XPO Logistics wins Waitrose distribution contract

Milton Keynes, UK: Waitrose & Partners has awarded XPO Logistics a contract to operate two key UK distribution hubs on the supermarket chain’s Milton Keynes campus.

Under the arrangement, XPO will operate the Magna Park Waitrose & Partners national distribution centre and Brinklow regional distribution centre for Waitrose, part of the John Lewis Partnership. XPO will be responsible for warehouse operations and transport at these two sites.

Brinklow divides 320,000sq feet between chilled, frozen and ambient space for fast-moving SKUs while the Magna Park national distribution centre has approximately 950,000sq feet of ambient warehouse space. XPO will manage the picking and dispatch of an estimated 93 million cases per year at Magna Park and 50 million cases at Brinklow.

Mark Robinson, director, supply chain for the John Lewis Partnership, said, “XPO brings exceptional expertise and experience in omnichannel distribution. We look forward to working with them to implement their plans for two sites that continue to play an integral role within our supply chain network.”

Gavin Williams, managing director, supply chain – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, said, “We have developed a well-defined plan for driving efficiencies across multiple services, as we prepare to welcome more than 1,500 new colleagues in the summer.”

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