Swiss co Kuehne + Nagel plans expanding network to 55 locations in India

T.E. Raja Simhan Chennai | Updated on September 30, 2011 Published on September 28, 2011

Kuehne + Nagel (K+N), the Switzerland-based freight forwarding company, is on an expansion mode in India. It will extend its network to at least 55 locations from the present 39 in the next 18 months, according to Mr Volkmar Mueller, Managing Director, Kuehne + Nagel Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of the CHF 20,261-million Swiss Group.

In the last few days, K+N had established an automotive solution centre in Pune; a retail desk in Delhi and an aviation competence centre in Mumbai. It also signed a three-year contract with the French company Celio Future Fashion to provide warehousing and distribution services in India.

“We have benefitted from the country’s unique yet favourable economic developments,” he said.

The company employs nearly 1,200 in India, he said without giving any India-specific financial details.

Automotive centre

The automotive centre is a group of specialists focusing on the development of tailor-made solutions for the automotive industry. Many automotive companies (manufacturers, suppliers, head-offices) are located in Pune and K+N has a strong footprint in the Indian market where it has been present since 1987, he said.

Other services

K+N offers services ranging from vendor managed inventory, just-in time and just-in-sequence deliveries over ‘milk runs’ and ‘cross docking’ logistics solution through to solution designing, emergency handling, network engineering and continuous improvement initiatives.

Mr Mueller said K+N India has a full business licence (IATA, Customs Brokerage, Trucking & Cartage, Warehousing and related services, Ocean/Air Freight, NVOCC, Break-Bulk Agent) and operates 47 warehouses at 38 locations.

Considering this coverage and expertise and given the presence of the automotive sector in Pune, it was a logical strategic step to establish the automotive centre.

The facility for Celio is 30,000 sq. ft warehouse at Bhiwandi near Mumbai to provide services such as receipt, physical inspection and put away of inbound cargo, order planning, pick and pack, distribution and value-added services such as barcode scanning. A team of 20 specialists will ensure the smooth implementation at the facility, he said.

Published on September 28, 2011
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