Toll Global Logistics (Toll) will partner with Woolworths Group’s supply chain and logistics arm – Primary Connect – over the next five years to deliver to more than 380 supermarkets across New South Wales.
As part of the agreement announced today, Toll will invest more than $24 million to buy 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.
All vehicles will be fitted with the latest hi-tech safety systems, including facial recognition fatigue protection and telematics tracking solutions.
Toll Global Logistics President, Mr Peter Stokes said: “We are delighted that we can continue our strong relationship with Woolworths, who remain a key player in the Australian Grocery marketplace.”
“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.
Primary Connect General Manager for Transport & International Supply Chain, Chris Brooks said: “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Toll in the Sydney Basin for a further five years.
“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.”
Toll drivers working out of the Woolworths Sydney Basin and Wyong Distribution Centres will travel an estimated 19.8 million kilometers each year, the equivalent of driving around Australia 1,333 times or like driving from Sydney to London and back 588 times each year.
Toll will operate vehicles on 363 days of the year to deliver to Woolworths supermarkets across NSW, with Christmas Day and Good Friday the only days off the road.