Tudor Rose International (TRI) is Europe’s leading Export Market Management Company supplying British Brands around the world; with more than 190 customers in 79 countries across the globe.
The company has an impressive reputation for building brands; they work closely with mainly British brand owners and have a unique capability to successfully place all types of FMCG products in global markets.
The UK operation, based in Stroud, Gloucestershire employs more than 50 people, providing a complete supply chain management service from shipping and customs to documentation and cost-effective logistics.
In their first year of trading, TRI were asked to launch Cadbury Biscuits into the Middle East. This established their strategic direction to become an export market management organisation; which is the foundation of their current business model. Their key customers include: Dairy Crest, Unilever, Premier Foods, Kraft, GSK, Burtons Biscuits, Fox’s Confectionery and Typhoo.
TRI selected Partner Logistics Gloucester in 2011 to manage their International storage and distribution.
TRI require a reliable and efficient frozen storage solution that provides volume capacity, with the capability of speed and throughput and is better able to store and support the distribution of a wide range of food products, which are exported to 79 countries worldwide.
One significant difference between Partner Logistics’ and TRI’s previous logistics solution is the location. Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, less than 30 minutes from TRI’s Headquarters in Stroud, Partner Logistics were selected in 2011 to manage their global export and distribution supply chain. This has contributed towards a significant reduction in TRI’s carbon consumption, helping to meet their CO2 reduction targets, as well as improving efficiency throughout the process.
The state-of-the-art warehouse operates at temperatures down to -28°C, and is fully automated and designed to the highest environmental specifications.
Business benefits delivered
In addition to the significant benefits that automation at Gloucester delivers to TRI, including reduced costs and faster retrieval of goods, Partner Logistics is providing a manual picking service which will enable the delivery of mixed pallets.
This is an enormous advantage when considering the diversity of products and the range of transport partners and export destinations, involved in their operations. Mixed pallets enable TRI to transport products more effectively into the global marketplace, whilst cutting costs on unnecessary additional transportation.
Another benefit of Partner Logistics’ Gloucester facility is that they pride themselves on being able to deliver flexibility in terms of pallet storage space. Investing in the latest technology is also a priority, including software that spots blockages etc. on the production line, as well as having comprehensive strategies in place to minimise waste.
Speaking of TRI’s relationship with Partner Logistics, Clive Scrivens, Logistics Manager, said: “We were looking to consolidate our range of products together to create a leaner, more efficient supply chain and in turn reduce our carbon consumption and our overall costs – Partner Logistics were able to deliver outstanding solutions which add significant value to our overall operations.”
He adds: “Partner Logistics is unique in the frozen warehousing industry as its fully automated warehouses are built to specific client requirements and are delivered through sustainable, long-term contracts. As well as operating warehouses, Partner Logistics works with transport partners to provide a complete logistics end to end solution, providing us with absolute peace of mind.”
TRI fact file
• TRI manage about 1,600 despatches every year
• Selling more than 3,000 stock keeping units (SKUs)
• They also export over 2.8 million individual mince pies to Australia every year