DHL is Now Driving for PepsiCo Deutschland02/10/2005, 12:00 AM CET
Transport volume of approximately 100 million cans and PET bottles per year
DHL has acquired a new major customer, PepsiCo. As part of a contract worth millions of euros, the Deutsche Post World Net express and logistics subsidiary is now handling nearly 80 percent of beverage transports in Germany for the soft drink manufacturer. Approximately 11,000 container loads weighing some 250,000 tonnes will be delivered to the food and beverage industry annually from four national and international Pepsi locations.
The transport of 100 millions cans and PET returnable and disposable bottles filled with Pepsi Cola, 7 UP and Mirinda brand drinks each year is presenting the experts at DHL Freight with a special challenge in the form of seasonal business fluctuations and dependency on weather conditions. "In order to ensure that no shortages occur, even in the summertime, we will agree on expected transport volumes in seasonal talks and make the necessary capacity available in the DHL network," says Björn Svanström, the responsible Key Account Manager at DHL, explaining an important building block in the partnership between DHL and Pepsi. At peak times, the sophisticated DHL transport network is able to handle many times the normal volume.
An additional decision criteria for Pepsi was DHL's industry experience and quality management. Electronically transmitted quality statistics document maximum delivery quality and reliability. In addition, DHL's competence in the food, wholesale and retail sector ensures that the logistics provider is familiar with the customer's requirements and will be able to efficiently integrate Pepsi loads into the existing distribution network.