Matalan has signed a three-year agreement with Advanced Supply Chain (ASC) in a move designed to to maximise operational efficiency and stock availability.
The fashion and home are retailer, which has over 200 stores nationwide, said it is looking to reduce input costs to relieve market pressure on margins.
A full audit of the end-to-end supply chain, initiated as part of an ongoing business cost analysis, identified the need for increased pre-retail operations within the UK, the company said.
In a move which it believes will maximise both operational efficiency and improve stock availability, Matalan has appointed Advanced Supply Chain of Bradford to provide all identified pre-retail operations and fulfil this need for the next three years.
Terry Broadhead, imports and distribution manager at Matalan, said: “ASC worked closely with us in reviewing certain parts of the supply chain. They helped to identify a number of areas where efficiency could be improved to generate tangible savings and operational advantages.
“Their expertise, flexibility and bespoke control systems will ensure the success of the operation, and the new service will help our strategy of countering rising raw material costs to continually offer consumers best value goods.”
Mike Danby, CEO of Advanced Supply Chain, said: “Competitive Retail Selling Prices (RSPs) are key to growth in the value part of the retail sector. This operation, which will reduce distribution time and operating costs, will help Matalan maintain their competitive edge.”