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Kuehne + Nagel expands in India

By Hpanchal on August 31, 2011

Kuehne + Nagel has opened an automotive logistics facility in Pune, India, while also entering into a three-year deal with the French men's clothing company Celio Future Fashion regarding warehousing and distribution in India.

A number of auto-manufacturing hubs are based in Pune, making it the ideal place for K+N to concentrate its Indian distribution efforts, according to a company press release. The firm will offer vendor-managed inventory, emergency handling, network engineering and other services from the facility.

"The new development is fully in line with our goal to be one of the leading logistics specialists, providing operational excellence and setting new standards for the automotive industry in India,” K+N's managing director, Volkmar Mueller, said in a statement.

K+N will staff about 20 employees at Celio's domestic warehouse in Bhiwandi to take care of receipt, physical inspection, order planning, pick-and-pack, distribution and a variety of other services.

These actions reflect a boom in India's economy; however, elevated domestic and international activity has been met with some concern that the country's infrastructure, especially its aviation network, isn't as strong as it needs to be. In the September issue of Air Cargo World, Bernard Asare of ITT Corp., said technology is one of the main problems. Until IT changes are made, he said, India won't be able to reach its full potential. (Click here to read the full story.)

“As economic activity in India increases, more and more goods must be moved in and out of the country’s airports and airspace as efficiently as possible; however, technologies, such as secondary radars, are no longer adequate in supporting these increasing number of air traffic operations,” he said. “This hampers the efficient air transportation of goods in and out of India.”

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