Logistics UK, one of the biggest business groups in the UK, supporting, shaping and standing up for efficient logistics announced during their Annual awards ceremony that the Howard Tenens Logistics partnership with long standing customer Toolstation was this year’s winner of “Partnership of the Year” Award for 2020.
Over the last three years Howard Tenens Logistics has invested over £3.5 million in the latest vehicles, trailers & 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% dedicated gas fuelled vehicles designed to operate in low emission zones; surpassing Toolstation’s supplier environmental guidelines. Additionally, Howard Tenens Logistics has 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 have 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.
In addition, Howard Tenens Logistics and Toolstation worked collaboratively during the challenges of lockdown to include re-engineering the design of the distribution network ensuring that both trade counter and e-commerce customers continued to enjoy first class service during a period of exceptional growth’. Howard Tenens Logistics executed consistent KPI performance well above the SLA’s throughout Covid 19. The reliable delivery service that Howard Tenens Logistics has provided Toolstation over the last 11 years has, in part, enabled Toolstation to grow their presence within the UK, through the opening of circa 60 trade counters annually.