Linfox today announced it had won a major contract that substantially expands its distribution business with Coles in New South Wales and Victoria.
Linfox CEO, Michael Byrne says the new business delivers significant growth and is the largest contract in Linfox’s 52 year history.
Linfox’s distribution work for Coles will increase by 25 per cent with 200 new jobs for the Asia-Pacific region’s largest privately owned logistics business.
The work with Coles includes distribution to Coles Supermarkets, Liquorland, Kmart and Target stores to metropolitan and regional stores.
“This achievement is a tribute to our team, their excellent operational execution and Linfox’s fierce commitment to safety and supply chain innovation,” Byrne says.
“The expansion highlights a 44 year partnership with Coles and a collaborative approach that ensures continuous improvement.”
The contract demonstrates Coles’ confidence in Linfox.
Coles’ General Manager Supply Chain, Jim Redfern says Linfox provides very good on time delivery performance to our wide network of stores.
“Linfox has always been very supportive in meeting head on the many challenges that a dynamic retail supply chain can produce,” Redfern says.
Michael Byrne says the contract introduces significant innovation.
“We’ll complete rolling out our online monitoring system to provide complete visibility of all deliveries in real time. And automated SMS store-alerts will help Coles optimise their stores’ resources.”
“Next generation roll cage restraints will enable Linfox vehicles to provide primary and secondary freight, boosting supply chain efficiencies.”
Linfox Chairman, Peter Fox congratulated his team saying Linfox has significantly advanced its technology, training and sophistication in our work with Coles.
“It’s a tremendous achievement to extend our long partnership as our customer’s needs have evolved,” Fox says.
“This demonstrates that the commitment to building our people’s expertise is a very valuable one.”
“We look forward to continuing to develop our business with Coles.”
The expanded work in New South Wales includes metropolitan and regional distribution of frozen products, regional distribution of fresh produce and regional distribution to Liquorland stores. Regional Liquorland stores will be added to the Victorian network.