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100 Focus: Exclusive interview with Ross Eggleton, group logistics director, Morrisons

100 Focus: Exclusive interview with Ross Eggleton, group logistics director, Morrisons

In this exclusive interview, Ross discusses cost and carbon reduction within his operation.

Ross joined Morrisons from Lloyd Fraser Group in March 2008 as logistics development controller. He previously worked for Asda in a number of operational and central logistics roles. Ross became logistics director in March 2014 following roles as Transport and Development Director. He has recently been asked to add Supply Chain to his accountabilities. Ross with his team has landed a series of breakthrough changes into the network in recent years which have delivered £40m of benefit in three years.

SHD Logistics (SHD): Your nomination recognises the breakthrough changes you have headed up in the Morrisons network. Can you tell us more about the most
important of these and the positive impact on operations?

Ross: Following the opening of Bridgwater and Sittingbourne Regional depots we have reconfigured our national solutions reducing from three sites to one. Operating from eight campuses we’ve reduced the number of deliveries maximising trailer fill and type. CO² emissions dropping 8% since 2013, 20% of stores now serviced by double deck trailers and we’ve introduced 150 15m trailers. Overall costs have reduced by 14% in three years. We continue to work on engaging our people, optimising our physical footprint and adopting lean principles to deliver on shelf availability at the lowest end to end cost.

SHD: What changes and developments are you expecting/predicting for the logistics industry over the next five years? 

Ross: Consumers will continue to drive smaller, more frequent delivery quantities to a broadening range of accessible locations for their convenience. Whilst
businesses will continue to look for ways to improve service and cost whilst reducing working capital.

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