The Co-operative Pharmacy launches Europe’s most advanced pharmacy distribution facility

October 28, 2009

The Co-operative Pharmacy has demonstrated its commitment to innovation with the launch of its £16 million distribution facility in Stoke on Trent.  

Peter Marks, Co-operative Group Chief Executive and Rory Delap, midfielder for Premier League team Stoke City FC, officially opened the facility today, Wednesday 28 October.


The purpose built, highly automated, 190,000sq ft distribution centre will serve all of the Co-operative Pharmacy’s 800 branches and will fulfil demand for the fastest moving, prescription medicines and health and beauty products, with each branch receiving a delivery daily.

“The new facility will greatly improve the efficiency of our business as we can now serve all of our branches with the same process system and have the capacity to expand in the future,” explains Peter Batty, Head of Supply Chain.

The facility has the capacity to fulfil and distribute 420,000 units in a day, which will result in improved product availability and service levels in branches. 

The warehouse gives The Co-operative Pharmacy greater control over own brand ranges and the opportunity to hold and distribute additional seasonal lines as well as offering a degree of protection against market shortages.
John Nuttall, Managing Director Co-operative Pharmacy comments, “The NDC (National Distribution Centre) Meir Park warehouse is Europe’s most advanced distribution facility in this sector and represents our continued commitment to developing our healthcare business.  It will set new standards in terms of efficiency and will help in building relationships with EU suppliers.”

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