Alpha Fulfilment: A thoroughly modern logistics business.

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Alpha Fulfilment: A thoroughly modern logistics business.

Alpha Fulfilment, based in Rossendale, Lancashire, is a success story born out of the eCommerce boom, just as the original occupants of its premises, a 100,000ft2 Victorian mill, were heroes of the industrial revolution.

Alpha Fulfilment’s parent company, the Bacup Shoe Holding Company, took over the mill at Rossendale in 1928 and made shoes on the site until 1998, when it started importing products from China and India. Along the way Bacup Shoe has supplied many leading UK retailers, including Clarks, Marks & Spencer, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Russell & Bromley. The company also set up three online businesses: Redfoot Shoes, Goodwin Smith Footwear and Clothing, and Bells Shoes. The group’s business

is still very much in footwear, selling under several different brands, but what it also has in abundance is logistics expertise and IT systems, which it offers to others under the Alpha Fulfilment brand.

Steven Smith, Group Managing Director of Bacup Shoe Holding Company, speaks about the company’s origins. “Alpha came about following our switch from manufacturing to importing in 1998. A lot of customers began to ask for delivery to their ships at overseas ports and suddenly we had no use

for the mill other than our offices.
It seemed logical to open it up to third-party storage, order-fulfilment, and remedial services. We have a reliable, dedicated, and capable warehouse team who’ve won many service awards from our high street retail partners. We have excellent IT systems. So I set up Alpha and work with very able team members to help manage the operation.”

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