John Deere centralises parts distribution in China

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John Deere (China) the farm equipment manufacturer, has awarded Kuehne + Nagel a contract for the management of its national service parts distribution centre in Tianjin.

The company has centralised all the after-sales services in a national distribution centre in Tianjin. In the past, the service was handled at its three factories in Tianjin, Jiamusi and Ningbo

In the dedicated 5,500 sq m facility, Kuehne + Nagel is responsible for the management of some 10,000 SKUs and 170,000 units of John Deere’s products.

Services include inbound transport from the three factories to the distribution centre, inventory management, domestic distribution to the manufacturer’s dealers in China as well as a series of value-added services, such as inbound receiving, quality control, labelling, pick & pack operations and order processing.

Luke Gakstatter, director of China operations for John Deere (China), said: “Based on its efficient set-up, the facility will serve as the regional distribution centre for other countries in the Asia- Pacific region.”

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