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Third-party logistics giant Wincanton has been awarded an initial three-year contract with garden centre retailer Dobbies to provide eFulfilment, store replenishment and final mile home delivery services.

The Dobbies contract win was hailed as a reflection of Wincanton’s reputation with multi-channel retailers, particularly in the home and gardens market, and its expanding role in the eCommerce marketplace.

Wincanton will create a supplier consolidation platform for Dobbies at its shared fulfilment centre in Wigan that will optimise instore availability, reduce costs and improve sustainability.

Wigan will also fulfil all direct to customer orders, with large products being delivered via Wincanton’s two-person home delivery network.

Wincanton chief executive James Wroath said: “This new partnership demonstrates that we are delivering on our stated growth strategy, particularly in the area of Digital & eFulfilment. Taking advantage of the shift in consumer purchasing habits to online, this new contract with Dobbies showcases the resilience, breadth and agility of Wincanton’s capabilities.”

Graeme Jenkins, chief executive for Dobbies Garden Centres, added: “At Dobbies, we are focused on delivering the best possible customer experience, both in-store and online. Wincanton has a proven track record and we look forward to working in partnership with them.”

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