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Wincanton PLC

29 June 2020

 
 For Immediate Release   29 June 2020 
 

Wincanton PLC

("Wincanton", the "Company" or the "Group)

Wincanton wins transformational eCommerce opportunity with Waitrose

Wincanton plc, the largest British third-party logistics company, today announces it has been chosen by Waitrose ("Waitrose and Partners") to create a Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) for Waitrose.com online grocery home deliveries - a 'first' for the third-party logistics market.

As part of an initial five-year contract, Wincanton will develop and operate the CFC in West London, accelerating Waitrose & Partners' expansion in online grocery home delivery. The partnership approach with the Waitrose team will accelerate the implementation, ensuring the CFC is fully operational in the current financial year.

The new contract will build on the heritage of Wincanton's long-standing operations for Waitrose's supermarkets, and the Group's market-leading expertise in home delivery, eFulfilment and food logistics. Wincanton will be responsible for operating the CFC (or 'dark store') and delivery to Waitrose customers in the West London area.

This transformational new contract positions Wincanton as a leader in a market currently experiencing exponential growth. Furthermore, it will involve the creation of 800 jobs and will offer Waitrose.com customers an additional 25,000 orders per week.

James Wroath, CEO at Wincanton, commented:

"This partnership with Waitrose to deliver groceries to customers' homes is a fantastic opportunity for us to combine our existing capabilities in a new way, in order to accelerate Waitrose & Partners' online growth. We will be the first third party logistics operator to enter an exciting and rapidly expanding market."

Andrew Murphy, John Lewis Partnership Executive Director, Operations, commented:

"This builds on a 20-year relationship with Wincanton from which we know them to be a collaborative and agile business partner. Our companies' complementary experience will help us further accelerate our online growth and respond well to significant customer demand."

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For further information please contact:

Wincanton Plc Tel: 01249 710 000

Tim Lawlor, Chief Financial Officer

Buchanan Tel: 020 7466 5000

Richard Oldworth/Vicky Hayns

Notes to Editors

About Wincanton

Wincanton is the largest British third-party logistics (3PL) company, providing supply chain solutions to some of the world's most admired companies across a wide range of industries including retail, construction, defence and energy.

As a trusted and respected business partner, we design and implement services and solutions that range from setting up and operating distribution networks, through to bonded warehouses, technology hosting, container transport and storage. We strive for operational excellence in everything we do.

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