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Starbucks enlists Gist for its logistics duties

By: David Howells
15 July 2011

Coffee giant Starbucks has taken on logistics firm Gist in order to consolidate its UK logistics operations.

Currently, Starbucks stores have 16 deliveries a week and the new move is aimed at cutting this down to just seven.

Starbucks is also looking to consolidate its three separate supply chains into one single operation.

Starbucks operates 720 stores in the UK, as well as around 1,000 concession stands. The undertaking will be a large one for Gist, providing much logistics work for the Surrey-based firm.

The Gist-run operation will be centred at a base in Hemel Hempstead but will operate from a further five distribution sites around the UK and Ireland to provide onward distribution.

Speaking of what the development will mean for Starbucks, Gist's chief executive Martin Gwynne told "This will significantly reduce the amount of vehicles on the road for Starbucks and reduce the operational costs.

"It will also help Starbucks' customer service proposition reducing the number of vehicles arriving at Starbucks sites at different times of day."

Philippe de Grivel, director of supply chain operations at Starbucks UK and Ireland, told the new partnership would "significantly enhance the agility, flexibility and overall performance of our end-to-end supply chain.

"Furthermore, consistent and consolidated deliveries will enable our partners to provide even greater levels of customer service for our customers. They will also help contribute towards our environmental commitments by reducing our carbon footprint."

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