Motorcycle maker appoints sole logistics partner

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Ceva has been appointed sole logistics partner for Aprilia and Piaggio, the Italian motorcycle and scooter maker.

The initial partnership, which included warehousing management and spare parts transport in Italy and Europe, has expanded to include the management of finished products and their distribution to dealers in Italy and Europe. CEVA manages Piaggio di Santa Maria di Sala, Scorzè and Gausticce warehouses, with a combined space of around 30,000 square metres.

The group produces some 400,000 vehicles a year. Ceva optimises the distribution flow, maximises resources and controls costs in planning the delivery of motor vehicles that have been ordered. A track and trace service give Piaggio access to transport data allowing constant monitoring of the distribution flow and status of deliveries, making it possible to quickly identify problems or difficulties.

“We have been working with Piaggio for several years and the decision to rely on us entirely to deliver finished products is the most important recognition of our commitment and continuous quest for excellence, which we apply in the management of all our lines of logistics,” said Gianfranco Sgro, chief operating officer and managing director of Ceva for South Europe, Middle East and Africa.

* Ceva will take responsibility for all logistics activities associated with E.ON’s electricity distribution in the UK, following a five year contract extension. This is the third consecutive time that E.ON has renewed the contract with Ceva.

The operations includes management of a 220,000 sq ft distribution centre at Huthwaite in Nottinghamshire, and a number of satellite distribution depots; distribution to 60 emergency stores; deliveries of pick to order material; trunking to regional depots and a supplier collection service of road side signs and barriers.

The operation also provides a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year emergency delivery service. CEVA also undertakes specialist off-road activities involving pole planting, augur drilling and erection of street lighting. This work involves CEVA Logistics’ specialists working alongside E.ON craftsmen in the vicinity of live lines.

Malcolm Russell, E.ON networks logistics manager, said: “Working with CEVA enables our engineers to focus on what they do best, core value added engineering activities.”

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