Aug 9, 2006
TNT Express - the world's leading B2B express delivery company - has unveiled a two-year contract with Volvo for transportation services from the automobile giant's newly-built Regional Parts Distribution Centre (RPDC) in Dubai.
The distribution centre makes spare parts available to dealers of Volvo trucks, Mack trucks, Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo buses in 17 countries throughout the Middle East and Africa.
The link-up will see TNT responsible for transporting more than 1.1 million kilograms of spare parts annually from the Volvo RPDC, of which 90% will be moved through the company's strategic Middle East Road Network (MERN). This will make TNT one of the major service providers to Volvo's RPDC in Dubai.
"Key reasons for TNT's success are its ability to meet and exceed Volvo's transit time requirements and in offering competitive rates in the high volume trade lanes across the region," said Darryl Regan, Regional Global Account Director for India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA).
"We could clearly demonstrate to Volvo the cost and service benefits we had delivered to other automotive customers based in Dubai, who required similar complete spare parts and distribution services. This is another great success story supporting the MERN expansion, which offers customers a superior day-definite road express service at a very competitive price," he adds.
The road network has proved to be the backbone of TNT's regional strategy, and, as the company prepares to celebrate a 25 year anniversary in the UAE, OHSAS 18001 accreditation for exemplary health and safety standards in Bahrain, and massive on-going infrastructure investment in Saudi Arabia - continued expansion of the MERN will be critical in sustaining Middle East growth.
With plans to open new road hubs in the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia next year, as well as an additional trucking facility in Kuwait, further strengthening the MERN, TNT is continuing to cater for its rapid regional growth and on-going penetration of Gulf markets over the next five years.
TNT's ability to navigate the existing and complex regional customs clearance processes provided additional weight to its bid. "Our ability to effectively and quickly clear shipments throughout the Middle East is unrivalled," explains James Edgeworth, National Major Accounts Manager UAE.
He continued: "TNT has its own clearance facilities within its depots in Dubai, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, all of which serve to reduce transit times and enhance our customer service."