F & P opens new Bedford warehouse

Wholesaler F & P, Primaflow and Connections has opened its new Southern regional distribution centre in Bedford.

This multi-million pound investment in new premises will enable it to serve customers in the Midlands and south of the UK, making over 3,000 products available for next-day delivery.

The new warehouse will form a core part of F & P’s corporate strategy to deliver “greater value” to its customers through shortened delivery timeframes and improved stock range and availability.

F & P managing director Jed Kenrick said: “The facility step changes our ability to service customers in the midlands and south of the UK. Customers anywhere in the country can now access 11,000 plumbing, heating and bathroom products from Primaflow and F & P, delivered carefully by one of our specialist delivery colleagues in one of our own vehicles.

“It represents the second step of a 3-step modernisation programme that has seen a similar programme in the north of the UK to consolidate stock holding and picking to our Wakefield regional distribution centre. The third step will be completed later this year as we replace our operating systems in two out of the three businesses, streamlining the three systems we currently work on to a single integrated operating base.

F & P Bedford warehouse
F & P Bedford warehouse

“This programme gives us the physical and system infrastructure to serve existing customers better and expand our business into new customer channels and new product categories.”

The new facility has also created around 20 new jobs, with 100 staff expected to work on the site.

Kenrick added that the warehouse has enabled a realignment of existing F & P stock and service centres, with the Orpington and Camberley TSP sites ensuring they have an extensive range stock available.

“Despite this investment, nothing changes on the customer delivery front as we will continue to use existing delivery vans, routes and drivers to deliver the products each day meaning there shouldn’t be any disruption to customer service,” he explained. “We’re excited about this opening, which is a historic milestone in our company’s history, and we look forward to working even more closely with customers as a result.”

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