After reviewing its distribution network, flat-pack furniture specialist Steens has appointed Denmark’s NTG its delivery partner for the UK and Ireland.

Steens UK MD Alan Cozens comments: "For some time we’ve been looking for a partner that can deliver on our ambitions to be consistently recognised for prompt, reliable deliveries without subsequent problems caused by damaged goods. In the recent past, we haven't always been able to deliver on these fundamental requirements at all times – but are now looking forward to working with such a highly-respected delivery business as NTG.

“Trials have been running for a little while, and NTG have started as we expect them to continue – superbly!"

Key benefits of the partnership include: guaranteed twice-weekly deliveries into the UK, facilitating lead times of seven-10 days for larger direct deliveries; stock collected from the Steens factory is controlled by the same driver on the same lorry, so there is no breaking down of loads leading to reduced handling; all transfers into the UK are via the Eurotunnel freight service, avoiding the unreliability of North Sea crossings; deliveries can be made either direct to the warehouse/shop or consolidated in Northampton when smaller quantities are involved; the exclusive use of a fleet of own vehicles for smaller deliveries; and no use of a pallet service, reducing the risk of damage.