Case Study - The Edrington Group
01 Dec 2010
The company's Great Western Road headquarters and bottling
plant, in the west end of Glasgow, handles over 85 million bottles
of Scotch Whisky every year while the cased goods warehouse handles
over 7 million cases per annum and services over 100 overseas
The group's skilled and experienced workforce operates within
the internationally recognised quality, environmental and health
and safety standards ISO9001:2008, ISO14001 and BS:OHSAS18001. The
company aims to deliver
products to the highest manufacturing standards. This commitment
takes account of various issues associated with the supply chain,
especially environmental impacts.
The company has embedded a number of recent initiatives into its
- In collaboration with its UK distributor, Maxxium, the company
has implemented direct deliveries from its whisky warehouse to the
Regional Distribution Centres (RDCs) of major retailers. This not
local haulage to the distributor's warehouse but also handling,
storage and redistribution activities. The adoption of night time
deliveries during the seasonal peak (October-December) to Maxxium's
local RDC has helped
ease road congestion during peak traffic times.
- Where possible, the Scottish ports of Greenock or Grangemouth
are used to avoid unnecessary road miles to southern docks.
Edrington has also switched from road to rail wherever possible a
recent example being
Intermodal movements to France, which further reduces road
- Edrington looks to maximise export shipments wherever possible.
A new computerised weight-based check has been successfully
implemented for all 40ft containers and trailer traffic leaving the
Great Western Road
site. Whilst having obvious environmental benefits, the system also
supports compliance by ensuring that freight loads are legal for
both the UK and country of destination.
- To encourage best-practice with downstream partners, The
Edrington Group requests that its logistics services providers have
an environmental strategy that is at least in line with the
company's and the Scotch Whisky Industry Environmental