Based on the model developed by Highgrove and Oakland for retailers, discounters, convenience chains and wholesalers in the grocery sector, the garden retail version will consolidate product from multiple suppliers, store, order pick, and provide onward distribution to garden centres with a three day turnaround from order placement to delivery.
Highgrove commercial director John Goodwin said: "Highgrove has been supplying the UK and Irish grocery market since it was established in 1992. We have recently expanded our own portfolio to target garden retail and the supply chain challenges for the garden sector became very apparent. It’s disjointed, there are fewer wholesalers, multiple deliveries from multiple suppliers pose logistical problems, and there are issues around minimum orders, carriage paid minimums and extended lead times, particularly at the height of the season.
"It was obvious that Highgrove’s partnership with Oakland International - with its 28,000 pallet capacity, 250 strong team, and ability to distribute over a million cases per week - could be applied equally successfully to providing consolidated supply chain solutions to the garden market. We are now launching a first to market service which will have real benefits for garden centres and garden suppliers."