The FINANCIAL — Accenture has acquired Total Logistics, an independent logistics and supply chain consultancy based in Wokingham, UK. The acquisition will strengthen Accenture’s supply chain capabilities and enhance its ability to help companies across multiple industries – particularly retail and consumer goods – provide their customers with interactive shopping experiences on any device at any time.
Total Logistics’ capabilities will become part of Accenture Consulting, which helps clients across all industries transform to compete in today’s digital world. Initially, Accenture will leverage Total Logistics’ supply chain and logistics strengths to support clients in the retail and consumer goods industries. Over time, Accenture will extend Total Logistics’ capabilities to other industries, including life sciences, automotive and industrial equipment, according to Accenture.
Total Logistics has a wealth of experience working with clients to optimize their distribution networks and improve the performance of their supply chains. The company helps retailers and their suppliers move products more smoothly through the supply chain, enabling them to improve service performance while reducing costs.
“Consumers’ expectations to shop using any channel they choose and still get fast and reliable delivery poses logistical and financial challenges for retailers,” said Lucy Larkin, managing director in Accenture’s Retail practice in the UK. “In this environment, it becomes critical for retailers to transform their supply chain models to enable a more real-time, digitally enabled service. The acquisition of Total Logistics ensures that we are well-equipped to help our clients achieve better business outcomes from their digital transformation programs.”
Andy Keith, the managing director of Total Logistics, said, “Total Logistics has more than 25 years of experience working with clients on strategy, design and implementation in the supply chain and logistics sector. As part of Accenture – with its broad industry skills and global reach – we will be able to help clients transform their businesses and make sure they are prepared to better serve their customers both now and in the future.”
Total Logistics is the second acquisition that Accenture has made recently in the UK to strengthen its retail and consumer goods capabilities and enhance its strategic consulting capabilities in supply chain and logistics. In June, the company acquired Javelin Group, a UK-based retail strategy consulting and digital transformation services provider.