August 18, 2017: Global transport and logistics company Kuehne + Nagel has announced a new multi-year contract with Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC, part of the Daimler AG Group. The new contract is to implement a production logistics solution for its new assembly line and production facility in Charleston, South Carolina. The solution will provide flexible and efficient materials management as well as just-in-time deliveries for the assembly process.

“We are delighted to expand our 15-year global relationship with Daimler AG and Mercedes-Ben. 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,” said Bob Mihok, President and CEO, Kuehne + Nagel North America.

Kuehne + Nagel’s contract logistics team engineered a multi-year innovative production logistics operations plan to utilise a modern logistics center that will include vision picking smart glasses and automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Comprehensive services will include goods receiving, inventory management and just-in-time picking and sequencing for delivery to the car makers’ assembly line and production facility.

For the implementation, Kuehne + Nagel is utilising its successful customer transition and integration model, which includes multiple disciplinary project management and dedicated resources from the logistics provider’s national, regional and corporate organisations. In order to ensure reduce inventory, increase quality, and reduce total costs for each unit built, Kuehne + Nagel will use its KN Production System (KNPS), an in-house developed structured methodology based on lean supply chain principles.