Catering equipment manufacturer Blue Seal has appointed Norbert Dentressangle to take over the running of its logistics in the UK.
Blue Seal, which is part of New Zealand-based Moffat Group, will handle the delivery of its commercial baking, cooking and warewashing equipment into the UK market.
With the majority of machines manufactured in New Zealand, goods are imported directly into Blue Seal UK’s Birmingham warehouse and HQ. From there, Norbert Dentressangle’s Specialist Services arm collects the kit to be distributed to customers across the UK.
Between 5,000 and 8,000 items will be distributed annually, with the majority of consignments being single-person deliveries to catering equipment distributors and end-users, including restaurants, pubs and commercial kitchens.
Glenn Danks, UK manager at Blue Seal, said: “With its catering sector expertise, Norbert Dentressangle is the ideal partner to provide an enhanced delivery service for our customers. The flexible supply chain solution is supported with clear communication, careful handling that minimises product damage, and a central customer service team.”
Norbert Dentressangle says it will provide a number of “added value services” for Blue Seal, including proactive communication by delivery crews to end-customers and final product positioning, along with the options of an unpacking and removal of waste packaging service. It will also offer the capability to take and view real-time pictures at the delivery point, and site surveys when required.
It also claims that Blue Seal will benefit from a reduction in damage levels due to its proven track record in handling similar goods and the specialist training that its staff undertake.
Norbert Dentressangle’s Specialist Services division operates from six UK sites and promises a flexible next-day distribution service using its fleet of 18-tonne rigid trucks.
Blue Seal has been established for more than 90 years, manufacturing from its base in Christchurch. In the UK, its brand names include the Blue Seal Evolution Series, Turbo Fan, Cobra and Fastfri.