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French Connection announces $40m supply chain deal


Fashion retailer French Connection has entered into a five year, $40m inbound logistics contract with retail supply chain company MIQ Logistics.
It will cover international and domestic end-to-end supply chain management – including pick and distribution to retail channels – plus global visibility and supply chain status of inventory to SKU level.

French Connection is a Top 100 retailer in the InternetRetailing IRUK Top 500. Earlier this year, it said 23% of revenues are now generated by ecommerce, and almost half of all online orders were placed via a mobile device.

In addition to managing the international transport of all product, covering all freight modes, MIQ Logistics will also assume responsibility for providing global visibility of all SKUs and management of the primary 150,000 sq ft French Connection UK DC in Purfleet, Essex.

The Purfleet DC will also be home to Long Tall Sally, another fashion retailer, which will have its own dedicated part of the warehouse.

In addition, MIQ Logistics will manage inventory from international French Connection factories across Asia, India, Turkey, Romania and Poland through to their European and North American stores, and to wholesalers in a further 50 countries.

Steve Prangnell, Group Director of Supply Chain & Logistics at French Connection, explained the importance of the partnership with MIQ Logistics. “Supply chain performance is critical for French Connection. I am confident that with MIQ Logistics, we have found a partner that has the people, resources and determination to strip out inefficiencies and take our supply chain to a new level.”

Andrew Martin, MIQ Logistics UK, Managing Director. “While our fashion client portfolio already includes many world-class brands, the addition of French Connection is a very significant endorsement of our ability to serve this challenging sector.

French Connection will benefit from the same enhanced security, control and visibility that our integrated end-to-end supply chain solutions provide other leading fashion brands including Gant, Phase 8 and Long Tall Sally.

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