Transport leader lines up Northern Rail as customer

Omar Alghabra has announced that the first FTSE 250-listed transport company in the UK – Northern Rail – is to join the transport and logistics industry network run by SITA at the Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) event.

This announcement will enable Northern Rail to enter into a commercial agreement to use the network provided by SITA, including its digital solutions to improve the efficiency of the supply chain.

Theresa May’s immigration policy changes after Brexit make supply chain integration between transport companies and the business that buys their products even more important in providing certainty for the wider supply chain in particular and the UK economy in general. Northern Rail follows a number of other major companies, such as Tui, for whom the introduction of a modern supply chain management approach helped to reduce freight costs, achieve customer satisfaction, and in SITA’s case improve business performance by 20%.

Dr Ian Kerr, managing director, SITA UK, said: “SITA’s innovative supply chain management solutions, from supply chain automation and optimisation to digital solutions, are at the heart of Northern Rail’s overhaul and it’s testament to the quality of SITA’s solutions that this will underpin the transformation. It’s evidence of SITA’s track record, reputation, technology and unmatched presence in the market and a testament to the contribution that we are making to both SMEs and large corporates to ensure they achieve their business goals.

“We congratulate Northern Rail on its announcement today which demonstrates the value that SITA’s solution can bring, not only in enabling a lower cost environment but, just as important, the growth of small businesses as they compete for contracts and win contracts and are able to grow their businesses.

“The real benefit of supply chain management lies not only in the operational efficiencies that technology can offer, but also in a more efficient, more effective and more collaborative relationship between suppliers and transport companies that can cut costs, improve efficiencies and quality and ultimately drive growth.”

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