Kuehne + Nagel to provide production logistics to major automotive manufacturer
August 18, 2017: Kuehne + Nagel will implement a production logistics solution for the new assembly line and production facility of Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina.
As part of the multi-year contract, the supply chain giant will provide flexible and efficient materials management as well as just-in-time deliveries for the assembly process.
Kuehne + Nagel’s contract logistics team engineered a multi-year innovative production logistics operations plan utilising 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 organizations. In order to 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.
“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.