Exel, the global leader in supply chain management, has extended its relationship with Tripp Ltd (Tripp), the largest UK specialist retailer and manufacturer of luggage, to manage the company's international supply chain from Asia to the UK. The business includes the management of Tripp's vendor base in Asia, including purchase orders and delivery to port, seafreight, customs brokerage, and delivery to the distribution centre (DC) on arrival into the UK.

Tripp has been an Exel customer for the past five years at one of the Company's shared-user sites in Bawtry, UK. By leveraging this existing relationship, Exel has extended the contract to now include approximately 800 TEU of seafreight per year for Tripp.

The new contract with Tripp will see Exel managing purchase orders and vendors at origin using one of Exel's leading edge IT systems. Exel will manage all aspects of the international supply chain from Asia to the UK. This will include container planning and optimisation, seafreight and customs brokerage on arrival in the UK. Exel's container delivery management team will then manage the shipment from the UK port of Felixstowe to the Exel-managed distribution centre in Bawtry, South Yorkshire.

Tripp selected Exel as its partner to develop its business strategy due to the established reputation of Exel and the existing relationship. "We chose Exel because we need the complete supply chain managed and driven by skilled people in alignment with our strategic plan.

For Tripp, it is about having a vision and finding committed partners to share this vision," said James McDiarmid, Managing Director, Tripp.

Future initiatives for Tripp include the consolidation of container shipments, value-added logistics and storage at origin, allowing direct to customer orders.

Craig Clingan, Head of Logistics at Tripp, said, "We became aware of Exel's exceptional service-orientated work through its existing DC management in Bawtry. They are the natural choice to help us develop future projects to include vendor management and potential warehousing in the Far East."

John Howlett, Development Director, International Supply Chain Management, Exel, commented, "This has been an exciting opportunity for Exel to support Tripp from the Far East to the UK with a robust and end-to-end supply chain. Our value-driven approach means that Exel will ensure cost and service benefits are delivered on an ongoing basis to Tripp."

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