AUG 00] ASTLEYS NEWS
Astleys Lands Huge Tesco Contract
Coventry clothing firm specialist has stitched up a
multi-million pound contract to supply clothing to staff at
Tesco distribution centres throughout the UK.
the next five years workwear specialists John Astley and Sons
will be providing at least 500,000 garments to 16 locations in
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
clothing will be worn by Tesco's drivers, including those at
Crick and Hinckley, as well as staff working in warehouses and
contract includes a range of 40 items including trousers,
skirts, jackets, polo shirts, high-visibility waistcoats and
Astley, sales director of Astleys' Industrial Consumables
represents the latest success in our rapidly-growing workwear
meeting the high standards of a national customer of this
calibre, we are demonstrating that Astleys is a now a major
player in the marketplace."
the contract was agreed, Astleys had to carry out extensive
research into the methods used to produce the garments, enabling
it to comply with Tesco's ethical policy on the traceability of
from the firm based in Gosford Street even travelled to Sri
Lanka to check the production processes of several manufacturers
and to ensure that they were not using child labour or
exploiting their workers.
also had to demonstrate that they could match the supermarket
giant's tight specification for good quality clothing that was
comfortable to wear and durable.
firm arranged an extensive series of trials with Tesco staff to
assess the performance of various fabrics and styles before
identifying those that best met the requirements of different
White, national sales manager for Astleys' Industrial
Consumables, heads the team dedicated to managing the contract
took the decision to manage the entire contract from our
headquarters in Coventry, enabling us to deliver a
consistently excellent service to every Tesco location.
a round-the-clock responsibility that we take very seriously,
because we are aware of the importance of being custodians of
the customer's branded image.”
Bond, project buyer in the Tesco corporate purchasing
are giving us a first-class service and have proved that they
really have their finger on the pulse of all our distribution
understand our need for ethical sourcing with full
traceability and in ensuring that the garments meet our very
tight specification. We now look forward to proactively
developing our business relationships over the next five
firm was established in Coventry in 1730 as a chandler and
drysalter. It was incorporated as a limited company in 1892.
the company operates three main divisions: Astleys Industrial
Consumables, Astleys Industrial Paints and Astley National,
which sells products exclusively through a network of