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a2zshipping expands its partnership with Mercedes-Benz

São Paulo, 10 February, 2017 – a2zshipping Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, is consolidating its partnership with Mercedes-Benz in Brazil by renewing its existing business partnership and the awarding of additional contracts.

a2zshipping services to Mercedes-Benz are concentrated in the southeast region of Brazil. Under the renewed contract, in-house logistics services at the customer’s plant in the city of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, will be maintained and renewed for an additional three years. This operation encompasses materials handling, line feeding and external warehousing. In addition, two new agreements have been reached with Mercedes Benz which will extend elements of the contract for three and five years respectively.

a2zshipping will now be responsible for providing interplant transportation at the Juiz de Fora plant and also packaging services at the customer’s spare parts Distribution Center at Campinas, São Paulo.

To meet the new and extended contract a2zshiping will employ an additional team of more than 280 people.

a2zshipping experience over recent years of the existing operation at the Juiz de Fora’s plant, combined with its successful partnerships for other automotive customers alongside a robust engineering process focused on resources optimization and cost reduction were decisive factors in increasing the scope of the partnership with Mercedes-Benz.

“Mercedes-Benz is a market leader in the truck and bus segment in Brazil. For a2zshipping it is a great honor to continue and expand the partnership with such a strategic customer. The outcome of these negotiations is a consequence of our commitment to consistently deliver operational excellence and continuous improvement for our customers, and it also reinforces our expertise in managing supply chains related to the automotive sector”, explains Fábio Mendunekas,a2zshipping Vice-President for Business Development in South America.

He believes that key factors in both the renewal and new business win were services to Mercedes are competitive costs, operational excellence and innovative processes are to the fore and all of this adds up to a strong, long-term commercial relationship.

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