BMW signs with TNT Logistics N.A. to ship finished parts in U.S.
BMW Manufacturing Co., the German auto manufacturer, has contracted with TNT Logistics North America to manage the transportation of finished parts from BMW’s supplier network to its U.S. distribution centers.
“Many of BMW’s production components and parts come from the same suppliers,” said Debbie Hall, vice president of logistics solutions and development for TNT Logistics North America. “Two transportation processes can now become one.”
Previously, BMW would notify its suppliers that aftermarket parts were needed at its parts distribution centers, and those suppliers would contact a BMW-approved carrier for pick-up. Now, TNT Logistics will pick up all the orders.
“Initially, TNT will manage 230 part numbers. As the program matures, we expect that all suppliers will provide us with service parts through this distribution channel,” said Brenda Cox, BMW’s department manager for technical parts and stock management within the Americas.
TNT Logistics had provided side-line delivery, short-term warehousing, and inbound supply chain management for BMW’s plant in Spartanburg County, S.C.