Supermarket Somerfield has awarded a contract to Boughey Distribution Ltd, a subsidiary of sales and distribution business NWF Group, to manage a primary consolidation operation on behalf of Somerfield from its Wardle depot in Cheshire.

Boughey has considerable experience in this arena and has been chosen by Somerfield to consolidate existing stocks with a significant number of suppliers, predominantly from the north west region, NWF said.

The provision of approximately 2,500 additional pallet locations and development of a cross docking zone have enabled Boughey to offer a flexible and timely storage and distribution solution.

“This opportunity is excellent news for Boughey and we are excited by the opportunity that a major UK retailer has given us,” said Graham Scott, chief executive, NWF. “We are fully committed to aiding improvement of their supply chain during this important phase in their development. With our planned expansion at Wardle and our sites at Winsford and Deeside we are increasingly being asked by big supermarket chains to act as their primary consolidator in the North West.”

“We had a very clear view of exactly what we were looking for in an ambient consolidation operation,” said Richard Parker, head of primary distribution at Somerfield. The project team visited many potential operators before finally selecting Boughey. The selection of Boughey was based on their considerable experience of consolidation, their flexibility, their capacity for growth and not least of all the passion and commitment demonstrated during the tendering process to winning the business. The operation has now been live for nearly four months and the faith that Somerfield have shown in selecting Boughey has to date proved well founded.”