MANN + HUMMEL today announced a new distribution expansion strategy for its North American automotive aftermarket brands. The company will expand its operations to two state-of-the-art distribution centers to efficiently serve customers through a distribution strategy on the west and east coasts.
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The new West Coast distribution center, which will be based in Las Vegas, will open in the summer of 2021. The nearly 400,000 square foot facility will begin customer shipments in late 2021.
“Expanding to the West Coast represents a fantastic growth opportunity for our partners,” said Rodrigo Reyes, senior vice president, Automotive Aftermarket, Americas. “Once the new site is fully operational, we will ensure shorter delivery times and efficient deliveries to our customers in the western United States and Canada. Expansion into the Western region is an exciting opportunity that we have been looking for for a long time.
In the Eastern region, MANN + HUMMEL will consolidate its two existing distribution facilities in North Carolina into a modern, expanded distribution center in Gaffney, South Carolina. The new site will be approximately 30 miles from Gastonia, North Carolina, where the company has been present since 1939. The East Coast distribution center will be a new construction, and is expected to be operational by the end of 2022. The distribution centers The company’s current distribution will be phased in to the Gaffney site, starting in the second half of 2022.
MANN + HUMMEL also announces a strategic partnership with DHL Supply Chain to optimize supply chains as part of their new expanded distribution strategy.
“For MANN + HUMMEL, partnering with DHL was a clear choice, allowing us to focus on what we do best: making high quality filtration products,” said Sergio Bellacicco, vice president, Global Material Planning & Logistics for MANN + HUMMEL. “In our new distribution centers, we will implement the latest robotic technologies, distribution capabilities and optimization solutions. We will move from shipping bulk quantities to specific units, working with just-in-time strategies to support our customers and partners. “
Dennis Lutwen, President of DHL Supply Chain, Automotive, Engineering & Manufacturing and Chemical & Energy, said: “DHL Supply Chain fundamentally believes in putting our customers at the heart of our business by developing and delivering efficient logistics solutions. We are proud to partner with MANN + HUMMEL to jointly leverage our capabilities and generate substantial value in their supply chain.
Although the project timeline is long, MANN + HUMMEL has shared the news of its new distribution strategy with all employees to be transparent about the changes expected over the next two years. The company intends to place many affected employees at the local operating sites, taking advantage of the future growth potential expected in the years to come.