John Woods Nurseries restructures haulage operation

After a review of its transport operations John Woods Nurseries is creating a strategic alliance with its main haulage contractor, Stowmarket-based Bacton Transport Services.

The Suffolk-based nursery is transferring the management and ownership of its lorry fleet and all its drivers to the transport company this month.

Planning and scheduling of deliveries will still be organised by John Woods.

John Woods Nurseries managing director John Lord said: "Running a lorry fleet was becoming increasingly complex, requiring skills and resources that are not core to what we do."

"The beauty of this alliance is that the elements that are crucial to our business - those that require direct communication or impact directly on our customers - will be managed by us. The transfer of our skilled drivers to Bacton Transport Services means an extremely important relationship with our customers will continue."

Bacton Transport Services Director Charles Downie said: "I am delighted that we are able to extend our relationship with John Woods Nurseries in this way. It's a real partnership which makes good use of our expertise in a specific area of the business allowing John Woods to focus further on the marketing, production and selling of plants".

The Bacton Transport Services fleet will receive a makeover with new vehicles carrying the John Woods Nurseries livery. A number of curtain-sided trailers will also be re-branded with the nursery's retail brands Mattocks Roses, Waterers Ericaceous plants and Terrace Treasures patio ready planters.

The nursery will still offer a Tuesday 4.00pm order deadline for same-week delivery to the majority of their customer base.

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