Electricals retailer Dixons Carphone has invested £78 million in its supply chain operations, with DHL given the contract to manage the company's national distribution to stores and customer service centres.

The announcement of the three-year deal comes one week after the PC World, Currys and Carphone Warehouse owner revealed that full-year pre-tax profit is expected to be above the previously estimated top-end £375 million, following better-than-expected sales over the last few months.

Steve Gibb, supply chain director at Dixons Carphone, remarked: "We are looking forward to working in closer partnership with DHL, whose collaborative and agile supply chain solution is projected to deliver significant operational efficiencies."

The DHL deal is one of a number of investments the business will be looking to make as the integration of Dixons Retail's portfolio of brands and Carphone Warehouse continues in the coming year, following the 2014 merger.

Speaking last week at the time of the company's fourth-quarter trading statement, group CEO Sebastian James suggested that by the autumn, in the UK, Ireland and Sweden, the business will have moved its head offices, begun consultations on moving its logistics and repair centres, and built integrated management teams.

Improvement in delivery options and IT investment were highlighted as key strategies, alongside extending the company's free warranty programme, further training for staff and amendments to its pricing position in Norway, where like-for-like revenue has slowed in recent months.

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