Europa Air & Sea, a division of the innovative and independent logistics provider, Europa Worldwide Group, has secured a new long-term agreement with existing client, The Works Stores Ltd, to oversee and manage the retailer’s inbound movements via the Europa Air & Sea division.
The Works is one of the UK’s leading multi-channel specialist retailers of value books, arts, crafts, toys, gifts and stationery, employing over 3,000 people and with 500 stores across the UK. The Works serves 22.5 million people each year, with more than 40,000 different products sold annually.
The agreed long-term partnership follows a strong and established four-year relationship between The Works and Europa Air & Sea. Going forward, Europa Air & Sea will handle The Works’ inbound supply chain from various worldwide origins, utilising Europa’s full Order Management system to give The Works full transparency from supplier to door.
Angus Hind, Europa Air & Sea Director, said: “I am delighted that Europa Sea has been able to extend our partnership with The Works. This is testament to the dedication and commitment that the team have shown over the last four years, which has resulted in a close working relationship especially during a period of uncertainty in the market, with issues surrounding haulage, fuel emissions regulations and available space. However, I believe that Europa Air & Sea has navigated carefully and thoughtfully through this time and, as a result, clients like The Works can recognise our passion and tailored service.”
Angus continues: “This is an exciting period of growth for The Works, opening 50 new stores during 2019. In a competitive high street, it is imperative that stores stand out and excite their customers. Value retailers can do just that, which is why The Works’ popularity prevails. We look forward to supporting The Works on their journey.”
Janet Du Boulay, Head of Supply at The Works, adds: “We are always impressed by Europa Air & Sea’s dedication to the success of our business and quality of service. Our experience to date meant that we had no hesitation to ask Europa to support all of our logistics operations, from handling our inbound supply chain to worldwide shipping. We look forward to working together as the business continues to grow.”
Europa Air & Sea is going from strength to strength since launching in 2015, with offices in the UK and Hong Kong and a turnover in 2018 of £35 million. It has been four years since Europa centralised its Air services in Heathrow and its Sea services in Birmingham. The division aims for further growth this year, with the intention of embedding at least one Air & Sea Business Development Manager at each of Europa Road’s European road freight branches throughout the UK.
Europa Worldwide Group is a specialist road, air & sea, warehouse and showfreight operator employing more than 900 people across its 16 sites in the UK, as well as Hong Kong and Belgium, with representation in 100 countries.