Warehousing

Key Facts

430 Expert, experienced, fully trained operations staff
300 Dedicated delivery vehicles
1,500 Drinks trade customers
6,500 Private fine wine clients from 70 countries
23,000 Nationwide deliveries each week
180,000 Product lines
2,000,000 ft2 HMRC tax approved warehousing
8,000,000 Cases stock holding

Security

With a dedicated team working under our security manager, our measures are unrivalled. Each warehouse is protected by integrated physical and electronic surveillance systems. All have fire and intruder alarms and are subject to continual off-site monitoring using Red Care GSM communication technology to a central station. Data is backed up several times a day and held in a separate, secure location.

Services

All our warehouses and IT systems are approved by HM Revenue & Customs, meeting the strictest conditions required for ‘under bond’ or duty paid storage, as required. Customers’ stocks are generally held in a location of their choice, and relevant to the type of service they require. All locations offer the same facilities for order picking – from an individual bottle to a full load of 26 pallets, to then be combined with our widely acclaimed national delivery network.

Promotional Packaging

Seasonal and other gift packs
POS and retail pack assembly
Barcode production and application
Relabelling, including removal and banderoles
Application of UK Excise Duty, and all other strip and tax labels
Materials specified and supplied as required

Locations

Barking – River Road

Headquarters. The nerve centre for all operations. Home to directors and management, IT, HR, accounts, transport and central administration with systems links to all warehousing and transport functions at all locations.

Warehouse. Designed and racked for fast moving stocks, with a capacity of 3 million cases including racking with 34,000 pallet positions. Fully operational 24 hours a day, optimising customer order picking service levels.

Barking – Creek Road

Located just around the corner from our Olympus site, our four warehousing units provide 100, 000 ft2 of storage capacity. The site enjoys the flexibility to provide a mixture of freestanding storage alongside racked storage which are ideally suited to a wide range of small to medium sized wine merchants, wholesalers, restaurant chains and other general trade customers.

Tilbury Freeport

Unique to us is the only drinks tax warehouse within Tilbury Freeport. Our Portcentric facility is only minutes from their ever expanding London Container Terminal, which handles 500,000 containers a year. This allows rapid quay to warehouse container movements, with associated environmental benefits and reduced haulage costs. We operate our own port tractors, which enjoy priority access for our customers’ containers. 490,000 ft2 of ambient and temperature controlled storage.

West Thurrock

The latest addition to our portfolio of warehouses. A brand new, 162,000 ft2 facility, racked out to supply 18,000 pallet locations for fast moving customer stocks. This site will be our first to fully operate using the very latest handheld terminal technology.

It is ideally located to the motorway network to provide easy access for incoming goods and outgoing deliveries especially for the Ports of Tilbury and London Gateway.

Leeds

Another of our brand new sites. With 54,000 ft2 of space available, it is ideally located to service Yorkshire and the North of England. Wire guided trucks are in use to provide a fast and efficient picking service for a growing number of trade customers.

This site also operates as our Northern distribution hub covering Manchester, along with both the North West and North East areas of England.

Burton upon Trent

We have three sites – all in close proximity to each other – but all very different!

Derby Turn

The finest facility and perfect environment, free from vibration, UV and daylight with bespoke temperature and humidity controls ideal for fine wine storage and maturation. With the ultimate in security protection measures, we are entrusted by 6,500 discerning investors from 70 countries to store over 500,000 cases on their behalf.

Global –

A warehouse consisting of five separate areas, totalling over 100,000 ft2 of storage capacity, each ideally suited to a particular range of trade customers. We handle some of our large spirit customers at this site who can easily take advantage of delivery rates into the RDC’s operated by a number of the large supermarkets in the surrounding area.

A team is always on hand to carry out any rework requests – from duty stamps, presentation packs, front of store display units, neck tags etc

Gateway –

Another of our brand new facilities, located just a couple of miles from our Global warehouse with easy access to the main A38 and motorway network. Once again, the latest wire guided trucks are in use to speedily pick customers’ orders which can then be loaded via a number of dock levellers. A large fleet of delivery vehicles operates from this site covering a wide range of customers in the Midlands, Mid Wales and central areas of England.

Wiltshire – Dinton

In the heart of the English countryside, protected within 100 acres of secluded woodland are our 15 reinforced concrete vaults. Excavated from the hillside, the underground chambers vary in size from 3,000 ft2 to 6,000 ft2. Recently, refurbished to the highest standards, but having stood the test of time for 70 years, they offer the optimum conditions for the maturation of fine investment wine. Individual units could be allocated and designed for the larger investor.

Wiltshire – Melksham

A former Ministry of Defence site in Wiltshire.

Four former aircraft hangars, each measuring 24,000 ft2 have each been meticulously renovated and heavily insulated, to provide temperature controlled storage for a few selected fine wine customers.

A fifth hangar has also been refurbished to accommodate our West Country transport operation and delivery fleet.

Cambridge – Linton

One of two ambient warehouses in the Cambridge area. A growing number of small to medium trade customers take advantage of the operational pace and personal service offered from this location. Again, with easy access to the motorway network it provides a good, and financially beneficial, alternative to our London sites.

Cambridge – Sawston

The larger of our two Cambridge sites at approximately 54,000 ft2 and located just a few miles from our Linton site. Again, this provides ambient storage for a number of major trade customers.

A full national delivery service is provided from both of our Cambridge sites, including a next day service into London, the Home Counties and many other postcode areas.

Hillington (Glasgow)

Situated just a mile off the main M8 motorway, this warehouse is ideally situated to service the entire central belt of Scotland and, through our distribution partner, throughout the whole of Scotland. Deliveries to England & Wales are routed via our internal trunk network to ensure a national coverage for our Scottish based customers.

Many whisky (and other spirits) customers have chosen to store with us at Hillington where we can provide a range of add on services including both the application and removal of duty stamps, bespoke labelling, case re-configuration, Point of Sale materials, Certificate of Age etc

A special area has been set up to house the growing interest in fine and rare bottles of whisky. Under its own security and CCTV systems within the main warehouse, it is the ideal place to store valuable bottles in a clean and safe environment. Photography services are also available within the unit.