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Language: English

BALFOUR BEATTY: Improved Efficiency Through 'Remote Warehouse'



 Balfour Beatty

Sector:  Rail - Infrastructure
Tag:  Warehousing
 On-line Ordering
 Stock Management System

Balfour Beatty manages Rail Renewals for Network Rail in the South East and Great Eastern regions of the UK rail network.

Balfour Beatty has a five year contract with Network Rail valued at £115m per annum and are responsible for renewing the rail infrastructure. Balfour Beatty sometimes have to complete the renewal works at very short notice, they therefore require professional supply chain partners with the expertise to enhance the service that they provide.

Balfour Beatty requested Unipart Rail to provide them with an integrated solution, that would help Balfour Beatty to improve their contract performance for Network Rail, whilst reducing their costs. Unipart Rail were aware that the failure to deliver results could cause Balfour Beatty to incur massive penalties, as well as running the risk of not having their contract extended. The Signalling Renewals portion of the contract was identified for the pilot solution, as it’s a critical element in terms of performance. It would therefore provide a relevant benchmark for how effective the solution could be to the whole operation.

The Solution
Unipart Rail worked closely with Balfour Beatty to identify their precise material requirements for the renewal work.  By helping the customer to focus on their exact needs, it eliminated over-stocking and over-ordering of materials ‘just in case’.

Unipart Rail used their ‘Remote Warehouse’, on-line ordering and stock management system and had all the materials sourced through them. This significantly reduced Balfour Beatty’s procurement, finance and warehousing overheads and processes, reducing their overall material costs for the renewals work.

Unipart Rail dedicated a Planning Manager to the contract to provide an on-site contact who was always available to resolve any issues, particularly around managing urgent & unforeseen material requirements. They were responsible for reassessing the customer needs at every step of the contract implementation, to continuously improve the service provided to Balfour Beatty.


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