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SPAR, DHL launch 300 convenience stores in Thailand

rsz_spar_dhl__4SPAR International has announced its partnership with DHL Supply Chain and the Bangchak Retail Company (BCR).

They will build 300 new convenience stores in Thailand, which is aimed to be finished by the end of 2020.

DHL will support SPAR’s expansion plans with end-to-end transport, distribution and warehousing services across Thailand.

“To support SPAR Thailand in delivering SPAR’s global reputation for freshness, choice, quality and service, we knew we needed a logistics partner with proven experience in maintaining world-class food retail supply chains,” said Tom Rose, head of operations at SPAR International.

“DHL’s track record in sustaining fast growing food retailers, both in Thailand and other markets worldwide, gave us the confidence to use their infrastructure as the foundation of our local supply chain.”

Meanwhile BCR will be providing the front-end store infrastructure for the Dutch retailer. SPAR’s supply chain will also use the DHL Bangna Logistics Campus for ambient warehousing and distribution and its Klong Prapa warehouse for handling frozen goods.

“Retail operations require highly specialized experience to achieve the levels of inventory quality, shipment accuracy, and timeliness needed to meet swift changes in consumer demand,” said Kevin Burrell, CEO, Thailand Cluster, DHL Supply Chain.

“With Thailand’s retail sector expected to continue growing steadily alongside disposable income levels, we’re keen to take our award-winning services to the next level as we help SPAR bring its world-class quality direct to Thai consumers.”

“Since working with DHL, they have impressed SPAR with the smoothness and visibility of its third-party logistics services, leaving us in no doubt that this partnership will help SPAR reach its sizable ambitions for growth in the Kingdom,” Rose further added.

The infrastructure at DHL will support SPAR’s quality standards with a range of features including CCTV systems, automatic fire protection and temperature controlled warehousing. Both warehouses will also be managed by WMOS, a warehouse management platform, to maintain levels of inventory accuracy and productivity in line with SPAR’s global best practices.

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