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Kuehne + Nagel and British American Tobacco implement global logistics solution

Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.Kuehne + Nagel and British American Tobacco (BAT) are extending their collaboration with the implementatio...

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|Jan 22|magazine6 min read

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Kuehne + Nagel and British American Tobacco (BAT) are extending their collaboration with the implementation of a new global integrated logistics solution. The concept widens the scope of activity carried out by Kuehne + Nagel for BAT and sees the two organisations collaborate further to drive innovation in BAT’s existing supply chain.

The new Global Marine and Air Logistics Service Centre (GMALSC) concept integrates all of BAT’s global air and sea freight flows into a single logistics control tower structure. In contrast to previous commodity-specific and geography-specific models operated by Kuehne + Nagel, which dealt with BAT’s Global Leaf Pool and Asia-Pacific requirements independently, GMALSC now facilitates end-to-end supply chain management across all commodities, inbound and outbound, around the globe via one information platform.

Dave Anderson, Global Head of Supply Chain for BAT said: “Through GMALSC we are taking an important step towards realising our future supply chain. The service provided by Kuehne + Nagel is now fully integrated into our Target Operating Model, providing increased efficiency and flexibility to meet the developing needs of our global business.” 

This platform enables full visibility of product moves at all stages, supporting better decision-making for BAT. In addition, standardised global processes are combined with local knowledge through Kuehne + Nagel’s global air and sea network to enhance efficiency.

Tobias Jerschke, Global Head of Integrated Logistics for Kuehne + Nagel, said: “The market in which BAT operates is changing rapidly. Through our close partnership and the further development of Kuehne + Nagel’s control tower solutions, BAT can respond quickly to new challenges.” 

BAT is a global tobacco Group with brands sold in more than 200 markets. It employs more than 57,000 people worldwide and has over 200 brands in its portfolio, with its cigarettes chosen by one in eight of the world’s one billion smokers. BAT has leadership in more than 60 markets around the world. The Group generated £5.5 billion profit from operations in 2013.

With over 63,000 employees at more than 1000 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics solutions. Further information can be found at www.kuehne-nagel.com