CHEP Wins Three Year Horticultural Contract from Sinclair

William Sinclair Horticulture Ltd, a leading UK producer of commercial horticulture and branded garden products, has awarded CHEP a three-year contract worth approximately £800,000 a year.

CHEP, the global leader in the pallet and container pooling, has been working with Sinclair for over 15 years with a rolling annual contract and this is the first time that a three-year deal has been agreed.

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From its distribution depots in Lincoln and Carlisle, Sinclair uses CHEP pallets to deliver to over 3,000 customers including national accounts such as The Garden Centre Group, Wilkinson, Focus and B&Q, as well as an extensive range of independent garden centres. Sinclair brands include J. Arthur Bower’s, Silvaperl and New Horizon, the leading brand in the fast-growing peat-free garden compost and organic plant foods sector.

Jonathan Ford, Purchasing Manager at Sinclair confirmed that CHEP had been re-appointed as their proposal had included opportunities to maximise efficiencies relating to product handling and deliveries. He said: “Our delivery trends are very seasonal. We manufacture throughout the year building stock, but dispatch is compressed into only a five month period from February to June. CHEP offers us an incisive logistics solution, which helps us meet our customer commitments.”

Daniel Walsh, Commercial Director, CHEP UK & Ireland said: “One of the key factors that enabled CHEP to secure the contract was our comprehensive UK service centre network and our knowledge of Sinclair’s supply chain and the wider market requirements. This detailed know-how enabled us to present a compelling and innovative proposal designed to both reduce Sinclair’s supply chain costs and maintain deliveries during their peak selling period. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership during the years ahead.”

The Sinclair business further enhances CHEP’s reputation in the horticultural products market in the UK, following a number of recent contract renewals in the sector.

About William Sinclair Horticulture Ltd

The company was founded in 1850 by Mr. William Sinclair in Lincolnshire. It was initially a seed business, growing local contract crops for wholesale and supplying local farmers. Today, Sinclair has taken significant steps to capitalise on its position as the most environmentally responsible manufacturer in the horticultural market. The peat content of many of its growing media has been reduced through the development of a unique means of using material that would otherwise go to landfill and the J. Arthur Bower’s 70L Multi-Purpose Compost was the first in the gardening market to display an independently calculated carbon footprint.

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