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XPO Logistics wins distribution contract from VWR International

Published 31 July 2017

Transport and logistics solutions provider XPO Logistics has secured a distribution contract from research laboratory products supplier VWR International.

Under the contract, XPO Logistics will distribute the products of VWR to more than 9000 pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, education, government and healthcare facilities across the UK.

From the customer service centre in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, around 2500 cases will be collected by XPO Logistics each day.

The transport service of XPO will handle harmful and temperature sensitive materials, that will be mainly delivered to hospitals, universities and laboratories.

The night deliveries network will provide additional capacity to manage next-day deliveries on time, by operating 25 trucks through six hubs.

The Lutterworth facility stocks over 40000 product lines, whose distribution process will be handled by the staff of XPO.

XPO will provide its tailor tracking and reporting software technologies to VWR, and its systems and sits are compatible with requirements of ADR.

VWR UK operations director Martin Glover said: “We approached XPO Logistics because of their expertise in handling hazardous, time-sensitive goods, which is important to our customers. Additionally, XPO’s dedicated fleet and broad capacity give us the resources to flex volumes when we need to.

“XPO’s safety record and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standard accreditations give us confidence that our needs will be met and our growth objectives supported.”

XPO Logistics business unit director Simon Doran said: “VWR has complex logistics needs for the critical distribution of products that save lives every day. We can provide storage in strategic locations closer to their customers, to reduce delivery costs and lead times.

“We look forward to adding significant value to VWR’s supply chain and supporting their objectives for time-sensitive distribution and safe handling.”

Image: XPO Logistics wins distribution contract from VWR International. Photo: courtesy of XPO Logistics, Inc.