Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has extended its contract with DHL Supply Chain to include managing inbound supply chain transport for the company’s manufacturing plant in Slovakia, which opened last year and is making the Land Rover Discovery

Oscar de Bok, CEO DHL Supply Chain and Ian Harnett, Executive Director, Human Resources & Global Purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover celebrate signing the new contract

Oscar de Bok, CEO DHL Supply Chain, and Ian Harnett, executive director, Human Resources & Global Purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover celebrate signing the new contract

DHL Supply Chain will continue to support JLR as it adapts its operations for the next generation of premium, customised cars and the adoption of electrification, said the company in a statement.

The supply chain and sequencing process is becoming increasingly complex as customisation becomes a key differentiator for Jaguar Land Rover, DHL added.

The companies, who have been in partnership for ten years, have pledged to implement a programme of digitalisation to support long-term growth and deliver significant cost savings over the next five years.

Ian Harnett, executive director, human resources and global purchasing at JLR said: “We’re transforming our UK plants with a specialised supply chain solution and DHL is a key partner in this process. Over the last ten years they have proven that they can support our business as it evolves.”

Mike Bristow, managing director, manufacturing logistics, DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland, added: “Over the past decade our close working relationship with Jaguar Land Rover has enabled us to pursue new ways of working to drive a significant step change in performance. As part of this contract extension we now have a fully mapped transformation and investment plan to ensure Jaguar Land Rover’s supply chain is fit for the future.”

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