Waterstones – the UK’s leading high street bookseller – has extended its long-term partnership with Unipart Logistics for an additional five years. Cowley-headquartered Unipart will continue to distribute books and related products to 280 shops, and to customers at home, from its 150,000 sq ft hub in Burton-on-Trent.
Beccy Preece, Head of Supply Chain Services at Waterstones said: “Over the past 10 years our needs have changed, along with the change in the way our customers buy books, and Unipart have adapted to support our needs.”
Unipart has completely reconfigured the service to the stores to deliver a next-day delivery service by harnessing the power of The Unipart Way, the company’s proprietary business system for continuous improvement. Unipart has also helped Waterstones increase availability of new and old titles while reducing the overall inventory holding.
Claire Walters, Chief Commercial Officer at Unipart Logistics said: “We are incredibly proud of our long-term partnership with Waterstones.”
In December, Unipart’s work with Centrica, the largest energy provider in the UK was recognised by the company’s winning the Innovation in Supply Chain Award at the Supply Chain Awards, for the application of digital technology and innovative thinking to create a new reverse logistics solution, for energy and services company Centrica.