Sainsbury’s has signed up Wincanton to handle its warehousing and distribution in London.

The logistics giant already manages Sainsbury’s distribution centre in Greenford, West London. Under the new contract, the arrangement will be extended to the retailer’s Thameside distribution centre.

From the early part of 2013, Wincanton will also collectively manage the logistics operation for the majority of Sainsbury’s Local stores across London.

“We believe this agreement is testament to both the creativity and innovation that our service offering delivers for customers,” said Wincanton chief executive Eric Born.

Sainsbury’s director of logistics operations Chris Marrow added: “Their strategy for our Thameside DC builds on our shared experiences at Greenford, but goes much further by seeking to maximise synergies through a collaborative and innovative transport approach, and shared resources across the management and administrative teams.”