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Rob Cottrell

I joined Hatmill after previously working in operational and project roles for Morrisons and Wincanton. Since joining I have project managed the concept design, tender selection, business case sign-off, implementation and cutover of a 14,000 pallet automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) coldstore for a leading food-to-go retailer

Leading projects with transparency and a keen attention to detail to deliver meaningful long-term benefits for clients

I joined Hatmill in 2017 following 4 years working in a variety of operational and project roles for Morrisons and latterly Wincanton. I started on the Morrisons logistics graduate scheme which gave me an invaluable insight into the end-to-end challenges of a time critical supply chain and great experience in managing large teams both operationally and as part of a project. I then joined Wincanton where I completed my Transport Managers CPC and managed the Transport operation for a retail contract with a fleet of c.100 vehicles and c.120 drivers delivering to stores across the South East.

Since joining Hatmill, I have had the opportunity to work across a range of sectors and clients to deliver some complex projects with long-term tangible benefits. Recent experience includes:

  • Project managing the concept design, tender selection, £26m business case sign-off, implementation and cutover of a 14,000 pallet capacity coldstore for one of the UK’s leading food-to-go retailers. This facility comprises an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) operating at -20°C, across 9 storage levels up to 23m internal height in a lights out hypoxic environment. The project was delivered during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic consolidating 4 external storage sites into a single National Distribution Centre alongside the build and fit-out of modern sustainable welfare facilities to support the business growth
  • Strategy development and implementation of a warehouse layout change for a fast-growing online beauty retailer resulting in a 20% increase in productivity and 15% increase in storage capacity
  • Operational review of a leading online vehicle parts business to develop a strategy for handling significant growth and improving health & safety. The output of the review led to a 70% improvement in H&S incidents, and a 40% increase in storage capacity through a mix of layout changes and identification of redundant stock. This negated the need for new warehouse space which the business had been actively investigating

Project managing the concept design, tender selection, business case sign-off and implementation of a 32m high automated storage and retrieval system freezer build for a leading food-to-go retailer

By improving their demand forecast, we helped one client save £3m in agency staffing costs (that’s an 18% reduction).
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