Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Freight Forwarding Groups Celebrate New Contracts and the Inception of a Logistics Air Cargo Hub

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UK – BRAZIL – EUROPE – MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA – CHINA – Several gains for logistics groups announced this week with the news French headquartered Norbert Dentressangle’s freight forwarding division, Norbert Dentressangle Overseas, is relocating its Heathrow operation into larger premises to accommodate strong growth. Previously occupying a shared facility, Norbert Dentressangle has taken the lease on 9,000 square feet of dedicated office and warehouse space at the Saxon Way Trading Estate in Harmondsworth, five minutes from Heathrow Airport.

Staff level at the office has almost doubled recently and Dentressangle says the significant uplift in business of late includes a marked increase in demand from online retail SMEs. Formerly considered by many simply as a road haulage outfit the group now employs over 700 freight forwarding staff across it fifty six global offices. The Heathrow outfit provides extensive e-fulfilment capabilities as well as supplier consolidation at origin, air and sea freight and Customs management services. Matt Young, UK Commercial Manager for Norbert Dentressangle’s Freight Forwarding division said:

“After a tough couple of years, our business has emerged stronger and better than ever. As we continue to expand our global footprint, invest in new technology and capitalise on the wider capabilities of the Group, prospects for 2014 are extremely promising.”

Meanwhile another company with a strong base at Heathrow is, after their move a couple of years ago, celebrating a couple of new contracts with the news that DB Schenker’s new logistics hub in Mitry Mory, near Europe's second largest airport Paris Charles de Gaulle, will now handle tens of thousands of spare part items on behalf of Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. The six year contract sees Schenker managing parts logistics in the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region, and Embraer's Vice-President Customer Support Commercial Aviation EMEA, Luiz Hamilton Lima, commented:

“By outsourcing the management of the entire spare parts logistics of our EMEA sites to DB Schenker, we will gain flexibility, provide a higher quality of service to our customers and will be able to effectively manage our strong growth in the years to come.”

The scope of the contract includes the handling of standard spare parts, as well as sensitive and high-volume lines, whilst high-density storage and elevated order picking systems will help Schenker deliver the productivity gains and increased flexibility sought by Embraer. Transparency and a continuous improvement plan were also part of Embraer's selection criteria and the logistics group will also handle the transport operations, including those for emergency situations, the so-called AOG (Aircraft On Ground) incidents, via its global network of 40 AOG desks and its 24/7 operation.

Last week saw DB Schenker embark on a new contract with the world's largest manufacturer of electrical heating, the Glen Dimplex Group which includes a host of brand names in its portfolio including Valor, Morphy Richards, Belling, Stoves, New World, Roberts Radio, LEC and Xpelair. Schenker will forward ocean freight from China to Europe and says the contract includes a ‘variety of innovative added value options offering [the customer] protection from the current unpredictable market conditions’. Schenker Limited's, Director, Sales & Key Account Management David Harrison said:

"This is a really significant new business win for us. Our pricing solutions combined with our international logistics capabilities have enabled us to offer Glen Dimplex an innovative service offering for their imports from China.”

Photo: Saxon Way, entrance to Norbert Dentressangle’s new Trading Estate base near Heathrow.