Louis Vuitton chooses Kuehne + Nagel to provide integrated showcase warehouse solutions

Louis Vuitton Japan, a subsidiary of the LVMH Group, one of the world’s most prestigious companies in the retail industry, has awarded Kuehne + Nagel Japan a contract for the management of its regional distribution centre in Osaka. Based on the systems and processes customised in this facility, Kuehne + Nagel will further be responsible for setting up showcase warehouse operations for all of Louis Vuitton’s outsourced distribution centres worldwide.

As a major part of the agreement, Kuehne + Nagel has leased a dedicated logistics facility in Amagasaki, conveniently located between the seaports of Kobe and Osaka. In order to enable maximum flexibility and efficiency, Kuehne + Nagel provides a comprehensive ware­house solution, covering layout design, material flow planning as well as the installation of ultra-modern security measures and advanced information systems fully integrated with Louis Vuitton’s worldwide opera­tions. Particular emphasis is placed on the fulfilment of the latest environ­mental standards; the facility is among the first in Asia-Pacific that are accredited with an ISO14001 certification.

At the premises with a handling and storage capacity of 5,600 sqm, Kuehne + Nagel’s services will cover the inbound receipt of goods by sea and air, label scanning, quality and quantity checks, pick-and-pack operations, sales-ready preparation as well as reverse logistics for the entire range of Louis Vuitton leather goods and accessories. In addition, Kuehne + Nagel will provide value added services, such as pre-wrapping and care label tagging. A dedicated competence team of around 20 experts will support Louis Vuitton on a 24/7-basis with the most stringent standards in security and operations.

Dave Goualier, Manager of Logistics, Supply Chain & Quality for Louis Vuitton Japan, comments, “The sophisticated nature of our supply chain requires a logistics provider to be capable of maintaining a reliable balance between efficiency, flexibility and quality. The showcase operations deployed in our new state-of-the-art distribution centre underlines the competence of Kuehne + Nagel as a logistics service provider.”

“We are pleased to have been able to deliver significant improvements to Louis Vuitton’s supply chain. With our innovative portfolio of IT-based integrated services, our goal is to support the retail giant in meeting its existing and future logistics requirements,” said Holger Beyer, National Manager of Kuehne + Nagel Japan.