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Kuehne + Nagel secures contract from Mercedes-Benz Vans

LBR Staff Writer Published 21 August 2017

Switzerland-based transport and logistics firm Kuehne + Nagel has secured a contract from Mercedes-Benz Vans to provide production logistics solutions for its new assembly line and production facility in Charleston, South Carolina, US.

The logistics firm will supply flexible and efficient materials management and in-time deliveries for the assembly line processes.

The contract logistics team of Kuehne + Nagel used a modern logistics center which has vision picking smart glasses and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to design a multi-year innovative production logistics operations solution.

Under the contract, services such as goods receiving, inventory management, in-time picking and sequencing for delivery to the assembly line and production facility of Mercedes-Benz Vans will also be provided by the logistics firm.

Kuehne + Nagel will use customer transition and integration model to implement the production logistics. The logistics firm will also use its KN Production System (KNPS) to minimize inventory, maximize quality, and reduce total costs for each unit built.

The KNPS, which is designed based on lean supply chain principles, is an in-house developed structured process.

Kuehne + Nagel North America president and CEO Bob Mihok said: “We are delighted to expand our 15-year global relationship with Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz. Our supply chain services in the new Charleston, South Carolina Sprinter van plant will improve assembly line productivity and enhance vehicle production. We look forward to adding value to our customer’s supply chain for many years to come.”

Kuehne + Nagel was founded in 1890 and employs over 70000 people. The firm, which has over 1300 offices across 100 countries, specializes in airfreight, seafreight, overland businesses, contract and integrated logistics.

Image: Kuehne + Nagel secures contract from Mercedes-Benz Vans. Photo: Courtesy of KUEHNE + NAGEL INC.