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Dairy Crest logistics saves food miles

By Retail Technology | Thursday August 29 2013

UK dairy company increases supply chain efficiency by adding extra product lines to logistics outsourcing agreement

Dairy Crest has extended its contract with Gist to incorporate cream and favoured milk into its existing milk supply chain operations for distribution to a major retailer.

Gist manages a temperature-controlled supply chain for Dairy Crest across the UK that includes product storage, picking and transport to the regional distribution centres of its retail customers.

Contract extension generates savings

By combining the cream and flavoured milk volumes with the existing milk logistics operations, Dairy Crest and Gist have saved warehouse space and eliminated around 1,200 trips, or more than 300,000 kilometres, per year.

Simon King, Dairy Crest procurement director, confirmed: “Dairy Crest is continually looking for ways in which we can improve our business. By reviewing our logistics operations with Gist, we have been able to reduce the use of warehouse space as well as reduce our carbon footprint.”

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