Heineken chooses Exel for logistics in The Netherlands to support its production line

Exel, the world leader in supply chain management, has been selected by Heineken, Europe's biggest brewer, to manage the just-in-time delivery of packaging and transport of completed products to and from the production lines of Heineken's brewery in 's-Hertogenbosch.

Exel will be responsible for the delivery of empty crates, bottles and barrels and the partially automated removal of about 440,000 full pallets per year to its nearby 34,000 sq m distribution centre (DC). From this DC, which is now managed by Exel, beer is delivered to wholesalers, retailers and catering trade distribution centres throughout The Netherlands. The transport from 's-Hertogenbosch to the final destination will continue to be carried out by the Hauliers' Trailer Combination (VTC).

"We were looking for a logistics partner who is in a position to improve the efficiency of our production facility," according to Fred Holvast, Manager for Distribution and Customer Service. "Exel has a great deal of expertise and has a lot of experience in the field of production logistics. We are confident in a successful collaboration."

Jan Deltour, Exel's Managing Director for Exel's Retail and Consumer sectors, Benelux, said, "For Exel the drinks sector is an important sector. Exel is going to look after an important part of the supply chain. Our experience in the UK, where we provide comparable services for other breweries, has also played an important part in the award of the contract."

The contract involves taking over the existing operation from Vermeer Logistics, the previous provider of logistic services for Heineken in 's Hertogenbosch. Vermeer Logistics has reached agreement with its works council for the transfer to Exel of around 60 employees who are involved in the Heineken operation.

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