Each Maersk container is a step towards delivering a car every minute.
Inside the Nissan factory at Cuernavaca, Mexico, workers and machines are building small cars and light commercial and pickup truck models – putting the bodywork together, building the structure and turning small pieces of metal and plastic into identifiable vehicles. Keeping the factory ticking over requires not only reliable and efficient deliveries, but also ideally a company that can provide complete logistics solutions.
“Actually we have many kinds of logistics needs. We receive production parts; we are sending production parts; we are exporting spare parts to other counties. So we have many lines and logistics,” says Eduardo Aquino, Junior Manager for Overseas Logistics at the Nissan plant in Cuernavaca. “We qualify all the suppliers and Maersk has very, very good performance with all our requests.”
What that calls for is a supplier that can cover the whole logistics chain from end-to-end. And that’s where A.P. Moller - Maersk’s Transport & Logistics division comes in with its vision to be the global integrator of container logistics, connecting and simplifying customers’ supply chains.
A fourth party logistics, or 4PL, provider is an integrator that accumulates resources, capabilities and technologies in order to run complete supply chain solutions. Damco is already making its move into this growing area of the industry, also known as control tower services.
“I would like to have a business logistics partner, we call it 4PL, it means you only give the product and you forget about it until delivery,” Aquino says. “You only receive notice when the product arrives in the place you want it to, and on time.”
All about integration
With the new A.P. Moller - Maersk strategy, the businesses in Transport & Logistics have an opportunity to provide synergies, which are highly beneficial to the clients.
“For example, Maersk Line’s scale and network is complimented by Damco’s third party logistics (3PL) and 4PL, which consist of end-to-end supply chain solutions,” says Klaus Rud Sejling, CEO of Damco.