The World’s largest food retail voluntary chain, SPAR International announced a new partnership agreement with DHL Supply chain and Bangchak Retail Company (BCR) of which will see about 300 new convenience stores in Thailand by end 2020 creating 2,500 new jobs and an estimated retail turnover of about Euros 245 Million.
SPAR International has 12,545 stores in 44 countries and global retail sales of Euros 33.1 Billion in 2016. SPAR expanded in new countries through regional partners in China, Russia and its presence in Asia continues to grow.
DHL Supply Chain will support SPAR’s expansion plans with end-to-end transport, distribution and warehousing services across Thailand, with BCR providing the front-end store infrastructure for the Dutch retailer. SPAR’s supply chain will currently use the DHL Bangna Logistics Campus for ambient warehousing and distribution; and its Klong Prapa warehouse for handling frozen goods.
Mr Tom Rose, Head of Operations at SPAR International said that “To support SPAR Thailand in delivering SPAR’s global reputation for freshness, choice, quality, and service, they needed a logistics partner with proven experience in maintaining world-class food retail supply chains, and. “DHL’s track record in sustaining fast-growing food retailers, both in Thailand and other markets worldwide, gave us the confidence to use their infrastructure as the foundation of our local supply chain.”
DHL have impressed SPAR with the smoothness and visibility of its third-party logistics services, leaving them in no doubt that this partnership will help SPAR reach its sizable ambitions for growth in the Kingdom.”
The infrastructure at DHL Supply Chain will support SPAR’s quality standards with a range of features including CCTV systems, automatic fire protection, and temperature controlled warehousing. Both warehouses will also be managed by WMOS, a warehouse management platform, to maintain levels of inventory accuracy and productivity in line with SPAR’s global best practices.
“Retail operations require highly specialized experience to achieve the levels of inventory quality, shipment accuracy, and timeliness needed to meet swift changes in consumer demand,” said Kevin Burrell, CEO, Thailand Cluster, DHL Supply Chain. “With Thailand’s retail sector expected to continue growing steadily alongside disposable income levels, we’re keen to take our award-winning services to the next level as we help SPAR bring its world-class quality direct to Thai consumers.”
Source: Retail News Asia