Black & Decker chooses Deutsche Post's logistics service
'Do-it-yourself' provider uses European network in the Netherlands and BelgiumBonn, 01/17/2003, 10:30 AM CET
Black & Decker's jig saws and percussion drills belong to the basic equipment of many skilled manual workers and do it yourself (D. I. Y.) enthusiasts all over the world. The world's largest manufacturer of tools, which additionally offers an extensive range of domestic appliances, cleaning products and services also for commercial purposes, markets its products in more than 100 countries around the world.
Since summer 2002 the logistics service provider Van Gend & Loos Euro Express (VGLEE) has been responsible for delivering the product range to Black & Decker's business customers in the Netherlands. Deutsche Post's subsidiary initially began dispatching pallets to the Netherlands in July 2002 and then parcels at the end of October. VGLEE collects the goods from Black & Decker's European distribution centre in Tongeren (Belgium) and delivers them from there directly to specialist shops and D. I. Y. superstores in the Netherlands. An annual transport volume of 125,000 shipments is contractually agreed. VGLEE's drivers deliver approximately 500 shipments per day.
VGLEE fulfils Black & Decker's high demands in every respect. 'It is very important to us that we can count on a logistics service provider which delivers our products to the destination quickly and securely. VGLEE's decisive advantage over competitors is however, in our opinion, that pallets and individual parcels are delivered together,' emphasises Dominic Vogels, distribution manager at Black & Decker. Deutsche Post World Net offers a further competitive advantage with the European wide, electronic track and trace system TrackNet. 'With it our logistics personnel can track the individual stations of each shipment via the internet and be informed of the exact delivery time including acknowledgement by the addressee,' adds Mr Vogels.
After the successful launch in the Netherlands, VGLEE sees good opportunities for further expanding the logistics partnership. 'We estimate the total revenue potential with Black & Decker to be approximately EUR25million,' explained Marc de Mesmaeker, key account manager at VGLEE, looking optimistically into the future. The restructuring of Deutsche Post's Express and Logistics Division further supports this confident view. From April 2003 the Group will combine its extensive offer of integrated express and logistics services under the DHL umbrella brand.
The service portfolio of the Euro Express network will be integrated into the new structure. Thanks to the close integration with the remaining express and logistics business international Euro Express customers receive even easier access to extensive one stop shopping solutions. Deutsche Post World Net thus offers the entire range of its logistics competence from a single source and gives additional impulse for establishing new partnerships and deepening existing ones.