Jan 5, 2021

CEVA Logistics Wins Contract with Pernod Ricard in Thailand

Supply Chain
Oliver Freeman
2 min
A range of warehousing services will be provided to support the drinks manufacturer’s supply chain.
A range of warehousing services will be provided to support the drinks manufacturer’s supply chain...

CEVA Logistics has won a five-year contract to provide multi-billion dollar drinks manufacturer, Pernod Ricard, with warehousing and distribution support in South East Asia. As well as assisting in nationwide deliveries across Thailand to both domestic and commercial customers, the company will provide bonded, and duty paid storage, pallet, carton and bottle level handling and a range of other services.

Pernod Ricard is one of the world’s leading alcoholic beverages producers, and within this new contract, CEVA Logistics’ extensive scope of work in Thailand will include everything from customs brokerage and import haulage, warehouse management, tax stamping, warning labels, gift boxes and repacking. 

Substantial Partnership in Asia Region

The operation will manage an annual throughput of 19 million bottles of liquor and spirit across 26 different brands of liquor, champagne and wines. With over 1,000 operations in 160 countries, CEVA was seen as a trusted partner throughout the tendering process thanks to its contract logistics, 3PL, and supply chain management expertise.

Elaine Low, CEVA Logistics’ Regional Managing Director South East Asia & Pacific Region, said: “We are delighted to be working with Pernod Ricard and providing them with our warehousing, distribution and delivery services across Thailand as they expand their global business. Our experienced team has created a robust solution which is both compliant and scalable and will ensure reliable, value-added services and delivery across their range of famous brands”.

  • Five-year contract seen as a springboard for CEVA and Pernod business relationship in Asia
  • CEVA Logistics will manage an annual throughput of 19 million bottles
  • Pernod Ricard had an annual turnover of US$8.9bn in 2018

Dedicated Site

CEVA Logistics’s winning offer is based on the conversion of an existing CEVA Logistics multi-user site at Bangna-Bangkok, into a 7,600 m2 facility completely dedicated to Pernod. The drinks giant trusted CEVA Logistics to deliver a seamless solution as a leading logistics provider, and part of the CMA CGM Group, and because of its existing collaboration with Pernod Ricard for Custom Brokerage and last-mile delivery.

Pernod Ricard has been operating in Thailand for over 20 years. In January 2020, Pernod Ricard Thailand issued a competitive tender with the objective of uplifting the storage quality and service standard, in which CEVA Logistics was the successful bidder. This win further extends CEVA Logistics’ existing contract with Pernod Ricard in the Philippines and paves the way for future collaboration in other countries in the South-East Asian and Pacific regions.

Pernod Ricard is the world’s second-largest producer of wines and spirits with $8.9 billion revenues in 2018 and has an international workforce of some 18,000 people. Famous brands under its banner include Chivas Regal and Ballantine’s whiskies, Absolut Vodka, Martell Cognac, Havana Club Rum and Beefeater Gin.

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Jun 15, 2021

FedEx is Reshaping Last Mile with Autonomous Vehicles

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FedEx is expanding a trial of autonomous vehicles in its last-mile logistics process with partner Nuro, including multi-stop and appointment deliveries

FedEx is embarking on an expanded test of autonomous, driver-less delivery vehicles to develop its last-mile logistics. 

The US logistics firm piloted autonomous vehicles from Nuro in April this year, and the pair will now explore that further in a multi-year partnership. Cosimo Leipold, Nuro’s head of partnerships, said the collaboration "will enable innovative, industry-first product offerings that will better everyday life and help make communities safer and greener". 

FedEx will explore a variety of on-road use cases for the autonomous fleet, including multi-stop and appointment-based deliveries, going beyond more traditional applications of the technology in single-route movement of goods from A-B. Exponential growth in ecommerce is spurring its broader experimentation in new autonomy solutions, Fed-Ex says, both in-warehouse and on-road. 

“FedEx was built on innovation, and it continues to be an integral part of our culture and business strategy,” said Rebecca Yeung, Vice President, Advanced Technology and Innovation, FedEx Corporation. “We are excited to collaborate with an industry leader like Nuro as we continue to explore the use of autonomous technologies within our operations.”


The changing role of couriers 

Unlike structured delivery networks, operating under long-term partnerships and contracts, agility is where couriers deliver true value - and their ability to deftly solve last-mile fulfilment has most acutely been felt during the pandemic. For the billions of people around the world forced to stay at home to protect themselves and their communities from the spreading COVID-19 virus, couriers have been a constant. They may have been the only knock at the door some people experienced for weeks or months at a time. 

But the last-mile has been uprooted by a boom in ecommerce, a shift that has been most apparent in the UK, US, China and Japan, according to the Global Parcel Delivery Market Insight Report 2021 by Apex Insight. These are markets with dominant economies and populations used to running their lives with a tap of a screen or double-click of a mouse. 

“Getting last mile delivery right has long been a challenge for retailers,” says Kees Jacobs, Vice President, Consumer Goods and Retail at Capgemini. “In 2019, 97% of retail organisations felt their last-mile delivery models were not sustainable for full-scale implementation across all locations. Despite increasing demand from customers, companies were struggling to make the last mile profitable and efficient.”

Jacobs says that the pandemic alleviated some of these stresses in the short term. With no other option, consumers were understanding and tolerant, if not entirely happy, with longer delivery times and less transparent tracking. “But, as extremely high delivery demand continues to be normal, customers will expect brands to contract their delivery times,” he adds. 

Last mile's role in ESG

Demand and volume weren’t the only things that have changed during the pandemic - businesses looked closer to home and as a result became more sustainable. Bricks and mortar stores were transformed from mini-showrooms to quasi-fulfilment centres. Online retailers and other businesses sought local solutions to ship more faster. In densely populated London, UK alone, Accenture found that delivery van emissions dropped by 17%, while Chicago, USA and Sydney, Australia saw similar emissions savings. 

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