Friday, January 27, 2012

'Net' Profit for Freight and Logistics Group

CEVA Snare Another Supply Chain Contract
Shipping News Feature

SPAIN – Freight and logistics company CEVA has ‘netted’ another five year supply chain contract with garden supplies company Intermas Nets, S.A. Working from its warehousing hub at Subirats, near Barcelona, CEVA staff will manage Intermas’ inbound logistics, warehousing activities, order preparation and outbound logistics for 2,500 garden products, which will be then distributed to 1,500 stores across Iberia.

Intermas is the world’s leading manufacturer of extruded plastic nets and the group’s products, including such diverse items as garden ponds, bamboo borders and rolls, artificial grass and paving stones, have specific packaging and storage needs and, with many of the items made from natural fibres which need to be kept at constant humidity and handled with particular care, CEVA’s employees have been trained in the correct storage and maintenance procedures, and will also be providing Intermas with regular KPI reports to ensure that specific standards are being adhered to.

Intermas Nets, S.A. is a Catalan company founded in 1957 and Josep Oya, Corporate Director for Organization and Systems said:

"Our growth as a business group is both organic and based on acquisitions and has led to our leading position in the garden sector. As a result, we have decided to focus on our core competence of product development, and look for the best companies to implement effective operational solutions and manage them on our behalf.

“With this contract, we chose to entrust CEVA with the management of our logistics because they can offer us innovative, best–in-class solutions that will respond to our specific needs. We believe in working in close partnership with our suppliers, as it ensures full alignment with our business objectives and is a driver of success for both CEVA and Intermas."

In order to efficiently manage logistics flows, CEVA will apply its LEAN processes to all operations and will also support Intermas using its Matrix™ Warehouse Management System (WMS), which CEVA claims allows it to guarantee thorough control and visibility of the customer’s products and inventory.