- November 30, 2017
- Posted by: Lauren Mackenzie
- Category: Member News
AMG Group, one the UK’s leading outdoor companies, has announced it is to move to a new Distribution Centre (DC) located at Westway Park, Renfrew. The Westway site, anticipated to be operational by April 2018, will replace AMG’s three existing DCs, two sites owned by AMG, located in Port Glasgow and a 3rd Party operation located in the Midlands.
The 4,500,000 ft3 property, will allow AMG to distribute from one central location, streamlining its operation for retailers and consumers. The new site will enable the business to realise future growth plans and achieve its full potential.
Westway Park is a direct response to a year of continued expansion for AMG. 2017 kicked off with the license of Anatom® and Teko®, increasing the group’s portfolio to nine brands in total. In addition, the business recorded another strong year for exports, as recognised in the HSBC Sunday Times Track 200 league table. AMG, listed for a second consecutive year and placed at 114th, were one of only ten Scottish businesses in the table.
The move will begin in January 2018 with AMG highlighting Q1 to be a transitional period for the business.
Bernie McGown, HR & Operations Director at AMG, said: ‘Whilst moving sites is a huge logistical challenge for us, it will allow us to provide first-class service to all of our customers; domestic and international alike. We have had a Project Team working on this for several months and would like to reassure our customers that we will do everything possible to minimize disruption during the move, bearing in mind that during Q1’18, we shall be effectively operating from four sites.’
McGown added, ‘We value our staff and their exceptional skills. When we move, we are taking them with us’. McGown highlighted that existing staff based at the Port Glasgow DCs will be transported to and from the new site by mini bus. By keeping the same team together, it will ensure ‘the business retains their invaluable tacit knowledge’.
The new facility will see an increased headcount from 14 to a permanent team of 23, focusing on Inbound & Outbound logistics, which will enable AMG to consolidate orders and despatch them from one site, resulting in a single consignment being delivered to customers.
As a consequence of the DC relocation, AMG’s legendary Green Room facility, shall relocate to Head Office, Port Glasgow, in 2019.
AMG currently employ 98 staff; the Finance, IT, Marketing, Product, Sales & Supply Chain Teams will remain in Head Office, where the business has been based for 20 years.
AMG distributes its portfolio of Vango®, F10 Series®, Lichfield®, Blacks of Greenock®, Rossignol®, Trangia®, Wayfayrer®, Anatom® and Teko® to over 40 countries worldwide.
Stephen Newlands, CEO of AMG, said: ‘By moving into this massive facility we can streamline our distribution service making it more dynamic and efficient. As we continue to expand in the UK and overseas, Westway Park will prove to be a fundamental asset to our business.’
Retailers with distribution queries can contact their AMG Account Managers.