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Defence Logistics

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Leaders in supply chain logistics and solutions for the defence industry.

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How can we help your business?

Wincanton is at the forefront of delivering supply chain logistics solutions for the defence industry. With over 60 years’ experience in supporting the domestic and overseas armed forces, we ensure that equipment availability is maximised to support military operations.  We fully understand the rigours and complexity of supply chains within the defence sector, and operate in these environments day in, day out.


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Logistics excellence

With increased pressure for programmes to be delivered without delay and to budget, the need to ensure the quality logistics provision is key. Balancing this with the need to package, transport, process and deliver goods securely and compliantly is a challenge. Working with a logistics partner who fully understands these requirements will have a positive effect on efficient programme delivery.


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Transformation

The need for innovation and change to improve the performance of the supply chain is well understood but sometimes hard to implement.  The need to work with a compliant, experienced partner wil de-risk transformation initiatives to deliver positive results


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Understanding complexity

To support large, complex defence build and support contracts needs a robust and flexible system to manage the logistics implications of frequent modifications. Tracking these movements carefully alongside managing unserviceables, is critical.   Hence one size doesn’t fit all – do you need a partner that will effectively handle large complex environments?

 


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Responsiveness

Constant changes and modifications to a programme means any partner must have the ability to respond quickly and accurately to these changes in demand. Ensuring guaranteed service levels and visibility across the value chain even in the most pressured circumstances is key.


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Experienced personnel

Having re-assurance that experienced people who understand the terminology, constraints and compliance needs of defence sector gives you confidence that your requirements will be fully understood and delivered to a high standard.


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Compliance

Ensuring the security of equipment, information and programme detail is critical, enabling peace of mind for delivering excellence. Understanding the complexity of the defence security requirements is also key and includes health & safety, environmental and quality management systems and embedding them into your operations.


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Technology

Visibility and operational integration of any technology platform provides the reassurance that the end to end solution will be in safe hands.  Any transformation project should be underpinned with leading edge technology.


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Our Solutions

From scalable transport solutions to innovative warehousing, we provide the flexibility required in the supply chain for a sector facing continuous innovation and shifts in buying behaviour.

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Production logistics

Through our innovative production support logistics we support end to end supply chain management for defence contractors for production contracts. By focussing on de-risking the programme and reducing costs through enhanced visibility across the value chain, we enable improved decision making and real-time updates into programme schedules. Working as a partner with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, we developed a radical new way of operating that has created a significant improvement in material visibility and supply for the ship building industry.

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Through Life Support (TLS)

Wincanton will assist in optimising defence supply chains to maximise value and ensure the highest quality of service through the lifetime of defence contracts. This is achieved through management of spares and repairs, lowering operating costs of shared warehousing, guaranteed service levels and compliance, along with inventory management visibility. We support aftersales services such as equipment maintenance and repair, product screening and battery life management of the Bowman comms system on behalf of General Dynamics UK.

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International logistics

Wincanton provide strategic logistics for international defence contractors ranging from logistics consultancy and design services, to full supply chain management including operating transportation, freight-forwarding and in-country support hubs for production and through life support.


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Maritime

We create bespoke solutions, based upon our experience and best practice, to support the industry in complex production environments, supporting programmes through their entire life-cycle and extending capability internationally. Sophisticated analytics are used throughout every process to record and measure our performance, identify risks and pinpoint opportunities for greater efficiency. Taking control of material flows requires innovative thinking and concerted focus on process disciplines, this requires our teams to investigate the whole supply chain to add maximum value.

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Specialist packaging

Wincanton designs, manufactures and supplies specialised protective packaging for the safe transit of equipment into the harshest of environments. Whether you need to transport a single item or you are looking for a total support package we can provide a large range of packaging services to ensure both physical and environmental protection of your equipment. . Learn more

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Transport & forwarding

Through our industry-leading inbound production and outbound through life support logistics solutions we deliver end-to-end supply chain management. Working in partnership with our customers we have developed a way of operating that provides significant improvements in part level visibility, availability, conformance and control. Whether its inbound to production, a scheduled maintenance programme, planned repair or an urgent equipment failure, we deliver the most efficient and cost-effective solution for every shipment.

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Compliance

Wincanton understands the complex nature of the compliance requirements of the defence sector, operate within in it on a day to day basis. In-house experts in all aspects of legislative compliance, including US DoD export control, MoD security and known consignor requirements, support our operations. Wincanton holds one of only two supplier Gold SC21 awards and demonstrates our commitment to supply chain excellence.

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Technology

Wincanton recognise the complexity within end to end defence supply chains and can offer sophisticated technology to support global visibility. Securely integrating our warehouse management system, Manhattan, we can ship from anywhere to anywhere, with traceability and accountability at all times.

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Logistic Experts

Not only do our supply chain experts work across many defence programmes, but bring their logistics knowledge from other sectors, providing a level of innovative, forward thinking to the sector and that all important re-assurance to any project team.

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Why choose Wincanton?

Put simply, our ambition is to be recognised as the best in our chosen markets, with a reputation for delivering service excellence and value to our customers every day. Through our experience, we know that every logistics solution is different. We work closely with our customers to understand their markets so that we can tailor solutions that fit their specific requirements and suit their brand.

Change management

Our transformation success is built on the tight integration between all of the teams involved in the change: change management, technology, operations, commercial and HR, allied to robust methodology.

Health and safety

We help our people to support our customers by delivering the highest standards in safety. Our priority is to safeguard the well-being of our people, our customers and the wider public through ongoing health and safety education at every level of the business.

IT services

Wincanton has created an in-house IT team responsible for product and services deployment and technology management with well proven and established corporate governance processes.

People transition

Wincanton has gained considerable expertise of transferring multiple sites across complex geographies and built excellent relationships with a number of trade unions. We use a tried and tested approach to TUPE, which ensures colleagues are transferred with respect and integrity, supported by an open communication process.

How can we help?

Have a supply chain question, need some help, just want a chat? Contact Wincanton today.