Boots is the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, with over 2,500 stores in the UK. The company, which is part of the Walgreens Boots Alliance group, operates an extensive logistics network, with over 8,500 deliveries to stores per week.
In 2008, as part of a major supply chain restructuring strategy, Boots UK began converting its entire UK and Ireland trunking fleet to fixed double deck trailers (having previously run a smaller fleet of moving deck trailers).
What We Did
Boots aimed to trunk all products between its NDC and RDCs by fixed double deck trailer. To achieve this, double deck loading facilities had to be installed at every Boots DC in the UK and Ireland, including several flat floor sites. As well as providing fast, safe loading for fixed deck trailers, the lifts had to be installed without disrupting ongoing logistics operations.
By pre building our double deck and V2G lifts in to a modular loadhouse, we were able to install each unit directly on to the existing yard slab in under 2 days. At sites with low canopies, we designed a series of bespoke modular dock extensions to extend out beyond the canopy, enabling double deck access without altering the existing building. At a number of space restricted sites, angled warehouse extensions were designed, built and fitted to facilitate accessibility for Boots’ trailers to the double deck lifts. Our V2G units were fitted at all of Boots’ flat floor RDCs to enable double deck deliveries.
The installation of 68 double deck lifts across the Boots UK distribution network enabled the integration of Boots’ 320 fixed double deck trailers. This logistics strategy saved Boots 14 million miles p.a. on its trunking operations.
To assist with ongoing logistics restructuring, as Boots has continued to streamline its distribution network, we have since relocated 27 of the original double deck lifts to new bays and sites, extending equipment lifetime