Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Freight and Logistics Centre Opens in India

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INDIA – Pune (formerly known as Poona) in Central Western India, has been referred to as the ‘Detroit of the East’ on occasion given the proclivity of automotive companies to set up operations there. With its history of engineering and industry the town has now become the latest place to attract freight and logistics group Kuehne + Nagel’s attention and the company has now opened a dedicated automotive logistics centre to manage local demand.

K + N operates thirty eight facilities in the subcontinent employing around 1,200 people and the new development represents a further step in the company’s commitment to offering specialised solutions for manufacturers and suppliers. From the new hub K + N can offer a bespoke menu of services ranging from vendor managed inventory, just-in time and just-in-sequence deliveries over milk runs and cross docking through to solution designing, emergency handling, network engineering and continuous improvement initiatives.

In addition the logistics group has also signed a three year contract with Celio Future Fashion Limited for the provision of domestic warehousing and distribution services in India. Celio, a leading French producer of men’s apparel, operates a joint venture enterprise with Future Venture India Limited.

The services provided at Celio’s warehouse Bhiwandi near Mumbai include receipt, physical inspection and put away of inbound cargo, order planning, pick and pack, distribution as well as value-added services such as bar-code scanning and utilises around twenty specialist staff.

Volkmar Mueller, Managing Director of Kuehne + Nagel Pvt. Ltd commented on the latest additions saying:

“The new business underlines our capabilities in developing and providing high quality and flexible logistics services. Backed by a global competence network, the new developments are fully in line with our goal to be one of the leading logistics specialists in India, providing operational excellence and setting new standards for the automotive industry and ensuring value added logistics processes for the high-end apparel icon.”