The Ford Motor Company has extended a 55 year old working relationship, signing a multi million pound, two-year contract extension with Norbert Dentressangle.
The contract for distribution of aftersales parts to UK dealers was first established in 1955 with Swift Transport Services, which was subsequently bought by Christian Salvesen in 1993, which was itself bought by Norbert in 2007.
Chris Conway, Ford’s manager traffic and customs said: “We had no hesitation in renewing our distribution contract with Norbert Dentressangle as the service we receive is excellent.”
The operation involves Norbert Dentressangle collecting orders from Ford’s Daventry site for onward delivery directly to some 300 dealerships overnight through its national shared-user network. This ensures parts ordered by the dealers up to 6pm are delivered before the dealers open at 8am.
Using the Norbert Dentressangle transport management system miSHARP and the Ford part number tracking system DEALIS, Ford’s consignments are tracked by bar code throughout the whole process, providing real-time information, proof of delivery and data to measure against agreed KPIs.
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