DHL Supply Chain begins BMW UK aftermarket parts contract

International delivery company DHL Supply Chain has been awarded a 6 year deal to manage BMW Group’s UK aftermarket parts distribution system. DHL Supply Chain works with a number of automotive companies in this market and this extends the company’s reach in the European market.

DHL Supply Chain will delivery a large number of parts overnight for next working day delivery to BMW’s 116 retailers in Scotland, the north and south of England. 26% of the retailers will receive orders before 0600 and 63% before 0730 every weekday morning. In addition the delivery company will supply to outlying islands such as Guernsey and Jersey via air freight.

DHL’s statement on the deal states, “The more flexible schedule allows retailers to align deliveries to the technicians’ working times while improving customer service levels by extending drop off times for vehicles.”

DHL Supply Chain works with a large number of automotive manufacturers and this deal will expand the overnight delivery specialist’s reach in the region. In 2014 the delivery firm began a similar contract with Volvo Cars, another major mid range European automotive manufacturer.

As part of the deal, parts are scanned at every stage throughout the supply chain and both supplier and technicians can monitor the location of the parts during the delivery process via a system run by DHL.

DHL Supply Chain’s logistics system is experiencing growth as automotive manufacturers increasingly outsource their supply chains to third party companies, who can use their expertise to get goods to technicians quickly and efficiently.

Managing Director of Automotive at DHL Supply Chain for the UK and Ireland Bill Bacon said of the deal, “Our partnership with BMW Group in the UK supports the growth of DHL’s work in the automotive industry and builds on our aftermarket work with a range of automotive customers.”