OBI Poland awards warehousing and distribution business to Kuehne + Nagel

OBI, one of the leading retailers for home improvement in Poland, and Kuehne + Nagel have entered into a two year warehousing and distribution contract.

Since 2007, Kuehne + Nagel has managed the import seafreight shipments for the Polish OBI stores. According to the new contract, Kuehne + Nagel will also take over warehousing and distribution to all OBI stores in Poland. This includes the handling of import containers from Asia and Europe as well as shipments from local suppliers. Data exchange with the suppliers is processed via the OBI supplier integration platform. The hub operation is managed in a facility located at the intersection of A1 and S8 in Piotrkow Trybunalski, some 130 kilometres south of Warsaw.

In order to provide transparent and reliable distribution services to over 40 OBI stores across Poland, Kuehne + Nagel has developed a booking application which allows all OBI stores to view the central stock in order to avoid shortages. Value-added-services such as labelling and cross-docking pallets for some suppliers complement the service portfolio.

The project was implemented within three months following Kuehne + Nagel’s proven CTI (Customer Transition & Integration) methodology. The process ensures a smooth transition and integration of the customer’s business using experienced project specialists, standardised tools and systematic knowledge transfer.

Adam Rosiński, Member of the Board of OBI Poland, comments: “Combining the international with the domestic shipment flows gives us the opportunities to lever the information across the whole process, which is important in our business which has a strong seasonal focus.”

Tobias Jerschke, Managing Director of Kuehne + Nagel in Poland says: “We are especially proud of this business win, as Kuehne + Nagel with its global logistics network is responsible for the management of the entire OBI supply chain beginning at the container terminal in Asia, including the intermodal pre-haulage and warehousing services in Poland and finishing with the final delivery to the OBI stores. This is true door-to-door supply chain management.”