LWC Drinks, described as the UK’s largest independent drinks wholesaler, has opened a new 173,000 sq ft bonded distribution centre in Chadderton, Oldham.
The wholesaler has also introduced the Blue Yonder warehouse management system (WMS) and duty management system at the new site, to help standardise operations and ensure that they are as efficient and effective as possible.
The launch of the new systems will also provide improved inventory management and forecasting accuracy for the distribution teams on the ground, cutting-edge voice recognition technology, improved levels of service, and an enhanced customer experience.
Ebrahim Mukadam, managing director of LWC Drinks, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our new site is now officially open and operational for business – just in time for the re-opening of trade.
“Throughout the pandemic, our logistics teams in Manchester have been working incredibly hard – and with limited resource – to relocate the business from one site to another, and integrate our new WMS. It’s certainly not been an easy feat, but they’ve done an incredible job and I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing how these big changes are benefiting our customers over the coming months.
“In what has been an incredibly turbulent and difficult 12 months for our industry, we hope that this monumental step in LWC’s journey will provide some reassurance, optimism and hope not just to our customers, but also to the wider hospitality industry, demonstrating that we are confident and looking towards a brighter future.”
The new site – located just 10 miles from Manchester city centre, and 1.5 miles from junctions 20 and 21 of the M60 – is twice the size of LWC’s previous Openshaw site.
LWC Drinks has now reopened all of its depots to support customers looking to re-open in the next few weeks and has released its April/May brochure offers.