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Stef gets fat on Unilever contract

Paris, France: European temperature-controlled transport specialist Stef has won the logistics contract with Unilever for its margarines, fats, sauces and condiments in northern France.

Stef won the business with a range of “innovative global services which include the pooling of transport”. Transport pooling is a win/win solution that increases load factors while cutting costs, says Stef.

Stef’s innovation was to offer Unilever and two other manufacturers using the Stef Plessis-Belleville logistics platform, shared resources without increasing operational constraints.  “This solution enables Unilever and manufacturing partners to benefit from savings derived from this mutualisation without the drawbacks of a shared flow management, independently of volumes delivered,” Stef says.

Stef won Unilever's business with a range of "innovative global services which include the pooling of transport"

Stef manages this pooling solution, based on three key pillars:

  • Guaranteeing the compatibility of participating manufacturers logistics;
  • Analysing orders and the economical impact of sharing manufacturers’ deliveries ;
  • Synchronising the delivery schedules of participating manufacturers.

STEF services offered at its Plessis-Belleville logistics platform include the reception of goods, storage, order picking, co-packing and forwarding to retailers’ platforms in the Nord of France and logistics platforms dedicated to restaurants and food catering all over France.

The Unilever/Stef partnership includes:

  • 100 processed product references
  • close to 40,000 tons of merchandise processed per year
  • 55 truck departures per week
  • an 86% fill-in rate
  • a 4,200 pallets permanent storage capacity
  • a guaranteed fresh environment ( + 6°C / +8°C)
  • a transport and logistics global service

Philippe Roche, Unilever France distribution manager said: “In a field where order unit volumes are small, cooperating with others appeared to be crucial to meeting our commitments to a sustainable development. The transport pooling solution implemented by the STEF team meets our desire to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of our operations.

“Monitored by STEF, this solution brings a real advantage without new constraints affecting manufacturers and consignees. More frequent deliveries mean a better service delivered to our customers”, he says.