Wincanton has announced the launch of ‘Virtual Access to Storage and Transport’ (VAST). The collaborative platform matches buyers and sellers of warehouse space, allowing companies that need on-demand access to storage to find it quickly, and warehouse owners the opportunity to advertise underutilised space to generate a new income stream.
By logging on to the website, companies can list space for free. Anyone looking for storage space can search by location, space size, storage duration and required facilities before being put in direct contact with the warehouse of their choice. In addition to this, customers can purchase additional wraparound 3PL services, such as pick-and-pack.
VAST also offers its users access to Wincanton’s 4,000 vehicle transport network for a complete collection and delivery service.
Adrian Colman, Chief Executive Officer at Wincanton, said: “We have pioneered collaborative warehousing for a number of years, but with oneVASTwarehouse we are virtualising our services and getting a better utilisation rate for our customers’ warehouse space. This has evolved from a great idea, created through Wincanton’s W2 Labs programme, in which we explore digital innovation in logistics.
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