Delivering tangible benefits through portcentric logistics


Saving time, money and reducing environmental impact is high on every business’ agenda, especially when importing and exporting goods.

PD Portcentric Logistics, part of the PD Ports Group, is helping businesses do just that delivering tangible benefits from portcentric logistics for SMEs and larger organisations.

Despite advances in technology and increased visibility, many companies are wasting time and energy using an outdated solution for their supply chain. Family tea and coffee merchants, Taylors of Harrogate, best known for their Yorkshire Tea blend, were doing just that before working with PD Portcentric Logistics.

Taylors of Harrogate’s previous logistics solution involved importing containers through the Port of Felixstowe, then moving them by road to Bury St Edmunds where they were de-vanned, stored and delivered by road to the Harrogate blending site.

In order to streamline Taylors of Harrogate’s supply chain and introduce cost savings, PD Portcentric Logistics suggested a portcentric solution which looked to bring in goods through a port closer to its final destination and store the containers within the Port’s hinterland. For Taylors of Harrogate this meant importing the tea and coffee through Teesport and using warehousing positioned within the Port estate.

Owned and operated by the PD Ports Group, Teesport is the second largest container terminal in the North of the UK with volumes rising 13% year on year since 2007. Providing a strong infrastructure platform and continued investment, Teesport is further enhancing its positioning as the Northern Gateway for containerised goods destined for the North of the UK.

Rethinking the supply chain saved Taylors of Harrogate 130.90 road miles for every vehicle moved between the two sites, achieved a CO2 saving of 6.3kg per vehicle and reduced the need for extra storage at the facility in Harrogate.

David Hinks, Contract Manager at Taylors of Harrogate, commented: “The team’s solution allowed us to completely rethink the import process. The new system means fewer road miles and lower transportation costs, and has allowed us to significantly streamline our site in Harrogate.”

PD Portcentric Logistics has continued to support Taylor of Harrogate’s growth by investing £2.5m in a larger warehouse facility at its site at Billingham in 2014; and now also carries out an added-value service undertaking the collation of tea by assembling bags of tea from different origins onto one pallet to assist in the creation of the blends.

Taylors of Harrogate’s continued commitment to using a portcentric solution through Teesport highlights the strengths of the Port’s infrastructure network and the continued first-class service provided by PD Portcentric Logistics.

To ensure that PD Portcentric Logistics can keep creating supply chain solutions that will provide flexibility and cost saving benefits for the customer, the Group continues to invest in infrastructure improvements to support growth and development. Over the past five years, £60m has been invested into various projects across the Company to enhance and expand its operating platform. As part of this, the PD Ports Group invested £3m in an intermodal rail terminal in 2014.

The new rail terminal operates services between Felixstowe and Southampton with rail freight provider, Freightliner and Scotland with DB Schenker. Opportunities for the establishment of further new routes to the Midlands and the North West are expected in line with market demand. Teesport’s improved connections offer customers more flexibility, reliability and choice when working with PD Portcentric Logistics.

Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports’ Business Development Director, commented: “We have invested significantly in expanding the intermodal services available at the Port which enables us to provide a greater level of service options, as well as improving our portcentric capability for our customers.”

There are clear reasons and clearer evidence why a portcentric logistics solution suits many modern businesses. Having helped some of the UK’s leading retailers, importers and exporters simplify their freight, warehousing and distribution, and minimise logistics costs, it is shown that the facts speak for themselves.


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