Night-time deliveries for spare parts

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DaimlerChrysler UK has awarded a five-year, multimillion pound contract to TNT Logistics to manage aftermarket distribution of the group’s automotive parts nationwide.

The group’s product portfolio incorporates Mercedes-Benz: passenger cars, commercial vehicles and Unimog; Chrysler: passenger cars; Jeep: passenger cars; Smart: passenger cars; and Mitsubishi: commercial vehicles (Canter).

The contract, involving distribution of spare parts to around 300 dealers nationwide, will commence in April 2005 and operate from DaimlerChrysler’s European Logistics Centre (ELC) and central distribution facility in Milton Keynes. TNT Logistics will use its extensive support network to facilitate the operation.

Deliveries will be made throughout the night, with dealerships receiving parts before 8am. The new service is being introduced to provide an optimum supply chain solution for DaimlerChrysler.

Danny Cunningham, DaimlerChrysler’s ELC logistics manager, says: “Having spent the past eight months conducting an in-depth study of best practice in the logistics aftermarket, I am totally convinced that we have chosen the ideal partner to assist us in providing an exceptional level of service. TNT Logistics has shown through their innovation, creative thinking, people management and automotive expertise that they can deliver not only our product but the all important WOW factor to our dealer network.”

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