With a reputation for delivering highly reactive, flexible and customer focused service supply chain platforms, UK based Oakland International Limited has expanded its business portfolio to include a new multi-temperature hub in Co. Meath, strategically located close to the Irish port of Dublin.
Oakland’s Irish depot, launched in partnership with established Irish international transport specialist, Brian Caffrey International Limited, extends Oakland’s successful business model with their Ireland operation running as a satellite depot to their UK based operations, enabling both companies to expand their existing supply chain services for both Irish and UK suppliers between the UK and Irish retail sectors, delivering unrivalled lead times and presenting significant cost advantages for producers wishing to deal with UK and Irish retailers direct.
Dean Attwell, joint MD of the new Oakland International Irish venture, commented: “There are significant opportunities within the Irish market to service the retail base with a lower cost, service driven, more reactive and flexible supply chain solution and we are confident that the Oakland offer will appeal to many current and potential UK exporters who have previously been put off by the high entry cost and perceived difficulties in order management processes associated with the Irish retail marketplace. Core to our offer is assistance to Irish producers who similarly want to deal with UK retailers and with whom Oakland is already a respected supply chain partner.”
In the planning stage for two years, the new depot will support Oakland’s strategic objective of international expansion. The 30,000 sq ft Ashbourne site will accommodate ambient, chilled and frozen product, and operationally will be based on Oakland’s successful UK multi temperature and rework models.
Mark Caffrey joint Irish MD stated: “We place great emphasis on the provision of a quality service, with all our vehicles well presented and fitted with tracking systems to enable customers to know where their products are at any given time. We provide a 24/7 transport service throughout Ireland, UK and Europe and are looking to extend our range of services to attract new business by providing a new transport link between Irish and UK producers to the Irish and UK retailers. We feel that creating a link with such an established and respected UK based operation as Oakland International who has vast experience in this sector is a great step forward in opening new and extended opportunities to these producers and retailers.”