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JULY 2014

Multi-year extension deal signed with Bidvest 3663

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We are delighted to announce that we have secured a significant, multimillion-pound contract renewal with leading foodservice wholesale distributor Bidvest 3663, which will potentially see us work together until 2022.

The preferred supplier for over 60,000 hospitality industry customers across the UK, Bidvest 3663 offers tailored catering solutions for businesses of all sizes, as well as selling a range of own brand and branded products.

The partnership will see us continue the unique National Consolidation Scheme, which Bidvest 3663 and ourselves have successfully operated together since 1994.

The scheme allows 130 of Bidvest 3663’s suppliers to benefit from the shared user platform that we provide. As part of the scheme, supplier products arrive into our Wolverhampton shared-user storage facility and become immediately visible to the Bidvest 3663 depots and suppliers via our real-time, web-based, stock management system, facilitating a seamless vendor-managed stock and supply service.

The scheme holds many benefits for suppliers, including shared-user collection, vendor-managed inventory and warehousing services, with proportional pallet charging for delivery to the Bidvest 3663 estate. This offers suppliers a cost-effective methodology to access the Bidvest 3663 catalogue, by paying directly only for what they use, whilst staying in control of their own stock.

In addition to the continued provision of the current National Consolidation Scheme, we are looking to work further with Bidvest 3663 and offer their customers the synergies of their network in other areas. including alternative route to market options for areas such as direct and less than truckload (LTL) deliveries, as well as providing inter-depot stock movements.

Our Business Development Director Mike Rice, said:

“We are very pleased to be continuing our 20-year working relationship with Bidvest 3663 and such a significant long-term deal reflects the high levels of service we provide for both Bidvest 3663 and the supplier base, as well as demonstrating our own commercial agility and the innovation taking place within our business. In addition to extending our service offering for Bidvest 3663, we have also introduced hard, real-time savings as part of the partnership.”

Jim Gouldie, Director of Supply Chain at Bidvest 3663, said:

“ACS&T has always delivered a first-class response to our business needs, adapting readily to our consistently evolving requirements. We have been working in partnership with ACS&T for many years now and have the utmost confidence in their expertise. They are an integral part of our supply chain and we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship well into the future.”

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