Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Logistics Agent Appointed For BMW Supply Chain

Joy for K + N in Canada*
Shipping News Feature

CANADA - Kuehne + Nagel tell us today the group has been awarded a three-year contract to manage the BMW Regional Distribution Centre in Vancouver servicing authorised dealers of Western Canada. The new business in the automotive sector and the BMW facility investment is intended to further strengthen Kuehne + Nagel’s position in automotive aftermarket warehousing and distribution in the growing Canadian market. Vancouver, as an Asia-Pacific container freight trade lane gateway is serviced by several main shipping lines, and is considered by K + N as a highly promising area for contract logistics business and this new contract will also increase the current Kuehne + Nagel footprint significantly.

Kuehne + Nagel is providing a 88,300 square foot warehouse facility which allows for further extension up to 108,000 square feet. Additionally, it holds approximately 32,000 stock-keeping units (SKUs), stored in a three-story mezzanine with shelving, cantilever and pallet racking. Currently, Kuehne + Nagel provides services for the BMW Group from inbound to production and aftermarket logistics, as well as reverse logistics in eight countries at 17 different locations.

The new contract means K + N will deal with everything from goods inward through storage, pick and pack responsibilities as well as kit assembly plus administrative and dealer support for BMW products ranging from hazardous materials to lifestyle accessories as well as auto parts.

*from the TV ads – we aren’t getting overenthusiastic