EXEL SIGNS THREE-YEAR DEAL WITH BP UK RETAIL FORECOURTS

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Exel, the global leader in supply chain management, has won a new three-year contract with BP's UK Retail Forecourt business. Exel will manage the 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week consolidated distribution of frozen, chilled, and ambient goods to over 340 BP forecourt stores in the UK.

The move to appoint Exel supports BP's vision of creating a cutting-edge retail convenience offer while leveraging the brand strength of its fuel network. Exel is establishing a 163,046 sq ft dedicated National Distribution Centre (NDC) at Magna Park, near Lutterworth, Midlands, to provide an extensive range of the warehouse and distribution management services for BP.

The reliable and cost-effective supply of goods to BP forecourt stores is important to support the ongoing development and growth of BP's convenience offer and enable BP to continue to meet the growing needs of its customers.

Andy Davis, BP UK Retail's Trading Director, said, "BP Retail, through its forecourt stores, is continually looking at ways of improving the offer to the customer and at the same time meeting customer demand for convenience goods 24-hours-a-day."

Chris Jackson, Development Director for Exel's Retail sector, explained, "Exel is delighted to be extending its relationship with a such a key global company as BP. This contract strengthens Exel's position in the forecourt retailing business and BP's commitment to accelerate the performance of its retail business. Exel was selected as a preferred strategic supply chain services provider for Retail UK, based on its world-class service levels."

Exel also demonstrated commitment to drive ongoing improvements in end-to-end supply chain efficiency and operating costs. BP is already a customer for Exel's Special Products business in the UK for the distribution of fuels in bulk from the main BP terminals to various locations. In addition BP Chemicals also works with Exel in the US within the industrial sector.

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