The Supply Chain as a Competitive Advantage

Thinking Differently

In its earliest stages, global sourcing really meant low-cost sourcing. The simple objective was to source product from a country with low labour costs. The international supply chains that grew up around this were equally narrow in their scope; effectively a static one-way fits all way of flowing product.

Today, whilst global sourcing and customer proposition strategies have evolved, many international supply chain and freight management operations continue to operate as they always have done.


Uniserve appreciates the value that can be unlocked by thinking differently and treating the once disparate international and domestic supply chain networks as one; all linked by a highly sophisticated purchase order management platform; One World, which enables goods to flow with precision and certainty.

By supporting customers in approaching their end-to-end supply chain as one entity, Uniserve can implement the key enablers within it’s origin and destination logistics facilities. These transform a distribution network from a domestic based function, into a seamless, agile, connected operation; whilst continuously streamlining the associated processes.

Delivering Transformation

Uniserve have an enviable track record supporting many of the UK’s leading retailers, as they seek a step change within their international supply chain, and as their business grows.

Our success is ultimately founded upon our ability to support, shape and deliver the focus and challenge needed to evolve our customers supply chain, from their existing operating models, to those that are fit for future. All of this achieved within a risk adverse environment.

We are proud to have delivered transformation to the likes of Debenhams, The Original Factory Shop and Bodes, amongst others.

Supply Chain – The Forgotten Key

Working capital is one of the most powerful and least leveraged drivers for a retailer to improve cash flow and profitability. Uniserve however understands the opportunities that are often overlooked.

Typically improvements  are designed without consideration to the supporting financial supply chain. Indeed the most common approach by a business to working capital reduction, is often through extending their vendors payment terms.

Whilst successful in the short-term, this is done at the expense of key partners and potentially introduces risk into the supply model. This does not remove cost from the end-to-end supply chain and sometimes leads to financial pressure being put on parties who can least afford it.

Uniserve, through its trade financing service; Portall Solutions, offers an alternative that, once combined with our physical solutions, can provide a truly unique way of optimising working capital.