26 November 2007 | Antony Barton
Furniture retailer MFI has streamlined its supply chain by creating a £65 million National Distribution Centre (NDC).
The NDC in Doncaster will house £60 million of stock by the end of the year, storing all products that were previously held at distribution points around the country. At 750,000 sq ft, MFI claims it is the largest warehouse to be constructed in the UK this year.
Hugh Edwards, head of procurement at MFI, told Supplymanagement.com: "From a procurement point of view, it's been a matter of making sure that three-quarters of a million square feet of warehouse space within Doncaster has been filled with the right profile of stock as we go into the peak selling period."
He said the ongoing challenges for his team are to ensure the deliveries arrive on time, that the payment terms are adhered to and any gaps in availability are plugged as quickly as possible.
He added: "You would normally expect this sort of project to take between 18 and 24 months and we've completed it in 12."
The NDC will officially open on 7 December.