Kuehne + Nagel has secured a three-year contract with BMW for the management of its spare parts distribution centre in Japan.
From the 18,000m2 centre, located near Narita and its international airport (60km east of Tokyo), Kuehne + Nagel will provide a range of services including receiving, inventory control, picking and packing, handling of dangerous goods and value-added services.
The centre, which is owned by BMW, holds over 50,000 SKUs and serves 184 BMW outlets, 96 Mini outlets and 62 BMW motorcycle outlets.
Around 1.2 million parts are delivered to those outlets on a weekly basis said BMW Japan spokesperson Masahiko Maeda. Parts delivered include oil and filter components, repair parts for body and glass, as well as accessories.
“It is extremely encouraging that the collaboration with BMW now also continues in the Japanese market,” said Holger Beyer, national manager of Kuehne + Nagel in Japan. “Our solution-oriented approach and our portfolio of integrated services will benefit the continued optimisation of the customer’s supply chain.”
In other news, Kuehne + Nagel has secured its position in the top 25 of the “world’s best companies”, annually ranked by A.T. Kearney and published by Business Week, making it once again the only logistics service provider to rank in the top 25 of a list running to 2,500 companies. The listed companies, which have a minimum turnover of $10 billion, are ranked according to their sales growth and compound annual growth over the last five years.
Kuehne + Nagel is ranked 23 in the list and is also merited as being among those even companies that “in particular have proven by their success that they are not one-time wonders [and] have been able to defend their status as Global Champions,” said A.T. Kearney in a statement.