Liverpool-based B&M, a UK variety retailer with 600 general stores, furnitures stores and garden centres in the UK, has announced it is increasing its cargo into the Port of Liverpool by 30% as a result of "frustrations with delay-struck southern ports"
After completing a successful trial, the company will now ship 80% of its stock via Liverpool.
The move comes amidst "ongoing distress in southern ports, with the bargain retailer increasingly frustrated with delays and ongoing inland logistic issues."
Over the coming months, B&M expects to shift all cargo to Liverpool in a permanent move, citing quicker lead-times and a reduction in road miles afforded by the port’s central location as among the key reasons why.
Jerome Wildsmith, B&M’s Head of Supply Chain, said: “Over the past few years, we have strengthened our relationship with the Port of Liverpool, importing increasingly larger volumes of cargo and taking advantage of strong partnerships with our shipping operator Maersk and our inland logistics supplier, JWT Commercial.
“We recently increased our imports into Liverpool from 50% to 80% of our total cargo, with a view to converting this into a permanent move. As we continue to grow the business, we’ll be able to offer our customers a more efficient service as well as reduce our carbon footprint thanks to the fantastic connectivity provided by Peel Port’s multimodal services.”
Roger Megann, Head of Commercial (Containers) at Peel Ports, said: “We’re proud to strengthen our partnership with B&M, testament to the best-in-class expertise, prime location and facilities available at the Port of Liverpool."
2M recently confirmed Liverpool as the UK port of call for its TA4 service connecting Europe with several US ports, but goods sourced in the Far East by B&M will be feedered to Liverpool from the Continent.