Thursday, June 24, 2010

Menlo Logistics Score Triumph As They Bust Into The Lingerie Business

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UK – Menlo Worldwide Logistics have been awarded the contract to handle the warehouse operations of Swindon based lingerie giant Triumph International UK Limited. Triumph have decided to outsource as part of an initiative designed to restructure and improve the competitiveness of its overall UK business. Menlo, which is seeking to grow its business in the region, intends to operate the currently dedicated warehouse as a multi-user facility in the future. The international logistics group, which in addition to a full range of warehousing functions, offers transport management services, web fulfilment and 4PL services, is committed to targeting new customers for the Swindon premises which sits on the strategic M4 corridor en route to Bristol.

The UK is a core market for the global Triumph International lingerie business, which operates in 120 countries, has a history dating back 124 years and is one of the world’s leading underwear producers with brands such as sloggi®, HOM® and Valisere®, in addition to Triumph®. To ensure Triumph UK remains competitive and to support the business plan for growth, the decision to outsource the warehouse operations was considered the most viable option for the UK business and its long-standing staff.

One hundred and eighteen Triumph warehouse employees will retain their jobs, an important factor said Triumph UK’s General Manager, Petri Haikola:

“Focusing on sales and marketing operations is the best long-term decision for the UK business and its employees. As such we looked for a trusted and experienced logistics provider to take over our warehouse business under the Transfer of Undertakings/Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations. It was vital to us that our partner would retain our employees and provide them job security for the foreseeable future. We are pleased that in Menlo, we have found just such a partner, with which to work closely.”

Tony Gunn, Menlo’s Managing Director, Europe commented:

“In Swindon we see a win-win situation, a positive solution for Triumph and business growth for Menlo based on delivering consistent performance, service improvement and waste elimination.”

Editors footnote: I can’t imagine what attracted our writers’ attention to this story amongst the host of interesting freight items they receive daily.