Mercedes-Benz has signed a three-year contract with Ceva Logistics for the distribution of aftermarket parts for Mercedes and smart brand vehicles in Italy.
Ceva will now be responsible for the loading of equipment at the Mercedes-Benz warehouse in Capena, near Rome, as well as the inland transportation of spare parts.
The company said it can guarantee next-day delivery of Mercedes parts by 13:00 (for urgent/priority deliveries) throughout Italy.
Each year, Ceva will move approximately 200,000 packages, and the company's track & trace system gives Mercedez-Benz real-time visibility on all consignments.
The new contract with Mercedes builds on Ceva’s strong base in Italy for automotive aftermarket transport. Last September it signed a three-year renewal of its contract with Honda Logistics Europe worth €6.7m for the forwarding of spare parts for cars, motorcycles and power equipment. The company is now distributing parts to more than 1,500 Honda dealers around Italy.
Earlier in 2010 it also signed another three-year agreement with BMW to operate a new dealer metro distribution centre (DMDC) for supply of spare parts to dealers in Lombardy and Piedmont.
The company has also diversified its business in Italy and the wider SEMEA region during 2010 helping to boost its full-year results. The company posted revenue of €6.8 billion, up 25% year-on-year and reportedly ahead of pre-recessionary levels.