This week has seen the announcement of a five year Woolies deal for Toll, which the company says strengthens its grocery capability.
Toll announced it will partner with Woolworths Group’s supply chain and logistics arm, Primary Connect, over the next five years to deliver goods to more than 380 supermarkets across New South Wales.
As part of the agreement, Toll will invest more than $24 million to acquire a new fleet of 100 Prime Movers and 25 Rigids over the period of the contract.
Toll will manage the distribution from Primary Connect’s Minchinbury, Yennora, Erskine Park and Wyong distribution centres, where almost 400 drivers, including 260 full time employees will be engaged.
According to Toll, all vehicles will be fitted with the latest hi-tech safety systems, including facial recognition fatigue protection and telematics tracking solutions.
“We are delighted that we can continue our strong relationship with Woolworths, who remain a key player in the Australian Grocery marketplace,” said Peter Stokes, Toll Global Logistics President. “This agreement highlights our capabilities in the grocery sector. We have developed a fantastic partnership with Woolworths over 20 years in these distribution centres and are pleased that we are able to extend our relationship for another five years in NSW.”
Toll is the incumbent secondary transport service provider for the Woolworths operations and was successful in winning the new agreement in a competitive tender process.
“We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Toll in the Sydney Basin for a further five years,” said Chris Brooks, Primary Connect General Manager for Transport & International Supply Chain. “The deal covers one of our largest store delivery catchments in Australia and recognises the pivotal role Toll and its drivers have played in safely re-stocking stores for our customers during the pandemic.
“With the certainty of a sustainable five-year agreement, Toll is well-placed to continue investing in industry-leading safety technology and initiatives which benefit its drivers and other road users. Transport safety is incredibly important to us and we’re pleased to be working with a partner who is committed to pushing industry standards forward for the better.”