Iceland joins forces with XPO Logistics

Iceland has entered a five-year warehousing and distribution contract with transport solution provider XPO Logistics. 

Iceland’s Warrington, Enfield, Livingston and Swindon distribution centres will now be managed by XPO Logistics. All 1,900 workers at these sites will transfer to XPO Logistics as part of a phased Transfer for Undertaking Protection of Employment (TUPE) process.

XPO Logistics will also manage the retailer’s temperature-controlled fleet of 320 tractor units and 450 trailers.

“XPO Logistics shares our values when it comes to putting people at the forefront of everything we do,” said Iceland’s supply chain director Nigel Morley. “This synergy, combined with XPO’s ability to deliver a flexible and scalable supply chain solution, will help us meet our growth objectives, both now and in the future.”

XPO Logistics entered the partnership to help the supermarket meet its growth targets, including the opening of 40 new stores year-on-year. To achieve this, the transportation logistics company has developed a supply chain solution designed to combine Iceland’s network with the capacity of XPO Logistics’ shared-user facilities to accommodate increasing volumes, seasonal peaks and promotional activity.

“We’re delighted to be working with Iceland and believe that our significant experience working with major food retailers will be invaluable in supporting our customer’s expansion,” said Richard Cawston, managing director, supply chain – UK and Ireland, for XPO Logistics. “We also look forward to welcoming the colleagues who will be joining XPO Logistics over the coming months.”

The frozen food retailer was recently named Britain’s best store in the annual Which? supermarket survey, as well as being named the Sunday Times’ best big company to work for in the UK twice in the last five years. Iceland was also awarded the Best Christmas Sausage with its 10 Luxury Outdoor Bred Pork Cocktail Sausages Wrapped in Air-Dried Bacon at Meat Trades Journal’s Supermeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards 2016, as well as taking the Best Christmas Stuffing trophy with its 8 Pack Pork & Apple Stuffing Parcels Wrapped in Bacon.

Aside from a presence online, Iceland currently has 850 stores and a growing network of ‘out-of-town’ Food Warehouse outlets throughout the UK.

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