The first Distrigo parts hub for Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Vauxhall vehicle parts has been opened by PSA-owned AM100 dealer group Robins And Day at Hayes in West London.
It comes as PSA withdraws trade parts sales from Vauxhall dealers and consolidates it into regional hubs, in a strategy similar to that already taken by Ford and Volkswagen Group.
It has meant the relocation of the group's Slough operation, already the group's largest with around £35m annual parts sales.London. This is a relocation and expansion of the previous Slough site, the largest within the group, already exceeding £35m annual sales.
The move is required as PSA add Vauxhall into its Distrigo Parts Distribution network from May 2020.
The investment in Hayes, in a brand new 45,000 sq ft facility is the first of the five Robins & Day Parts Hubs to relocate.
Work is underway now fitting out new sites in Bristol and Derby, with Birmingham and Manchester following in the spring.
These hubs will now also supply Vauxhall Parts, as well as the existing manufacturer ranges for Peugeot, Citroen and DS vehicles, the group’s Eurorepar all-makes range, and Supplier brand parts ranges.
Distrigo hubs will operate 24 hours per day, with a fleet of fully tracked delivery vehicles.
Simon Tarrant, Robins And Day aftersales director, said: “This is a clear opportunity to further grow our parts trade business with the full PSA parts product ranges – not just to large bodyshops, but independent repairers too, that can benefit from multi-brand products and one hour motorcycle delivery.“
He said delivering excellent availability and service levels to the PSA brands authorised repairers and and Eurorepar Car Services garages is essential to to the group, which anticipates doubling its parts sales from 2019 to 2022.
Robins And Day Chief Executive James Weston said: “Parts distribution has become an increasingly important part of our business model. Our scale allows us to deliver exceptional customer service, and we see the addition of Vauxhall as an exciting growth opportunity, and a chance to increase our level of innovation in this area.”