With a 400,000 sq. ft. distribution centre, GA can easily store and distribute your pet food in any quantity to any destination.
Many pet food brands are so well integrated with GA that they have enjoyed considerable savings, partners don’t need to invest in their own storage or commercial property.
Many of our partners don’t even handle their stock, so the first time they see their food is when it is on sale in a pet shop. This means that by partnering with GA, our partners can operate a very lean business, focusing on their sales and marketing operations whilst keeping their overheads to a minimum.
Storage of finished goods is often a major issue for brand owners, particularly for new businesses or when timed deliveries are required. The new GA distribution centre offers GA partners even greater flexibility with a dedicated 400,000 sq. ft. modern unit with direct motorway links to both the M61 and M6. The 28,000 pallet storage facility utilises a computer-controlled stock system linking both manufacturing and distribution. This unique system ensures full traceability of every product.
We have dedicated in-house Account Managers and Field Account Managers for a wide variety of countries around the world, including France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Japan, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. Our Account Managers are fluent native speakers of their respective languages and will work with you to ensure a smooth journey from start to finish.
Distribution Centre Facts
Colleague Spotlight: An Interview with Darren Swift
How long have you worked at GA?
Seventeen years so far, following careers in the Royal Corps of Signals and Her Majesties Prison Service. I started with GA in the mill on the packing line, then moved to the stores loading vehicles and general warehousing duties. I became the Site Manager of R2 Distribution Centre in April 2011 and D2 Distribution Centre in December 2016. The role can be very challenging at times but gives excellent job satisfaction, and I am fortunate to work with a fantastic team.
What are the major changes you have seen in terms of the warehouse/logistics investments and improvements?
The main change I have seen is the scale of the operation, from the early days of loading out of old buildings at Plocks Farm for a handful of customers, to the two purpose-built dedicated distribution centres to hundreds of customers all over the world. GA now has the flexibility and capacity to satisfy present and future Warehousing requirements for our Partners. There have also been significant changes in technology, and we now use some of the most advanced automation available.
Where do you see the growth and focus over the coming months/years?
MyBox Delivery is one area of the business that is ever-growing both at home and abroad. We have made a significant investment to ensure that we can cope with our partners’ growth and future needs. Expansion into markets in other countries is also an increasing potential, alongside developing existing domestic partners growth.
What are the key benefits that partners can get from our warehouse/logistics service?
With a full stock of product range of up to 28,000 pallets, we give our Partners peace of mind that they can order anything from 1 bag to multiple full loads that can be shipped to any destination worldwide. Regardless of whether the Partner is a small independent Pet Shop or a large multi-national company, we offer the same service levels of excellence to all.
Warehouse & Distribution Centre Manager