bibby Distribution operates from 90 locations across the UK, employs 2,500 people and manages 2million ft² of warehousing space.
The majority of Bibby Distribution’s business is based on long-term partnerships. Its diverse capability also means it can share best practice across the various industry sectors it operates in, from Automotive to FMCG.
The company is part of the £1.4bn-turnover Liverpool-based Bibby Line Group, a 200 year old family owned business-to-business services specialist. It is involved in ship-owning and operation, shallow water accommodation, offshore oil and gas services, contract logistics, financial services, memorial parks, employment law, health & safety advisory services, specialist plant & equipment hire and retail.
Bibby Distribution, Head office, 105 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 5JQ. www.bibbydist.co.uk www.bibbygroup.co.uk
Further press information: James Boley and James Keelerat Garnett Keeler PR on 020 8647 4467.
Transaid (www.transaid.org) is an international development agency that aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It was founded by Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems.
Transaid’s core work includes creating transport management systems for the public sector and assisting with the provision of professional driving qualification development and the training of driver trainers. It also assists with teaching preventive vehicle maintenance management and introducing local, low cost transport solutions including its innovative bicycle ambulance. Transaid also helps promote HIV, AIDS and road safety awareness and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector.
Transaid enjoys strong backing from the transport and logistics industry and the active involvement of its patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
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