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Focusing on the Core Business

Academic journal article Manager

Focusing on the Core Business

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Companies of all sizes, and from a wide range of industry sectors, are now taking advantage of the financial benefits being delivered by Ryder's purchase and leaseback scheme. For example, the family-owned furniture making firm of James H Sutcliffe & Son Ltd, which delivers to furniture retailers across the Midlands, strongly believes in maintaining the traditional skills of generations of dedicated craftsmen/women, combined with the sophisticated machinery that is required to deal with the pace of today's manufacturing.

"As one of the few remaining British manufacturers of quality furniture, ours is a highly specialised, if not niche, market," comments Roger Smith, Managing Director of the Sutcliffe Group. "Because of the fierce competition we face from cheaper imports, we feel very strongly that providing an excellent service is paramount to the success of our business, and providing reliable delivery is a vital part of this service.

"Until recently we purchased our own vehicles and perhaps tended to keep them beyond their economic operational life. However, at the end of 2004, we realised that our ageing fleet was no longer cost-effective to operate, as the increasing costs of breakdowns and maintenance, together with problems finding reliable third party service and breakdown assistance, had reached a point where our vehicles were becoming a constant drain on resources. In addition, retaining drivers in a highly competitive market place was not helped by our fleet of older vehicles.

"So, over a period of 18 months, we looked at all the various logistics solutions available to us, including the purchase of new vehicles through to renting replacements. …

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