Central warehouse leads Dobbies service aim

Dobbies is looking to strengthen its distribution this year by opening a central warehouse.

The Garden Centre Group rejected a similar idea in the last two years and few other garden centre groups are big enough to set up this type of system. Solus, Decco and Stax remain the biggest players in the wholesale business.

"To provide the best service possible for our customers, our aim by the year end is that the majority of products we source from our national suppliers will be delivered to our 32 garden centres from a warehouse in north-west England," said a Dobbies representative.

Meanwhile, over the past few years the chain has tried to reduce its warehouse stockholding and hold fast-selling furniture lines in stores, he added. "We do twice-weekly deliveries to replenish these," he said.

"Some of the higher-value lines we sell from display sets because it minimises double handling and they're not cost-effective to transport twice."

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