Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA), a market-leading domestic and professional appliances manufacturer, has renewed its long-term supply chain contract with Norbert Dentressangle for a further three years.
GDHA is a privately owned company made up of leading cooking brands Stoves, Belling, New World and refrigeration brand Lec. The company manufactures 85% of its products in the UK, and employs over 1,000 people.
Norbert Dentressangle has worked for GDHA for thirteen years, handling the UK distribution of its products from a national distribution centre (NDC) in Stoke-on-Trent to a customer base that includes major electrical retailers, distributors, wholesalers and suppliers of professional catering equipment.
The operation involves a core fleet of 16 vehicles and 64 trailers that shuttle finished goods from a production site in Prescot to Stoke, provide shunting at both sites, and outbound nationwide transport of over 500,000 GDHA products via 9,700 deliveries per annum.
A key challenge was maintaining the current very high service levels and reliability whilst reducing the overall logistics cost. With a policy of continuous improvement, Norbert Dentressangle has introduced new longer length 15.6m semi-trailers for the factory shuttle operation to the Stoke NDC, improving efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of this element of the contract.
By optimising the dedicated fleet size and maximising utilisation, Norbert Dentressangle has also been able to remove cost through increased shared use, as well as improving efficiency, by employing the core fleet for backhaul and night distribution activities for other customers.
Ian Worsley, Head of Logistics at GDHA, commented: "For over 13-years Norbert Dentressangle has provided a consistently high level of service and has been proactive in developing new solutions to meet changing market conditions.
"The introduction of longer semi-trailers and improved fleet utilisation is typical of this approach, one that has both reduced cost and the carbon footprint of our supply chain, which is vital to maintaining our market leading position and meeting our environmental aims."