Downton partnered with its customer AB InBev (ABI) and Jigsaw, its managed transport specialist business, to ensure daily deliveries of beers to Wimbledon throughout this year’s Championship. This wass a high profile project for one of Jigsaw’s largest customers at one of the most prestigious sporting events of the year.
Stella is one of the official suppliers to the Championship and this and other ABI beer brands such as Goose Island, Becks, Budweiser and Camden were popular with spectators, during the warm weather.
Space was limited at the venue which meant that daily replenishment was required to make sure there was always enough stock on site. Downton delivered an initial batch of stock towards the end of June. Since the Championships started on Monday 3 July Downton made deliveries of kegs, bottles, and plastic glasses each evening in response to orders placed by the Wimbledon hospitality team earlier that afternoon. They also managed returns of items such as empty kegs and pallets. All deliveries were made from Downton's warehouse in Dunstable.
Downton’s managed transport specialist business Jigsaw has been working with ABI for some years to co-ordinate deliveries of the drinks company’s products to customers throughout the UK. Using its unique Partner Haulier network model, the company utilises the services of eleven different transport companies with regional expertise located around the UK to provide a national service with scale and flexibility. Downton, as Jigsaw’s owner and one of the largest companies in its network, plays a major role in the contract.
Separately, Insulation manufacturer Isover has awarded a £15 million five-year transport contract to Downton.
Isover, which is part of the Saint Gobain group, manufactures mineral wool insulation products at Runcorn in Cheshire.
Downton has taken on the management, transport and shunting teams from the previous transport provider under TUPE and also acquired a number of Isover-liveried trailers.
John Pointon, Isover supply chain manager, said:
“Downton was able to demonstrate innovation and value that will support Isover’s on-going business growth with added stability. Part of the transfer to CM Downton will include updated branding to 20 of Isover’s trailers in line with the company’s new Sound Good Factor campaign.”
The previous transport provider had co-ordinated operations of its own fleet and multiple sub-contractors to arrange the collection of loads from the factory. Limited space on the site for loading meant there could be scheduling issues and periods of congestion.
Downton has a site just 400m from the factory and will shunt finished products there directly from the factory store reducing the number of movements at the factory.
The operation involves daily deliveries of between 30 and 35 loads of palletised slab and roll insulation weighing up to ten tonnes. These are delivered as full and multi-drop loads to Isover’s building trade customers and other stockists.
Downton is using a core fleet supported with resources from its wider network to ensure a high proportion – typically over 90 per cent – of loads are transported using its own vehicles.