River Island assigns management of global supply chain

River Island has appointed international supply chain & freight forwarding company, Allport Cargo Services to support its strategic global expansion after an exhaustive tender process.

Under the three-year contract, ACS is to manage the international transportation by air & sea of the retailer’s entire product range – shipping goods from worldwide suppliers and manufacturers to River Island’s UK Distribution Centre in Milton Keynes. The partnership will also see River Island using ACS’ specialist supply chain software platform LIMA – (Logistics Information Management Application), enabling the fashion brand to streamline its buying, merchandising and logistics processes. LIMA will deploy its leading edge Purchase Order Management as well as buying, merchandising and business intelligence modules to create a scalable and future proof supply chain.

Clyde Buntrock, ACS’ VP of Group Sales and Marketing commented: “We are delighted that River Island has recognised our capabilities in fashion supply chain management by choosing to partner with ACS and we are looking forward to the further development of our partnership – an endorsement from such a leading brand allows us to be confident that we are evolving our product offer in the right direction”

Rebecca Evans, River Island Head of Supply Chain commented “ We chose Allport Cargo Services as they clearly demonstrated their extensive Fashion Supply Chain capabilities throughout our tender process. Their people, culture, technology & network were undeniably the best fit for River Island’s future expansion.”

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