Speedy, the tools, equipment and plant hire services company, has opened a National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Tamworth.
At 162,000 sq ft, it is the largest facility of its kind in the UK hire industry, and will serve as a central hub for optimising the company’s product holding and distribution capabilities for its portfolio of 4,000 product lines. The NDC will also be home to the company’s new National Induction and Training Centre.
126 people are based at the site including highly skilled engineers and workshop operatives, as well as supporting roles in transport, facilities and administration. The NDC will enable Speedy to reduce operating costs while investing in its people through enhanced on-the-job and role specific training, thereby generating enhanced productivity.
Mark Rogerson, Speedy’s chief executive officer said: “Our new NDC at Tamworth is at the heart of the programme to optimise our network, which has been designed to improve our product availability and ultimately deliver service excellence to our customers.
“Our aim is to deliver products to our customers faster, safer and more efficiently, and the NDC forms a key part of this strategy. Crucially, the site has been designed around lean workflow processes to minimise waste and ensure our daily operations are streamlined and sustainable. I am particularly proud of the Speedy team in that this facility has been expedited from concept design to initial operating capability in just eight months.”
Rogerson added: “As well as the operational benefits, the new facility provides a fantastic working environment for our people, something that is key to my agenda of making Speedy an employer of choice within our industry.