Cougar Express Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Menlo Worldwide, announced today that it has been appointed by Danfoss Group to establish, deploy and serve as its Asia Pacific Central Distribution Center (CDC) warehouse operator in Singapore. The Danfoss CDC in Singapore will serve as an Asia Pacific warehousing and distribution hub for its worldwide suppliers and customers throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Under the new contract, Cougar will relocate Danfoss existing warehouse operations to a larger facility within Singapore that can cater to Danfoss regional growth. This occasion also earmarks an expansion of Cougar’s operational sites in Singapore with a new multi-client facility located at 21 Pandan Avenue which officially opens today. The new site offers a total of 93,000 square-feet, of which Danfoss will occupy about 30 per cent in order to handle nearly 13,000 stock keeping units.
Cougar will provide Danfoss with an integrated package of logistics management services that includes inbound receipt, inspection, inventory management, storage, order processing and logistics coordination for Danfoss industrial products. Cougar will continue to use its “flexibility-reliability” concept for Danfoss by providing productivity improvements, efficient layout design, process mapping and cost analysis, while incorporating quality standards within each phase of the implementation and ongoing operation. The reliability-flexibility concept is written into the new contract and its main focus is to proactively ensure that both Cougar and Danfoss can overcome peaks and seasonality on demand. The concept also will enable both parties to monitor staff capabilities, and performance on regular basis.
“We need a strong platform to execute our deliveries to our customers in APAC, therefore I am satisfied to continue our cooperation with Cougar as Cougar over time has proven its dedication to our business,” says Torben Christensen, Vice President of Danfoss’ Global Logistics Service organization. He adds: “Looking into the future we are, of course, curious to see what Menlo can add in to this cooperation. During the last 3-4 years we have invited Menlo to participate in some of our global freight tenders. But until now we had not succeeded to close a contract with them, so we didn’t know the company that well. The new contract is also a starting point for us to learn more about Menlo.”
“Good cooperation and dedicated team effort on improvement and stabilization has resulted in major benefits to Danfoss,” says Jesper Lohmann, Regional Logistics Service Manager for Danfoss in Singapore. This includes a 50 % lead-time reduction in the warehouse services and daily status report making it possible to proactively eliminate problems. In the end, this has also helped Danfoss to increase the delivery service to their customers.
“Danfoss is one of Denmark's most respected and recognized global brands for industrial components and motion controls. We are honored to play a significant role in Danfoss logistics expansion plan for the Asia Pacific region,” said Todd Johnson, vice president for international operations of Menlo Worldwide. “We continuously seek greater synergies that will benefit and add value to our customers supply chain, and we fully expect this to be achieved within the Danfoss warehouse operations in Singapore.” commented Johnson.
Heinz-Peter Faust, CEO of Cougar and Regional Managing Director for South Asia of Menlo Worldwide added: “This business win denotes a key expansion in Cougar’s business relationship with Danfoss Industries. We are pleased that Danfoss extends their continued support and trust with us. This award is significant for us to continue our service with a respected, successful global enterprise to support and coordinate their Asia Pacific logistics needs”.
Faust believes that both Cougar’s core competence and Menlo’s process-based approach to improvement further attest the team’s commitment and service excellence for customers. “This award is a momentous acknowledgement, an apparent testimony of our efforts, service excellence and capabilities for operating and managing Danfoss warehouse operations since 2005 and supports our Asia expansion strategy going forward.”
About Danfoss Group
Danfoss is Denmark's largest industrial Group with an annual turnover of about 2,008 mill EURO and nearly 17,000 employees globally. Danfoss is a global Group and has more than 100 companies around the world. We are among world leaders within research, development and production of mechanical and electronic components for many different sectors. Our position was created by pioneers and developed by visionary and committed employees.
About Menlo Worldwide
Menlo Worldwide, LLC (menloworldwide.com), is a global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in North America and five continents. As a third-party logistics provider, San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide’s services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain re-engineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 13 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world. Menlo Worldwide, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $4.7 billion freight transportation and logistics company and FORTUNE magazine’s “Most Admired Company” in transportation and logistics for 2007.
About Cougar Express Logistics
Cougar Express Logistics (cougar.com.sg) is now part of Menlo Worldwide group since 6 September 2007. Cougar Express offers diversified logistics solutions to customers ranging from Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) to Small-Medium-Enterprises (SMEs). Established since 1986 and ISO 9001:2000 certified, Cougar Express today comprises over 320 employees and manages 2.4 million square feet of warehouse space to serve a wealth of global brands across the region. Cougar Express develops its core competencies across five main industries of expertise namely Automotive OEM Parts & Aftermarket, Chemicals/ Pharmaceuticals/ Healthcare, Consumer Electronics, Industrial Engineering, and Wine & Spirits.