Warehousing partnership between Gildan and Kuehne + Nagel goes Far East

Global logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel and Gildan, a manufacturer and supplier of branded basic apparel, have extended the geographic reach of their business relationship. In addition to Canada, Mexico and the UK, Kuehne + Nagel now also manages storage and inbound/outbound logistics activities for Gildan in the Far East.

The new agreement, which has been implemented at Kuehne + Nagel's logistics centre in Shenzhen, China, encompasses receipt and quality/quantity inspection of flat-packed finished goods at carton-level inbound from Gildan's manufacturing plants in Central America, as well as palletisation, storage, inbound/outbound customs documentation, picking and dispatch preparation for distribution to Gildan customers in Asia Pacific, in particular China. Kuehne + Nagel is providing shared and scalable space to Gildan in Shenzhen to allow for future growth.

Bill Newman, Vice President Operations at Gildan Activewear Inc. said, "Based on our experience with Kuehne + Nagel in our home market Canada, as well as in Mexico and in the UK, we are convinced that with its strong network and expertise in Asia Pacific Kuehne + Nagel will deliver the quality we require in the day to day running of our distribution operations in Asia. I am pleased to say that with this new agreement we are achieving our objective of partnering with one global logistics provider."

Kuehne + Nagel's existing relationship with Gildan in Mexico, Canada and the UK encompasses a similar scope of services at each of the respective sites as in Shenzhen, with operations at all facilities running on Kuehne + Nagel's global warehouse management system and providing Gildan with 24/7 online visibility of inbound/outbound and inventory data.

"The extension of our partnership with Gildan is a strong confirmation of our regional cross-selling philosophy. By replicating solutions from one region to another we can leverage considerable efficiencies, for example benefiting the customer in terms of start-up speed, consistent information technology deployed, and maintaining worldwide quality levels", added Kuehne + Nagel's Hakan Bicil, VP Global Business Development FMCG and Consumer Durables.