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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Oakland happy to take on Italian job

Published 23/10/2012 | 15:08

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AN ASHBOURNE-based warehousing and logistics firm is directing their extensive distribution network to support positive growth in demand for fresh pasta products in Ireland. Oakland International has linked up with European fresh pasta producer, Giovanni Rana in the new partnership agreement.

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With Oakland International managing transportation, storage, product and case labelling, prior to onward distribution throughout Ireland since 2010, Giovanni Rana benefits from the supply chain specialist's local knowledge and bespoke distribution route service for their unfilled, filled pasta and lasagne products via a major retailer's stores distribution network. Oakland Ireland General Manager, Richard Hill, stated: 'Having created a bespoke solution to fit Giovanni Rana's requirements, we manage the transportation of their fresh pasta from the UK, prior to storing and then transporting direct to the retailer's distribution facility.'

Harry Johnston, Commercial Manager for Giovanni Rana (UK) stated: 'Oakland International provides us with the flexibility we need to manage our logistics from Italy and Belgium into Ireland efficiently while at the same time responding effectively to our customers' needs.' Close contact between the two firms has ensured accuracy, flexibility and reactivity to any specific event, with Oakland International's Ashbourne site able to offer its customers both ambient and chilled product warehousing prior to onward delivery into all Irish retailers. With a reputation for delivering a highly reactive, innovative and customer focused service offer, significant opportunities are available within both the Irish and UK retail markets for European food producers to export.

Service driven at lower cost, the firm's supply chain solutions appeals to exporters previously concerned by the high entry cost and perceived difficulties in order management processes associated with the Irish retail sector. Oakland International is a specialist in third party supply chain warehousing and logistics, and is a multi-award winning company. In 2011 they secured the award for Best Logistics at Ireland's Checkout National FMCG Awards and the UK Business Initiative of the Year award at The Grocer Gold Awards. Oakland International supply chain functions encompass warehousing, picking and distribution for ambient, chilled and frozen products for producers and manufacturers, supporting Ireland, the UK and Europe.

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