DaimlerChrysler UK Limited has awarded TNT Logistics a five year, multi-million pound contract to manage aftermarket distribution of the group's automotive parts throughout the UK.
The group's product portfolio incorporates Mercedes-Benz: passenger cars, commercial vehicles and Unimog; Chrysler: passenger cars; Jeep: passenger cars; smart: passenger cars and Mitsubishi: commercial vehicles (Canter).
The contract, involving distribution of spare parts to around 300 dealers nationwide, will commence in April 2005. It will operate from DaimlerChrysler's European Logistics Centre (ELC) and central distribution facility in Milton Keynes. TNT Logistics will utilise its extensive support network to facilitate the operation.
TNT Logistics will make deliveries throughout the night, with dealerships receiving parts before 8am. The new service is being introduced to provide an optimum supply chain solution for DaimlerChrysler - which aims to deliver the finest automotive experience in the UK.
Danny Cunningham, DaimlerChrysler's ELC Logistics Manager, says: "Having spent the past eight months conducting an in-depth study of best practice in the logistics aftermarket, I am totally convinced that we have chosen the ideal partner to assist us in providing an exceptional level of service.
"TNT Logistics has shown through their innovation, creative thinking, people management and automotive expertise that they can deliver not only our product but the all important WOW factor to our dealer network."
Neil Crossthwaite, Managing Director, TNT Logistics UK, says: "We are delighted to have won this important contract with DaimlerChrysler. They have recognised the value of our expertise in the automotive aftermarket and we are confident that we can help deliver further improvements to provide their customers with leading edge service."
In September DaimlerChrysler awarded TNT Logistics in North America the Auburn Hills Gold Award for the third consecutive year in recognition of outstanding performance.