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Logistics spotlight: Carlton Forest Group

This leading 3PL provider is proving an attractive solution for a wide range of top level FMCG clients

A leading 3PL provider that has delivered exponential growth in the last 12 months, is continuing to attract top level FMCG clients who are impressed by the flexible and personable service on offer.

Carlton Forest 3PL, part of the Carlton Forest Group, currently operates across 1.4m sq. ft of space at four sites across the South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire border – Worksop, Halaby, Bawtry Park and Tuxford.

Established in the late 1980s, the family run business is still headed up by Mark Pepper, CEO and partners Diane Ward, Chief Operating Officer and Alex Matthias, Chief Development Officer.

The 3PL division now provides employment to over 80 local people and indeed retained all staff at its Tuxford site during the acquisition in 2021.

With dedicated 3PL and transport divisions an integrated service offering makes it a solutions-based business with a proven track record.

The team recognise that agility and adaptability has been key to delivering the best warehouse solutions in recent years, something which it has always been recognised for, but which is now the business’ raison d’etre.

Its senior management and Business Development team has decades of experience in the industry – many of them joined the team in the last two years from businesses such as a leading online bathroom retailer, a UK based two-man delivery network, and a significantly sized warehouse and logistics operation.

Their combined experience, across a number of FMCG sectors combined with technical support, infrastructure and approachability sees them deliver exceptional performance figures for each client across the bespoke KPIs that are agreed as part of contract negotiations.

Facilities and services on offer

Working across all elements of FMCG including, but not limited to, food and beverage, household, retail, horticulture and agriculture, the team has adapted its diverse skill set to accommodate goods in both racked and bulk storage. It offers its customers 24/7 security, CCTV, gated sites, internal or covered docking and out of hours monitoring amongst its capabilities.

Its Bawtry Park site also achieved lower tier COMAH accreditation to expand its service offering to existing and prospective clients with diverse product ranges.

Furthermore, in addition to its comprehensive site facilities, a range of services allows prospective customers to work with its business development teams to tailor an agreement that draws on the diverse range of service offering such as container de-van, pick and pack, deep storage of goods or containers, consolidation and cross-docking, co-packing, product rework, freight forwarding, full and part loads, ecommerce and more.

Supported by its own dedicated transport provider with a fleet of over 25 vehicles, the complete end-to-end service is owned or operated by Carlton Forest 3PL bringing confidence and reassurance to its customer base.

Integration and Compliance

Integrating a new client into the business, and ensuring the transition from incumbent supplier to the Carlton Forest 3PL, is something which the team takes great pride in.

Recognising that change can be the most daunting part of the decision-making process when changing 3PL provider, robust plans are developed specifically to the requirements, time scales and objectives of each customer.

A dedicated team ensures the integration of core business operations are transitioned effortlessly to ensure continuation of supply and distribution with customers, end users, or onward through the supply chain as appropriate.

Its comprehensive Warehouse Management system can be integrated with bespoke systems by our team, and more common platforms such as Mandata for transport planning and tracking.

With BRC AA accredited sites, compliance for individual customer requirements can also be achieved as necessary to support business objectives.

Tackling supply chain challenges with positive action

Whilst the pandemic may be edging towards its place in the history books, the ramifications of the impact it had on global supply chains is still evident.

Container issues, particularly de-stuffing at ports, remains challenging although great success has been delivered for many customers by the Carlton Forest 3PL team who offer a dedicated container service to support challenges like this.

One thing is for certain – the range of services and the service levels offered by Carlton Forest 3PL means major businesses in the UK can rely on them for bespoke, agile, and fit for purpose supply chain solutions.

David Hutchings, Business Development Director, Carlton Forest, 3PL said: “The last couple of years have demonstrated the essential nature of the supply chain in keeping the country moving and the way that our team reacted to these challenges has paid dividends.”

He added: “3PL, warehousing and transport is a tough industry to be in, but the way that our team behaves endears them to all our clients who feel that we offer something that little bit different.

“Carlton Forest 3PL is still very much a family run business and this is reflected in the speed of our decision-making process, our adaptability, and the timely way in which we react to everything from enquiries to tackling any issues head on. It’s what makes us different, and what makes us a very attractive solution to so many FMCG businesses.”

To make an initial enquiry please contact David Hutchings, Business Development Director at David.hutchings@carltonforestgroup.com.

Further information about the group and its exciting Renewables division can be found by visiting www.carltonforestgroup.com



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