Nikon and DHL sign logistics contractRoosendaal, 09/05/2005, 11:30 AM CEST
Nikon Europe has chosen DHL Solutions to handle all its incoming and outgoing goods and to provide warehousing and value added services. DHL Solutions will supply the entire European and African marketing area of Nikon from the European Distribution Centre in The Netherlands.
DHL Solutions will take full responsibility throughout the complete supply chain, including management and execution from pick up at source in the Far East to local logistics centres of DHL in Hong Kong. From there DHL will forward the shipments by air to Beringe, The Netherlands, where the central European logistic centre from DHL Solutions is situated. Together with three regional logistics centres in Europe all goods will be distributed to wholesalers for fine distribution to the shops.
Nikon, a leading manufacturer in the global imaging industry, has special and very clear requirements for security during transport and storage. DHL's integrated IT systems allow the tracking of the goods throughout the supply chain.
The logistic process also includes supervised inventory storage, repackaging products for consumer kits with accessories or specific lenses, scanning the kits for warranty purposes, inserting instruction manuals in the appropriate European languages, repackaging goods for seasonal or special offer campaigns and managing the return flow. For returns, DHL Solutions will perform the intake check and a simple functional test. DHL also handles all customs procedures, including bonded warehousing and the related financial administration.
Karel Van Ellinkhuizen, DHL's Managing Director for the Netherlands, explains that the main reason Nikon chose DHL Solutions is the wide range of logistics options that DHL offers as well as the company's global coverage. "We are very proud of the fact that a leading Japanese manufacturer places its trust in DHL Solutions as Japanese companies usually choose third parties from Japan." Further Van Ellinkhuizen said: "The recently agreed contract with Nikon Europe serves as a perfect example of DHL's business strategy of taking over more and more of the logistics activities that manufacturing companies perform. Customers appreciate having a single comprehensive logistics provider."