UK: Vauxhall inks $1.5m parts distribution deal with Norbert Dentressangle

By Simon Warburton | 28 May 2012

Vauxhall has signed a three-year contract extension with Norbert Dentressangle for the overnight distribution of automotive parts to 300 Vauxhall and Chevrolet retailers across the UK. 

Norbert Dentressangle has provided Vauxhall with aftersales parts distribution for more than 12 years and in support of the contract extension, Norbert Dentressangle has invested GBP1m (US$1.57) in 35 new trailers.

"Norbert Dentressangle provides us with a flexible and proven transport solution that enables us to maintain a high level of service to our retailers," said Vauxhall warehouse operations manager, Peter Durham. 

"This, combined with the range of added value site services, means we will continue to benefit from a reliable and cost-effective parts distribution operation."

The operation involves Norbert Dentressangle collecting orders from Vauxhall's parts distribution centre in Luton near London, for onward delivery to retailers overnight via its national shared-user network.

This ensures parts ordered by dealers prior to 18:00 are delivered before dealerships open at 08:00 the following day.

Added value services include returns sorting and management, waste management, outbound loading, yard services and on site shunting.

Vauxhall and Chevrolet management use Norbert Dentressangle's SHARP (shipment handling and reporting Programme) technology.

The integrated online system ensures orders are processed immediately, allowing both companies to track deliveries using real time information.

Vauxhall/Opel's Luton warehouse stocks 74,000 parts worth GBP35m (US$55m).