Dachser UK working to sustain the NHS supply chain


While transport and distribution businesses across the UK are doing all they can to support those working on the medical frontline during the crisis, Dachser is proving its flexibility of service in partnership with one supplier in particular.

Dachser’s Dartford branch has provided Alsico, a leading manufacturer and distributor of workplace clothing, with regular transportation between its factories in North Africa and its main UK distribution centre in Preston since 2013. Alisco, which equips the UK market with over 3.5 million garments a year, is a specialist in healthcare supplies and is one of the largest uniform providers for the NHS.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on demand and government restrictions in various countries necessitated Alsico to find new manufacturers of its products based in Europe. Added to this logistical challenge was the urgency inherent in the knowledge that the product was for thousands of front line medical and care workers. 

Dachser rose to the challenge and utilising its extensive operational network across Europe quickly adjusted to the requirements of Alsico’s altered supply chain to ensure swift delivery of the essential supplies.

Dachser Dartford’s General Manager, Patrice Ollivier comments, "We are proud to have demonstrated significant flexibility in our operation.  This has involved loading trailers on weekends and bank holidays and ensuring accurate documentation flows to provide a fast, cross-border delivery service into Preston from various European locations within a matter of days. Working closely with Alsico, we remain committed and determined to do everything we can to play our part in this national effort".

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