NYK Logistics has integrated spare parts deliveries for 90 Kia dealerships in Belgium and Luxembourg through its cross dock centre in the Belgian municipality of Sint-Katelijne-Waver.
The move is part of a multi-year contract between the two companies with an annual value of €250,000.
Distribution from the centre is taking place overnight, with ordered parts delivered to the cross dock in the evening from the Mobis logistics coordination centre 70km away in the Flanders town of Lummen. Based on dealer location, the parts are then sorted for milk-run delivery to the dealerships before the following morning. The cross dock is fully operational between 16:00 and 02:00 hours.
“Kia Belgium was looking for a service and quality upgrade and selected NYK for the deliveries of after sales parts to their dealers,” NYK Logistics Belgium’s Senior Manager for Business Unit Night Distribution, Eric Derbaix, told Automotive Logistics.
NYK has an established night distribution network for spare parts delivery to car dealers and repair shops in the Benelux region and France. The premium service includes full scanning and track & trace.
The 4,000m2 Sint-Katelijne-Waver cross dock was set up in December 2006 when operations moved from nearby Mechelen. It has 26 loading docks and is one of five locations NYK Logistics runs in Belgium. “Besides being the central hub for the night distribution network in Belgium, where the sorting and loading of the distribution trucks takes place, it is also the central office for the management and customer service for the networks in Belgium, Netherlands and France,” said Derbaix.
As well as the automotive spare parts distribution in the region, NYK Logistics offers supplier pick up services and logistics including storage. At the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge, NYK RoRo and ICO (a NYK group company) offer a wide range of PDI and terminal operations, as well as shipping.