Southgate responds to demand for single-source suppliers

Dan Brasier

SOUTHGATE Global, a supplier of packaging equipment, consumables and servicing in operational logistics and fulfilment, has announced it has configured its organisation to respond to demand for single-source solutions as companies look to streamline operations.

The business explained that organisations are moving away from sourcing their logistics equipment, consumables, and services from a broad spectrum of suppliers. Instead, Southgate is witnessing the increasing number of manufacturing, 3PL, e-commerce and warehouse operations seeking a single-source option.

Dan Brasier, CEO at Southgate Global, said, “Whether you are a single site operation or a large multi-national corporation, one of the major trends that commercial organisations have recognised across the board is the need to reduce costs by simplifying their supply chains, more specifically, reducing the number of suppliers and consolidating the value of their spend.”

One area identified as most prone to supplier fragmentation is operational logistics and fulfilment, especially in relation to packaging equipment and consumables.

Brasier added, “Juggling various service providers to source your packaging and consumables can be challenging and cause unnecessary strain on your supply chain. Not to mention that it can lead to slower production, different equipment failing to work together seamlessly, increased administration costs and an inventory that is more difficult to manage.

“Alternatively, by offering customers the choice to consolidate the value of their spend into one supplier, it gives them the option to negotiate better deals, reduce costs and simplify their ERP.”

Southgate has now configured its organisation to meet this need. The firm revealed its packaging equipment and consumables offer covers over 5,000 separate SKUs across key categories. And Southgate’s technical services offer maintains, repairs, and repurposes customers’ equipment even if it hasn’t been supplied by them. For those looking for additional support when logistics problems can’t be solved with ‘off the shelf products’, Southgate offers bespoke design and development, sourcing and ESG legislative compliance advice.

“As logistics challenges intensify, the demand for a supplier offering a comprehensive package will only grow,” Brasier stated. “Building a strong, long-lasting relationship with a single supplier who has a wealth of expertise and resources will begin to set logistics operators apart from one another.”