Nagel Langdons began working with FareShare in 2017 to offer a quick and easy transport route for suppliers to send their surplus food to FareShare Regional Centres.
No business plans to end up with food they cannot sell. Surplus food is unpredictable by nature, caused by a range of issues including forecasting errors, manufacturing mistakes, and cancelled orders. This means that the days, locations and volumes of surplus food available for FareShare change day to day.
Working with Nagel Langdons enables FareShare to react quickly, and book transport last minute to collect small or large volumes of food from our food partners the next day. This means we can make use of food that has a short shelf life, and we can also collect large volumes and distribute them across our whole network of 20 Regional Centres across the UK.
Nagel Langdons are very flexible and specialise in small load sizes. Our food partners often have a lot of stock they want to give to us but can only arrange delivery to one location. Nagel Langdons give us the flexibility to distribute stock across our whole network – which means we are able to use more of the food and get it where it’s needed most.
Nagel Langdons are promoting FareShare to their customers as a way to make the best use of their surplus food. Most of Nagel Langdons customers will have food that FareShare could use, but that never makes it to supermarket shelves because of reasons such as orders not meeting the expected forecast, or promotional items not selling as well as expected.
By Nagel Langdons offering the option of sending surplus stock to FareShare, customers can save on additional costs they would otherwise incur such as return of food, collection costs for food bins, landfill tax and labour to remove packaging. Through this route, they’re also able to help the most disadvantaged people in communities across the UK.
Nagel Langdons currently transport between 50 to 250 pallets per week for FareShare. This is typically nutritious and valuable product, which we are collecting with short life from food partners who would otherwise struggle to get the stock to FareShare Regional Centres in the relatively small quantities required. It’s a small amount of the overall transport for Nagel Langdons, but it’s a lot of food for FareShare and it provides a real lifeline for local charities who receive the food.
Malcolm Wilde, General Manager of Nagel Langdons in Scotland, explains:
“Food waste is bad for everyone, it’s bad for the environment, it’s bad for the economy and it’s bad for the soul! Anything we can do to assist FareShare in redistributing food to those who need it is important to everyone at Nagel Langdons, from the board of directors who sanctioned the subsidised distribution rates, to the drivers who collect the stock and the warehouse staff who make sure it gets to where it is needed.
We are the logistics experts and very often the work we do is hidden, but it gives us great pride to be able to utilise our expertise to help FareShare and their partners continue to provide food to those less fortunate in our society who need it.”