Gifts Today magazine

Yankee Candle Seals The Deal With Leading Delivery Companies

Yankee Candle, manufacturer of the world’s best loved candle has secured two key logistics partners to accommodate the growing needs of the business, to provide a first class pan European delivery service to its customers

2014 sees significant investment in continuing to grow the business with customer service at the heart of the company. 

Delivery, reliability and speed are paramount to its success and therefore streamlining the service to Palletways and TNT Express, each a specialist in their respective fields, is a significant progression for Yankee Candle.

John Fontana, President of Yankee Candle comments: “Having all consignments managed with the capacity to track and trace all shipments across Europe, from collection to delivery, was our principle consideration. Both TNT Express and Palletways’ service offerings are a perfect fit for us to ensure our customer delivery and reliability is first class.”

Palletways, Europe’s largest palletised freight network, has the infrastructure to cater for Yankee Candle’s increasing growth into European territories and will be the sole contractor for the distribution of all large consignments across Europe. The Palletways Group is made up of over 300 members and 12 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 13 European countries. In addition, Palletways has dedicated three Yankee Candle branded vehicles for deliveries throughout the UK, giving the brand visibility across the country.

“We are very much looking forward to working alongside Yankee Candle to enhance their delivery performance throughout our European network. The key differentiator that Palletways was able to demonstrate was a real Account Management service that will deliver added value to Yankee Candle and its customers.” comments Rob Gittins, UK Sales Director for Palletways.
TNT Express, as the UK’s leading express business delivery operator, is responsible for non pallet deliveries for the UK, Ireland and into Europe servicing the thousands of Yankee Candle retailers with a fast, efficient service.

TNT Express will ensure delivery of stock direct to retailers through its network of more than 70 depots and hubs, with 3,500 vehicles covering the UK network and the company’s wider 68,000 vehicle fleet internationally. As a leading specialist in delivering to retail sectors on the UK high street, TNT Express is a natural partnership for the Yankee Candle brand.

Alistair Cochrane, Managing Director of TNT Express UK, said: “We are delighted to be adding Yankee Candle to the ever growing list of UK retail businesses who rely on TNT Express to ensure they can maximise the speed with which they can respond to customer demand and get product to exactly where it is needed on the high street.”

Primeline will continue to deliver to Yankee Candle customers across Ireland. Primeline operates 750,000 square feet of warehousing in Ireland and the UK and a transport fleet of 200 vehicles.

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