Discount retailer Aldi and German logistics company Dachser have signed a new five-year contract which will see Dachser provide a warehouse platform as well as UK and Ireland distribution services for a wide range of Aldi’s products.
The two groups have been working together for more than 25 years, with the logistics provider offering more and more customs services for the German-based retailer.
In 2011, Dachser created an Excise Bond platform for wines and spirits, which saw inbound stock arrive daily from Aldi’s suppliers, and stored under bonded conditions pending delivery to Aldi’s regional distribution centres in the UK and Ireland.
The process has enabled ‘regular and efficient deliveries’ to the distribution centres on the basis of multiple-product, consolidated orders comprising full trailer loads.
“The improvements to our wines and spirits supply chain were visible right from the outset”, says Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate logistics at Aldi.
“Very quickly, we were able to consign more and more products from an increasing number of suppliers via Dachser’s platform. The operation has proved itself to be highly scalable and has directly supported our continued increase in market share.
“We have been very pleased with Dachser’s high level of commitment to our mutual partnership in the UK”, he adds, “and are delighted that we are now able to build on this further through the securing of a long-term contract.”
'Clear & Mutual Understanding'
The German logistics company recently signed a ten-year lease for a brand new warehouse, providing the additional capacity necessary to accommodate Aldi’s alcohol and general ambient products.
“We are extremely proud and happy that Aldi has chosen Dachser for this significant contract”, says Mark Rollinson, Dachser UK’s new managing director.
“Over the years, Dachser has been privileged to be involved with Aldi’s UK success story, providing an ever-increasing scope of logistics and supply-chain services. Our relationship with Aldi is founded on a true partnership approach, incorporating a high level of open communication and trust.
“This has resulted in a clear and mutual understanding of what is important for both our companies in order to create relevant and sustainable logistics and supply chain solutions,” Rollinson concluded.
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