Unilever chooses Kuehne + Nagel as logistics partner in Romania

Unilever Supply Chain Company AG (USCC), the European supply chain organisation of Unilever, one of the leading companies in the FMCG industry, has selected Kuehne + Nagel as its logistics partner for the warehousing of Unilever’s home and personal care (HPC) product range in some South Eastern European countries. The HPC brand portfolio includes brands such as Dero, Rexona, Axe, Coccolino, Dove and Omo.

From a purpose-built facility located close to Ploiesti, near Bucharest, Kuehne + Nagel will provide ware­housing services for Unilever’s HPC product range in the Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Moldovan markets. After the reception of stock from Unilever’s manu­facturing plants across Europe, Kuehne + Nagel will securely store and handle the goods and will provide a range of value-adding functions. Once the operations are fully imple­mented, a staff of over 200 will be working at the facility. As a key enabler, Kuehne + Nagel has developed customised interfaces to link its warehouse manage­ment system to Unilever’s existing IT architecture.

Martin Whitcombe, USCC’s European Customer Logistics Director, said: “We are extremely happy to have chosen Kuehne + Nagel and believe their expertise in starting similar distribution facilities will ensure that the go-live of the new distribution centre will be very successful. As we use Kuehne + Nagel in a number of different European locations, we are confident that service levels will be equally as impressive as in all opera­tions we manage together. Our consumers in South Eastern Europe will benefit hugely from this partnership, as we will be now even closer
to serve their local demand.”

“We are very proud to have been appointed by USCC for South Eastern Europe as this represents a quantum leap in our strategy to further develop Kuehne + Nagel’s contract logistics services in the region”, said Pierpaolo Sironi, Managing Director of Kuehne + Nagel Romania. “Together with USCC we will create innovative logistics solutions with a cost-efficient operational approach.