The award were organised by freight transport organisation Logistics UK.
Kevin Green, Marketing & Communications Director at Logistics UK, said: “Cost reduction, operating efficiency, and environmental impact reduction is at the heart of Howard Tenens Logistics and Toolstation’s 11-year partnership. Since the inception of the contract in 2009 Howard Tenens Logistics and Toolstation’s relationship has gone from strength to strength, even the Covid-19 global pandemic could not stand in the way of breaking records for number of cages shipped per day to over 2,000.”
Over the last three years Howard Tenens Logistics has invested more than £3.5 million in the latest vehicles, trailers and vehicle technology for Toolstation. As a result, the Howard Tenens Logistics – Toolstation partnership has seen significant improvements in operational efficiencies both financially and environmentally, using initiatives such as; 100 per cent dedicated gas fuelled vehicles designed to operate in low emission zones; surpassing Toolstation’s supplier environmental guidelines.
Howard Tenens Logistics also purchased Double Decked Longer Semi trailers which significantly increase the number of cages per load – 88 compared to that of a standard trailer at 76. Equally as important is the brand awareness that Howard Tenens Logistics offered to Toolstation through liverying of vehicles, which has played an important part in achieving Toolstation’s growth.
Howard Tenens Logistics has been working closely with Toolstation’s senior management to diminish costs with the supply chain and focus on operational efficiency. The project team proposed key targets around reducing the cost of trunking stock from the distribution centres and platforms around the country. An annual saving of £600,000 has been forecast by implementing the initiatives and Toolstation are already seeing the benefits of these savings. Howard Tenens Logistics believe mutual value encouraged by both businesses has fostered an industry leading partnership.
Matt Davis, Howard Tenens Logistics – Head of Commercial, said: “2020 has been a challenging year for many businesses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however the Howard Tenens Logistics & Toolstation relationship has continued to operate efficiently to deliver mutual value on both sides.”
Jim Gowland Head of Distribution at Toolstation, added: Our partnership with Howard Tenens over the last 11 years has been an evolution that has delivered sustained phenomenal growth for our business. It is testament to the strength of our longstanding relationship that as a team we were able to flex and pivot our way through the significant challenges that 2020 presented, to provide a high quality, cost-efficient, uninterrupted distribution service to our retail network to fulfil the changing needs of our customers. I’m delighted that the hard work and determination of our colleagues across this partnership has been recognised by this award.”