Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Freight Forwarding Group Offers New Packing Logistics Solution to Automotive Manufacturers

Supply of Better Designed Re-useable Containers Gives Operational Advantages
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – Gefco, a group which includes both re-useable packaging and finished vehicle logistics amongst its skills, has signed a new contract with Jaguar Land Rover Limited to provide a reusable packaging solution to support the company’s part production process. Supplying the motor manufacturer with its large Magnum Optimum containers, which the freight forwarding company developed in conjunction with a leading packaging manufacturer, the new deal spans both UK and international markets.

Gefco says the arrangement ‘will run for a number of years’ and the development of the large containers will add to the existing pool of 6.4 million container units managed by its GefBoxSystem solution. The latest arrangement is intended to enable a number of environmental and operational efficiencies to be achieved. The reusable packaging will reduce the amount of cardboard used within the Jaguar Land Rover supply chain, whilst the nature of the new units means better stacking capability, reducing floor space taken by the product. This feature will also enable Gefco to reduce emissions during the reverse logistics.

The service provided by Gefco also includes an international and UK based asset audit management team, who provide expertise and local support to all parts suppliers as part of a comprehensive asset management service. The supply of reusable packaging is controlled by Gefco’s NetBox3 system, which ensures real time visibility of packaging stock within supplier and JLR production plants. Philippe Doyer, Gefco’s Director for Warehousing and Reusable Packaging, commented:

“We are delighted to be afforded this exciting opportunity to build on our relationship with Jaguar Land Rover, and to achieve further growth and development of our GefBox solution, which is already used by 1,500 manufacturers across 22 international markets.”