Sainsbury’s has appointed a new logistics company to handle its non-food business.

Unipart Group will manage the warehousing of Sainsbury’s general merchandise and home and lifestyle ranges for all stores from a new 377,000 sq ft facility in Tamworth, Staffordshire, with an initial workforce of 350 people.

Unipart said its appointment marked the next step in Sainsbury’s long-term strategy to accelerate the growth of its complementary non-food ranges.

“We felt that having visited the Unipart sites, spoken to the Unipart team and seen the way that they operate, that they could offer something different,” said David James, Sainsbury’s head of non-food logistics.

“We liked the focus on continuous improvement and the way that they engage with their colleagues, and this is where we see the commercial advantage that Unipart can bring to the Sainsbury’s logistics division.”

Frank Burns, managing director of Unipart logistics, said: “We are delighted to be working with a partner whose goal and values are so closely aligned to our own. Sainsbury’s strong ethical approach to business and its focus on continuous improvement, colleague engagement and, most importantly, serving customers well and exceeding their expectations are a perfect match for how we conduct our own business.”