Thursday, May 12, 2011

CEVA Logistics Awarded Contract to Handle Chrysler Supply Chain in Iberia

Extends Agreement with Fiat Group
Shipping News Feature

SPAIN / PORTUGAL - CEVA Logistics has extended its agreement with Fiat Group with the signing of a contract extension which will include the supply chain management for all Chrysler Group LLC brands (Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge).

Under the terms of the extended contract, CEVA will manage the warehousing and distribution of spare parts for dealers that distribute Chrysler Group brands in Spain and Portugal. The operation will be based in Alcalá de Henares, near Madrid, inside the existing facilities that CEVA already operates on behalf of Fiat Group. The current warehouse will be expanded by 4,000 sqm to accommodate the additional volumes.

CEVA will handle approximately 30,000 items each year, which will arrive from Italy, being responsible for reception warehousing, picking and final distribution to 11 centres in Portugal and 92 centres in Spain.

Collaboration between CEVA and the Fiat Group dates back to 1995, the year in which the car manufacturer outsourced the management of its spare parts warehousing activities and orders dispatch to its dealer network.

Ricardo López Alonso, Manager of Spare Parts Logistics, Fiat Group – Chrysler LLC, said:

“During our years of collaboration, CEVA has become a strategic partner for our company by designing a better service for our dealer network, suggesting distribution improvements and always maintaining a steady work methodology.

“With the incorporation of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands to our distribution network, CEVA was the obvious choice of partner as we remain highly satisfied with the work they carry out: the result of a decision we made 16 years ago.”

Antonio Fondevilla, Commercial Director for Contract Logistics for CEVA in Iberia, said: “We are very proud of this contract, since it further evidences the trust Fiat Group puts in us and the work of continuous improvement we are carrying out with its brands. Furthermore, it allows us to continue growing in one of the main sectors for CEVA, the automotive industry.”