XPO Logistics, a leading provider of freight transportation services, has been awarded a multi-year contract by Tesco plc to manage Tesco's chilled distribution to stores in the North West region in the UK. Tesco is the UK's largest retailer of groceries and general merchandise and a leading fuel retailer. Under the new agreement, XPO will be responsible for temperature-controlled transport using XPO fleet and drivers despatched from Tesco's distribution centre in Widnes, Cheshire.
Additionally, the two companies will collaborate on developing a plan for a carbon-neutral or carbon-negative solution that supports Tesco's sustainability objectives. In 2009, Tesco became the first business globally to set a goal of becoming net-zero carbon by 2050.
XPO has provided non-food transport services to Tesco UK for over 25 years. The company deploys a dedicated fleet of tanker trucks and specially trained drivers to collect fuel at 15 refineries and deliver it to nearly 500 consumer filling stations across the UK.
Dan Myers, managing director – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, said, "Tesco and XPO have built trust between our two businesses over many years by working together to ensure a robust supply chain. We believe this has created a solid foundation for the future development of our partnership. Providing transport operations at Widnes distribution centre is a natural evolution in our relationship, and we look forward to supporting Tesco in delivering this next phase in their logistics strategy."
XPO provides technology-enabled freight transportation solutions for customers across a range of supply chains in Europe, including food and beverage, e-commerce, industrial and consumer goods, as well as for the Tour de France and other world-class events. In 2021, XPO was named one of the World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine for the fourth consecutive year.