Century Logistics has won a contract with importer Hookes to distribute its furniture and giftware to stores and retailers throughout the UK and Ireland.
The goods, ranging from art deco mirrors and bedside tables to soft furnishings, are imported from the Far East through Felixstowe and then taken to the nearby Century warehouse at Thetford before onward distribution.
Hookes, a family-run business set up about 20 years ago, used to operate its own warehousing and distribution but realised that Century’s expertise and facilities offered it a more efficient solution.
"Hookes is a growing company so using our shared warehousing allows it to expand its business in line with demand, without making an upfront commitment to a larger warehouse," explains Stephen Basey-Fisher, Century Managing Director. "We find that many companies, especially those selling primarily over the internet, benefit from using our warehouse and distribution services while they concentrate on their core business."
Chico Hooke says:"We like the fact that, as well as being a private company which can offer a more personalised service, Century has experience working with other furniture importers as our goods can be quite fragile and need specialist handling. Also, as we pay only for the pallet spaces and services we use, it is a cost-effective and manageable service offering."
Century Logistics, a rapidly growing logistics company, specialises in warehousing and innovative bespoke aftersales services.
It has more than 400,000 sq ft of warehousing and 140 staff in locations in East Anglia, with a wide range of clients including Dorel, the world’s biggest nursery products company. It has established a reputation for problem-solving, using its expertise in rework, product repair, handling customer service calls and selling end-of-line and returned stock via eBay and other outlets, for a wide range of customers.