Speeding around the curves of a steep-sided valley, this is the first block train – booked by a single customer and shipped from the same origin to same destination, without being split up or stored en route – to France for A.P. Moller - Maersk. Developed by Damco as part of its growing rail product portfolio, the train delivered more than 40 new containers full of running shoes, shirts and balls to Decathlon.
“It helps us to set up some flexibility in our flows, so our production has several options when it comes to delivering to Europe – sea shipment, train and maybe air as well,” says Bruno Thellier, Chief Technical Officer in China for Decathlon, the French company which is one of the world’s largest sporting goods retailers.
“The joint history with Maersk is a very long one. We started more than 20 years ago and I was there then, with the first contract. So it was very easy to set up this solution with Maersk Line and Damco.”
What customers want
Integrating the A.P. Moller - Maersk businesses is slowly but surely reaping benefits, from Maersk Line and APM Terminals working together to drive more business to ports, to Maersk Container Industry’s turnaround thanks to better coordination with Maersk Line. The block train is another example of how collaboration is benefiting both customers and A.P. Moller - Maersk.
“This is a win-win cooperation between Maersk Line and Damco, and it demonstrates our commitment to develop innovative ways of propelling our customers’ business,” says Mike Fang, head of Maersk Line’s Greater China Cluster.