Wickes farms out home delivery to Wincanton

Logistics firm Wincanton has announced it is to work with home improvement and DIY retailers Wickes for the next three years to do home deliveries of big and bulky items that require specialist vehicles.

The deliveries include bags of building materials, bricks, blocks and large garden equipment. Until recently, Wickes had operated an in-house solution for these deliveries from its store hubs around the UK. Wincanton will now take responsibility for much of this operation and will be able to scale up or scale down the service according to seasonal demand. 

Wincanton has said it is going to implement new technology in order to support Wickes’s multichannel strategy to include the Flexipod in-cab solution.

Paul Durkin, Director of Home & DIY, Wincanton, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Wickes in their multichannel strategy. As market-leading providers of home delivery and specialist transport solutions we offer a range of services to customers across the retail sector. The contract represents a synergy between Wincanton’s retail and construction expertise to meet Wickes specific transport requirements. By effectively utilising our specialist fleet we will be able to provide efficient home delivery to Wickes customers whilst ensuring the Wickes customer experience remains market-leading.”

Duncan Kendal, Supply Chain Director, Wickes, added: “When choosing a logistics partner, it was vital for us to work with someone who not only had the capability and capacity but also understood the importance of the great customer experience Wickes delivers.”  
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