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ABM Accredited as Inflight Supplier

The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has accredited ABM as an inflight supplier as the facility services provider strenghens its logistics offering with a new 2,000 SF International Distribution Centre (IDC) at Manchester Airport.

The IDC is the second facility of its kind for ABM, following the opening of af centre at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2019.

The Manchester IDC extends ABM’s logistical support more widely across the UK and will support clients with inventory control and reporting with real-time view of stock levels, a warehouse management system, order processing and tracking and a dedicated pick and pack operation and team.

ABM is already supporting Virgin Atlantic with inflight services, storing and supplying goods to be used on board such as cleaning products, pillows, blankets and duvets.

Eddie Farrington, the IDC’s newly appointed Head of Logistics, says: “This is an incredibly exciting moment in the ABM story. The London Heathrow and Manchester distribution centres mean we can now offer clients more automated logistics support across the UK.

“Space is at a premium in airport locations which presents a challenge for the many retailers operating there. We’re able to offer secure, racked and freestanding palletised storage for inventory such as stock, gifts, testers and point of sale merchandise.”

With 19 years’ experience from a retail, wholesale and distribution perspective, Farrington has joined the team to drive the expansion of ABM’s logistics business which includes supporting industries outside of aviation. “My experience coupled with ABM’s expert knowledge of airport operations gives us a unique position in the logistics market for aviation and beyond. The IDCs will offer import and export capabilities, national and international deliveries as well as screened airside deliveries so we’re well placed to support retailers and wholesalers as well as airlines and travel retail brands,” he adds.

New business development managers, Ashley Hill and Anna Strzalka, will be promoting ABM’s capabilities in the aviation and other sectors.

Anthony Bryant. Manager Aircraft Appearance and Cleaning for Virgin Atlantic, says: “The introduction of ABM’s IDC facility at Manchester Airport has streamlined delivery of on-board products for us. The CAA accreditation also means the goods no longer have to be delivered via a third party which means the number of times the products are handled is reduced. This is crucial for reassuring our passengers as we look to recover and relaunch our operation from Manchester Airport.”

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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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